Guide to the Christopher Mitchell and Company Records, 1835–1852

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Research Library at the Nantucket Historical Association. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the internet.

Summary

The Christopher Mitchell Company was a prominent Nantucket company that owned ships and dealt in oil, candle making, and selling ship parts. This collection includes four bound volumes of copies of correspondence with outfitters and whaling masters, including letters of instruction to whaling masters, records, and other documents, relating to ships, ship masters, oil, candle making, islands, and shipbuilding and shipbuilding materials.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
MS132
Title:
Christopher Mitchell and Company Records
Date(s):
1835–1852
Creator:
Christopher Mitchell and Company.
Repository:
Nantucket Historical Association
Language:
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Christopher Mitchell and Company records, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Letter book, 1843–1852, is a gift of Peter McE. Buchanan in 2010 (Acc. RL2010.71).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Nantucket Historical Association assumes no responsibility.

Related Collections

  • MS15 Ships’ Papers Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Subject Headings

  • Topical Term
    • Whaling masters -- Massachusetts.
    • Ship captains -- Massachusetts.
    • Whaling ships – Massachusetts.
    • Shipbuilding -- Massachusetts.
    • Shipbuilding industry -- Massachusetts.
    • Candle industry -- Massachusetts.

Biographical Information

The Christopher Mitchell Company was a prominent Nantucket company that owned ships and dealt in oil, candle making, and selling ship parts.

Scope and Content

This collection includes four bound volumes of copies of correspondence with outfitters and whaling masters, including letters of instruction to whaling masters, records, and other documents relating to ships, ship masters, oil, candle making, islands, and shipbuilding and shipbuilding materials.

Contents

Folders 1–4 Letter books, 1835–1852

 

 

Processing Information

Finding aid by Ashley Miller, January 2022.

Materials in this collection were digitized with support from Connie and Tom Cigarran.

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