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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 Number:
- Christopher Mitchell and Company Records
- Christopher Mitchell and Company.
- Nantucket Historical Association
- 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.
Letter book, 1843–1852, is a gift of Peter McE. Buchanan in 2010 (Acc. RL2010.71).Sensitive Materials Statement:
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- MS15 Ships’ Papers Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.
- Whaling masters -- Massachusetts.
- Ship captains -- Massachusetts.
- Whaling ships – Massachusetts.
- Shipbuilding -- Massachusetts.
- Shipbuilding industry -- Massachusetts.
- Candle industry -- Massachusetts.
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.
Folders 1–4 Letter books, 1835–1852
Finding aid by Ashley Miller, January 2022.
Materials in this collection were digitized with support from Connie and Tom Cigarran.