Guide to the John H. Shaw Papers, 1825-1859

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
John H. Shaw Papers
Shaw, John H., 1798-1872
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 John H. Shaw Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Shaw, John H., 1798-1872.
  • Topical Term
    • Businesses—Massachusetts—Nantucket—19th century.
    • Whaling—Massachusetts—Nantucket—19th century.

Biographical Information

John H. Shaw (1798-1872) was born in Nantucket, Mass., to John Shaw and Deborah Coleman. He married Elisa Ann Swift, daughter of Benjamin Swift and Elizabeth Swain. The couple had three children: Emily L. Shaw, William H. Shaw, and Sarah Shaw.

In addition to investing in Nantucket land, John H. Shaw established himself as part-owner of many ships, including the Alabama, Mount Vernon, and Barclay. He died in Lynn, Mass.

Scope and Content

The John H. Shaw papers contains agreements, deeds, and receipts for matters taking place in Nantucket, Mass.


  • Folder 1 John H. Shaw papers, 1825-1869

Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, July 2018.

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