Guide to the Journal of Samuel Swain, 1813-1837, 1876-1888

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Journal of Samuel Swain
1813-1837, 1876-1888
Swain, Samuel, 1808-1892
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: Journal of Samuel Swain, Nantucket Historical Association.

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Related Collections

  • MS116 Swain Family Papers, Nantucket Historical Association

Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Swain, Samuel, 1808-1892.
  • Topical Term
    • Business—Massachusetts—Nantucket—19th century.
    • Weather—Observations—Massachusetts—Nantucket—19th century.
    • Whale oil.

Biographical Information

Samuel Swain (1808-1892) was born in Nantucket, Mass., to George Swain (1776-1848) and Hannah Coffin Swain (1778-1761). Circa 1835, he married Lydia L. Pitman (1815-1852), with whom he had two children. Following her death, he married Elisabeth A. Van Valkenburg (1809-1880) in 1854. Swain served as the Register of Probate and Insolvency as well as County Treasurer of Nantucket.

Scope and Content

The Journal of Samuel Swain recounts the sale of candles and whale oil in Nantucket, Mass. The journal also mentions weather conditions on the island. In addition, the journal contains interleaved materials such as an undated republican ticket, news clippings of legal notices, and a letter from Harriet C. Dessung dated July 17, 1869.


Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, June 2018 with additional descriptive content added by Sarah Lerner, September 2018.

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