Guide to the Piecebooks, 1794-1915

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

This is an artificial collection of piece books assembled by the Nantucket Historical Association. In some instances, the NHA gathers materials of a single format to preserve them and make them available. In these cases, the NHA is seen as the creator of the artificially constructed collection. Piecebooks contain poetry and bits of prose copied and, in some cases, written by owners. Items were frequently included in celebration of a birthday or in memory of a dead friend.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
MS41
Title:
Piecebooks
Date(s):
1794-1915
Creator:
Nantucket Historical Association.
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 Piecebooks collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Tristram Coffin’s piecebook gift of Tewksbury Papers.

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.

Subject Headings

  • Nantucket Historical Association.
  • Autograph albums.
  • Poetry.
  • Nantucket Island (Mass.) -- Social life and customs.
  • Essays -- Nantucket (Mass.)

Biographical Information

This is an artificial collection of piece books assembled by the Nantucket Historical Association. In some instances, the NHA gathers materials of a single format to preserve them and make them available. In these cases, the NHA is seen as the creator of the artificially constructed collection. Piecebooks contain poetry and bits of prose copied and, in some cases, written by owners. Items were frequently included in celebration of a birthday or in memory of a dead friend.

Scope and Content

Several of the books are combined autograph-piecebooks, in that the friends who contributed copied material or wrote rather lengthy poems or essays revealing their thoughts. Many Nantucket individuals are included. Many of the quoted materials reveal the thoughts of the books’ keepers.

Contents

Folder 1 Benjamin Albertson piecebook, 1859–1899

Folder 2 Susan H. Albertson piecebook, post 1851–1871

Folder 3 Charles Henry Davis piecebook, 1852–1859

Folder 3.5 Mary S. Coffin piecebook, 1829–1827

Folder 4 Tristram Coffin piecebook, 1794–1795

Folder 4.5 Tristram Coffin piecebook, 1815

Folder 5 Judith J. Derrick piecebook, 1853–1854

Folder 6 Mary Ann Mitchell piecebook, 1857, 1877

Folder 7 Mary S. Mitchell piecebook, 1892–1899

Folder 8 Elisha Paddock piecebook, 1770, 1777, 1786, 1797

Folder 9 Sarah Watson piecebook, 1842

Folder 10 Anonymous piecebook, 1812

Folder 11 Anonymous piecebook, undated

Folder 12 Eliza Baker piecebook, 1832–1837

Folder 13 Amelia B. Haden piecebook, 1832–1838, 1847

Folder 14 Eliza P. Swain piecebook, 1832–1880

Folder 15 Louisa Thompson piecebook, undated

Folder 16 Anonymous piecebook, undated

Folder 17 Fugitive pages from piecebook, undated

Folder 18 Anonymous piecebook, 1819–1852

Folder 19 Ebenezer Coleman piecebook, 1822

Folder 20 Lydia Coffin piecebook, 1808

Folder 21 William C. Macy piecebook, 1834

Folder 22 Daniel Jones piecebook, 1834

Folder 23 William Riddell piecebook, 25 July 1834

Folder 24 Anonymous piecebook, 17 November 1799

Folder 25 Alexander Folger piecebook, undated

Folder 26 F.M. Rotch piecebook, 3 July 1828

Processing Information

Finding aid by Ashley Miller, June 2022.

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