Guide to the Reminiscences of Nantucket, 1747–2009, undated

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This is an artificial collection of reminiscences written by Nantucket residents and visitors during the 18th and 19th centuries assembled by the Nantucket Historical Association.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Reminiscences of Nantucket
1747–2009, undated
Nantucket Historical Association.
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 Reminiscences of Nantucket collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Folder 4 a gift of David Barrett (Acc. RL2009.24). Folder 5 gift of the estate of Dr. Moses Victor Safford.

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

  • MS322 Harriet Barnard (Barrett) Fleming Reminiscences, Nantucket Historical Association.
  • MS407 Dr. Jacob Fine Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.

Subject Headings

  • Topical Term
    • Nantucket (Mass.)-History--18th century.
    • Nantucket (Mass.)--History--19th century.
    • Reminiscences.

Biographical Information

This is an artificial collection of reminiscences assembled by the Nantucket Historical Association. In some instances, the NHA gathers materials of a single topic to preserve them and make them available. In these cases, the NHA is seen as the creator of the artificially constructed collection.

Scope and Content

Reminiscences of Nantucket residents and visitors during the 18th and 19th centuries describing their time on the island.


Folder 1 Mercy Bowcot letter, 1747

Folder 2 Reverend Robert Collyer reminiscence, 1885

Folder 3 Caroline Dusenbery Comstock reminiscence, post 1848

Folder 4 Copy of Harriet Anne Paddack Folger reminiscence, 2009

Folder 5 Mary Ann Hopkins reminiscence, 1815

Folder 6 Sanson reminiscence, 1810

Folder 7 Allan W. Stapleton reminiscence, before 1966

Folder 8 Copy of Rachel Wilson journal extract, 1932

Folder 9 Anonymous reminiscence, 1882

Folder 10 Anonymous reminiscence, 1895

Folder 11 Anonymous reminiscence, circa 19th century

Processing Information

Finding aid by Ashley Miller, June 2022.

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

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