Guide to the William P. Ceely Account Books, 1840–1870

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

William P. Ceely (1809–1882) owned a sail making business in Nantucket, Mass. This collection includes two bound, digitized volumes owned by William P. Ceely. The journal contains information about different ships’ sails and the shop book contains transactional records for different ships for his sail making shop.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
MS574
Title:
William P. Ceely Account Books
Date(s):
1840–1870
Creator:
Ceely, William P, 1809–1882.
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 William P. Ceely Account Books collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Adam Ceely (Acc. RL2020.25).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

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Related Collections

  • MS10 Account Books Collection, Nantucket Historical Association

Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Ceely, William P, 1809–1882.
  • Topical Term
    • Sails—Massachusetts—Nantucket—19th century.

Biographical Information

William P. Ceely owned a sail making business in Nantucket, Mass. He was born on February 13, 1809 to Elias Ceely (1773–1848) and Dinah Starbuck (1781–1848). He married Mary Bunker (1814–1884) in 1832 and together they had two children: Thomas S. Ceely (1841–1914) and Lydia M. Ceely (1848–?). Ceely died on March 9, 1882.

Scope and Content

This collection includes two bound, digitized volumes owned by William P. Ceely. The journal contains information about different ships’ sails and the shop book contains transactional records for different ships for his sail making shop.

Contents

DO-574/1: William P. Ceely journal, 1840–1853

DO-574/2: William P. Ceely shop book, 1852–1870

Processing Information

Digitized by Sara David, October 2020.

Finding aid by Kelli Yakabu, June 2021.

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