Finding Aids: N–Z

Luella Burlingame Nickerson Diary 1885–1886

Diary with transcription by Patricia Cahill: Previously known as the diary of unknown Cape Cod woman, transcription identified author as Luella Burlingame Nickerson of Cotuit, wife of Carleton B. Nickerson, Schooner captain.

William Brewster (Bruce) Nickerson Papers

Letters, photographs, and articles in remembrance of William Brewster (Bruce) Nickerson (1942–1966). 1 box.

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Thomas C. Perry Collection

1807–1885, ca. 1828–1857
3 items inc. 2 vols.

Shipmaster, Sandwich. Consists of a volume of lessons in navigation (1828) which contain Mercator, middle latitude, parallel, and traverse sailing examples, bound with a journal of a voyage from Lubeck to Cape Hatteras and from Monument toward Kennebec; and a log of the brig Abby and Elizabeth February 15–April 4, 1857) on a voyage from Bordeaux to New York, with a cargo of Brandy and wine. Entered therein are names of the crew. Also a deed from Arthur Perry (mariner, Sandwich) to Thomas Perry re: real estate in Sandwich.

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Phinney Family Collection: 1821–1975

The Phinney family came to Massachusetts around 1637 where they settled first in Plymouth. They ultimately settled in Cotuit and throughout Barnstable. As prominent members of the town, the Phinney's were involved in many important events that took place in the Town of Barnstable.

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Playbills from the Cape Playhouse, Monomoy Theatre, Barnstable Comedy Club, and others. 1 container.

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Records of Town and County

Records of Barnstable County, as well as various towns across Cape Cod. 2 boxes.

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Ships Papers

Purchased in 1972 through funding from the Edward Bangs Kelley and Elza Kelley Foundation, this collection of shipping papers detail the financial, political, and sometimes human costs of doing business in the whaling and shipping trade. These papers contain Barnstable sea captain papers such as the Western Star; Cape Cod as well as New Bedford and Southeastern Massachusetts papers. It also contains a few crew documents including those of David Eldridge, Seaman of Barnstable, 1802.

Agreement of Joseph Belain, boatsteerer, 1867

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Stephen Smith Collection 1805–1875

Boston cabinetmaker, inventor in the 1830's of the roll-top desk; pioneer land developer and planner, and owner of a model farm and other properties in Barnstable. The papers record the conduct of the firm of Stephen Smith & Co., Cornhill, Boston, a furniture business and real estate partnership with considerable holdings in that part of Boston known as Ward Eleven, or South End. Many fine buildings, including Minor Hall, Concord Hall, Lincoln Hall, and the Smith Block, as well as properties on Washington, Concord, and Commercial Streets, were built and owned by this firm. The "desk" business was auctioned off in 1875 following the death of Stephen; but the real estate business continued in the family until 1945.

Stephen Smith (1805–1875) Collection ca. 1800–1900; 1920–1985; and n.d., gift of: Steven Bartlett, 1986, 4 boxes, 2 cartons.

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Henry Chester Sweeney

Master merchant marine, U.S. Naval Reserve. Image of Henry Chester Sweeney

Scrapbook ca. 1942–1946 (1 volume). Gift of: Clair Baisley, daughter of Henry Chester Sweeney, 1980

Contains papers relating to the ships he commanded during this period: SS George E. Pickett, SS John Marshall, SS Mobile, Liberty Ship Edward B. Haines, and SS Minotaur. Included are loading, sailing, and Convoy cruising orders, and berthing plans; letters of commendation and appreciation from Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Forces; War Shipping Administration, and British Naval officers; and photographs.

Also, memorabilia such as foreign currency, newspapers and clippings, and invitations and menus. In recognition of his service and loyalty to the nation, he was presented an award of honor by the Town of Chatham in 1946. The certificate of that award is contained in the scrapbook.

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Gladys Taber Papers 1899–1980

This small collection consists of occasional letters and pieces written by a Cape Cod author known for her early domestic naturalism and appreciations of Cape Cod. 1 box.

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Marion Vuilleumier Photograph Collection

Photographs which appear in the publication: Cape Cod, a Pictorial History, published in 1982. All items listed are subject to copyright restrictions from owning agency.

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Howard M. Wood Photograph Collection

Unusual early aerial photography over the Upper Cape and Southeastern Massachusetts, 88 items.


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