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William Wyman Henry (1820-1886) Papers

William Wyman Henry (1820-1886) Papers

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WILLIAM WYMAN HENRY (1820-1886) PAPERS, 1829-1904, 1978





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Henry, William Wyman, 1820-1886
Title:William Wyman Henry (1820-1886) Papers
Dates:1829/1904, 1978
Quantity:2 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 volume)
Abstract:The William Wyman Henry Papers contain correspondence between William Wyman Henry and his wife, Evaline, and other family members, Henry's ship journals, research about the clipper ship era, and some personal books belonging to William Henry and his son.
Collection Number:MSS 396

Series List

SERIES I. William and Evaline Kidder Correspondence
SERIES II. Evaline Kidder and Family Correspondence
SERIES III. Ships' Journals
SERIES IV. Miscellaneous Research
SERIES V. Personal Books

Scope and Content Note

The William Wyman Henry papers contain correspondence between William Wyman Henry and his wife, Evaline, and other family members, Henry's ship journals, research about the clipper ship era, and some personal books belonging to William Henry and his son.


Series I. William and Evaline Kidder Correspondence contains letters from William to his wife Evaline while serving in his various commands from 1847 to 1884.


Series II. Evaline Kidder and Family Correspondence contains letters between Evaline and her family including her father and sister.


Series III. Ships' Journals contains individual journals for William's commands that run continuously from 1863 to 1876.


Series IV. Miscellaneous Research includes research notes and portions of a research paper on the clipper ship era that highlights William's commands of the ships Raven and Noonday in addition to many photocopies of news clippings regarding those ships.


Series V. Personal Books contain William's personal Bible, a penmanship schoolbook and his son's autograph book.


Biographical Sketch

Born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, William Wyman Henry (1820-1886) was a prominent merchant and clipper ship captain. William gained notoriety in 1851 during his first clipper ship command in the Raven by defeating the famous Sea Witch in a race from New York to San Francisco, completing the voyage in 106 days. There is no record of his life before 1844 when he is found to be serving as mate aboard the bark Stamboul engaged in the Mediterranean trade. Shortly thereafter, in 1846, William was given his first command in the bark Alert. For the next forty years he would spend little time at home in Charlestown since he continuously acquired ship commands that sent him from Boston to San Francisco to Shanghai to Liverpool and back to Boston several times. Willam married Evaline Kidder (1817-1877) in 1845 and had two children, Evaline Augusta Henry (1848-1910) and William Linzee Henry (1854-1930). The letters between William and his wife Evaline are the primary source for this information about his voyages and family life and provide a vivid account of a life at sea.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Henry, William Linzee, 1854-1930
Henry, William Wyman, 1820-1886
Kidder, Evaline, 1817-1877
Antioch (Bark)
Daring (Ship)
Leucothea (Ship)
Magellan (Ship)
Marmion (Ship)
Puritan (Ship)
Account books
Clipper ships
Shipping--China--Shanghai
Shipping--England--Liverpool
Shipping--United States
Ships' papers
Boston (Mass.)--Commerce
India--Commerce--United States
San Francisco--Commerce
United States--Commerce--China

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

William Wyman Henry (1820-1886) Papers, MSS 396, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by the Waters Family (acc # 1995.034 and 1995.035).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Ken Selnick, April 2009.


Related Material

Clark, Arthur H. The Clipper Ship Era: An Epitome of Famous American And British Clipper Ships, Their Owners, Builders, Commanders And Crews. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1912.


Cutler, Carl C. Greyhounds Of The Sea: The Story Of The American Clipper Ship. Annapolis MD: United States Naval Institute, 1961.


Henry, Sarah P. ed. The Letters of William W. Henry Sea Captain 1820-1886 Vol 1. 1844-1854. N.p.,1978.


Howe, Octavious T., American Clipper Ships. Salem MA: Marine Research Society, 1926-27.


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