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Kimball, Frank Reed, 1853-1924
Frank Reed Kimball (1853-1924)
3.25 Linear feet (7 boxes)
The papers of this Salem,
Massachusetts, man reflect a wide variety of interests and include papers of a
number of family members.
SERIES I. Frank Reed Kimball Papers
A. Personal Papers
B. Papers Related to Serope A. Güdajian
C. Papers Related to Anglo-Israelism and the Anglo-Saxon
D. Genealogical/Family History Papers
SERIES II. Eleanor Brodhead Kimball Papers SERIES III. Edward Adams Kimball Papers SERIES IV. Brodhead Family Papers SERIES V. Arnold Family Papers SERIES VI. Edward Dearborn Kimball Papers
A. Business Papers
B. Personal Papers
SERIES VII. Susan Sawyer Kimball Papers SERIES VIII. Elbridge Gerry Kimball Papers SERIES IX. Nathaniel A. Kimball Papers SERIES X. Dearborn Family Papers SERIES XI. Sarah Knight Kimball Papers SERIES XII. Ships' Papers
A. Schooner America Belle
B. Brig Ann Elizabeth
C. Bark Buckeye
D. Brig Gambia
E. Bark Manchester
F. Brig Pactolus
G. Brig Rolla
H. Bark S. W. Porter
I. Brig Tiberius
SERIES XIII. Seaman's Protection Certificates SERIES XIV. Miscellaneous Materials SERIES XV. Kimball -Related Images
Scope and Content Note
The papers of this Salem, Massachusetts, man reflect a wide variety of interests and
include papers of a number of family members. His personal papers include diaries of
voyages; deeds; patents issued to him; correspondence from Serope A. Güdajian, a
Turkish man who hoped to found an American-style university in Turkey; papers
related to Kimball's interest in and correspondence from Charles A. L. Totten about
Anglo-Israelism, plus the formation of the Anglo-Saxon Identity Association to
promote this theory; and genealogy of the Kimball and Knight families. Papers of
family members include those of his first and second wives, Eleanor Brodhead and
Catherine Arnold; his son, Edward Adams Kimball; and relatives Nathaniel A. Kimball,
Susan Sawyer Kimball, and Sarah Knight Kimball, plus papers of the Brodhead, Arnold,
and Dearborn families. It has been organized into 15 series.
Series I. Frank Reed Kimball Papers are subdivided
into four subseries. Subseries A. Personal Papers
contains: early diaries; a fishing list; an essay on a trip to Ireland; Bowdoin
College related material; a deed for land on Marblehead Neck; legal documents
related to a trust agreement and the disposition of his father's estate; letters
patent and patent transfer papers; stock transactions; essays on marriage and work
ethics; correspondence from his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson; church
membership transfer request; several pencil sketches; and galley proofs. Subseries B. Papers Related to Serope A. Güdajian, contains
materials related to a scheme to found an American-style university in Turkey. Also
included is an insurance policy on Güdajian, with Kimball as the beneficiary. Subseries C. Papers Related to Anglo-Israelism and the Anglo-Saxon
Identity Association contains materials associated with Kimball's belief
in the theory of Anglo-Israelism and the formation of the Anglo-Saxon Identity
Association to promote this theory. Additionally, there is correspondence between
Kimball and Charles A. L. Totten, a prolific writer and proponent of
Anglo-Israelism. Subseries D. Genealogical/Family History
Papers includes: genealogy-related correspondence; material related to
the Kimball and Knight families; a genealogical notebook; and two biographical
sketches of family members.
Series II. Eleanor Brodhead Kimball Papers includes
correspondence with her husband, Frank Reed Kimball, and a number of others; a
furniture inventory of pieces transferred to her by her husband; and an undated
Series III. Edward Adams Kimball Papers consists
primarily of a small collection of correspondence between Edward A. Kimball and his
grandmother, Susan Sawyer Kimball.
Series IV. Brodhead Family Papers contain
correspondence between various members of the Brodhead family.
Series V. Arnold Family Papers includes
correspondence regarding a note owed by Edmund Arnold and a piece of land owned by
his estate; trust agreements between Frank R. Kimball and Catherine E. Arnold for
the contents and personal property in two houses owned by Kimball and subject to
probate of his mother's and first wife's estates; and a trust agreement between
Kimball and Arnold for property on Cape Breton Island. (Catherine Arnold became
Kimball's second wife in 1905.)
Series VI. Edward Dearborn Kimball Papers are
subdivided into Business Papers and Personal Papers. Subseries
A. Business Papers contains correspondence from his agents; receipts for
funds paid to merchants and agents; accounts of candle sales; insurance claims; and
the acquisition of the Staten Island Oil and Candle Company. (Edward D. Kimball
acquired the assets of the Staten Island Oil & Candle Co. as a result of its
inability to pay him for palm oil that Kimball supplied from Africa.) Subseries B. Personal Papers includes bills and receipts
for travel, household items, clothing, etc.; a power of attorney; deeds for land in
North Salem, North Andover, and Philadelphia; material related to building a
"mansion house" in North Danvers; and a stock purchase agreement.
Series VII. Susan Sawyer Kimball Papers contains two
small pocket diaries; an account book of living expenses; bank drafts; a deed for
the transfer of property on Pleasant Street, Salem, to Frank Reed Kimball; and
correspondence regarding property Susan owned in Independence, Missouri.
Series VIII. Elbridge Gerry Kimball Papers includes a
memorandum book and cargo notebook; business correspondence; a wallet and the papers
removed from it, which include demand notes, accounts, and gold memoranda from the
Philadelphia mint; and an accounting of his estate.
Series IX. Nathaniel A. Kimball Papers include two
personal letters and one business letter.
Series X. Dearborn Family Papers includes papers
related to the estate of Phebe Dearborn; miscellaneous bills and receipts; and a
Series XI. Sarah Knight Kimball Papers contains an
1847 copy of her last will and testament.
Series XII. Ships' Papers contains insurance
policies, bills of sale, bills of lading, owner's instructions, accounts, and
shipping articles for the following vessels: Schooner American
Belle, Brig Ann Elizabeth, Bark Buckeye, Brig Gambia, Bark
Manchester, Brig Pactolus, Brig Rolla, Bark S. W. Porter, and Brig Tiberius.
Series XIII. Seaman's Protection Certificates
consists of a collection of fifty documents, including 48 Seaman's Protection
Certificates issued by the Customs Service and two affidavits certifying that two
black men were free and citizens of the United States.
Series XIV. Miscellaneous Materials is quite diverse
and contains: six small (21 x 17cm) handwritten notebooks copying "North Pole
Adventure," the work of Joseph Latique LaJore (?) describing his fourteen years
among the Native American tribes in the polar region; notes; letters; poems; an
address list; a bill of fare for Boston's Parker House; a proposal for "The Woodruff
Scientific Expedition Around the World"; a Civil War era projectile; etc.
Series XV. Kimball -Related Images contains two pen
and ink drawings on silk and thirteen photographs of the interior of 94 Washington
Frank(lin) Reed Kimball was born into a family that traces
its New England roots to 1634. He was born on 10 July 1853 in Salem, Massachusetts,
the second son of Edward Dearborn Kimball (1810-1867) and Susan Sawyer (Kimball)
Kimball (1818-1902). Edward Dearborn Kimball and Susan Sawyer Kimball were first
cousins. Frank's brothers, Edward Gordon (1848-1852) and Edwin Davis (1859-1865),
both died young.
Frank Reed Kimball was educated in private schools in Salem and Switzerland, and
at the Franklin School in Maine. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1876 with a
Bachelor of Science degree. Upon graduation he attended Comer's Commercial College
in Boston and subsequently began a business manufacturing lighting devices. When the
business was incorporated in 1881, he gave up active interest and appears to have
never been actively involved in business again.
Kimball married Eleanor Whitney Brodhead, daughter of Col. Josiah and Eliza A.
Tufts Brodhead, on 14 April 1878. They had one child, Edward Ward Adams Kimball,
born in Boston on 29 March 1879. Eleanor Brodhead Kimball died at Salem in 1904.
Frank Reed Kimball then married Catherine Eveline Arnold on 12 September 1905, the
daughter of Edmund and Margaret (Parnell) Arnold. They had two daughters, Margaret
Arnold Kimball and Mary Frances Kimball. After Mr. Kimball's second marriage, an
estrangement occurred between him and his son as well as with the Brodhead family.
The nature and degree of these difficulties are not detailed in the correspondence
in the collection.
Frank Reed Kimball had an intense interest in Millennialism and published a
treatise, Signs of the Times, in 1882, in which he
speculated on future events, based on his understanding of Biblical prophecy that
would take place over the next 40 years. Along with his mother, he believed in the
theory of Anglo-Israelism, which speculates that the Anglo-Saxon race is the ten
lost tribes of Israel. In this regard he was principal in the formation of the
Anglo-Saxon Identity Association in 1892. The association and its goals are
extremely vague except to equate the Anglo-Saxon race with ancient Israel. It is
listed in the Boston Directory for only two years, 1892
and 1893. The contact person, Dearborn Reed, is listed as living in Lynn. However,
there is no Dearborn Reed listed in any Lynn directory during this period. It is not
too difficult to speculate that Dearborn Reed was in fact Frank Reed Kimball using a
During his years at Bowdoin he befriended a Turkish national, Serope A.
Güdajian, who along with Kimball and others, was involved in a failed scheme to
found an American-style university outside Constantinople. It appears from
correspondence in the collection that Kimball was the major financial supporter of
Güdajian during the period 1874-1883, to the point that he held an insurance policy
on Güdajian's life.
Kimball wrote a number of pieces, some published, some not, which are
represented in the Phillips Library collections. His interest in the Kimball family
history and genealogy is expressed in a published work, In
Memoriam, Biography of Mrs. Susan Sawyer Kimball (Boston, 1903).
Additionally, he compiled a biography of his father, Edward Dearborn Kimball, which
appears never to have been published.
Frank Reed Kimball died on 3 April 1924 in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Edward Ward Adams Kimball was born in Boston on 29
March 1879, the only child of Frank Reed Kimball and Eleanor Whitney (Brodhead)
Kimball. He was trained as both a physician and lawyer; however, there is no
evidence he ever practiced medicine. In his later years he practiced law in Boston.
He died in Salem on 20 March 1972 while living in a nursing home there. Edward Adams
Kimball first married Rita (?) who bore him a son. Later he married Bertha Leach who
preceded him in death. A son, Wilfred Montgomery Kimball, survived him.
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.
Güdajian, Serope A.
Kimball, Catherine Arnold
Kimball, Edward Adams, 1879-1972
Kimball, Edward Dearborn, 1810-1867
Kimball, Elbridge Gerry, 1816-1849
Kimball, Elbridge Gerry, 1816-1849
Kimball, Eleanor Brodhead, d. 1904
Kimball, Nathaniel A., 1822-1862
Kimball, Sarah Knight, 1780-1849
Kimball, Susan Sawyer, 1818-1902
Totten, Charles Adiel Lewis, 1851-1908
American Belle (Schooner)
Anglo-Saxon Identity Association
Ann Elizabeth (Brig)
S.W. Porter (Bark)
Staten Island Oil and Candle Company
African American sailors
Voyages and travels
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
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