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Charles Fretz Derby (1886-1950) Papers

Charles Fretz Derby (1886-1950) Papers

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CHARLES FRETZ DERBY (1886-1950) PAPERS, 1934-1951





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:Derby, Charles Fretz, 1886-1950
Title:Charles Fretz Derby (1886-1950) Papers
Dates:1934/1951
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box, 1 flat file)
Abstract:The Charles Fretz Derby papers are made up of materials that Derby collected that are related to Pitcairn Island.
Collection Number:MH 77

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Scope and Content Note

The Charles Fretz Derby papers are made up of materials that Derby collected that are related to Pitcairn Island. This includes correspondence to Derby from Pitcairn Island native, Ivan Christian, regarding Derby's buying of baskets and stamps from Christian. Christian continued to write to one of Derby's heirs about continuing to sell his goods after Derby's death in 1950. There are photographs that were removed from what appeared to be a page from a scrapbook; a photocopy of the photographs assembled on the scrapbook page has been included in the folder. Other items that Derby collected include stamps, a paper cut-out, leaf paintings, and news clippings about the Island and its inhabitants. Photocopies of the news clippings have been provided in the folder for the researcher's use. There is also a folder that contains information about writers Charles Nordhoff and James Hall, who wrote about and lived on Pitcairn Island. Included in this collection is a photocopy of a letter to John Derby of Salem from Benjamin Bainbridge, dated June 1812. There is no information about where the letter came from, or when the photocopy was made.


Biographical Sketch

Charles Fretz Derby was born on May 12, 1886 to John Lea and Susan (Baucker) Derby, in New Jersey. He was a major in the Officers' Reserve Corp of Pennsylvania, in the engineering department in 1919. He also appears to have been a superintendent of lighterage in 1940. Derby had an interest in the British territory, Pitcairn Island, and collected materials related to it. Pitcairn Island, located in the South Pacific, is inhabited by a very small number of people descended from the mutineers of HMAV Bounty and their Tahitian companions.


Derby was married to Mary (?). He died on November 4, 1950 in Philadelphia.


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.

Christian, Ivan
Letters
Photographs
Pitcairn Island

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

Charles Fretz Derby (1886-1950) Papers, MH 77, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was found in the collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, March 2015.


Related Material


Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.


The Government of the Pitcairn Islands. "Home Page." Last modified unknown date. http://www.pitcairn.pn/index.php


United States, Adjunct-General's Office. Official List of Officers of the Officers' Reserve Corps of the Army of the United States, 1919, Volumes 1-5; Volume 919. 1920.


Year: 1940; Census Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3692; Page: 64B; Enumeration District: 51-159.


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