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William Kent Papers

William Kent Papers

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WILLIAM KENT PAPERS, 1771-1866





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:Kent, William
Title:William Kent Papers
Dates:1771/1866
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The William Kent papers contain ships papers from vessels that Kent sailed on, and correspondence.
Collection Number:MH 134

Series List


SERIES I. Ships' Papers
SERIES II. Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

The William Kent papers contain ships papers from vessels that Kent sailed on, and correspondence. This collection has been divided into two series.


Series I. Ships’ Papers contain papers from vessels that William Kent sailed on; the majority of which he was captain or master. These papers contain bills of lading, receipts, insurance policies, petitions, appeals, and custom permits.


Series II. Correspondence contains correspondence about the ship Witch of the Wave, in addition to correspondence from John Bertram to T. C. Wales. It is unclear what connection Bertram or Wales have to Kent, as the correspondence is dated later than the ships’ papers with Kent’s name on them.


Biographical Sketch

William Kent was a captain and ship master in the late eighteenth century working out of Boston, Massachusetts. He was captain and master on board the sloop Congress and master on board the sloops Dolphin, Polly, and the schooner Sukey.


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.

Bertram, John, 1796-1882
Kent, William
Confidence (Ship)
Congress (Sloop)
Dolphin (Sloop)
Phoenix (Ship)
Polly (Sloop)
Sukey (Schooner)
Witch of the Wave (Ship)
Ship captains
Shipping
Boston (Mass.)

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 Kent Papers, MH 134, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by George C. Wales in 1935 (accession #9,789).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, July 2015.


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