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Russell, Joseph P.
Joseph P. Russell Papers
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
The Joseph P. Russell papers
contain correspondence, accounts, and crew lists of five vessels owned or mastered
by Joseph Russell, a Newburyport, Massachusetts, shipping merchant and
Scope and Content Note
The Joseph P. Russell papers contain correspondence, accounts, and crew lists of five
vessels owned or mastered by Joseph Russell, a Newburyport, Massachusetts, shipping
merchant and master. These include the brigantine Harriet, ship Moses Brown, ship Rebecca, brig Sally, and
schooner Tom Bowline. (See Appendix I for further
information.) The ship Moses Brown's disbursement book
also features shipping and personal accounts of Joseph Russell from 1818 to 1820. Of
special interest are the stores inventory of the schooner Tom
Bowline and the account of the brig Sally's
capture by the British in 1808. The collection also includes: family business papers
containing merchant correspondence of Joseph, his brother William, and their partner
William Picket; Joseph's partner agreement with John Davenport; legal papers of
Thomas Russell; and an account book of William Russell which includes accounts of
the ship Russell and brig Lively.
Joseph P. Russell was a Newburyport, Massachusetts,
shipping merchant and master.
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.
Davenport, John, 1776-1817
Russell, William, 1744?-1818
Moses Brown (Ship)
Tom Bowline (Schooner)
Capture at sea
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
The mold damaged papers in folder 6 are restricted due to their fragile
condition. Photocopies of these items have been integrated into the main body of the
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
Joseph P. Russell Papers, MSS 169, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem,
This collection is a combination of material removed from the John Davenport Papers
(MSS 163) and five shipping account books. The
collection is from an unknown source.
Collection processed by Sylvia Kennick, January 1985. Updated by Tamara Gaydos,