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Franklin S. Phelps & Company Records

Franklin S. Phelps & Company Records

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FRANKLIN S. PHELPS & COMPANY RECORDS, 1853-1888





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:Franklin S. Phelps & Company
Title:Franklin S. Phelps & Company Records
Dates:1853/1888
Quantity:3.75 linear feet (6 boxes)
Abstract:The Franklin S. Phelps and Company Records document the business of this Boston-based insurance agency.
Collection Number:MH 186

Series List


SERIES I. Correspondence
SERIES II. Ships' Papers
SERIES III. Personal Papers

Scope and Content Note


The Franklin S. Phelps and Company Records document the business of this Boston-based insurance agency. It dealt mostly, but not exclusively with marine insurance. The collection contains correspondence and ships' papers and is divided into two series. There are three folders of personal papers.


Series I. Correspondence contains letters arranged by correspondent (insurance companies, shipping companies, ship brokers, bankers, attorneys, and individuals) and then chronologically. Most of the correspondence is letters received, with a few outgoing letters from Franklin S. Phelps as well. It also includes telegrams.


Series II. Ships' Papers includes affidavits, statements, reports, bills, depositions, protests, disbursements for repairs, and correspondence.


Series III. Personal Papers contains personal letters to Phelps and letters to Phelps' wife, "Meggie."


Historical/Biographical Sketch

Franklin S. Phelps and Company was a Boston, Massachusetts, based insurance agency with an office on State Street. The owner and agent, Franklin S. Phelps, was born in Fort Covington, New York, on September 15, 1833, to James and Rebecca (Willard) Phelps. In 1863, he married Mary Elizabeth Richardson (born 1829) and they lived in Lynn, Massachusetts. They had three sons: John Franklin (born 1864), John Samuel (born 1866), and Willard Schetky (born 1868). Franklin died on March 5, 1898 in Lynn.


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.

Phelps, Mary Elizabeth (Richardson)
A. W. Stevens (Bark)
Afton (Brigantine)
Ann Mcrae (Brig)
Arthur Pickering (Bark)
Atalanta (Ship)
Batavia (Bark)
Boyd and Arnton
Contest (Ship)
Cosmopolite (Ship)
Dolphin (Ship)
Ella (Brigantine)
Emeline (Schooner)
Emily Fisher (Brig)
Frances (Schooner)
Frank W. (Brig)
Game Cock (Schooner)
Importers and Traders Insurance Company
Iris (Brig)
Jamestown (Ship)
Lizzie Billings (Brig)
Maine Mutual Marine Insurance Company
Martha Riordan (Schooner)
Mary Jane Wilber (Brigantine)
Merrimack Suspender Company
Minnie K. (Brig)
Narragansett Fire and Marine Insurance Company
National Insurance Company
Newport Fire and Marine Insurance Company
Norway (Ship)
Orion (Ship)
Pacific Mutual Insurance Company
Peri (Brigantine)
Regina (Vessel)
Sarah Louisa (Schooner)
St. Lawrence (Ship)
St. Mary (Bark)
Star Castle (Whaling Brig)
Tasmanian (Ship)
Varnum H. Hill (Brig)
W. D. (Whaling Schooner)
White Star (Schooner)
Yosemite (Ship)
Business records
Letters
Marine insurance
Protests (Maritime law)
Shipping
Ships' papers
Shipwrecks
Boston (Mass.)
Affidavits

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

Franklin S. Phelps & Company Records, MH 186, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by the estate of John and James Phelps in 1948 (acc #11,920).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, November 2016.


Related Material


Vinton, John Adams. The Richardson Memorial, Comprising a Full History and Genealogy of the Posterity of the Three Brothers, Ezekiel, Samuel, and Thomas Richardson, Who Came from England, and United with Others in the Foundation of Woburn, Massachusetts, in the Year 1641, of John Richardson, of Medfield, 1679, of Amos Richardson, of Boston, 1640, of Edward and William Richardson, of Newbury, 1643, with Notices of Richardsons in England and Elsewhere .. Portland, Me.: Printed for the Subscribers by B. Thurston, 1876.


Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.


Application book of the Franklin S. Phelps Insurance Agency, 1867-1872, MSS 1634.1


Insurance book of the Franklin S. Phelps Insurance Agency, 1856-1875, MSS 1634.2


Records of the Franklin S. Phelps Insurance Agency, 1867-1868, MSS 1634.3


Account book of the Franklin S. Phelps Insurance Agency, 1871-1872, MSS 1634.4


Account book of the Franklin S. Phelps Insurance Agency, 1858-1867, MSS 1634.5


Account book of the Franklin S. Phelps Insurance Agency, 1867-1875, MSS 1634.6


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