Conditions Governing Access
Extent5.5 linear feet (8 boxes)
The ship's papers detail merchant voyages to the West Indies, Europe, the Azores, South America, San Francisco and New Orleans from Bangor, Maine or New York City. Included are charter parties, crew lists, receipts, bills, accounts, cargo lists, and bills of lading pertaining to goods transported and purchased on behalf of customers. The bulk of the material was accumulated while on a specific merchant voyage and is organized by the name of the ship. The majority of the ships that were operated and or owned by the Adams brothers made more than one merchant voyage. The financial and legal papers of the Adams' include bills, receipts, accounts, powers of attorney, passports and miscellaneous financial records that document the Adams' merchant shipping business. This material is arranged chronologically. Also included in the Adams family business papers are printed nautical books most likely used by Calvin and William H. Adams when sailing to various ports. The nautical books contain piloting instructions, general landmarks, and navigation information.
William married Louisa Maria Emery of Hampden, Maine in 1845. They had three children, Ella Louisa, William Henry and George Emery. William died in 1868 in Bangor.
- Series I. Business correspondence, 1838-1864
- Series II. Ship's papers, 1839-1864
- Series III. Financial and legal papers, 1837-1867
- Series IV. Printed nautical books, 1826-1861
By: Benjamin Johnson
- Coastwise shipping.
- Commission merchants--New York (State)--New York City.
- Europe--Commerce--United States
- Export marketing.
- International trade.
- Merchants--New York (State)--New York City.
- Ship captains--Maine--Bangor.
- Ship's papers.
- South America--Commerce--United States
- United States--Commerce--Europe
- United States--Commerce--South America
- United States--Commerce--West Indies
- West Indies--Commerce--United States
- Adams Family. Adams Family Business Papers, 1837-1867: A Finding Aid
- Baker Library
- EAD ID
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