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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1832

Joseph Whipple and William Whipple papers


Papers of American brothers and business partners Joseph and William Whipple.


  • Creation: 1717-1904
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1763-1814

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


2 linear feet (3 boxes and 1 pf box)

Chiefly correspondence of Joseph Whipple, much of it pertaining to his tenure as customs collector from secretaries of the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury and others, together with business correspondence and documents concerning the Whipples' commercial and shipping enterprise (especially in the 1760s), letters from William to Joseph when William was in the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, and a few letters to William on revolutionary regiments. Also contains journals, 1779-1780, 1809, and 1813-1814, kept by Joseph; some correspondence, documents, and notebooks of the Lowell family; diaries, notebooks, logbooks, accounts, and correspondence of other third parties; state and federal documents on militias, taxes, and appointments, etc.; and miscellaneous manuscripts, documents, church minutes, ships' certificates, and printed material.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph and William Whipple were brothers and partners in a mercantile business in Portsmouth, N.H. Joseph was the Collector of Customs as well as the Superintendent of the Lighthouse and the Agent for Fortifications in Portsmouth. William (1730-1785) was a member of the Continental Congress and later the New Hampshire legislature, signer of the Declaration of Independence, soldier in the Revolution, and Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

67M-92. Gift of Edward Sturgis, George P.Sturgis, Howard O. Sturgis, Harriet S. Hollister, and Mrs. J. Sturgis Harris; received: 1967. Mrs. J. Sturgis Harris's first name unknown as of 2021.

Given in memory of Elizabeth Putnam.

Processing Information

Reformatted by: Bonnie B. Salt, 2015

Whipple, Joseph, 1738-1816. Joseph Whipple and William Whipple papers, 1717-1904: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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