James A. Latham Papers (Coll. 83)


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Overview of the Collection

Biography of James A. Latham

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Latham, James A., 1808-1902
Title: James A. Latham Papers
Dates: 1848-1897
Extent: ca. 23 items
Abstract: Includes ten journals (1860-1897) of daily social and business events; accounts and enrollments for seven sloops and schooners; account book for earnings on shares in numerous smacks and schooners; and bills payable for shipbuilding materials, labor, and cartage accounts.
Identification: Coll. 83

Biography of James A. Latham

James A. Latham (1808-1902) was a shipbuilder and master carpenter of Noank, Connecticut. He originally entered into partnership with John Palmer (1787-1859) to build vessels in Noank. After Palmer retired in the late 40's, James and his brother John D. Latham became partners. They built many vessels, mostly sloops, for the next 20 years, with James leaving the business to his brother in 1868. John continued shipbuilding into the 1880's. The Lathams built primarily in their own yard, but on occasion, as when James served as master carpenter for the building of the smack EMMA C. BERRY at the R. J. Palmer yard in 1866, they would work for other builders.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division. See also: Mystic Seaport's copyright notice.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Places:

Noank (Connecticut)--Social life and customs

Subjects:

Shipbuilding--Connecticut--Noank--Materials
Shipbuilding industry--Connecticut--Noank

Document Types:

Account books--Connecticut--Noank
Accounts--Connecticut--Noank
Diaries--Connecticut--Noank

Occupations:

Carpenters--Connecticut--Noank

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 83, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Papers; 1854-1877
Box Folder
1 1 Accounts with Robert Palmer, the schooner MARGRET & LUCY, and the schooner EMMA COTTINGTON; 1865, 1877, and undated
2 Enrolments, pertaining to the sloops GROVER G. KING, J.D. LATHAM, and ISABELLA, the schooner TRIUMPH, all of Noank, Connecticut; in addition to the schooner HENRY MAY of Orient, N.Y.; 1854-1873
Volumes; 18481897
Volume
1 Account book for earning on shares owned in the smacks WILLIAM A. WILBUR (1/8), J. A. LATHAM (1/8), BELLE (1/8), MANHATTAN (1/8), MONTEZUMA (1/8), MARTHA (1/8), HELLEN C. G. (1/16), J. D. LATHAM (1/8), MARY MATILDA (1/16), and RIPPLE (1/8); the schooners G. MOON (1/16), D. W. HAMMOND (1/16), A. L. HARDY (1/16), E. L. HAMMOND (1/16), VICTOR (1/8), M. L. ROGERS (1/32), WILLIE (sole owner), ELIZABETH SEGAR (1/32), and RED WING (1/8); and the brig WILLIAM MALLORY (3/32); 1848-1854
2 Account book of bills payable for shipbuilding materials, labor, and cartage, which includes the names of numerous individuals and vessels; 1850-1863
3 Composition and account book with the first part, used by Abbie J. Latham as a school composition book at Winthrope Institute in New London, Connecticut, and the second part as a family account book of household expenses, in addition to household receipts for remedies; 1856-1869
4 Journal of daily social and business events, which includes comments on weather conditions and changes; 1860-1861
5 Journal of daily social and business events, which includes comments on weather conditions and changes; 1862-1863
6 Journal of daily social and business events, which includes comments on weather conditions and changes; 1864-1865, plus 1873 Jun-Dec
7 Journal of daily social and business events, which includes comments on weather conditions and changes; also contains accounts of shipyard expenses; 1866-1867; 1863-1864
8 Journal of daily social and business events, which includes comments on weather conditions and changes; 1868-1869
9 Journal of daily social and business events, which includes comments on weather conditions and changes; 1870-1872 plus 1873 Jan-Jun
10 Journal of daily social and business events, which includes comments on weather conditions and changes; 1874-1878
11 Journal of daily social and business events, which includes comments on weather conditions and changes; 1879-1884
12 Journal of daily social and business events, which includes comments on weather conditions and changes with emphasis of entries being mainly weather and lesser on events; 1885-1891
13 Journal of daily weather conditions and changes, with only occasional and brief comments pertaining to social and business events; 1892-1897
14 Account book of James A. Latham, Master carpenter of Noank, Connecticut. Contains accounts of labor, shipbuilding and outfitting; 1849-1863

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