Charles Oliver Iselin Papers (Coll. 85)

An Inventory of the Papers at the G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport

Collection register prepared by the Manuscripts Division

Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc
Mystic, Connecticut

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Iselin, C. Oliver (Charles Oliver)
Title: Charles Oliver Iselin Papers
Dates: 1893-1903
Abstract: Correspondence, construction agreements, charter parties, outfitting documents, accounts, operating expenses, logs, journals, and scrapbooks, relating chiefly to America's Cup races and yachts. Also includes clippings, telegrams, and other items relating to the Lord Dunraven/Charles Iselin controversy. Other topics include the construction, outfitting, and preparation of the COLUMBIA for the 1899 race and the DEFENDER (1895), INTREPID, RELIANCE (1903), and VIGILANT (1893).
Quantity: ca. 505 items
Identification: Coll. 85

Biography of Charles Oliver Iselin

An avid yachtsman, Charles Oliver Iselin was a member of the New York Yacht Club.


Index Terms

Persons:
Dunraven, Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin. (1841-1926)
Corporate Entities:
Columbia (Yacht)
Defender (Yacht)
Intrepid (Yacht)
New York Yacht Club
Reliance (Yacht)
Vigilant (Yacht)
Subjects:
America's Cup races
Charter-parties
Yacht building--United States
Yacht racing--United States
Yachts--United States
Document Types:
Accounts--United States
Agreements--United States
Journals (accounts)--United States
Logs (records)--United States
Scrapbooks--United States
Telegrams

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Papers, 1895-1902.
Box Folder
1 1 Papers pertaining to America's Cup yacht Defender, including construction contract, letters, and balance sheet. 1895
2 Papers pertaining to the schooner yacht Intrepid, including a charter party, and a receipt of payment. 1897
3 Letters pertaining to a yachting crew position, and good luck charms. 1898 Jan.
4 Papers pertaining to America's Cup yacht race, including letters, agreements, memorandum, and wind tables for Sandy Hook, N.J. 1898 Aug. - Sep.
5 Papers pertaining to America's Cup yacht race, including letters, insurance bills, and wind tables for Sandy Hook, N.J. 1898 Oct.
6 Letters pertaining to outfitting a yacht for America's Cup race. 1898 Dec.
7 Letters pertaining to construction and outfitting a yacht for America's Cup race, including mostly sails and crew. 1899 Jan. 1899 Jan.
8 Papers pertaining to America's Cup Yacht, including letters, a telegram, and a construction contract. 1899 Feb.
9 Papers pertaining to America's Cup yacht, including letters on outfitting and crew, and an original poem proposing the name of GOLDEN ROD. 1899 Mar.
10 Letters pertaining to America's Cup yacht, mostly concerning chartering, construction, crew, outfitting, and press coverage. 1899 April
11 Correspondence pertaining to America's Cup yacht Columbia, including outfitting, a mooring request, and an original poem. 1899 May
12 Papers including a charter party for the steamer St. Michaels, letters, and ship's documents for the yacht COLUMBIA. 1899 Jun
13 Balance sheets for operating expenses charged to the yacht Columbia. 1899 Jun.-Dec.
14 Abstract Log for the steamer St. Michaels, used as a tender to the yacht Columbia 1899 Jun. 27-Oct. 31
15 Papers, pertaining to the yacht Columbia, including N.Y.Y.C. certification of class, resolution of congratulations on race results, and yacht inventories. 1899 Oct. - Dec.
16 Address to the officers and crew of the yacht Columbia, by S. Oliver Iselin upon disbanding. (9 copies). 1899 Nov.
17 Letter proposing race rule changes for America's Cup. 1900 Sept. 26
18 Papers pertaining to forthcoming America's Cup race, including letters, telegrams, and rough notes. 1902
19 Papers including two inventories, a crew list, and two equipment brochures. undated
Volumes, 1893-1903.
Box Folder
1 20 Volume 1; Ledger for expenses charged to the yacht Columbia 1899
Box Folder
2 1 Volume 2; Scrapbook of letters, telegrams, memorandum, clippings, and orders pertaining to the America's Cup yachts VIGILANT, DEFENDER, and COLUMBIA 1893-1899
2 Volume 3; Scrapbook of letters, telegrams, notes, clippings, and certificates pertaining to the America's Cup yacht RELIANCE 1902-1903
3 Volume 4; Journal kept on board the yacht RELIANCE, defender of America's Cup 1903 Apr 29 - Sep 3
4 Volume 5; Typescript copy of Journal (Volume 4) 1903 Apr 29 - Sep 3

Index


Index to Personal Names

NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about Allen, F. M. in Box 1, Folder 7 of the collection.
Allen, F. M. 1/7
Almy, Albert 1/10
Angrade Jr., Cipriano 1/4
Bacon, Robert 1/5
Bancroft, A. L. 1/8
Barr, Charles 1/5, 1/7, 1/18
Belmont, Auguste 1/3, 1/18
Clarke, ? 1/18
Cook, E. A. F. 1/7
Duncan Jr., W. B. 1/7, 1/17, 1/18
Duthie, John 1/7
Fitzpatrick, John 1/7
Forbes, Mac 1/18
Hammond, W. 1/9
Henning, Charles 1/12
Herreshoff, Nathaniel 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/17, 1/18
Hewson, Thomas A. 1/3
Hoff, H. C. 1/7, 1/9
Huston, A. F. 1/9
Iselin, Adrian 1/18
Kelley, A. L. 1/10
Ledyard, ? 1/18
Lippitt, ? 1/6
Lipton, Thomas 1/18
Lovejoy, ? 1/18
Mack, Frank W. 1/10
Morgan, E. D. 1/18
Morgan, J. Pierpont 1/3
Morgan, James 1/10
Morton, William M. 1/7
Oliver, Robert 1/8
Piefgras, Henry 1/7
Postley, ? 1/5
Rossiter, ? 1/7
Sedgewick, Robert 1/11
Smith, A. M. 1/5
Snow, A. S. 1/1, 1/11
Stillman, James F. 1/7, 1/9
Tams, J. Frederick 1/12
Thayer, Bayard 1/9
Travers, Hiram H. 1/7
Vanderbilt, Cornelius 1/18
Watson, David 1/3, 1/9
Weber, Edmund Franklin 1/4
Weed, Fred P. 1/7, 1/10
Whitman, William 1/6

Index to Corporate Names

NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about Arlington Mills Corp. in Box 1, Folder 6 of the collection.
Arlington Mills Corp. 1/6
Associated Press 1/10
Frank & Dubois Ins. Co. 1/7
Harding, Whitman & Co. 1/7
Hazzard & Brainard Towing Line 1/10
Herreshoff Mfg. Co. 1/4, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/11
Hirsh & Co. 1/8
Lawrence Duck Co. 1/6, 1/7
Lukens Iron & Steel Co. 1/9
Mechanical Fabric Co. 1/10
Merritt & Chapman Derrick & Wrecking Co. 1/5
National India Rubber Co. 1/11
New York Yacht Club 1/4, 1/18
Phoenix Iron Co. 1/7
Royal Ulster Club 1/18
Tams & Lemoine 1/7, 1/9, 1/10, 1/12

Index to Vessel Names

NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about the yacht ALISA in Box 1, Folder 6 of the collection.
ALISA (Yacht) 1/6
CHEROKEE (Yacht) 1/18
CITY OF HARTFORD (Steamer) 1/9
COLUMBIA (Yacht) 1/10, 1/11, 1/12, 1/18
CONSTITUTION (Yacht) 1/18
DEFENDER (Yacht) 1/1, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/11
ELAINE (Yacht tender) 1/7
GUIDE (Yacht tender) 1/7
HARLEM (Steamer) 1/9
LONG ISLAND (Steamer) 1/9
NARADA (Yacht) 1/7
OLD GLORY (Steamer) 1/9
ROAMER (Yacht) 1/18
ST. MICHAELS (Steamer) 1/10, 1/12
VALKYRIE (Yacht) 1/6
VIGILANT (Yacht) 1/9
WALLACE B. FLINT (Tug) 1/10