Monday, September 29, 2008

Annual Library Book Sale Cancelled

There will be no Annual Book Sale by the Fellows of the Blunt White Library this fall. The reason is that gift processing people have been working on a major gift the duplicates from which have been placed in the CCA - Olin Stephens Reading Room (normally such duplicates would be in the Book Sale). Also these people have been working on Emergency Preparedness items and on the finalization of the transfer of the Library to the CRC.

Next year’s Sale should be a good one and we hope to see you there…

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Yacht Register Search - Trial Run

Looking for information on a particular yacht from 1872? Or perhaps you want to know what yachts Vanderbilt owned in 1903? Well now you can easily do that research online. The Mystic Seaport Collections Department presently has posted 5 of their yacht registers and set up a Vessel and Owner Search page. This page is a test, there are many more volumes to go online, and many more searchable fields that we could add but we need user feedback to determine our priorities. Please take it for a spin and send any comments, or suggestions you might have to

Friday, September 12, 2008

L. A. Dunton Photos

The crew from Photo Services was up early on Friday morning, Sept 12th to shoot the hauling of Mystic Seaport's Gloucester fishing schooner, the L. A. Dunton. A few of the photos have been uploaded to flickr. Feel free to add your comments and Dunton stories.

Built by Arthur D. Story in Essex, MA, 1921, the L.A. Dunton was designed by Thomas F. McManus. She was designated National Historic Landmark on November 4, 1993.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Amistad Letter Now Online

On September 6, 1839 Luis Norris Wilcox, United States Marshal for the district of Connecticut of New London, Connecticut wrote a letter to Erastus Osborn of Binghampton, New York, asking for aid unloading cargo and processing prisoners regarding the arrival of the schooner AMISTAD. On September 4, 2008 the Collections Department put that letter online.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


From Dec 1, 2008 thru March 19, 2009 the Collections Research Center will be closed on Mondays. Open Tuesday - Friday from 10-5.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


The Richard Columbus Mears Collection, 1816-1872, including letters, personal accounts, journals, and store accounts is now available for research. In addition to documents relating to Mears' career as a merchant ship captain on numerous ships out of New York, the Collection also includes records from the Van Valkenburgh family, and Nellie Goodsell Mears' husband's family.

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