Special Collections

Old Dartmouth Historical Society
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford MA , 02740
Institution Contact(s):
  Anne Brengle, Museum Director (508)997-0046 ext. 117 abrengle@whalingmuseum.org
Hours: M-F 10:00AM-NOON; 1:00PM-4:00PM First Saturday of the month 10:00AM-NOON; 1:00PM-4:00PM
Online Catalog:
  Web: www.whalingmuseum.org/kendall/index_KI.html
Services for the Disabled:
  Handicapped parking
Other Services:
  Information on hotel/housing accommodations Gift shop
Monographic Series:
  "Old Dartmouth Historical Society Sketches" "The Scrimshaw of Manuel Cunha: Late Work from Madeira Revealed", by Joshua Basseches "Edward Burdett (1805-1833): America's First Master Scrimshaw Artist", by Joshua Basseches and Stuart M. Frank "A Check List of the Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the Kendall Whaling Museum", by M.V. Brewington "Kendall Whaling Museum Paintings", by M.V. and Dorothy Brewington "Kendall Whaling Museum Prints", by M.V. and Dorothy Brewington "The South Sea Whaler: An Annotated Bibliography of Published Historical, Literary and Art Material Relating to Whaling in the Pacific Ocean in the Nineteenth Century", by Honore Forster "Bibliographics Dictionary of Scrimshaw Artists in the Kendall Whaling Museum", by Stuart M. Frank "Corrections to 'Brewington': Notes and Revisions to M.V. and Dorothy Brewington's 'Kendall Whaling Museum Paintings' (1965), with a Comprehensive Index of Artists Represented by Original Works in the Kendall Whaling Museum", by Suart M. Frank "Delftware: Dutch and Flemish Faience in the Kendall Whaling Museum, with a Catalogue of Related Works by Siwuware van der Meulen and Adolf van der Laan", by Stuart M. Frank "Fakeshaw: A Checklist of Plastic 'Scrimshaw' (Machine-Manufactured Polymer Scrimshaw Fakes)", by Stuart M. Frank "Meditations from Steerage: Two Whaling Journal Fragments: Commonplace Book of Dean C. Wright, Boasteerer, Ship 'Benjamin Rush' of Warren R.I., 1841-45; and Six Months Outward Bound: John Jones, Steward, Ship 'Eliza Adams' of New Bedford 1852", Stuart M. Frank (ed.) "Oooh, You New York Girls! The Urban Pastorale in Ballads and Songs about Sailors Ashore in the Big City", by Stuart M. Frank "M.V. Brewington: A Bibliography & Catalogue of the Brewington Press", by Frank M. Stuart and Robert L. Webb "African Americans in the Maritime Trades: A Guide to Resources in New England", by Mary Malloy "'From Boston Harbor We Set Sail!' A Curriculum Unit on African-American Mariners and Maritime Communities in Massachusetts", by Mary Malloy "'Naked and a Prisoner': Captain Edward C. Barnard's Narrative of Shipwreck in Palau, 1832-33", by Kenneth R. Martin "Whalemen's Paintings and Drawings: Selections from the Kendall Whaling Museum Collection", by Kenneth R. Martin "And the Whale Is Ours! Creative Writing of American Whalemen", by Pamela A. Miller "The Business of Whaling: A Kendall Whaling Museum Curriculum Project", by Anthony D. Tiatorio
Journals: "Bulletin from Johnny Cake Hill"
Name: Kendall Institute
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Stuart M. Frank, Director (508)997-0046 ext. 146 sfrank@whalingmuseum.org Michael Dyer, Librarian (508)997-0046 ext. 137 mdyer@whalingmuseum.org
  791 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA 02740
Collections: 132
Formats: 1,100 linear feet of manuscripts 150 linear feet of archives 28,000 monographs 100 newspapers 1,750 maps 55,000 photographs 2,000 pamphlets 1,800 reels of microforms 130 audio tapes 400 video tapes 2,500 ephemera 1,162 log books 75 linear feet of manuscripts (unbound) 1,600 manuscripts 50 reels of manuscript facsimiles 75 reels of oral histories 50 reels of 8mm. motion picture reels 50,000 realia/artifacts
Collection Description:
  Gifford Family Papers (primarily correspondence by a New Bedford, MA whaling master and his wife, 1851-1980)
Hartson Hartlett Bodfish Papers (principally financial records of a whaling captain and trader active in the Arctic region, 1857-1942)
David Batchelder Kempton Papers (diaries of a New Bedford, MA businessman, 1878-1891)
Cory Family Papers (business records and personal papers of four generations of a Westport, MA family, 1762-1929)
John Russell Thornton Business Records (financial records and ship's papers of a New Bedford, MA businessman and whaling agent, 1841-1894)
Knowles Family Business Records (ship's papers of Thomas Knowles & Company, New Bedford, MA whaling agents, and business and personal papers of several Knowles family members, 1825-1897)
First Unitarian Church Records (administrative, financial, and membership records, correspondence, and other records of a New Bedford, MA church, 1730-1977)
Rotch Collection (business records and personal papers of a Nantucket and New Bedford, MA family, 1764-1947)
Pierce Manufacturing Corporation Records (business records of Pierce Manufacturing Corporation and Pierce Brothers, Limited, two New Bedford, MA textile mills, and personal papers of Pierce family members, 1868-1948)
Rodman Collection (business records and personal papers of a New Bedford, MA family, 1781-1933)
Hathaway Business Records (financial records, correspondence, and memoranda of New Bedford, MA merchants, 1811-1888)
Robert Swain Gifford Papers (correspondence, diaries, and other papers of a New Bedford, MA artist, 1722-1968)
Paul Cuffe Papers (business and personal papers of a Westport, MA Afro-American merchant and philanthropist, 1811-1828)
Whaling Collection
Maritime Collection
Local History Collection (churches, schools, social service agencies, family papers)
Ship's Log Books (Finding Aid)
Map Collection
Portuguese Immigration Records
Eskimo Ethnology
Natural History
Sea Mammals (Cetacea)
Sea Voyagers & Travels
Polar Exploration
Naval Architecture
Japanese History
Multi-cultural and Multi-national History of Whaling
Access: Collection(s) are available by appointment only Photo ID required Access only in reading room, supervised All or part of the collection(s) not accessible Laptop computers and tape recorders allowed with staff approval
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff All photocopying done by staff Restrictions on scanners Restrictions on cameras
Loans: No loans permitted Loans for exhibits only Only microfilm copies lent Special loans for certain materials
Finding Guides Available:
  General repository guide Guides for manuscript collection Guide to institutional microfilm holdings Guide to specific microfilm collection(s) Specialized indexes Guide to monographic collection Guides for archives' records groups Guide to photographic collection Guide to institutional microfilm holdings Specialized indexes
Directions: FROM THE WEST: Take the I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) to exit 11A (Route 495 South). Take Route 495 South to exit 7B (Route 24 South). Take Route 24 South (New Bedford) to exit 12 (Route 140 South). Take Route 140 South to exit 2 (Route 195 East). Take Route 195 East (Cape Cod) to exit 15 (Route 18 / New Bedford Historic District). Take Route 18 to the Downtown exit. Bear right at fork and up hill. Take your first left onto Bethel Street (which becomes Johnny Cake Hill). The Museum is on the second block. There is street parking available and two parking garages. FROM THE NORTH/CENTRAL: Take either I-495 South or Route 128 South whichever is closest to Route 24 South. Follow directions listed above. FROM THE SOUTH: Take I-95 North to Route 195 East. Follow directions listed above. FROM THE CAPE: Take I-495 North to Route 25, to Route 195, to exit 15 (Route 18). Follow directions listed above.