Sailing Ship Card Collection Open For Research

Dreadnought, Cremorne, and Audubon

Three examples of advertising cards for clipper ships: Dreadnought, Cremorne, and Audubon.

It is exciting to announce that one of my favorite collections at the Phillips Library, MSS 470 – Sailing Ship Card Collection, 1852-1894, 1918, 1990, is now fully processed and open for research.  Processed with funds from the NHPRC, this collection includes 1,295 cards (1,197 of which are unique), printed in the late 19th century between 1850 and 1900.  Ship owners and shipping lines announced the departure of their ships by means of printed cards instead of advertising in newspapers or via broadsides, as they had previously done.  Read more

New Online Access to Digital Finding Aids

Hand-drawn Commission Merchant Card from MH 16, Benjamin Crowninshield Family Papers, announcing Ben Crowninshield as a Commission Merchant for New Orleans

The Phillips Library is pleased to announce that we have recently completed a project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a Federal agency which Congress established to promote the preservation and use of America’s documentary heritage. This project resulted in the processing of over 300 linear feet of archival materials of national significance.

Read more