A Floating Glimpse at the Gardner Family Papers

Photograph of unknown Gardner family member, undated

The Gardner Family papers is a collection that focuses on three generations of one branch of the Gardner family—a prominent mercantile and shipping family in Salem, Massachusetts, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  The collection documents their vast land holdings, as well as their merchant and shipping businesses beginning with John Gardner (1736-1816), and including his sons, Richard Gardner (1774-1836), and John Gardner (1771-1847); and John (1771-1847) and his sons, John Gardner (1796-1870), Thomas W. Gardner (1798-1845), Samuel Gardner (1800-1856), and Henry Gardner (1809-1890).  Read more