Scope and Contents
The Jesse Hurd Family Papers consist of correspondence, diaries, legal papers, account books, ship's papers, and miscellanea relating to the private lives and business interests of the Hurd family of Chatham, Connecticut, and New York, New York. Family interests in shipbuilding, ship repair, mercantile holdings, distillery operations, and politics are detailed, with extensive records for the operations of the New York Screw Dock Company and for many of the ships built, owned, and operated by the Hurd family.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Margaret S. Dart, 1961, 1965.
Arranged in three series: I. Correspondence and Papers, 1774-1853. II. Business Papers, 1700-1910. III. Ship's Papers, 1791-1831.
5.25 Linear Feet (14 boxes)
Language of Materials
The papers consist of correspondence, diaries, legal papers, account books, ship's papers, and miscellanea relating to the private lives and business interests of the Hurd family of Chatham, Connecticut, and New York, New York. Family interests in shipbuilding, ship repair, mercantile holdings, distillery operations, and politics are detailed, with extensive records for the New York Screw Dock Company and for many of the ships built, owned, and operated by the Hurd family.
Biographical / Historical
Three generations of the Hurd family of Chatham, Connecticut, are represented in the papers. The primary figures are Jesse Hurd (1760-1831); his brother Benjamin Hurd (1739-1781); Jesse's sons Jesse II, Cyrus, and Nelson; and Cyrus Hurd's sons Cyrus II and Charles W.B. Hurd.
Jesse Hurd was a storekeeper, distiller, ship builder, shipmaster, shipowner, state representative from Chatham, and first president of the New York Screw Dock Company (1827-1831).
Nathaniel Lynde Griswold (1773-1866); George Griswold (1776-1859), and Huntington Selden are also represented in the papers, in relation to their business dealings with the Hurd family.
For a chart outlining the genealogical relations of the Hurd family, please consult the Genealogical Chart.
- Account books
- Bolivar (Brig)
- California -- History -- 1846-1850
- Chatham (Conn.)
- Connecticut -- Politics and government -- 1775-1865
- Distilling industries -- Connecticut
- Docks -- New York (State) -- New York
- Griswold family
- Griswold, George, 1777-1859
- Griswold, Nathaniel Lynde, 1773-1866
- Haddam (Conn.)
- Hurd family
- Hurd, Benjamin
- Hurd, Benjamin, 1739-1781
- Hurd, Cyrus
- Hurd, Drusilla Dart, b. 1768
- Hurd, Jesse, approximately 1760-1831
- Hurd, Nelson
- Hurd, Norman
- Hurd, William A.
- New York Screw Dock Company
- Public officers
- Selden, Huntington
- Shipbuilding -- Connecticut
- Shipping -- Connecticut
- Ships' papers
- Smith, Hezekiah, ca. 1750-1826
- United States -- Commerce -- South America
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- History -- War of 1812
- United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 9th (1861-1863)
- United States. Navy -- Pay, allowance, etc.
- West (U.S.)
- Wharves -- New York (State) -- New York
- Guide to the Jesse Hurd Family Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by William E. Brown, Jr.
- September 1984
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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