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Nantucket collection

Call Number: MS 1003

Scope and Contents

This collection contains approximately 250 items which relate chiefly to Nantucket, Massachusetts, and to the Gardner, Pinkham, Swain, and Coffin families who lived there. The bulk of the collection consists of receipts, bills, accounts, and other financial papers, deeds, papers pertaining to estates and to several ships. There is also a small amount of correspondence, and a short diary kept by Silas Gardner (1753-1826). Silas Gardner is the person best represented in the collection; his nephew Paul Pinkham, Jr. (1763-1807) is also prominent in the collection. The latter was a trader living in Nantucket, Londonderry (New Hampshire), and Cape Porpoise (Maine), and co-owner with Peter Gardner of the sloop Pomona.

These papers were purchased for Yale University in 1953.


  • 1663-1822

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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

Purchased in 1953.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Financial records, a diary, and legal documents relating to the Gardner, Pinkham, Swain, and Coffin families of Nantucket. Most prominent in the collection is Silas Gardner, with a diary, bills, and receipts (1776-1822). He was co-owner with his nephew, Paul Pinkham, Jr., of the schooner, Pomona, for which there are legal and financial papers. In addition there are papers relating to Grafton Gardner and George Swain, records for the sloop, Caroline (1798-1799), and documents concerning the division of the common lands of Nantucket (1663-1806).
Guide to the Nantucket Collection
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
August 1982
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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