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Record No: mha00000234
Title: Joshua Burnham fonds
Dates: Microfilmed 1985 (originally created 1758-1817)
Location: Mic.1-3-4-15/16 MHA
Provenance: Burnham, Joshua, 1736-1791
Extent: 2 microfilm reels
Organization: Arranged in three series: Ships' papers; Shipping account books; Business and Family papers.
Source of Supplied Title: Title is based on the content of the fonds
Restrictions: No restrictions.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: Joshua Burnham (1736-1791) was a shipmaster of Ipswich, Massachusetts Joshua and wife Eunice had four children: Caleb (b.1771), Joshua (b.1763), Sukey (b.1779), and Betsey (b.1776).
     Burnham specialized in trade with Virginia and the West Indies. From 1761 to 1790, he mastered at least 12 vessels for prominent Massachusetts merchants such as Ezekiel Woodward Jr., Daniel Rogers, and John Choate. He also served as a trade agent, bartering for goods with small local merchants in Virginia and Maryland.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of microfilmed copies of ships' papers, including fishing and shipping papers, 1761-1790. They record trading activities with local merchants in Virginia and Maryland; unofficial cargo manifests; journal of a voyage on the sloop Phoenix; and work performed aboard the sloop Robinwood. Business and family papers contain correspondence, legal records, and financial papers relating to shipping and business affairs and include merchant correspondence, bonds and deeds, shipping accounts, and correspondence with family members
     Fonds is arranged in three series: Ships' papers (1761-1790); Shipping account books (1763-1788); and Business and family papers (1758-1817)
Reproduction Note: Filmed from the original documents held at the Essex Institute. MSS #172.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright is held by the Essex Institute. The ledger may not be duplicated or quoted without written permission from the Essex Institute
Associated Material: Essex Institute Joshua Burnham. Bill for taxes. Logbooks. - Samuel Burnham Family papers.
Custodial History: The Joshua Burnham papers are a reorganization and reintegration of 1 1/2 boxes of manscripts, 7 account books and other miscellaneous papers. The collection was purchased by the Essex Institute in 1925. Removed from the papers are three incomplete logbooks.
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 85
Finding Aid on the Web:http://www.mun.ca/mha/holdings/findingaids/newengland.php#Joshua%20Burnham
Local Note: Description of this collection taken from the finding aid provided by the Essex Institute.
Subject: Phoenix (Ship).
Subject: Robinwood (Ship).
Subject: Merchants Massachusetts.
Subject: Shipping Massachusetts.
Subject: Shipowners Massachusetts.
Subject: Business records.


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