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Guide to the Titcomb Family Papers, 1824-1855

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Titcomb family papers
Titcomb, James
Titcomb family
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George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Collection of letters and related papers, 1825-1850, documenting the commercial maritime ventures of ship-builder James Titcomb (1783-1844) of Kennebunk, Maine; as well as the lives and education of his children, including Maine legislator Joseph Titcomb (1822-1891, Bowdoin Class of 1843).

Ship-builder and owner James Titcomb (1783-1844) operated from his shipyard in Kennebunk, Maine. Titcomb's ships transported bulk goods (wood, stone, etc.) from northern to southern ports in the United States and returned with cotton, tocacco, sugar, and molasses, to sell to buyers in the Northeastern United States and Europe.

Collection of letters, financial documents, and related papers, 1825-1850, documenting the commercial maritime ventures of ship-builder James Titcomb (1783-1844) of Kennebunk, Maine; the lives and education of his children, including future Maine legislator Joseph Titcomb, at Andover, Dummer, and York Academies, and Bowdoin College (Class of 1843); and two years (1849-50) of Joseph Titcomb's political career.

Series Description:

Correspondence and commercial records detailing James Titcomb's shipping business throughout the United States and Europe. Principal correspondents are Titcomb's ship's captains who sent details about their ships' arrivals in port and discharge of cargoes; the outfitting, provisioning, maintenance, and repair of the vessels, and the commercial interests of their shareholders, among other topics.

Boston, 1824-1830

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Boston, 1831-1834

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Boston, 1835-1836

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Boston, 1837

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Boston, 1838

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Boston, 1839-1842

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New York, 1825-1830

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New York, 1832-1841

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Southern U.S. Ports, 1825-1829

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Southern U.S. Ports, 1835-1840

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New Orleans, 1828-1833

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New Orleans, 1834-1836

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New Orleans, 1837

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New Orleans, 1838-1839

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New Orleans, 1840-1845

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U.S. Northeastern Ports, 1832-1845

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European Ports, 1825-1836

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European Ports, 1837-1840

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Series Description:

Assorted financial records primarily relating to Titcomb's shipping ventures, including bank receipts, loan certificates, stock prices, and accounts.

Insurance Policies, 1826-1836

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Prices Current, 1827-1838

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Miscellaneous, 1830-1840

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Series Description:

Correspondence from family and friends adressed to Joseph Titcomb when he was at Dummer Academy and Bowdoin College (1839-1843), including letters from fellow Bowdoin students Joseph Dana, Jr. and J.S. Palmer, and classmates at Dummer Academy. Later correspondence (1849-1850) was received by Joseph when he was serving in the Maine legislature; correspondents include various Kennebunk and York County constituents expressing their concerns about local issues.


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Series Description:

Correspondence among members of the Titcomb family, including James Sr. and his children James Jr., Joseph, George, William, and Lucy.

Joseph to (brother) James Titcomb, 1828-1841

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George to (brother) Joseph Titcomb, 1837-1843

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Joseph to (father) James Titcomb,1837-1841

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James to (son) Joseph Titcomb, 1838-1842

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Lucy to (brother) Joseph Titcomb, 1839-1843

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William to (brother) Joseph Titcomb, 1839-1843

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A. Titcomb to Joseph and George Titcomb, n.d.

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Series Description:

Includes notes, fragments, and documents, including term bills from Bowdoin College and reports from Dummer Academy concerning Joseph Titcomb.


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Dummer Academy and Bowdoin College, documents, 1835-1847

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Biographical information

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