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Guide to the Savannah Port Papers, 1754-1920

Abstract

Official papers pertaining to customs, import and export trade, and shipping. Includes ship clearance papers, cargo lists, crew lists, crew bonds, U.S. Treasury Dept. letters, customs papers, British consular papers, salary receipts for port officials, warehouse papers, charity reports for indigent seamen, papers concerning the construction and maintenance of lighthouses, a letter book (1817-1826) of A.S. Bullock, Savannah port collector, giving references to economic conditions, and the entry registration book of the Savannah customs house.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Savannah Port papers
Creator
Port of Savannah (Ga.).
Extent
3.5 linear feet, 5,594 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Official papers of the port of Savannah, pertaining to customs, import and export trade, and shipping. The collection includes ship clearance papers, cargo lists, crew lists, crew bonds, United States Treasury Department letters, customs papers, British consular papers, salary receipts for port officials, warehouse papers, papers concerning construction and maintenance of lighthouses, lists of seamen admitted to the Savannah poor house and hospital in the 1820s and 1830s, and papers of the Savannah Port Society, a charitable organization to aid indigent seamen. Included also is a letter book, 1817-1826, of A. S. Bullock, collector of the port of Savannah, giving many references to economic conditions; a volume listing the persons who entered the port of Savannah, 1817-1818; and volumes containing lists of returns of goods on a number of ships, and inspectors' returns, 1830-1840.

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Contents of the Collection

Papers, 1754-1815
Box 1
Papers, 1816-1826
Box 2
Papers, 1827 - 1829 May
Box 3
Papers, 1829 June - 1830 Mar.
Box 4
Papers, 1830 April - 1831 Mar.
Box 5
Papers, 1831 Apr. - 1832 Nov.
Box 6
Papers, 1832 Dec. - 1834 Jan.
Box 7
Papers, 1834 Feb. - April
Box 8
Papers, 1834 May - July
Box 9
Papers, 1834 Aug - 1835 Nov.
Box 10
Papers, 1835 Dec. - 1836 Nov.
Box 11
Papers, 1836 Dec. - 1838 Apr.
Box 12
Papers, 1838 May - 1839 Dec.
Box 13
Papers, 1840 Jan. - 1841
Box 14
Papers, 1842-1844
Box 15
Papers, 1844 Jul. - 1847 Dec.
Box 16
Papers, 1848-1850
Box 17
Papers, 1851-1853 June
Box 18
Papers, 1853 Jul - 1855 Mar.
Box 19
Papers, 1855 Apr. - 1856 Feb. 15
Box 20
Papers, 1856 Feb. 16 - 1857
Box 21
Papers, 1858 Jan. - 1859 June
Box 22
Papers, 1859 July - Dec.
Box 23
Papers, 1860 Jan. - Oct.
Box 24
Papers, 1860 Nov. - 1861 Dec.
Box 25
Papers, 1863-1868
Box 26
Papers, 1869-1918 and undated
Box 27
Papers, undated
Box 28
Savannah Port Society Papers, 1901-1920 and undated
Box 28
Volumes, 1800s
Box 28
A. S. Bullock Letterbook, 1817-1826
(200 pages)

Letterbook of A. S. Bullock, collector of the port of Savannah at least from 1817 to 1822, containing copies of routine letters relative to the port of Savannah. The routine letters, however, contain considerable information. Among them are accounts of pirate ships, smuggling of slaves, escape of slaves in ships, burning of the customs house at Savannah, Tybee Light House and its equipment, and other related matters. Frequently Bullock's letters request information on legal matters from the district attorney. A few letters at the end of the volume were written by N.A. Olmstead, Deputy collector.

Volume L:454

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Savannah Port papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Savannah Port Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library between 1939 and 1956.

Processing Information

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