TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Papers

Arrangement of the Papers

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

The Letters and Papers of Samuel Chenery Damon (1815-1885) ~ 1810-1915

Letters sent and received by Julia Mills Damon ~ 1863-1889

Letters sent and received by Edward Chenery Damon ~ 1861-1884

Letters and papers of William Frederick Damon ~ 1868-1883

Letters and misc related to S.C. Damon's genealogy research ~ 1865-1882

Correspondence and accounts with the American Seamen's Friend Society regarding Seamen's Bethel and Seamen's Home in Honolulu ~ 1837-1865

Church certificates of membership and letters of transfer ~ 1838-1885

S.C. Damon sermons and misc materials ~

Papers and letters of Francis William Damon ~

Papers and Letters of Samuel Mills Damon ~ 1863-1896

Miscellaneous ~

The Samuel C. Damon Papers

A Finding Aid for the Damon Collection



Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives
Creator: Samuel C. Damon and Family
Title: The Samuel C. Damon Papers
Dates: 1830-1890
Extent: 8 ft.
Abstract: Business and personal letters received by the Rev. Samuel Chenery Damon (1815–1885) and Julia Sherman Mills Damon (1817–1890). Includes some Mills family letters from 1810, genealogical material and sermons.
Collection number: MS-011
Location: Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, Vault

Biographical Note

Samuel Chenery Damon, b. 1815 - d. 1885, was born in Holden, Massachusetts and educated at Amherst College, Princeton Theological Seminary and Andover Theological Seminary. Ordained in 1841, he arrived in Hawaii in 1842, accompanied by his wife, Julia Mills Damon, to take the post of Seamen’s Chaplain in Honolulu for the American Seamen’s Friend Society of New York. He was pastor of Bethel Union Church, Seamen’s Chapel, for 42 years. Beginning in January 1843, through 1884, Damon was editor and publisher of The Friend, a monthly newspaper, which included information on ship arrivals and departures, missionary activities, religious and temperance essays, and appeals to sailors who had lost touch with their families in New England. He became well known to ship captains and shipping companies who sailed the Pacific. Missionaries, traders, explorers, abandoned wives, widowed mothers, California gold-miners, and would be settlers sought his counsel. Damon made several trips to the U.S., Europe, Japan and China. He corresponded with relatives in New England. He was an avid collector of genealogical materials relating to both the Damon and Mills families and published a book on the subject.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

Damon kept up a vast correspondence, which ranged worldwide throughout his life. The Samuel C. Damon Papers Collection contains family letters, business letters and accounts, letters received in regard to ships and shipping, missionary news and correspondence, world events, including the Civil War, railroad building, travel accounts, sermons, essays, comments on English literature, notebooks, journals, and memorabilia. There are clipping scrapbooks and posters promoting events for sailors and townspeople. Legal papers include accounts and correspondence regarding property owned in Holden and Honolulu. Correspondents include missionaries of the Sandwich Islands Mission (1820-1863) sent by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) in Boston, government officials both here and abroad; missionaries of all denominations world-wide, especially those on other Pacific Island chains; and families of lost sailors, both American and English. Material written by and about his children is dated well into the twentieth century. Material is mainly sorted chronologically, with some by subject matter, e.g., genealogy, church membership certificates, land matters and posters. Some materials are undated and unidentified and suffer from termite damage and water stains. Some newsprint is in brittle condition. Inventories are available for most correspondence folders.

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Arrangement of the Papers

Letters and papers of Samuel Chenery Damon (b. 1815 - d. 1885)
Letters sent and received by Julia Mills Damon (Mrs. S.C. Damon, b. 1817 - d. 1890)
Letters sent and received by Edward Chenery Damon (b. 1848 - d. 1894)
Letters and papers of William Frederick Damon (b. 1857 - d. 1879)
Letters and miscellaneous materials related to S.C. Damon's genealogy research
Correspondence and accounts with the American Seamen's Friend Society regarding Seamen's Bethel and Seamen's Home in Honolulu
Church certificates of membership and letters of transfer
S.C. Damon sermons and miscellaneous materials
Papers and letters of Francis William Damon (Frank, b. 1852 - d. 1915)
Papers and letters of Samuel Mills Damon (b. 1845 - d. 1924)
Miscellaneous

The papers are arranged into 11 series

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access:

The Damon Collection is open for research. All requests for permission to republish or quote from the manuscript collections must be submitted in writing to the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives.

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Related Material

Researchers desiring materials about related persons, subjects or document types should search the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives catalog using the index terms shown below.

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Index Terms

Personal Names

Damon, Samuel Chenery, 1815-1885
Damon family

Corporate Names

American Seamen’s Friend Society
American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
Sandwich Islands Mission

Subjects

Missionaries--Hawaii--Correspondence
Missions --Hawaii

Document Types

broadsides (notices)
essays
letters (correspondence)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, folder title, box number, Damon Collection, Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives.

Acquisition Information

The Damon Collection was a gift from Ethel M. Damon. (April 10, 1964)

Processing Information:

The Damon collection was processed by the Mission Houses Museum librarian, Sophie J. Cluff in 1964. In July of 1996, the collection was reorganized and rehoused by Mission Houses Museum, Head Librarian, Marilyn L. Reppun and Librarian, Jodie Kakazu.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

BoxFolder
The Letters and Papers of Samuel Chenery Damon (1815-1885) ~ 1810-1915
Very early letters of Damon and Mills families ~ 1810-1830s 11A
Very early letters of Damon and Mills families ~ 1810-1830s 1B
Pre-Hawaii essays, dramas, etc. ~ 1830s 2
Compositions, senior year 3
Letters received 1837-1840 ~ Jan 1837 - Aug 1838 4A
Letters received 1837-1840 ~ Sep 1838 - Dec 1838 4B
Letters received 1837-1840 ~ Jan 1839 - Mar 1839 5A
Letters received 1837-1840 ~ Apr 1839 - Dec 1839 5B
Letters received 1837-1840 ~ Jan 1840 - Mar 1840 6A
Letters received 1837-1840 ~ Mar 1840 - Dec 1840 6B
Letters from family & friends 1841-1842 ~ Jan 1841 - Mar 1841 1a7A
Letters from family & friends 1841-1842 ~ Mar 1841 - Jan 1842 7B
Letters recieved 1841-1843 (Small notebook - S.C.D's Handwriting) ~ 1841-1842 8A
Letters recieved 1841-1843 (Small notebook - S.C.D.'s Handwriting) ~ 1843 8B
Letters received 1843-1849 ~ 1843-1845 9A
Letters received 1843-1849 ~ 1846-1849 9B
Letters sent and received 1844 ~ Jan - Jun, 1844 10A
Letters sent and received 1844 ~ Jul - Aug, 1844 10B
Letters sent and received 1844 ~ Sep - Dec, 1844 10C
Letters to family in New England and journal letter ~ 1844 11
Description and reaction to the illness and death of first born son ~ 12
Letters received 1845-1846 ~ Jan - Mar, 1845 21A
Letters received 1845-1846 ~ Apr - Jun, 1845 1B
Letters received 1845-1846 ~ Jul - Sep, 1845 2A
Letters received 1845-1846 ~ Oct - Dec, 1845 2B
Letters received 1845-1846 ~ Jan - Feb, 1846 3A
Letters received 1845-1846 ~ Mar - Apr, 1846 3B
Letters received 1845-1846 ~ May - Jun, 1846 4A
Letters received 1845-1846 ~ Jul - Aug, 1846 4B
Letters received 1845-1846 ~ Sep - Oct, 1846 5A
Letters received 1845-1846 ~ Nov - Dec, 1846 5B
Letters received 1847-1848 ~ Jan - Feb, 1847 2a6A
Letters received 1847-1848 ~ Mar - Apr, 1847 6B
Letters received 1847-1848 ~ May - Jun, 1847 7A
Letters received 1847-1848 ~ Jul - Aug, 1847 7B
Letters received 1847-1848 ~ Sep - Dec, 1847 8
Letters received 1847-1848 ~ Jan - Jun, 1848 9
Letters received 1847-1848 ~ Jul - Nov, 1848 10
Letters received 1849-1856 ~ Jan - Mar, 1849 31A
Letters received 1849-1856 ~ Apr - Jun, 1849 1B
Letters received 1849-1856 ~ Jul - Sep, 1849 2A
Letters received 1849-1856 ~ Oct - Dec, 1849 2B
Letters received 1849-1856 ~ Jan - Apr, 1850 3A
Letters received 1849-1856 ~ May - Dec, 1850 3B
Letters received 1849-1856 ~ 1852 4
Record book of letters & accounts of requests regarding main of seamen to be collected and forwarded ~ 1852-1855 5
Letters received 1849-1856 ~ 1854 6
Letters received 1849-1856 ~ Jan - Sep, 1855 7A
Letters received 1849-1856 ~ Oct - Dec, 1855 7B
Oversized posters and broadsides related to the Seamen's Chaplaincy, Sailors Home fundraising, programs and special events ~ 8
Letters received 1849-1856 ~ Jan - Jun, 1856 9A
Letters received 1849-1856 ~ Jul - Dec, 1856 9B
Letters received 1857-1859 ~ Feb - Sep, 1857 3a10A
Letters received 1857-1859 ~ Oct, 1857 10B
Letters received 1857-1859 ~ Nov - Dec, 1857 10C
Letters received 1857-1859 ~ Jan - Feb, 1858 11A
Letters received 1857-1859 ~ Mar - May, 1858 11B
Letters received 1857-1859 ~ Jun - Jul, 1858 12A
Letters received 1857-1859 ~ Aug, 1858 12B
Letters received 1857-1859 ~ Sep - Oct, 1858 13A
Letters received 1857-1859 ~ Nov - Dec, 1858 13B
Letters received 1857-1859 ~ Jan - Feb, 1859 14A
Letters received 1857-1859 ~ Mar - Apr, 1859 14B
Letters received 1857-1859 ~ May - Aug, 1859 15A
Letters received 1857-1859 ~ Sep - Dec, 1859 15B
Letters received 1860-1863 ~ Jan - Mar, 1860 41A
Letters received 1860-1863 ~ Apr - Jun, 1860 1B
Letters received 1860-1863 ~ Jul - Sep, 1860 2A
Letters received 1860-1863 ~ Oct - Dec, 1860 2B
Letters received 1860-1863 ~ Jan - Mar, 1861 3A
Letters received 1860-1863 ~ Apr - Jun, 1861 3B
Letters received 1860-1863 ~ Jul - Dec, 1861 4
Letters received 1860-1863 ~ Jan - Apr, 1862 5A
Letters received 1860-1863 ~ May - Jun, 1862 5B
Letters received 1860-1863 ~ Jul - Dec, 1862 6
Letters received 1860-1863 ~ Jan - Jun, 1863 7
Letters received 1863-1865 ~ Jul - Sep, 1863 4a8A
Letters received 1863-1865 ~ Oct - Dec, 1863 8B
Letters received 1863-1865 ~ Jan - Jun, 1864 9
Letters received 1863-1865 ~ Jul - Sep, 1864 10A
Letters received 1863-1865 ~ Oct - Dec, 1864 10B
Letters received 1863-1865 ~ Jan - Mar, 1865 11A
Letters received 1863-1865 ~ Apr - Jun, 1865 11B
Letters received 1863-1865 ~ Jul - Dec, 1865 12
Letters received 1866-1869 ~ Jan - Feb, 1866 51A
Letters received 1866-1869 ~ Mar - Jun, 1866 1B
Letters received 1866-1869 ~ Jul - Sep, 1866 2A
Letters received 1866-1869 ~ Oct - Dec, 1866 2B
Letters received 1866-1869 ~ Jan - Jun, 1877 3
Letters received 1866-1869 ~ Jul - Dec, 1867 4
Letters received 1866-1869 ~ Jan - Sep, 1868 5
Letters received 1866-1869 ~ Jan - Mar, 1869 6
Letters received 1866-1869 ~ Apr - May, 1869 7A
Letters received 1866-1869 ~ Jun, 1869 7B
Letters received 1866-1869 ~ Jul, 1869 8A
Letters received 1866-1869 ~ Aug - Sep, 1869 8B
Letters received 1869-1874 ~ Oct - Dec, 1869 5a9
Letters written to William Williams ~ 1869 & 1870 10
Letters written by S.C. Damon to son Francis William (Frank) Damon ~ 11
Letters received 1869-1874 ~ 1870 12
Letters received 1869-1874 ~ 1871 13
Letters received 1869-1874 ~ Feb - Aug, 1872 14A
Letters received 1869-1874 ~ Sep - Dec, 1872 14B
Letters received 1869-1874 ~ Jan - Jul, 1873 15A
Letters received 1869-1874 ~ Aug - Dec, 1873 15B
Letters received 1869-1874 ~ Jan - Jul, 1874 16A
Letters received 1869-1874 ~ Aug - Dec, 1874 16B
Letters received 1875-1880 ~ Jan - Jun, 1875 61
Letters received 1875-1880 ~ Jul - Sep, 1875 2A
Letters received 1875-1880 ~ Oct - Dec, 1875 2B
Letters received 1875-1880 ~ Jan - Apr, 1876 3A
Letters received 1875-1880 ~ May - Dec, 1876 3B
Letters written during a trip to the U.S. Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia ~ 1876 4
Letters received 1875-1880 ~ 1877 5
Letters received 1875-1880 ~ 1878 6
Letters received 1875-1880 ~ 1879 7
Letters received 1875-1880 ~ Jan - Jun, 1880 8A
Letters received 1875-1880 ~ Jul, 1880 8B
Letters received 1875-1880 ~ Aug - Dec, 1880 8C
Letters received from children, 1880-1885 ~ 1880 6a9
Letters received 1880-1885 ~ 1881 10
Letters received 1880-1885 ~ 1882 11
Letters received 1880-1885 ~ Feb - Mar, 1883 12A
Letters received 1880-1885 ~ Apr - Dec, 1883 12B
Letters received 1880-1885 ~ Jan - Jun, 1884 13A
Letters received 1880-1885 ~ Jul - Dec, 1884 13B
Letters received 1880-1885 ~ 1885 14
Various Letters ~ Undated 15
Various Letters ~ Undated 16
Notebook kept on trip to the Orient ~ 1884 17
One letter (mutilated and unusable) ~ 71
Letters by James Hunnewell, 1822-1869 ~ 1822-1857 2A
Letters by James Hunnewell, 1822-1869 ~ 1858-1859 2B
Letters by James Hunnewell, 1822-1869 ~ 1860-1864 3A
Letters by James Hunnewell, 1822-1869 ~ 1865-1869 3B
Letters by S.C. Damon (some are copies) ~ 4A
S.C. Damon's passport ~ 4B
Correspondence concerning the publication of the Friend ~ 1848; some undated 5
Business and real estate interests in New England, 1871-1885 ~ 1871-1872 7a6A
Business and real estate interests in New England, 1871-1885 ~ 1873-1880 6B
Material concerning literature (no Hawaiiana) ~ 7
Material concerning the family property in Holden, Mass, 1851- 1875 ~ 1851-1858 8A
Material concerning the family property in Holden, Mass, 1851- 1875 ~ 1859-1863 8B
Material concerning the family property in Holden, Mass, 1851- 1875 ~ 1864-1875 8C
Clippings from various newspapers ~ 9A
Clippings from various newspapers ~ 9B
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Letters sent and received by Julia Mills Damon ~ 1863-1889
Letters sent and recieved ~ 1863-1864 81
Letters sent and recieved ~ Feb, 1885 2A
Letters sent and recieved ~ Mar - Jun, 1885 2B
Letters sent and recieved ~ 1877-1886 3A
Letters sent and recieved ~ 1887-1889; some undated 3B
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Letters sent and received by Edward Chenery Damon ~ 1861-1884
Letters sent and received ~ 1861-1884 84
Letters sent and received ~ 1869-1880 5A
Letters sent and received ~ 1884 5B
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Letters and papers of William Frederick Damon ~ 1868-1883
Letters and papers ~ 1868-1872 8a6A
Letters and papers ~ Sep - Oct, 1874 6B
Letters and papers ~ Nov - Dec, 1874 6C
Letters and papers ~ Jan - Jul, 1875 7A
Letters and papers ~ Aug - Sep, 1875 7B
Letters and papers ~ 1876-1879 8
Letters and papers ~ 1869-1876 9
Letters and papers ~ Jul - Nov, 1879 10A
Letters and papers ~ 1879-1883 10B
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Letters and misc related to S.C. Damon's genealogy research ~ 1865-1882
Requests for genealogy information ~ Various dates; some undated 91
Requests for genealogy information ~ 1870's 2
Requests for genealogy information ~ 1870's-1880's 3
Requests for genealogy information ~ Feb - Jul, 1881 4A
Requests for genealogy information from mainland relatives ~ Aug - Dec, 1881 4B
Requests for genealogy information ~ Jan - Jun, 1882 5A
Requests for genealogy information ~ Jul - Dec, 1882 5B
Requests for genealogy information ~ 1865-1869 6
Requests for genealogy information ~ 1875-1879 7A
Requests for genealogy information ~ Various dates; some undated 7B
Requests and misc. printed material and bound books ~ Various dates 9a8
Requests and misc. printed material and bound books ~ Various dates 9
Requests and misc. printed material and bound books ~ 1882 10
Requests and misc. printed material and bound books ~ Various dates 11
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Correspondence and accounts with the American Seamen's Friend Society regarding Seamen's Bethel and Seamen's Home in Honolulu ~ 1837-1865
Correspondence and accounts ~ 1837-1845 101
Correspondence and accounts ~ 1845-1846 2A
Correspondence and accounts ~ 1847-1849 2B
Correspondence and accounts ~ 1850-1854 3
Correspondence and accounts ~ 1855-1856 4A
Correspondence and accounts ~ 1857 4B
Correspondence and accounts ~ 1858-1859 4C
Correspondence and accounts ~ 1860-1862 5A
Correspondence and accounts ~ 1863-1865 5B
Correspondence and accounts ~ 1865-1869 10a7
Correspondence and accounts ~ 1870-1874 8
Correspondence and accounts ~ 1875-1879 9
Correspondence and accounts ~ 1880-1885 10A
Correspondence and accounts ~ Various dates; some undated 10B
Correspondence and accounts ~ Undated
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Church certificates of membership and letters of transfer ~ 1838-1885
Church certificates of membership and letters of transfer ~ 1838-1853 10a11A
Church certificates of membership and letters of transfer ~ 1856-1866 11B
Church certificates of membership and letters of transfer ~ 1867-1885; some undated 12
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S.C. Damon sermons and misc materials ~
Sermons and misc. ~ 1842 - Aug 1872 11
Sermons and misc. ~ Nov 1872 - 1880; some undated 11a
Sermons and misc. ~ 1840s-1880s 11b
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Papers and letters of Francis William Damon ~
Papers and Letters ~ 1863-1866 121
Papers and Letters ~ Various dates; some undated 2
Papers and Letters ~ 1869-1877; some undated 3
Papers and Letters ~ May 1878 - Aug 1880 4A
Papers and Letters ~ Sep 1880 - Jun 1881 4B
Papers and Letters ~ 1883-1884; some undated 5
Papers and Letters ~ 1885 6
Papers and Letters ~ 1894-1895; 1908 7
Papers and Letters ~ 1878-1888 8A
Papers and Letters ~ 1889-1899; some undated 8B
Papers and Letters ~ 1912; some undated 9
Papers and Letters ~ 1915; some undated 10A
Papers and Letters ~ Undated 10B
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Papers and Letters of Samuel Mills Damon ~ 1863-1896
Papers and Letters ~ 1863-1869 131A
Papers and Letters ~ 1870-1896 1B
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Miscellaneous ~
Letter book (empty); envelope addressed to S.C. Damon ~ 1870-1896 132