Damon Collection

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: Mission Houses Museum, Collections of the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society
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: Mission Houses Museum Library, 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 12 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 Mission Houses Museum.

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Related Material

Researchers desiring materials about related persons, subjects or document types should search the Mission Houses Museum Library 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, Collections of the Hawaiian Children's Society, Mission Houses Museum.

Acquisition Information

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

Processing Information:

The Damon collection was processed by the MHM librarian, Sophie J. Cluff in 1964. In July of 1996, the collection was reorganized and rehoused by MHM 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.













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


Very early letters of Damon and Mills families ~ 1810-1830s
1
1A

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
1a
7A

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
2
1A

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
2a
6A

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
3
1A

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
3a
10A

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
4
1A

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
4a
8A

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
5
1A

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

5a
9

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
6
1

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
6a
9

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) ~

7
1

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
7a
6A

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













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



Letters sent and recieved ~ 1863-1864
8
1

Letters sent and recieved ~ Feb, 1885
2A

Letters sent and recieved ~ Mar - Jun, 1885
2B

Letters sent and recieved ~ 1877-18 86
3A

Letters sent and recieved ~ 1887-1889; some undated


3B













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



Letters sent and received ~ 1861-1884
8
4

Letters sent and received ~ 1869-1880
5A

Letters sent and received ~ 1884


5B













Box
Folder
Letters and papers of William Frederick Damon ~ 1868-1883


Letters and papers ~ 1868-1872
8a
6A

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













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



Requests for genealogy information ~ Various dates; some undated
9
1

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
9a
8

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













Box
Folder
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
10
1

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
10a
6

Correspondence and accounts ~ 1870-1874
7

Correspondence and accounts ~ 1875-1879
8

Correspondence and accounts ~ 1880-1885
9

Correspondence and accounts ~ Various dates; some undated
10A

Correspondence and accounts ~ Undated


10B













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


Church certificates of membership and letters of transfer ~ 1838-1853
10a
11A

Church certificates of membership and letters of transfer ~ 1856-1866
11B

Church certificates of membership and letters of transfer ~ 1867-1885; some undated
12












Box
Folder
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














Box
Folder
Papers and letters of Francis William Damon ~


Papers and Letters ~ 1863-1866
12
1

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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Folder
Papers and Letters of Samuel Mills Damon ~ 1863-1896


Papers and Letters ~ 1863-1869
13
1A

Papers and Letters ~ 1870-1896


1B













Box
Folder
Miscellaneous ~


Letter book (empty); envelope addressed to S.C. Damon ~ 1870-1896
13
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