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    Re: Whaling logbook collections
    From: UNK
    Date: 2014 Sep 25, 15:12 -0700

    Largest collection is at New Bedford Whaling Museum. That collection includes the former Kendall Whaling Museum collection.

    Another large collection is at the Providence Public Library.

    In addition, there are logbooks at Mystic Seaport Museum, the Peabody-Essex Museum, the New Bedford Free Public Library, the Nantucket Historical Association, and the Harvard Libraries (especially the Houghton).

    Abstract logs of whaling voyages can be found in the Matthew Fontaine Maury Collection of Abstract Logs of Ships in the Weather Bureau Records, Department of Agriculture Section, National Archives (Record Group 27, M1160).

    May I be so bold as to suggest that those interested in logbooks and Herman Melville should read Wilson Heflin's Herman Melville's Whaling Years (2004), edited by Thomas Farel Heffernan and myself?

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