Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
George N. Ives Letters, 1883-1884

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: George N. Ives letters
Creator: Preston, Samuel Truman
Inclusive dates: 1883-1884
Extent: 5 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 5 letters that George N. Ives, a fish and oyster packer in New Bern and Beaufort, North Carolina, wrote to Captain Samuel Truman Preston of Greenport, New York, in 1883 and 1884. Ives primarily discussed his boats, including one he had recently purchased.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2001. M-4157.1.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

George N. Ives letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

George N. Ives was born in Connecticut in 1843. Between 1870 and 1880, he moved to North Carolina, where he operated a fish and oyster packing business in New Bern and Beaufort. He and his wife Lucia had two children: John and Lucia. George N. Ives died in 1927.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 5 letters that George N. Ives, a fish and oyster packer in New Bern and Beaufort, North Carolina, wrote to Captain Samuel Truman Preston of Greenport, New York, in 1883 and 1884. Ives primarily discussed his boats, including one he had recently purchased.

Ives wrote each of his letters (9 pages total) on stationery decorated with his business logo, the background of which was an image of a blue or pink fish. In his first letter, he described the recent travels of his sloop Nellie May and physical specifications of his schooner Nellie B. Neff (April 11, 1883). On November 15, 1883, he requested additional information from Captain Preston regarding the Annie , to help him determine whether or not to buy it. In his final 3 letters, Ives discussed the Favorica , a boat he purchased around 1884. Among other topics, he mentioned the Favorica 's incomplete outfitting and his intention to send a flag and compass to New York to meet the ship upon its arrival. Ives occasionally thanked Preston for shipments of clams.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Beaufort (N.C.)
    • Clams.
    • Favorica (Ship)
    • Fishers--United States.
    • Greenport (N.Y.)
    • Nellie B. Neff (Schooner)
    • Nellie May (Sloop)
    • New Bern (N.C.)
    • Sailing ships.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Fish.
    Contributors:
    • Ives, George N., 1843-1927.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   50, Small Collections  
    George N. Ives letters [series]
    Folder   36  
     April 11, 1883-March 2, 1884