Betty Harrington MacDonald

Alexandria Ship Records, 1732-1861 [bulk, 1783-1825], 1973-1989
Box 218-219, 4 boxes, (1.25 linear ft.)

Scope and content: This collection consists of data that Betty Harrington MacDonald gathered concerning ships that entered and exited Alexandria, Virginia during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.   Among the information are names, weights, and home ports of the ships.   Two folders (Box 218, folders 13 and 14) contain information about Alexandria-born sailors and slaves.   Box 218, folders 17 and 18 contain a paper, "Alexandria, Virginia May 1774-December 1783," which chronicles key occurrences in the city.   The first half of the collection is from two notebooks titled "Inward Manifests, Port Alexandria."   They primarily contain information about cargo.

Arrangement: Subject, as imposed by donor.   Folder titles were also imposed by donor.   An exception is box 219B which required a restoration to subject order.

Locations of Originals or Copies: Most of the information was copied from original documents housed in the National Archives in Washington, DC, The Library of Congress in Wash., DC, or the Public Records Office in London, England.   The contents of Box 219B were taken from crew lists, Port of Philadelphia at the National Archives.

Note on Dates: Most folders have two dates.   One (seventeenth and eighteenth century) represents the date of the original records.   The other (twentieth century) signifies the date that MacDonald gathered the information - this date is not always included because it was not always apparent.   When the original date on the folders was incorrect, the correct date is indicated by brackets.

Related Collections: Betty MacDonald contributed a related article, "Port of Alexandria," to Alexandria: A Composite History.

Source/Donor and Date: Betty Harrington MacDonald, 1985-1989. Formerly an Alexandria resident, Ms. MacDonald has moved to Connecticut.

Subjects: Seamen-Virginia-Alexandria; Ship registers-Virginia-Alexandria; Shipping-Virginia-Alexandria; Ships-Cargo-Virginia-Alexandria.

Rochelle Boslego, Fall Intern, 1992


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