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Restrictions on Access

Portions of this collection are available as color digital facsimiles (see links below). Where digital facsimiles are available, use of the originals is restricted.

Two cartons of rescue and case reports, 1980-1995, are closed to researchers pending review.

Collection Summary


This collection consists of the records of the Humane Society of Massachusetts kept from 1786-2004, including meeting minutes, rules, bylaws, membership lists, treasurer reports, account books, bills, estate inventories, lifesaving and rescue case reports, correspondence, and newspaper clippings. The Humane Society is a charitable organization founded in 1786 to rescue the survivors of shipwrecks and ships in distress.

Historical Sketch

The Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was established in 1786 to rescue the survivors of shipwrecks and ships in distress. The Society maintained lifeboats and rescue stations along the Massachusetts seashore and provided instruction in lifesaving. It is widely considered the precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Society later expanded its efforts, supporting the Asylum for the Insane and the Boston Lying-In Hospital and rewarding individuals for heroic personal rescues with medals and monetary awards. The Society remains in existence today.

Collection Description

The records of the Humane Society of Massachusetts from 1786-2004 consist of meeting minutes, rules, bylaws, membership lists, treasurer reports, account books, bills, estate inventories, lifesaving and rescue case reports, correspondence, and newspaper clippings. Lifesaving and rescue case reports make up the bulk of the collection, with references to the reports found in numerous parts of the collection. The case reports include detailed information regarding rescue attempts, victims' names, and medals awarded. Society correspondence consists of letterbooks and loose correspondence relating to all aspects of the Society and its business, including rescue cases, medals awarded, and supplies purchased. Correspondence includes letters written mostly by the recording secretary and other members, such as Robert Bennet Forbes, B. W. Crowninshield, Thomas Motley, Jr., Edward H. Faucon, and Sidney W. Burgess.

The administrative records include the Society rules and bylaws that have changed over the years, the act of incorporation, monthly and annual meeting minutes, and membership lists. The financial records of the Society include treasurer reports, account books and records, property information and records, bills and vouchers, and audited financial statements, including records of the Society's endowment and investments. Newspaper clippings and publicity reports consist of articles of shipwrecks, rescue attempts, medal recipients, and publicity of members of the Society.

Acquisition Information

The bulk of the early material was given to the MHS as a gift by William Caleb Loring in March 1914, including early rescue case reports from 1899-1909 and most of the 18th- and 19th-century materials. The majority of the 20th-century materials were deposited by the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in December 1996 and January 2007.

Restrictions on Access

Portions of this collection are available as color digital facsimiles (see links below). Where digital facsimiles are available, use of the originals is restricted.

Two cartons of rescue and case reports, 1980-1995, are closed to researchers pending review.

Other Formats

This collection is available as color digital facsimiles.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Administrative records, 1786-2002digital content

A. Rules and bylaws, 1791-1902digital content

First published in 1788 and later adopted in 1791, the rules, bylaws, and act of incorporation of the Massachusetts Humane Society are located in three folders. The rules, bylaws, and act of incorporation of the Humane Society establish the number of trustees and officers that are allowed to serve, responsibilities of the trustees and officers, frequency of Society meetings, monetary awards and medals given to rescuers, and other important aspects of the Society. The rules and bylaws have been amended over the course of the Society's existence.

Box 1Folder 1digitized
Rules and bylaws, 1791–1902
Box 1Folder 2digitized
Rules and bylaws, 1791–1902
Box 1Folder 3digitized
Rules and bylaws, 1791–1902

B. Meeting minutes, 1857-2002digital content

Eleven volumes of minutes contain records for monthly and annual meetings of the Humane Society of Massachusetts held in Boston, Mass., usually at a board member's house. Monthly meetings recorded attendance, presentations of rescue cases, and votes on awarding medals or money. Annual meeting minutes recorded the election of officers and trustees and discussions about the budget.

Vol. 1digitized
Meeting minutes, 1857-1874

In-person visitors must use photostat (1857-1876) or manuscript (1857-1874) copies (vols. 1A and 1B).

Vol. 1A
Meeting minutes, 1857-1876Photostats
Vol. 1B
Meeting minutes, 1857-1874Manuscript copies
Vol. 2digitized
Meeting minutes, 1876-1888

In-person visitors must use photostat copies (vol. 2A).

Vol. 2A
Meeting minutes, 1876-1888Photostats
Vol. 3digitized
Meeting minutes, 1888-1903

In-person visitors must use photostat copies (vol. 3A).

Vol. 3A
Meeting minutes, 1888-1903Photostats
Vol. 4
Meeting minutes, 1903-1917

Use photostat copies (vol 4A).

Vol. 4A
Meeting minutes, 1903-1917Photostats
Vol. 5
Meeting minutes, 1917-1930
Vol. 6
Meeting minutes, 1930-1941
Vol. 7
Meeting minutes, 1942-1956
Vol. 8
Meeting minutes, 1956-1973
Vol. 9
Meeting minutes, 1973-1985
Vol. 10
Meeting minutes, 1986-1998
Vol. 11
Meeting minutes, 1998-2002

C. Membership, 1786-1838digital content

Membership-related records include a list of member names, some noting their place of residence, from 1786 to 1838, and a list of men who delivered the annual discourse to the Society from 1787 to 1817.

Box 1Folder 4digitized
Membership, 1786-1838
Box 1Folder 5digitized
Membership, 1786-1838

D. Establishment of the Asylum for the Insane, 1816

This folder contains the history of the establishment of the Asylum for the Insane, an agreement made between the Humane Society of Massachusetts and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Box 1Folder 6

II. Financial records, 1786-2004digital content

A. Treasurer reports, 1791-1990digital content

Seven volumes of treasurer reports record payments for materials and supplies, employee salaries, upkeep of lifesaving stations, lists of property including real estate, stocks, bonds, investments, and names of subscribers and annual subscriptions paid to the Society. Also included is an account book kept by Charles Amory, the Society's treasurer, from 1849 to 1864. Amory's entries include travel reimbursements for members, payments for silver and gold medals, rewards for lifesaving heroics, materials and supplies, and returns on investments and stocks.

Vol. 12digitized
Annual subscribers, 1791-1813

In-person visitors must use photostat copies (vol. 12A).

Vol. 12A
Annual subscribers, 1791-1813Photostats
Vol. 13digitized
Annual subscribers, 1804-1813; treasurer reports, 1805-1818
Vol. 14digitized
Annual subscribers, 1818-1838; treasurer reports, 1818-1826
Vol. 15
Treasurer reports, 1831-1881
Vol. 16
Treasurer reports, 1881-1908
Vol. 17
Treasurer reports, 1908-1926
Vol. 18
Treasurer reports, 1926-1990
Box 1Folder 7
Charles Amory's treasurer accounts, 1849-1864

B. Account books, 1919-1937

Three account books of the Humane Society record payments to companies for work performed at lifesaving stations, materials, supplies, outstanding bills, and employee salaries.

Vol. 19
Account book, 1919-1925
Vol. 20
Account book, 1925-1932
Vol. 21
Account book, 1932-1937

C. Bills and vouchers, 1848-1849

One volume of bills and vouchers of the Humane Society kept from 1848 to 1849 records supplies such as lumber for building boats and lifesaving stations, cordage for ropes, and copper for boat hulls. Entries were made at various locations in Massachusetts. including Boston, New Bedford, Chatham, Hull, Edgartown, and Kingston.

Vol. 22

D. Property, 1786-1916

In one folder containing valuation lists of property owned by the Humane Society of Massachusetts from 1786 to 1916, one list records the total value each year, and the other records property values in ten-year intervals. Also included is the name of the Humane Society treasurer and the years served.

Box 1Folder 8

E. Estates inventories, wills, and probate records, 1791-1928

Arranged chronologically

Estate inventories, wills, and probate records consist of monetary gifts given to the Humane Society upon the death of the donor. Many of these donations became the backbone of the Society's endowment. See treasurer reports for the performance of the gifts.

Box 2

F. Audited financial reports, 1969-2004

Arranged chronologically

Audited financial reports of the Humane Society from 1969 to 2004 record income gained from investments in stocks, bonds, and securities.

Box 3

G. Report on restricted funds, 1939

A 1939 report on restricted funds belonging to the Humane Society sought to document whether or not the restricted funds were being used in accordance with the original wishes of the donor. These funds include legacies, wills, and donations.

Box 1Folder 9

III. Lifesaving and rescue records, 1849-1995digital content

A. Rescue and case reports, 1899-1909, 1980-1995digital content

Arranged chronologically by case number.

Lifesaving rescue and case reports record the location of an accident, names and addresses of person or people who made the rescue, names of people saved or lost, witness names and addresses, cause of the accident, correspondence related to the case, and any newspaper clippings regarding the case.

Rescue and case reports 594-634, July 1899-Aug. 1901digital content

Box 4Folder 594digitized
Rescue of abandoned schooner Claremont, Stations 27, 28 and 29, 10 Sep. 1900
Box 4Folder 595digitized
Wilton H. Carleton rescued by John H. Tilton, 28 Sep. 1900
Box 4Folder 596digitized
Assisting schooner Mary G. Powers, Station 26, 27 Oct. 1900
Box 4Folder 597digitized
John Pease rescued by Michael J. Long, 27 Oct. 1900
Box 4Folder 598digitized
Survivors of schooner Myra B. Weaver rescued by crew of steamer City of Macon, 10 Nov. 1900
Box 4Folder 599digitized
Earl G. McAdams rescued by Thomas Scully, 13 Sep. 1900
Box 4Folder 600digitized
Annie Carey, John Hickey and Albert Bradley rescued by Elliott C. Hadley, 2 July 1900
Box 4Folder 601digitized
Fred Upton rescued by H.S. Monies, 13 Oct. 1900
Box 4Folder 602digitized
William Cunningham rescued by C.E. Haskell, 22 Dec. 1900
Box 4Folder 603digitized
Mary Mack rescued by Marion Woodbury, 27 Dec. 1900
Box 4Folder 604digitized
Herbert F. Black rescued by J.A. Burckhart, 9 Jan. 1901
Box 4Folder 605digitized
Wreck of schooner Lily, Nauset, 3 Jan. 1901
Box 4Folder 606digitized
Wreck of schooner George B. Davenport, Nashawana, 21 Jan. 1901
Box 4Folder 607digitized
Reuben Atkins rescued by Nathan R. Birge et al., 18 Dec. 1900
Box 4Folder 608digitized
Harold Reid rescued by R.A. McDonald, 11 Aug. 1900
Box 4Folder 609digitized
John Thompson rescued by R.A. McDonald, 8 Jan. 1901
Box 4Folder 610digitized
Mrs. W.L. Puffer rescued by Laurence G. Weston, 7 Sep. 1900
Box 4Folder 611digitized
Rescue of Marcus E. Howes in a dory by lifeboat crew, Nantucket, Station 50, 6 Feb. 1901
Box 4Folder 612digitized
Eliza Green rescued by Thomas J. Muldoon, 21 Feb. 1901
Box 4Folder 613
This folder is empty. There are no items associated with this record/case number.
Box 4Folder 614
This folder is empty. There are no items associated with this record/case number.
Box 4Folder 615digitized
Ernest and Arthur Silver rescued by N.S. Powers, 17 Feb. 1901
Box 4Folder 616digitized
J.J. Dixie and John Callahan rescued by George W. Dixie, 14 Feb. 1901
Box 4Folder 617digitized
Rescue of John Vickery by James M. Hynes, 23 Apr. 1901 [Please note that this case contains an account of an attempted suicide.]
Box 4Folder 618digitized
Wreck of Henrietta G. Martin, Station 10, 11 May 1901
Box 4Folder 619digitized
Wreck of schooner Billow, Station 10, 25 May 1901
Box 4Folder 620digitized
Cyril Kerans rescued by Daniel F. Caskin, 27 July 1900
Box 4Folder 621digitized
Mary Knowlton rescued by Colson D. Allen, 13 Apr. 1901
Box 4Folder 622digitized
Carl E. Bryant rescued by Thomas Courtney, 11 May 1901
Box 4Folder 623digitized
Blanche E. Childs and Rosey Savoy rescued by Thomas G. Whiting, 1 June 1901
Box 4Folder 624digitized
William Weeks rescued by Carl Mann, 6 June 1901
Box 4Folder 625digitized
Jennie Holleran and Hannah Flaherty rescued by John Connolly, 24 June 1901
Box 4Folder 626digitized
Attempted rescue of Charles and Marietta Upton by Fred P. Hutchinson, 5 July 1901
Box 4Folder 627digitized
Wreck of Hannah Carleton and Sarah L. Davis, Station 44, 27 June 1901
Box 4Folder 628digitized
Alma Duby rescued by Ray Van Arsdale, 18 July 1901
Box 4Folder 629digitized
Wreck of sloop Sigrid, Annisquam, Station 1, 18 July 1901
Box 4Folder 630digitized
Unknown woman rescued by John A. Swift, 12 Aug. 1900
Box 4Folder 631digitized
Sylvester Luce rescued by Francis J. Marshall et al., 14 Feb. 1901
Box 4Folder 632digitized
Arthur E. Greene rescued by Otis W. Newhall, 22 July 1901
Box 4Folder 633digitized
Louise Grant rescued by Terrance Perkins, 15 Aug. 1901
Box 4Folder 634digitized
Wreck of schooner Ethelwold, Station 10, 15 Aug. 1901

Rescue and case reports 635-677, Sep. 1901-July 1902digital content

Box 5Folder 635digitized
Wreck of schooner St. Thomas, Station 65, 13 Sep. 1901
Box 5Folder 636digitized
John Mealia rescued by Richard Smith, 10 June 1901
Box 5Folder 637digitized
Mrs. Mary Lewis rescued by Charles Riley, 29 July 1901
Box 5Folder 638digitized
Edwin Moore rescued by Dennis McGee, 24 Aug. 1901
Box 5Folder 639digitized
Harry Rogers rescued by Thomas F. Patterson, 25 Aug. 1901
Box 5Folder 640digitized
Charles Kaplan rescued by George Burke, 25 Aug. 1901
Box 5Folder 641digitized
Agnes Ryan and Mildred Dixon rescued by Colin Simson and M.R. Deming, 18 July 1901
Box 5Folder 642digitized
Arthur A. Boyd rescued by Thomas J. Boyd, 2 Aug. 1901
Box 5Folder 643digitized
Robert E. May rescued by Louis and Claire Bent, 11 Aug. 1901
Box 5Folder 644digitized
A.V. Holt rescued by George Carter, 8 Oct. 1901
Box 5Folder 645digitized
Wreck of schooner Viola, Station 60, 24 Nov. 1901
Box 5Folder 646digitized
Carrie Gile and Sadie Rea rescued by John B. Currier, 2 Sep. 1901
Box 5Folder 647digitized
Gus O'Flagherty rescued by Arthur W. Dennen and Charles Thomas, 6 Sep. 1901
Box 5Folder 648
This folder is empty. There are no items associated with this record/case number.
Box 5Folder 649digitized
Waldo E. and Raymond I. Page rescued by Ambrose Fleming, 22 Sep. 1901
Box 5Folder 650digitized
Gertrude Gray rescued by Gordon Prince, 25 June 1901
Box 5Folder 651
This folder is empty. There are no items associated with this record/case number.
Box 5Folder 652digitized
Margaret Lynch and James Marshall rescued by George W. Dowrey, Jr., 1 Dec 1901
Box 5Folder 653digitized
Milford W. Chamberlain's stopping of American Express Wagon and horses, 26 Dec. 1901
Box 5Folder 654digitized
Simon and Louis Wolff rescued by Ernest Gannon, 22 Jan. 1902
Box 5Folder 655digitized
Mrs. Philip Hook rescued by Firemen Joseph P. Hanton and M.J. Teehan, 8 Feb. 1902
Box 5Folder 656digitized
Sadie Forrestall rescued by Royal W. Burgin, 30 Jan. 1902
Box 5Folder 657
This folder is empty. There are no items associated with this record/case number.
Box 5Folder 658digitized
Seth L. Ellis rescued by Capt. Elmer F. Mayo, Gold Medal, 17 Mar. 1902
Box 5Folder 659
This folder is empty. There are no items associated with this record/case number.
Box 5Folder 660
This folder is empty. There are no items associated with this record/case number.
Box 5Folder 661
This folder is empty. There are no items associated with this record/case number.
Box 5Folder 662digitized
Mary McGann rescued by Cora B. Fowle, 1 Sep. 1901
Box 5Folder 663digitized
Alma Cummings rescued by Robert Thomas and S.C. Patchard, 4 May 1902
Box 5Folder 664digitized
John Walsh rescued by Oscar A. Schnabel, 11 May 1902
Box 5Folder 665digitized
Robert MacIntosh rescued by Lorenzo, John and Emily Poole, 18 May 1902
Box 5Folder 666digitized
5 persons rescued by Sgt. Clarence Huntley, 8 June 1902
Box 5Folder 667digitized
5 persons rescued by crew of fishing schooner Francis M. Parker, 8 June 1902
Box 5Folder 668digitized
Saving of an unnamed catboat owned by James Halerson, Station 6, 8 June 1902
Box 5Folder 669digitized
George Taylor rescued by George W. Woodward, 23 June 1902
Box 5Folder 670digitized
Milo Levene rescued by William Gormley, 28 June 1902
Box 5Folder 671digitized
James Lyons rescued by John J. Desmond, 8 July 1902
Box 5Folder 672
This folder is empty. There are no items associated with this record/case number.
Box 5Folder 673digitized
Thomas O'Connor rescued by Albert Lund, Bartholomew O'Shea and C.F. Coulon, 21 Aug. 1901
Box 5Folder 674digitized
David K. Erving rescued by Edward Ormsby, 2 Sep. 1901
Box 5Folder 675digitized
Unknown Italian boy rescued by John Sullivan, 13 June 1902
Box 5Folder 676digitized
Robert E. Allen rescued by Walter O'Malley, 8 July 1902
Box 5Folder 677digitized
Eleanor Tewsbury rescued by Frank Conley and Frank Cornell, 23 July 1902

Rescue and case reports 678-715, Aug. 1902-June 1903digital content

Box 6Folder 678digitized
Thomas Woods rescued by Bernard Gately and Susie Chalamel, 4 Aug. 1902
Box 6Folder 679digitized
John J. O'Donnell rescued by Albert Burke, 10 Aug. 1902
Box 6Folder 680digitized
Miss Delahanty rescued by Joseph W. Vokes, 10 Aug. 1902
Box 6Folder 681digitized
Rescue of an unknown female child by William V. Brennan, 12 Aug. 1902
Box 6Folder 682digitized
Attempted rescue of Charles V. Taylor by W.G. Oakey and George H. Symonds, 18 Aug. 1902
Box 6Folder 683digitized
Runaway horse stopped by Joseph Blanco, 22 Aug. 1902
Box 6Folder 684digitized
Margaret E. Donahue rescued by George H. Stowe, 29 Aug. 1902
Box 6Folder 685digitized
Catherine Reagan rescued by Grenville Clark, 28 June 1901 [Please note that this case contains an account of an attempted suicide.]
Box 6Folder 686digitized
Annie B. Collier, Jeanne Brown, Christine McAdams rescued by Charles P. Middleton and Frederick H. Middleton, 31 July 1902
Box 6Folder 687digitized
Frank Knowlton rescued by Pierpont Dutcher, 20 Aug. 1902
Box 6Folder 688digitized
Agnes Cusick rescued by Thomas J. Ferns, 22 May 1902
Box 6Folder 689digitized
John Hermanson and Alexander Nelson rescued by Robert L. Jackson and Ralph Aiken (Vineyard Sound), 15 Oct. 1902
Box 6Folder 690digitized
James F. Noonan rescued by Edward W. Feehan, 3 Oct. 1902
Box 6Folder 691digitized
Saving of Schooner Clara, Station 65, 22 Oct. 1902
Box 6Folder 692digitized
Crew of tugboat Astra rescued by Alfred Sorensen, Lincoln Russell and William Bowden, 15 Dec. 1902
Box 6Folder 693digitized
Wreck of Samuel Lewis, Station 33, Barnstable, 9 Dec. 1902
Box 6Folder 694digitized
Alonzo Emery rescued by James W. Hennessey, 13 Dec. 1902
Box 6Folder 695digitized
Daniel R. Cornman rescued by Harold O. Shepard, 21 Aug. 1902
Box 6Folder 696digitized
4 persons rescued by George H. Fish at Horseneck Beach, 3 Sep. 1902
Box 6Folder 697digitized
Crew of Schooner Emeline J. Sawyer rescued by volunteer crew, led by George Bloomer, South Chatham, 18 Jan. 1903
Box 6Folder 698digitized
Miss Bresnahan rescued by Mrs. Charles T. Kidder, 17 July 1902
Box 6Folder 699digitized
Katharine A. Mahoney rescued by Mary E. Dobbyn, 27 Aug. 1902
Box 6Folder 700digitized
Robert V. Brown rescued by Ernest F. Jenkins, 18 Sep. 1902
Box 6Folder 701digitized
Abel Casey and George White rescued by Samuel F. Smith and Thomes E. Curley, 22 Dec. 1902
Box 6Folder 702digitized
William H. Wall rescued by Thomas H. McLean, 1 Jan. 1903
Box 6Folder 703digitized
Edward Flaherty rescued by William W. Scott, 6 Feb. 1903
Box 6Folder 704digitized
Mrs. Bradbury and child rescued by Cornelius C. Buckley, 12 Feb. 1903
Box 6Folder 705digitized
Crew of Schooner E.H. Foster rescued by crew of fishing Schooner Kineo, 12 Feb. 1903
Box 6Folder 706digitized
Edward Ross rescued by Louise N. Barry, 3 Mar. 1903
Box 6Folder 707digitized
George Jameson rescued by Timothy Ahern, 8 Mar. 1903
Box 6Folder 708digitized
Edward Carr rescued by James F. Sloan (from Firetruck), 27 Mar. 1903
Box 6Folder 709digitized
John Dugdale rescued by Thomas F. McNulty, 26 Apr. 1903
Box 6Folder 710digitized
Anna Pelky rescued by Dociter Foster, 16 May 1903
Box 6Folder 711digitized
Runaway horse and cart stopped by James Corbett, May 1903
Box 6Folder 712digitized
Eloie Molo rescued by Timothy Collins, 25 May 1903
Box 6Folder 713digitized
Young girl rescued by Nicilis George, 26 May 1903
Box 6Folder 714digitized
Lillian Morrison rescued by Eugene E.A. Stack, 22 May 1903
Box 6Folder 714adigitized
Use of boat at Station 52, Slasconset (no shipwreck involved), 25 May 1903
Box 6Folder 715digitized
Stopping of runaway horse by John J. Doherty, 3 June 1903
Box 6Folder 715adigitized
Use of boat report, Station 3, Rockport, to aid in house fire, Straitsmouth Island, 12 June 1903
Box 6Folders 716-733
These folders are empty. There are no items associated with these records/case numbers.

Rescue and case reports 734-777, Aug. 1903-July 1904digital content

Box 7Folder 734digitized
Edward Holmes rescued by Walter Marandus, 14 Aug. 1903
Box 7Folder 735digitized
Esther Anderson rescued by Nannie Barnes, 19 Aug. 1903
Box 7Folder 736digitized
Timothy F. Quinn rescued by John T. Burke, 20 Aug. 1903
Box 7Folder 737digitized
Helen Harrington and Ella Hughey rescued by Robert L. Brooks, 29 Aug. 1903
Box 7Folder 738digitized
Eddie Schafer rescued by William F. Coakley, 13 Sep. 1903
Box 7Folder 739digitized
Unknown elderly man rescued by Arthur W. Pepin, 23 Sep. 1903
Box 7Folder 740digitized
Loss of catboat off Cuttyhunk searched for by Capt. Walter F. Grinnell of Arizona, 10 Oct. 1903
Box 7Folder 741digitized
Saving of schooner Independence, Rocky Neck Station, 11 Oct. 1903
Box 7Folder 742digitized
Runaway horse stopped by Pierce P. Power, 12 Oct. 1903
Box 7Folder 743digitized
Annie and Sadie McDonald with baby, rescued by Benjamin Phillips, 20 Oct. 1903
Box 7Folder 744digitized
Wreck of schooner Dawson City, Station 35, 24 Oct. 1903
Box 7Folder 745digitized
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Evans rescued by Herbert J. Bradley, 27 Nov. 1902
Box 7Folder 746digitized
Byron Livingston rescued by Edward Welch, 30 Sep. 1903
Box 7Folder 747digitized
Joseph Watson rescued from fire by Lieut. Charles M. Conway and Ladderman Michael J. Dacey, 8 Dec. 1903
Box 7Folder 748digitized
Crew of steamer Kiowa rescued by Capt. George A. Ham, 26 Dec. 1903
Box 7Folder 749digitized
Wreck of Allen H. Jones, Station 23, 26 Dec. 1903
Box 7Folder 749adigitized
Use of Station 25 lifeboat by U.S. crew, 27 Dec. 1903
Box 7Folder 750digitized
Wreck of Allen H. Jones, Station 20, Use of boat, 26-27 Dec. 1903
Box 7Folder 751digitized
Wreck of Belle J. Neal, Point Allerton, Hull, Boat 17, 3 Jan. 1904
Box 7Folder 752digitized
Grover W. McCormick rescued by Otis A. Edgarton, Aug. 1903
Box 7Folder 753digitized
Wreck of Harriet Rogers, Newburyport, 21 June 1904
Box 7Folder 754digitized
Wreck of M.J. Soley, crew rescued by schooner Margaret, 22 Jan. 1904
Box 7Folder 755digitized
Frank Marshall rescued by Josephine S. Holohan and Sarah Rogers, 24 Jan. 1904
Box 7Folder 756digitized
Edward C. Carlisle rescued employees in burning building, 6 Feb. 1904
Box 7Folder 757digitized
Use of lifeboat, Station 23, Cohasset, 21 Feb. 1904
Box 7Folder 758digitized
William Monahan rescued by John F. Crotty, 19 Feb. 1904
Box 7Folder 759digitized
Runaway horse stopped by Joseph W. Torpey, 1 Mar. 1904
Box 7Folder 760digitized
Pauline Nichols rescued by Paris N. Nichols, 6 Nov. 1903
Box 7Folder 761digitized
Lovide Lariviere and Frank Michaud rescued by Octave Dion, 19 Mar. 1904
Box 7Folder 762digitized
Wreck of Olivia Domingoes, at Brace's Cove, 11 Apr. 1904
Box 7Folder 763digitized
Ovila Letourneau rescued by Wilbrod Bouthillette, 4 June 1903
Box 7Folder 764digitized
Mrs. R.H. Hartshorn rescued by Walter Thomas, 23 Feb. 1904
Box 7Folder 765digitized
John Graves rescued by George T. McCartney, 30 Apr. 1904
Box 7Folder 766digitized
Harry Linnell rescued by Michael T. Regan, 7 May 1904
Box 7Folder 767digitized
Dorothy Welsh rescued by John McSweeney, 8 May 1904
Box 7Folder 768digitized
Ethel Thayer rescued by Patrick McNamara, 19 May 1904
Box 7Folder 769digitized
Blanche Senecal and Albert Proulx rescued by Michael F. Fitzpatrick, 24 May 1904
Box 7Folder 770digitized
Herbert W. Bryant rescued by John Chapin, 25 May 1904
Box 7Folder 771digitized
Wreck of Charles A. Hunt, Station 2, 2 June 1904
Box 7Folder 772digitized
Henry Moore rescued by Manuel F. Aresta, 9 June 1904
Box 7Folder 773digitized
John Black and John Collins rescued by Charles F. Shackford and Harry Boddington, 24 Apr. 1904
Box 7Folder 774digitized
Saving of catboat Musette, Station 65, 28 June 1904
Box 7Folder 775digitized
Harold Crafts rescued by Martin Connelly and Morgan Kane, 24 June 1904
Box 7Folder 776digitized
Eleanor B. MacKinnon rescued by Ellis C. Higgins, 27 June 1904
Box 7Folder 777digitized
Saving of schooner Irving Leslie, Station 14, 23 July 1904

Rescue and case reports 778-824, Aug. 1904-May 1905digital content

Box 8Folder 778digitized
Saving of auxiliary schooner Wawa, Station 65, 20-21 Aug. 1904
Box 8Folder 779digitized
Denis McQuade rescued by Matthew F. Sullivan, 11 June 1904
Box 8Folder 780digitized
Edward Gillis rescued by Agnes Kersey, 18 June 1904
Box 8Folder 781digitized
Frank Garnet rescued by Cornelius J. Mahoney, 27 June 1904
Box 8Folder 782digitized
Runaway horse stopped by Alfred A. Boudreau, 18 July 1904
Box 8Folder 783digitized
Seven persons rescued by A. Frank Bigney, 1 July 1904
Box 8Folder 784digitized
Alice M. Ober rescued by Howard F. Colt, 19 July 1904
Box 8Folder 785digitized
James Donnelly rescued by Russell B. Clark, 20 July 1904
Box 8Folder 786digitized
Runaway horses stopped by George R. Porter, 26 July 1904
Box 8Folder 787digitized
Boating party rescued by Donald MacMillan and others, 30 July 1904
Box 8Folder 788digitized
Saving of steamer Monohansett, Station 7, 31 July 1904
Box 8Folder 789digitized
Michael McManus and James Murphy rescued by Charles W. Stephenson and George F. Zoph, 14 Aug. 1904
Box 8Folder 790digitized
Harry Smith rescued by Ernestine F. Atwood and Roy F. Atwood, 22 Aug. 1904
Box 8Folder 791digitized
Joseph Gouling rescued by Dennis J. McGuinness. 27 June 1904
Box 8Folder 792digitized
Charles O. Carter rescued by Jeremiah Collins and Thomas White, 18 July 1904
Box 8Folder 793digitized
Unknown man rescued by William J. Moore, July 1904
Box 8Folder 794digitized
[Alex Beaton?] rescued by Hugh F. O'Rourke, 26 Aug. 1904
Box 8Folder 795digitized
Runaway horses stopped by Cornelius F. Driscoll, 26 Sep. 1904
Box 8Folder 796digitized
Ann Monahan rescued by Daniel O'Neill, 16 Oct. 1904
Box 8Folder 797digitized
Wreck of schooner Nautilus, Station 6, 13 Nov. 1904
Box 8Folder 798digitized
Wreck of schooner Charles Luling, Station 50, 18 Nov. 1904
Box 8Folder 799digitized
Annie F. Marston rescued by William H. Carahar, 8 Aug. 1904
Box 8Folder 800digitized
Joseph O'Connell rescued by Patrick E. Foley, 15 Aug. 1904
Box 8Folder 801digitized
Raymond Courtney rescued by Fred Burton, 24 Oct. 1904
Box 8Folder 802
This folder is empty. There are no items associated with this record/case number.
Box 8Folder 803digitized
Eugene Pratt rescued by Janus Peterine, 8 Sep. 1904
Box 8Folder 804digitized
Mrs. Thomas B. Sawtelle and Sarah G. Childs rescued by John J. Crowe, 15 Dec. 1904
Box 8Folder 805digitized
John and Janus Ryan rescued by Thomas McMahon, 28 Dec. 1904
Box 8Folder 806digitized
John Malla rescued by Wallace M. Humphrey and Edwin A. Ward, 29 Dec. 1904
Box 8Folder 807
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Box 8Folder 808
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Box 8Folder 810
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Box 8Folder 811
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Box 8Folder 812
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Box 8Folder 813digitized
William and John Lynch rescued by Joseph B. Burke and Ernest Stolba, 22 Feb. 1905
Box 8Folder 814digitized
Frank and Norman Meilbye rescued by James Hourihan, 25 Mar. 1905
Box 8Folder 815digitized
Katherine Collins rescued by John A. Carolan, 12 Apr. 1905
Box 8Folder 816digitized
Nellie and Mamie Welch rescued by Arthur A. Ross, 19 Apr. 1905
Box 8Folder 817digitized
James and Alice Woodford rescued by Thomas J. Gibbon, 27 Apr. 1905
Box 8Folder 818digitized
Phillip Lebell rescued by Thomas C. Brown, 17 Oct. 1904
Box 8Folder 819digitized
Ephraim R. Jeffries and George L. Boucher rescued by George E. Fernandes, 5 Feb. 1905
Box 8Folder 820digitized
William U. Hubbard and A. Endicott Dennett rescued by Ethel M. Seaver, 20 Apr. 1905
Box 8Folder 821digitized
Runaway horses stopped by James E. Whitten, 17 May 1905
Box 8Folder 822digitized
James Gray rescued by James J. Gallagher, 20 May 1905
Box 8Folder 823digitized
Alice and James Cooney rescued by Thelma M. McNee, 30 May 1905
Box 8Folder 824digitized
Walter Whitney rescued by Joseph G. Toland, 10 June 1905

Rescue and case reports 825-868, June 1905-Dec. 1905digital content

Box 9Folder 825digitized
Saving of cat boat Tisiphone, Monomoy Point Station, 26 June 1905
Box 9Folder 826digitized
Unknown sailboat saved by Station 29, Bass Cove, 26 June 1905
Box 9Folder 827digitized
Runaway horse stopped by Frank Dobbratz, 27 Apr. 1905
Box 9Folder 828digitized
John Geoghagen rescued by Thomas McGown, 15 June 1905
Box 9Folder 829digitized
Hobart F. Perin rescued by Edwy L. McDonald, 28 June 1905
Box 9Folder 830
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Box 9Folder 831
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Box 9Folder 832
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Box 9Folder 833
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Box 9Folder 834
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Box 9Folder 835
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Box 9Folder 836digitized
Mr. and Mrs. John Martin rescued by John W. Farrell and James L. Martin, 10 June 1905
Box 9Folder 837digitized
Hyman Goldman, Ettie Zagar and Ellis Reisman rescued by Gabriel Farrell Jr., 15 June 1905
Box 9Folder 838digitized
Margaret Fowkes, Lucy Bogrine and Jessie Doyle rescued by Thomas F. Stoddart, 13 July 1905
Box 9Folder 839digitized
Susie and Rena Pilsbury and Helen Smart rescued by Guy F. Bragdon, 15 July 1905
Box 9Folder 840digitized
Harry Pearson, Charles Terrio and Ralph Axford rescued by Ira. C. Kimball, 18 July 1905
Box 9Folder 841digitized
Edith Freeman rescued by Thomas J. Burkette, 4 Aug. 1905
Box 9Folder 842digitized
Hattie Crane and Elsie Stockwell rescued by Charles S. Wheeler, 7 July 1905
Box 9Folder 843
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Box 9Folder 844digitized
Adam Hagarty rescued by Thomas Lawrence, W.J. Higgins, Thomas F. Taylor and Nels P. Nelson, 18 June 1905
Box 9Folder 844adigitized
Waldo Carter rescued by William P.C. O'Brien, 5 July 1905
Box 9Folder 845digitized
Jeremiah Leary rescued by Charles E. Bedell, 6 Aug. 1905
Box 9Folder 846digitized
Attempted rescue of Lewis H. Lawrence and Eliza Miller by Richard B. Edwards, 17 Aug. 1905
Box 9Folder 847digitized
Minnie Green rescued by Frank S. Maloney, 24 Aug. 1904
Box 9Folder 848digitized
Runaway horse stopped by Samuel B. Roos, 1 June 1903
Box 9Folder 849digitized
Mrs. George Ackerman rescued by Frank E. Erickson, 20 Oct. 1905
Box 9Folder 850digitized
Ernest Smith rescued by Stephen McGinley, 23 Oct. 1905
Box 9Folder 851digitized
George Kerr rescued by Charles Southgate Jr., 12 July 1905
Box 9Folder 852digitized
Six men rescued by Bessie Bell and John J. Gleason, 9 Sep. 1905
Box 9Folder 853digitized
George Levallee and Henry Mongeau rescued by Edward A. Bigelow, 13 Nov. 1905
Box 9Folder 854digitized
Crew of schooner Charlotte L. Morgan rescued by George Childs, 25 Nov. 1905
Box 9Folder 855digitized
Attempted rescue of James Hartnett by William F. Hartnett and rescue of William F. Hartnett by William D. Putney, 16 Dec. 1905
Box 9Folder 856digitized
Grace Giddings rescued by Harry E. Davey, 18 Dec. 1905
Box 9Folder 857digitized
Mrs. Hallock H. Hill rescued by George H. Williams and J. Gregg Minchin, 21 Dec. 1905
Box 9Folder 858digitized
Lena S. Salsman rescued by Thomas J. Flanigan, 27 Dec. 1905
Box 9Folder 859digitized
Runaway horse stopped by Albert Novak and Frederick Hoar, 5 Jan. 1906
Box 9Folder 860digitized
Little girl rescued by George F. Jewett, 23 Jan. 1906
Box 9Folder 861digitized
Bertha F. Kimball rescued by Leo A. Hyde, 26 Jan. 1906
Box 9Folder 862digitized
Isaac and Rachel Naiman rescued by Rosa Naiman, 27 Jan. 1906
Box 9Folder 863digitized
Percy Larivee rescued by William D. Sohier, 28 Jan. 1906
Box 9Folder 864digitized
Emma and Herbert Larsen rescued by Eugene Kinnure, 29 Jan. 1906
Box 9Folder 865digitized
Saving of steamship Devonia, Station 30,15 Feb. 1906
Box 9Folder 866digitized
John Allen rescued by William Murray, 14 Aug. 1905
Box 9Folder 867digitized
Runaway fire horses stopped by James. M. Synnott, 1 Dec. 1905
Box 9Folder 868digitized
Earle Hathaway rescued by George L. Boyd, 2 Dec. 1905

Rescue and case reports 869-910, Jan. 1906-Aug. 1906digital content

Box 10Folder 869digitized
Bernard S. Stearns rescued by Frank A. Chase, 3 Jan. 1906
Box 10Folder 870digitized
Wreck of Clara C. Lane, Station 15, 19 Mar. 1906
Box 10Folder 871digitized
Josephine Mullen rescued by Clarence Osborne, 8 Jan. 1906
Box 10Folder 872digitized
Viola Lewis rescued by Frank E. F. Hawthorne, 27 Jan. 1906
Box 10Folder 873digitized
Daniel Reardon rescoued by John F. Milan, 12 Feb. 1906
Box 10Folder 874digitized
James Cameron rescued by John McKinnon and Daniel McDonald, 5 Mar. 1906
Box 10Folder 875digitized
Redmond M. Fallon rescued by John Akins 14 Apr. 1906
Box 10Folder 876digitized
Daniel McLaughlin rescued by Elmer F. Thomas, 11 May 1906
Box 10Folder 877digitized
Ethel Cox rescued by John McNamee, 22 May 1906
Box 10Folder 878digitized
Thomas Welsh rescued by Peter B. Peterson, 28 May 1906
Box 10Folder 879digitized
Saving of Verona, Station 13 (Nahant), 3 June 1906
Box 10Folder 879adigitized
Saving of schooner Rosa Muellas, Station 65, 20 Mar. 1906
Box 10Folder 880digitized
Saving of schooner Mary Gabrell, Station 29, 7 June 1906
Box 10Folder 881digitized
Saving of a power-boat, Station 10, Marblehead, 17 June 1906
Box 10Folder 882digitized
John and John J. Coffey rescued by Edward M. and George A. Hammann and Earl Blackstone, 21 Feb. 1906
Box 10Folder 883
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Box 10Folder 884digitized
Jules Medeiros and Manuel Miguel rescued by Patrick Cunningham, 13 May 1906
Box 10Folder 885digitized
Leo Mahoney rescued by Richard P. Dunn and Joseph Clancy, 13 June 1906
Box 10Folder 886digitized
John Hamilton rescued by Henry D. Leary, 20 Sep. 1906
Box 10Folder 887digitized
John Smith rescued by Denis F. Ryan, 20 June 1906
Box 10Folder 888digitized
Robert Cheverie rescued by James Riley, 5 July 1906
Box 10Folder 889digitized
Elizabeth C. Gaffney rescued by Frank J. Mahoney, 9 Aug. 1905
Box 10Folder 890digitized
Albert Goulart rescued by Patrick C. Carew, 10 May 1906
Box 10Folder 891digitized
Laura McCann rescued by Roger Corrigan, 10 June 1906
Box 10Folder 892digitized
Willie Hamilton rescued by John McGovern, 28 June 1906
Box 10Folder 893digitized
John Thompson Jr. rescued by Parker M. and Jerome Gamage, 7 July 1906
Box 10Folder 894digitized
Saving of schooner Gov. Russell, Station 29, 9 Aug. 1906
Box 10Folder 895digitized
Sumner H. Williams Jr. rescused by Alexander Ducharme, 26 Aug. 1906
Box 10Folder 896digitized
Saving of sailing-dory Old Girl, Station 13, 3 Sep. 1906
Box 10Folder 897digitized
Saving of Powerboat Molli, Station 13, 8 Oct. 1906
Box 10Folder 898digitized
Runaway horse stopped by Joseph M. Russell, 21 May 1906
Box 10Folder 899digitized
Earl Donovan rescued by William Doyle, 23 July 1906
Box 10Folder 900digitized
Ural Leach rescued by Carlton W. Kingsbury, 3 Aug. 1906
Box 10Folder 901digitized
Mollie Garvey and John Kelley rescued by Harry Kiley, 7 Aug. 1906
Box 10Folder 902digitized
John Himmelfarb and Morris Krantzman rescued by Charles B. Warburton, 28 Aug. 1906
Box 10Folder 903digitized
Isabel Bowditich rescued by Mary Lawlor, 1 Sep. 1906
Box 10Folder 904digitized
Fred LeBlanc rescued by Edward P. McEvoy, 18 Sep. 1906
Box 10Folder 905digitized
William Fitzgerald rescued by Thomas F. Maher, 29 Sep. 1906
Box 10Folder 906digitized
J. Herritz rescued by Rachel Harris, 18 Aug. 1906
Box 10Folder 907digitized
Earl Green rescued by Oscar E. Holbrook, Joseph W. Kilkenny, and Nicholas O'Neill, 17 Dec. 1906
Box 10Folder 908digitized
Elmer Jones rescued by Gabriell Farrell Jr., 27 May 1906
Box 10Folder 909digitized
Barney Gross et al.rescued by James Farrell and Gabriel Farrell Jr., 18 Aug. 1906
Box 10Folder 910digitized
Joseph S. Murdock rescued by Newell S. Gilman, 23 Aug. 1906

Rescue and case reports 911-956, Sep. 1906-Oct. 1907digital content

Box 11Folder 911digitized
Willien Deneautt Jr. rescued by Marc A. Perkins, 9 Sep. 1906
Box 11Folder 912digitized
Robert Webster, powerboat Pearle, rescued by Station 30, 27 Dec. 1906
Box 11Folder 913digitized
Franco and John Scirappa rescued by Dominco Cataldo, 2 Jan. 1907
Box 11Folder 914digitized
John J. Trant rescued by James F. Danchy, 11 Jan. 1907
Box 11Folder 915digitized
Neil J. Willett rescued by Joseph M. Paulsen, 15 Aug. 1906
Box 11Folder 916digitized
Virgil D. White rescued by Walter R. Carroll, 21 Aug. 1906
Box 11Folder 917
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Box 11Folder 918digitized
Leonard J. and James P. Brewer rescued by Albion F. Rich, 27 Feb. 1907
Box 11Folder 919digitized
Wallace E. Young rescued by William Thompson, 8 Sep. 1906
Box 11Folder 920digitized
Patrick F. Gannon rescued by Florus W. Carrier, 16 Mar. 1907
Box 11Folder 921digitized
Marien F. Balcom rescued by Georg Reheuser, 7 Apr. 1907
Box 11Folder 922digitized
Mary Curran rescued by Daniel J. Reardon, 26 Apr. 1907
Box 11Folder 923digitized
Wreck report, Dory #20 of Swapscott, Station 13, 19 May 1907
Box 11Folder 924digitized
Mildred Gibbons rescued by Frank J. Holden, 15 Apr. 1907
Box 11Folder 925digitized
Crew of Schooner Rowena rescued by Schooner Volant, 3 Jun. 1907
Box 11Folder 926digitized
Wreck Report, Schooner Rowena, Station 2, 3 June 1907
Box 11Folder 927digitized
H. Nelson, O. Peterson, J. Olson rescued by Frank J. Johnson and Edward F. Kelly, 16 June 1907
Box 11Folder 928digitized
George Wayland rescued by Clarence Friend, 21 Jun. 1907
Box 11Folder 929digitized
Marie E. Gillis rescued by Marie Ballem, 2 Jul. 1907
Box 11Folder 930digitized
Elmira F. Dionne rescued by Mary H. Flavin, 15 Jul. 1907
Box 11Folder 931digitized
Wreck report, Sloop Almond, Station 13, 21 July 1907
Box 11Folder 932digitized
Mrs. John Beatle and Harry Riley rescued by Edward J. Welch, 16 Aug. 1906
Box 11Folder 933digitized
Albert Grosgro rescued by Charles M. Young, 27 Jun. 1907
Box 11Folder 934digitized
Francis Lynch rescued by George C. Dunlevy, 8 Jul. 1907
Box 11Folder 935digitized
Unknown woman and baby rescued by Joseph I. Sawyer, 14 Jul. 1907
Box 11Folder 936
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Box 11Folder 937
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Box 11Folder 938
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Box 11Folder 939digitized
Daniel Mooney and Frank Rooney rescued by Joseph E. Burke, 30 Aug. 1906
Box 11Folder 940digitized
Unknown man rescued by Raymond L. O'Connor, 23 Jun. 1907
Box 11Folder 941digitized
Herbert M. Bacon rescued by Douglas Flatlery, 5 July 1907
Box 11Folder 942digitized
Unknown man rescued by George W. Blake, 6 Aug. 1907
Box 11Folder 943digitized
Sarah Sulkins rescued by Leo Cheinstein, 24 Aug. 1907
Box 11Folder 944digitized
Runaway horse stopped by Winfield W. LeGacy, 10 Sep. 1907
Box 11Folder 945digitized
Wreck Report, Princess of Avon, Station 13, 25 Sep. 1907
Box 11Folder 946digitized
Runaway horse stopped by Leslie G. Rich, 14 Oct. 1907
Box 11Folder 947digitized
Hugh Hoffman rescued by John Muckian, John F. Kane, Fred C. McGray and John Connelly, 11 Dec. 1906
Box 11Folder 948digitized
Samuel Snyder rescued by Max Shriber, 9 Aug. 1907
Box 11Folder 949digitized
Charles and John Brophy rescued by Gabriel Farrell Jr., 17 Sep. 1907
Box 11Folder 950digitized
Isabelle Drury rescued by W.H. Raymenter and Rachael Longley, 22 Aug. 1907
Box 11Folder 951digitized
Unknown man rescued by Robert J. Jones, 11 Sep. 1907
Box 11Folder 952digitized
Two men rescued by Robert Bacon and John S. Reed, 11 Oct. 1907
Box 11Folder 953digitized
Alice Ash rescued by Frederick Ray, 19 July 1907
Box 11Folder 954digitized
Mary M. Hughes rescued by Albert O. Hughes, 29 July 1907
Box 11Folder 955digitized
John P. Manning rescued by Charles L. Stevens, 24 Aug. 1907
Box 11Folder 956digitized
- Murphy rescued by Arther N. Thomas, 20 Oct. 1907

Rescue and case reports 957-991, Nov. 1907-June 1908digital content

Box 12Folder 957digitized
Unknown man and horses rescued by Henry L. Cheney, 2 Nov. 1907
Box 12Folder 958digitized
Daniel R. Redmond rescued by Joseph Donaghue, 26 Nov. 1907
Box 12Folder 959digitized
Amadee Martel rescued by Archie C. Cormler, 23 June 1907
Box 12Folder 960digitized
Frank Steele rescued by John M. Edmunds, 1 Nov. 1907
Box 12Folder 961digitized
Katherine Jackson rescued by Mary Eva Chase, 15 Nov. 1907
Box 12Folder 962digitized
Malcolm MacQueen, Thomas Bruce, and Charley Crane rescued by John Finley, 23 Nov. 1907
Box 12Folder 963digitized
George A. Durand rescued by Harold W. Lewis, 13 Dec. 1907
Box 12Folder 964digitized
Runaway horses stopped by Arba G. Stearns, 24 Dec. 1907
Box 12Folder 965digitized
Ruth Foster rescued by Philip J. Fanning and Chester B. Heath, 18 Jan. 1908
Box 12Folder 966digitized
Wreck Report, Schooner Fortuna, Station 17, 24 Jan. 1908
Box 12Folder 967digitized
Crew of steamship St. Cuthbert rescued by crew of Cymric, 8 Feb. 1908
Box 12Folder 968digitized
Unknown man rescued by Harold R. Peterson, 26 Dec. 1907
Box 12Folder 969digitized
Clifford E. Jacobs rescued by Arthur Wittekind and Ernest J. Flannigan, 27 Dec. 1907
Box 12Folder 970digitized
Mary Parker rescued by Robert A. Stone, 4 Jan. 1908
Box 12Folder 971digitized
John Danckert rescued by John M. Collins, 18 Jan. 1908
Box 12Folder 972digitized
John Barrett rescued by Carl V. Anderson, 27 Jan. 1908
Box 12Folder 973digitized
Mamile Corners, Margaret Daley, and Catherine Hennessey rescued by Arthur J. Cox, 28 Aug. 1907
Box 12Folder 974digitized
Robert Boville rescued by Patrick H. Murray, 26 Dec. 1907
Box 12Folder 975digitized
Liston and Ralph Evans, Harold snd Ella Alexander rescued by Michael J. Leary, 6 Jan. 1908
Box 12Folder 976digitized
John and William Gill rescued by Frank Kennedy, 19 Jan. 1908
Box 12Folder 977digitized
Marcellus Kidder rescued by Edward C. Lockhart, 22 Jan. 1908
Box 12Folder 978digitized
Albert Volk, John Haley, Matthew McIntire rescued by Arthur G. Blair, 23 Jan. 1908
Box 12Folder 979digitized
Attempted rescue of Joseph M. Mason by Rev. Edmund C. Sliney, 29 Feb. 1908
Box 12Folder 980digitized
Wreck Report, Steamship Silvia, Station 44, 14 Mar. 1908
Box 12Folder 981digitized
Runaway horse stopped by John T. Crosson, 17 Apr. 1906
Box 12Folder 982digitized
Gertrude Leisk rescued by Rosy F. Levine, 2 July 1907
Box 12Folder 983digitized
Thelma Mayo rescued by Douglas G. Williamson, 15 Jan. 1908
Box 12Folder 984digitized
Wreck Report, saved Dory, Station 13, 3 May 1908
Box 12Folder 985digitized
Runaway horse stopped by Thomas M. Grady, 7 May 1908
Box 12Folder 986digitized
Katherine and Mary Burke rescued by Jennie Burke, 18 May 1908
Box 12Folder 987digitized
Herbert Emmons rescued by Edward M. Neilson, 18 May 1908
Box 12Folder 988digitized
Wreck Report, Small power boat, Station 13, 9 June 1908
Box 12Folder 989digitized
Olive P. Drewett rescued by Lulu Dalton, 27 May 1908
Box 12Folder 990digitized
William Whipple rescued by Thomas Sullivan, 18 June 1908
Box 12Folder 991digitized
Abraham Sternan and William Harden rescued by William Pickett and Elmer E. Southwick, 25 June 1908

Rescue and case reports 992-1029, July 1908-Jan. 1909digital content

Box 13Folder 992digitized
George Duncan rescued by Eric H. Wetterlow, 9 Sep. 1906
Box 13Folder 993digitized
Bridie L. McGraw rescued by Patrick H. Fitzpatrick, 23 May 1908
Box 13Folder 994digitized
Michael Stannie rescued by Oliver K. Phinney, 29 May 1908
Box 13Folder 995digitized
Clyde Rayfuse rescued by James T. McCauley, 17 June 1908
Box 13Folder 996digitized
Thomas F. Leonard rescued by Edward J. Brougham, 20 June 1908
Box 13Folder 997digitized
Nadine Bowman rescued by Edward L. McKendrew, 20 July 1908
Box 13Folder 998digitized
Use of Boat Report, Station 13, Rescuing men on Ledge, 6 Aug. 1908
Box 13Folder 999digitized
Mrs. Peter Carrton and daughter rescued by Ralph A. Cook, 26 May 1908
Box 13Folder 1000digitized
Francis Crowley rescued by William C. Doherty, 9 June 1908
Box 13Folder 1001digitized
Thomas J. Dunn rescued by Timothy O'Connor, 3 July 1908
Box 13Folder 1002digitized
Messrs. Pecker and Tarbell rescued by Walter Bowman, 12 July 1908
Box 13Folder 1003digitized
Louis Davidson rescued by Alexander Morton and Meyer Morrill, 19 Aug. 1908
Box 13Folder 1004digitized
Walton Scully rescued by John F. Conroy, 27 Aug. 1908
Box 13Folder 1005digitized
Wreck Report, unknown sloop, Station 10, 27 Aug. 1908
Box 13Folder 1006digitized
John and James Gaquin and Michael Whooley rescued by Cornelius Kelleher, 12 July 1908
Box 13Folder 1007digitized
Ralph Sterling rescued by Thomas E. Saint, 18 July 1908
Box 13Folder 1008digitized
John Gilmore rescued by Thomas E. Melville, 22 July 1908
Box 13Folder 1009digitized
Edwin Sullivan rescued by Harold McDermott, 8 Aug. 1908
Box 13Folder 1010digitized
Edward Getchel rescued by Katherine McDaniels, 13 Aug. 1908
Box 13Folder 1011digitized
William H. Edmonds rescued by William A. O'Brien and Roy H. Hetherrington, 23 Aug. 1908
Box 13Folder 1012digitized
Wreck Report, Mary Brewer, Station 13, 11 Oct. 1908
Box 13Folder 1013digitized
Wreck Report, Mary Brewer, Station 10, 11 Oct. 1908
Box 13Folder 1014digitized
Wreck Report, Power Boat, Station 3, Ownder by Chas. Johnson, 20 Oct. 1908
Box 13Folder 1015digitized
Wreck Report, Schooner Hugh G., Station 13, 21 Nov. 1908
Box 13Folder 1016digitized
Captain Bellaty rescued by Thomas A. Kennedy and Michael F. Crosson, 12 Aug. 1907
Box 13Folder 1017digitized
William Port rescued by Horace L. Briggs, n.d.
Box 13Folder 1018digitized
J. George Porteous rescued by Everett H. Reed, 13 July 1908
Box 13Folder 1019digitized
Maud A. Finnell rescued by Charles Nelson, 24 Aug. 1908
Box 13Folder 1020digitized
Crew of Schooner Eric rescued by crew of Schooner Conqueror, Captain Robertson Giffin, 30 Oct. 1908
Box 13Folder 1021digitized
Joseph Dupine rescued by William N. Titus Jr., 4 Sep. 1908
Box 13Folder 1022digitized
Edith Forbes rescued by John E. Westerburg, 8 Oct. 1908
Box 13Folder 1023digitized
John R. Nickerson rescued by Newton J. Bishop, 20 Dec. 1908
Box 13Folder 1024digitized
Frank Lepper and Lillia Holden rescued by Charles H. Farrell, 26 Dec. 1908
Box 13Folder 1025digitized
Albert F. Donahue rescued by Owen J. McGaffigan, 1 Jan. 1909
Box 13Folder 1026digitized
Attempted rescued of William L. Meehan by William Mateer, 10 Jan. 1909
Box 13Folder 1027digitized
Wreck Report, Schooner Helena, Station 30, 30 Jan. 1909
Box 13Folder 1028digitized
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Box 13Folder 1029digitized
Francis Calnan rescued by William O'Loughlin, 9 Jan. 1909

Rescue and case reports 1030-1070, Feb.-Dec. 1909digital content

Box 14Folder 1030digitized
Owen MacMillan rescued by Russell Gates and Irving J. Rich, 8 Feb. 1909
Box 14Folder 1031digitized
Two unknown boys rescued by William M. Foley, 12 Feb. 1909
Box 14Folder 1032digitized
Clara B. Armstrong rescued by Nathan B. McLoud and Nellie Wilcox, 7 July 1908
Box 14Folder 1033digitized
Two Boys rescued by Albert W. Briggs; Fred Beer rescued by John Seymour; Patrick O'Connor Drowned, 16 Dec. 1908
Box 14Folder 1034digitized
Paul McCaffery rescued by Charles A. Lyle, 1 July 1908
Box 14Folder 1035digitized
Wreck Report, Yawl Keewaydin, Station 35, 8 Apr. 1909
Box 14Folder 1036digitized
Runaway horse stopped by David C. Newman, 22 Apr. 1909
Box 14Folder 1037digitized
Explosion prevented by J.F. Cunningham and Peter Walsh, 13 May 1909
Box 14Folder 1038digitized
Wreck Report, gasoline launch Spare Time, Station 13, 31 May 1909
Box 14Folder 1039digitized
John McAndrew rescued by Haven H. Keith, 26 May 1909
Box 14Folder 1040digitized
Neil E. Duffy rescued by James W. Marriman, 12 June 1909
Box 14Folder 1041digitized
Wreck Report, Schooner Priscilla, Station 41, 15 June 1909
Box 14Folder 1042digitized
Frank D. Foster rescued by Frank B. Mitchell, 23 June 1909
Box 14Folder 1043digitized
Charles Ward rescued by Gacimo Zumbo, 26 June 1909
Box 14Folder 1044digitized
Runaway horses stopped by John P. Starkey, 15 June 1909
Box 14Folder 1045digitized
Robert Hopkins rescued by Fred Ainsmith, 17 June 1909
Box 14Folder 1046digitized
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Box 14Folder 1047digitized
Herbert Welch rescued by Robert F. Thorpe, 25 July 1909
Box 14Folder 1048digitized
Charles Galvin rescued by Patrick J. Dooley, 2 Aug. 1909
Box 14Folder 1049digitized
Nathan Mendlow rescued by M.R. Connolly, 15 Aug. 1909
Box 14Folder 1050digitized
Wreck Report, knockabout Yankee and unnamed 24-foot powerboat, Station 13, 15 Aug. 1909
Box 14Folder 1051digitized
Wreck Report, schooner Constance, Station 10, 17 Aug. 1909
Box 14Folder 1052digitized
Wreck Report, Naptha Launch Chummie, Station 17, 5 Sep. 1909
Box 14Folder 1053digitized
Margaret Kenney rescued by Cornelius A. Kelleher, 17 June 1909
Box 14Folder 1054digitized
Thomas Menton rescued by Arthur B. Ryan and Martin J. Bentley, 27 June 1909
Box 14Folder 1055digitized
Runaway horse stopped by J. Joseph Evans, 10 July 1909
Box 14Folder 1056digitized
Jessica Dowsell and Abigail Fuller rescued by Hinman Knowlton, 15 July 1909
Box 14Folder 1057digitized
Thomas Mannix rescued by E.C. Taylor and R.G. Williams, 28 July 1909
Box 14Folder 1058digitized
Grace A. Winchester and Julia McShane rescued by Frank J. Ayer, 29 July 1909
Box 14Folder 1059digitized
William H. Watson rescued by Andrew J. Sullivan, 30 July 1909
Box 14Folder 1060digitized
Edwin Ward rescued by Joseph Dean, 31 July 1909
Box 14Folder 1061digitized
Wreck Report, sloop Cruiser, Station 1, 26 Sep. 1909
Box 14Folder 1062digitized
Gerald Haskins and Peter Corrigan rescued by Raymond W. McNine and Walter Luby, 30 July 1909
Box 14Folder 1063digitized
John Guard rescued by Fred A. Bedell, 21 Aug. 1909
Box 14Folder 1064digitized
Joseph W. Murphy rescued by John R. Fitzgerald, 23 Aug. 1909
Box 14Folder 1065digitized
J.J. Crowley rescued by Michael Doyle, 20 Sep. 1909
Box 14Folder 1066digitized
Wreck Report, schooner Clarina, Station 10, 24 Nov. 1909
Box 14Folder 1067digitized
Attempted rescue of woman and child by Victor M. Durgin, 19 Apr. 1909
Box 14Folder 1068digitized
William J. Clarkson rescued by Patrick Campbell, 27 Aug. 1909
Box 14Folder 1069digitized
Adolph Beer rescued by Lieut. P.H. Harrison, 1 Nov. 1909
Box 14Folder 1070digitized
Attempted rescue of John Reardon by Henry Hogan, 3 Dec. 1909
Carton 1SH0584
Rescue and case reports, 1980-1995

This carton is closed pending review.

Carton 2SH0581
Rescue and case reports, 1980-1995

This carton is closed pending review.

B. Lifesaving stations, 1849-1910digital content

Three volumes recording the location of sixty-eight lifesaving stations and lighthouses located on the Massachusetts shore consist of detailed lists of the amount of equipment kept at each station, including oars, sails, life-belts, buckets, blankets, etc.; the condition of the equipment; the name of the keeper and active captain of each station; structures located on the property of the lifesaving station, including boathouses and houses, what condition the structure was in, and the year it was built and painted. Also included are the dimensions of the lifesaving stations, boathouses, and boats located at each station.

Vol. 23digitized
Lifesaving stations, 1849-1910
Vol. 24digitized
Lifesaving stations, 1856-1909
Vol. 25digitized
Lifesaving stations, 1855-1893

C. Logbook, 1877-1889digital content

One logbook kept by the recording secretary includes daily entries listing medals awarded, improvements needed at stations, supplies ordered and received, sale of stations, and transfers of supplies and materials between stations.

Vol. 26digitized
Logbook, 1877-1889

D. Lifebuoy reports, 1950-1961

One folder containing reports of the lifebuoy service provided by the Humane Society from 1950 to 1961 record the location of the buoys, number present, condition, date last replaced, number of buoys sent, and the person responsible for the buoys.

Box 1Folder 10

IV. Correspondence, 1854-1969

A. Letterbooks, 1854-1910

Nineteen letterbooks of retained copies of outgoing correspondence include letters written by Robert Bennet Forbes, Benjamin W. Crowninshield, and Sidney W. Burgess regarding all aspects of the Humane Society, including outfitting lifesaving stations with new equipment and supplies, sale of old boats, lifesaving boat construction and design, condolence letters to families of accident victims, payroll numbers, and money and medals awarded.

Vol. 27
Letterbook, 6 Feb. 1854-20 May 1857
Vol. 28
Letterbook, 8 July 1857-24 Aug. 1861
Vol. 29
Letterbook, 2 Sep. 1861-21 June 1863
Vol. 30
Letterbook, 27 July 1866-15 Sep. 1870
Vol. 31
Letterbook, 15 Sep. 1870-6 Apr. 1872
Vol. 32
Letterbook, 13 Dec. 1871-4 Mar. 1882
Vol. 33
Letterbook, 10 Apr. 1872-10 Dec. 1873
Vol. 34
Letterbook, 15 Dec. 1873-18 Mar. 1875
Vol. 35
Letterbook, 18 Mar. 1875-25 Jan. 1876
Vol. 36
Letterbook, 25 Jan. 1876-25 Sep. 1876
Vol. 37
Letterbook, 25 Sep. 1876-8 Jan. 1877
Vol. 38
Letterbook, 22 Mar. 1877-3 June 1877
Vol. 39
Letterbook, 27 June 1888-13 May 1889
Vol. 40
Letterbook, 13 May 1889-13 Apr. 1889
Vol. 41
Letterbook, 13 Apr. 1891-6 Mar. 1894
Vol. 42
Letterbook, 7 Mar. 1894-28 Oct. 1899
Vol. 43
Letterbook, 20 Oct. 1899-25 June 1902
Vol. 44
Letterbook, 20 Oct. 1903-25 June 1908
Vol. 45
Letterbook, 8 June 1905-28 Feb. 1910
Vol. 46
Benjamin William Crowninshield's personal letterbook, 9 Aug. 1907-28 Feb. 1910

The personal letterbook of Benjamin William Crowninshield contains outgoing copies of letters sent to friends and business acquaintances regarding daily activities, real estate, finances, and other business matters.

B. Loose correspondence, 1875-1878; 1950-1969

Arranged chronologically

Papers relating to the affairs of the Humane Society of Massachusetts include correspondence written by Thomas Motley, Jr., James F. Alcorn, and Benjamin W. Crowninshield. Also included is a folder of letters and the deposition of James F. Alcorn concerning the wreck of the brig Metropolis and subsequent rescue efforts of the Humane Society. Other loose correspondence from 1950 to 1961 includes letters written to and from Alexander Houston, secretary of the standing committee, regarding the lifebuoy program initiated by the Humane Society, and correspondence from 1950 to 1969 between the Humane Society and the United Fund of Massachusetts regarding donations and contributions made by the Humane Society.

Box 15

V. Newspaper clippings and publicity reports, 1959-1965

Publicity reports consist of newspaper clippings and letters regarding Humane Society award winners, articles about people who have saved lives, and members of the Humane Society.

Box 16

Preferred Citation

Humane Society of Massachusetts records, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.


Asylum for the Insane (Boston, Mass.).
Boston Lying-In Hospital (Boston, Mass.).
Metropolis (Hermaphrodite brig).


Burgess, Sidney W., 1854-1914.
Crowninshield, Benjamin W. (Benjamin William), 1837-1892.
Faucon, Edward Horatio, 1806-1894.
Forbes, R. B. (Robert Bennet), 1804-1889.
Motley, Thomas, Jr.


Account books--1804-1926.
Charities--Massachusetts--Societies, etc.
Lifesaving--Equipment and supplies.
Lifesaving stations--Massachusetts.

Items Removed from the Collection

Photographs and other visual materials have been removed to the MHS Photo. Archives.

Printed materials have been removed and cataloged in ABIGAIL.

Medals have been removed and have been cataloged in ABIGAIL individually.