COLLECTION GUIDES

1860-1964

Guide to the Photograph Collection


Collection Summary

Abstract

Photographs documenting the Rotch family of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Biographical Sketch

The Rotch family was one of the most prominent families of New Bedford, Massachusetts, involved in whaling, cordage, and other industries. A Quaker, Joseph Rotch left Nantucket for New Bedford in 1765, finding its harbor to be ideal for his whaling fleet, and successive generations of Rotches and allied families like the Bullards, Rodmans, and Morgans would make substantial contributions to the industries and political and social life of that city. William Rotch, Jr. was an ardent abolitionist and established the Friends Academy in New Bedford. His grandsons William James and Benjamin Rotch founded the New Bedford Cordage Company.

Sources

Bullard, John M. The Rotches (New Bedford, 1947).

Collection Description

The Rotch family photographs document multiple generations of the Rotch family of New Bedford, Massachusetts, as well as interrelated families including Bullard, Rodman, and Morgan. There are also several photographs of sites in New Bedford, Massachusetts, associated with the family. The collection also includes a photograph album, kept by an unidentified family member, containing commercial souvenir photographs, postcards, and snapshots from the turn of the twentieth century. The collection includes photographs by New Bedford, Massachusetts, photographers Headley & Reed, George F. Parlow, and Valentin Wolfenstein, among many others.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. John Morgan Bullard, April 1969.

Processing Information

Travel photograph album (Photo. #273.100-273.322) disbound June 2018; the album was discarded due to preservation concerns. The photographs are numbered in the order in which they appeared in the album. There was no information recorded on album pages.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Portraits, 1860s-1964

A. Individual portraits, 1860s-1964

Box 1Folder 1#273.01
Barton, Susan Ridgway Rotch (1797-1885), [1880s]Taken by Headley & Reed, New Bedford, Mass.Cabinet photograph of a silhouette.
Box 1Folder 2#273.02
Bullard, Emily Rotch (1860-1949), ca. 1870Taken by Geo. F. Parlow, New Bedford, Mass.
Box 1Folder 3#273.03
Bullard, John M. (b. 1890), Nov. 1891Taken by an unidentified photographer.

Photograph of John M. Bullard in baby carriage, outside house at 446 County St., New Bedford, with a woman identified as "Ellen."

Box 1Folder 4#273.04
Bullard, John T. (1864-1927), ca. 1870-1874Taken by an unidentified photographer.

Group photograph of children on the steps of the Quaker Meeting House in New Bedford. According to the inscription on the back, John T. Bullard is the young boy seated on the railing. None of the other children is identified.

Box 1Folder 5#273.05
Morgan, Charles W. (1791-1861), undatedPhotograph of a painting.
Box 1Folder 6#273.06
Morgan, Sarah Rodman (1793-1888), ca. 1860Taken by Suddards & Fennemore, Philadelphia.Carte de visite.
Box 1Folder 6#273.07
Morgan, Sarah Rodman, ca. 1880Taken by Notman & Campbell, Boston.Cabinet photograph.
Box 1Folder 6#273.08
Morgan, Sarah Rodman, ca. 1881Taken by Wolfenstein, New Bedford, Mass.Cabinet photograph.
Box 1Folder 6#273.09
Morgan, Sarah Rodman, ca. 1885-1888
Box 1Folder 7#273.10
Rodman, Benjamin (1794-1876), [1860s]Taken by Allen, Boston, Mass.Carte de visite of a portrait.
Box 1Folder 8#273.11
Rodman, Elizabeth Rotch (1757-1856), 1898Taken by Baldwin Coolidge.Photograph of a portrait by Rembrandt Peale.
Box 1Folder 9#273.12
Rodman, Samuel (1743-1835), 1898Taken by Baldwin Coolidge.Photograph of a portrait by Rembrandt Peale.
Box 1Folder 10#273.13
Rotch, Anne Smith (1795-1842), ca. 1964Photograph of a portrait by Thomas Sully.
Box 1Folder 11#273.14
Rotch, Anne W. Morgan, (1800-1844), undatedPhotograph of a portrait by an unidentified artist.
Box 1Folder 12#273.15
Rotch, Benjamin (1764-1839), [1880s]Taken by H. G. Smith, Boston.Cabinet photograph of a miniature portrait by an unidentified artist.
Box 1Folder 13#273.16
Rotch, Benjamin (1793-1854), undatedPhotograph of a portrait by an unidentified artist.
Box 1Folder 14#273.17
Rotch, Benjamin Smith (1817-1882), [1880s]Taken by Headley & Reed, New Bedford, Mass.Cabinet photograph of a silhouette by James Browne Smith.
Box 1Folder 15#273.18a/b
Rotch, Elizabeth Barker (1764-1857), [1880s]Taken by H. G. Smith, Boston.Cabinet photograph of a miniature portrait by an unidentified artist.
Box 1Folder 16#273.19
Rotch, Emily Morgan (1821-1861), [1880s]Taken by Parlow, New Bedford, Mass. Cabinet card reproduction of an earlier photograph.
Box 1Folder 16#273.20
Rotch, Emily Morgan (1821-1861), [19--]Photograph of a portrait by an unidentified artist.
Box 1Folder 17#273.21
Rotch, Francis (1788-1874), ca. 1870Taken by W. Kurtz, New York.Cabinet photograph.
Box 1Folder 18#273.22
Rotch, Francis Morgan (1822-1863), [19--]Photograph of an 1844 portrait by Othon.
Box 1Folder 18#273.23
Rotch, Francis Morgan, ca. 1860Taken by an unidentified photographer.
Box 1Folder 18#273.24
Rotch, Francis Morgan, ca. 1860Taken by an unidentified photographer.
Box 1Folder 19#273.25
Rotch, Garland (1888-1943), 1939Taken by an unidentified photographer.
Box 1Folder 20#273.26
Rotch, Helen (1846-1914), 1872Taken by Geo. F. Parlow, New Bedford, Mass.Carte de visite.
Box 1Folder 21#273.27
Rotch, Joanna (1826-1911), undatedPhotograph of a portrait of Joanna Rotch as a child by an unidentified artist.
Box 1Folder 22#273.28
Rotch, Joseph (1790-1839), [1880s]Taken by H. G. Smith, Boston.Cabinet photograph of a miniature portrait by an unidentified artist.
Box 1Folder 23#273.29a/b
Rotch, Thomas (1772-1840), [1880s]Taken by H. G. Smith, Boston.Cabinet photograph of a miniature portrait by an unidentified artist.
Box 1Folder 24#273.30
Rotch, William (1734-1828), undatedPhotograph of a portrait by an unidentified artist.
Box 1Folder 25#273.31
Rotch, William (1759-1850), 1964Photograph of a portrait by Rembrandt Peale.
Box 1Folder 26#273.32
Rotch, William James (1819-1893), [1880s]Taken by an unidentified photographer.
Box 1Folder 26#273.33
Rotch, William James, [1880s]Taken by Morse, San Francisco.Three-quarters length, standing.
Box 1Folder 26#273.34
Rotch, William James, [1880s]Taken by Morse, San Francisco.Cabinet photograph, head and shoulders.
Box 1Folder 26#273.35
Rotch, William James, [1880s]Taken by unidentified photographer.
Box 1Folder 27#273.36
Severance, Isabel Morgan Rotch (1850-1921), ca. 1865-1870Taken by Geo. F. Parlow, New Bedford, Mass.Carte de visite.
Box 1Folder 28#273.37
Unidentified woman, "Aunt Angier," undatedPhotograph of a portrait by an unidentified artist.

B. Group portraits, 1880s-ca. 1902

Box 1Folder 29#273.38
Bullard children, Sep. 1895

Photograph of John M., Helen Rotch, and William Rotch Bullard seated on a porch with their aunt Helen Rotch.

Box 1Folder 30#273.39
Bullard children, ca. 1902Taken by O'Neil, New Bedford, Mass.

Studio photograph of John M., Helen Rotch, William Rotch, Emily, and Lydia Bullard.

Box 1Folder 31#273.40
Bullard wedding party, 18 June 1889

Formal portrait photograph of bride Emily (Rotch) Bullard and her attendants, identified as May Bryant, May Rotch, Sarah Bullard, Carrie Stone, Helen Swift, and Lucy Bullard.

Box 1Folder 32#273.41
Riding party starting from the Hathaways, [1880s]

Young men on horseback and women in buggies. Subjects identified on back of print as: Ellen Hathaway, Miss Haggard, Tom Hathaway, John Bullard, Carrie Stone, William D. Howland, Emily Rotch, Bessie Hathaway, E. W. Atkinson, Ethel Taber, Sarah Bullard. and Anna Swift.

Box 1Folder 33#273.42a/b
Morgan, Sarah Rodman, Rebecca Frothingham, and Josephine Morgan, [1880s?]

Group photograph of women seated outside a house.

Box 1Folder 34#273.43
Rotch family group, 27 Oct. 1883

Young people photographed aboard ship. Subjects identified on back of print as: Ned Hart, Anna Rotch, Emily Rotch, Amory Gardner, John Bullard, Alice Hussey, and Mary Thornton.

Box 1Folder 35#273.44
Rotch family, 27 Oct. 1883

Group portrait of young people seated on boulders. Subjects identified on back of print as: Emily Rotch, John Bullard, Harry Plummer, Alice Hussey, Mary Thornton, Anna Rotch, and Ned Hart.

Box 1Folder 36#273.45
Rotch family, ca. 1883Tintype.

Studio portrait of young people. Subjects identified on back of print as: Fred Stone, Ellen Hathaway, John T. Bullard, Emily M. Rotch, Robert Treat Paine 2nd, John Coolidge, Bessie Hathaway, Anna S. Rotch, Tom Plummer, and Sarah R. Swift.

Box 1Folder 37#273.46
Rotch family "Trip to California," 1886

Studio portrait. Subjects identified on back of print as: William J. Rotch, Joanna Rotch, Mary R. Rotch, Horatio Hathaway, Ellen R. Hathaway, Bessie Hathaway, Emily M. Rotch, Ellen R. Hathaway, Clara Morgan Rotch, Anna Hunter, Anna S. Rotch, and Mary Prescott.

Box 1Folder 38#273.47
Scudder wedding party, 10 Oct. 1900

Group portrait of the wedding party for Helen Swift and William Scudder. Other than the bride and groom, subjects are unidentified.

Box 1Folder 39#273.48
William Scudder and Helen Swift, ca. 1900

II. Views and miscellaneous photographs, ca. 1875-1964

Box 1Folder 40#273.49-273.51
New Bedford, Mass.: Charles W. Morgan house, County St., various dates
Box 1Folder 41#273.52
New Bedford, Mass.: L. Griffiths Morgan house, Sixth St., ca. 1875
Box 1Folder 42#273.53
New Bedford, Mass.: Andrew Robeson house, corner of 2nd and William Streets, ca. 1890
Box 1Folder 43#273.54
New Bedford, Mass.: Samuel Rodman house, County St., ca. 1890
Box 1Folder 43#273.55
New Bedford, Mass.: Wharves, ca. 1890s
Box 1Folder 44#273.56-273.57
New Bedford, Mass.: William Rotch, Sr., house, corner of North Second and Union Street, before 1927

Two photographs of the Mansion House Hotel, formerly the home of William Rotch Sr. The hotel was destroyed by fire in 1927.

Box 1Folder 45#273.58-273.60
New Bedford, Mass.: William Rotch, Jr., house, corner of Water and William Sts., later the Mariners' Home, ca. 1890
Box 1Folder 46#273.61
New Bedford, Mass.: Old Rotch house, 427 County St., ca. 1890
Box 1Folder 47#273.62-273.71
New Bedford, Mass.: William J. Rotch house, 7 Orchard St., various dates

Seven black and white and one color photograph of the Gothic cottage built by William J. Rotch. Photo. #273.69 is mounted with photographs of two unidentified New Bedford houses.

Box 1Folder 48#273.72
New Bedford, Mass.: Unidentified house, ca. 1890Cyanotype.
Box 1Folder 49#273.73
New Bedford, Mass.[?]: Unidentified house, undatedAlbumen photograph of a print or drawing.
Box 1Folder 50#273.74
New Bedford, Mass.[?]: Unidentified house, undatedPhotograph of a print or drawing.
Box 1Folder 51#273.75
New Bedford, Mass.: Courthouse, ca. 1890
Box 1Folder 51#273.76
New Bedford, Mass.: Wharves, ca. 1890
Box 1Folder 52#273.77
New Bedford, Mass.: Old Pearl Street Depot, before 1886
Box 1Folder 53#273.78
New Bedford, Mass.: Unitarian Church, ca. 1890
Box 1Folder 53#273.79-273.80
New Bedford, Mass.: Wharves and ships, ca. 1890Two small black and white photographs.
Box 1Folder 54#273.81
New Bedford, Mass.: Street scene, ca. 1890
Box 1Folder 54#273.82
Unidentified man with dog, undated
Box 1Folder 55#273.83
New Bedford, Mass.: Street scene in winter, ca. 1890Cyanotype.
Box 1Folder 55#273.84
Unidentified river scene, ca. 1890Cyanotype.
Box 1Folder 56#273.85
New Bedford, Mass.: Street scene in winter, ca. 1890Cyanotype.
Box 1Folder 57#273.86
New Bedford, Mass: William Street, from Sarah Rodman Morgan's house, ca. 1890
Box 1Folder 58#273.87-273.94
New Bedford, Mass.: Wharves and ships, various dates

Eight black and white photographs of unidentified ships, probably those owned by various Rotch family members.

Box 1Folder 59#273.95a/b
New Bedford Fifty Years Ago, undatedBlack and white photograph of a print.
Box 1Folder 60#273.96-273.97
Morris, N.Y.: "The Grove," Francis M. Rotch house, undated
Box 1Folder 61#273.98
Photograph of silver cup won by Benjamin Rotch in 1805, 1964
Box 1Folder 61#273.99
The Governor leading her two opponents, Aug. 1, 1814, 1964Photograph of a drawing.
Box 2Folders 1-51#273.100-273.322
Travel photograph album, 1880s-1900s

Disbound album kept by an unknown compiler of commercial black and white and autochrome photographs, snapshots, and postcards. Locations documented include Corfu, Italy, Austria, Holland, England, Jamaica, Bermuda, and the American west, including Colorado, Arizona, and California.

Preferred Citation

Rotch family photographs, 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.

Persons:

Bullard family--Photographs.
Morgan family--Photographs.
Parlow, George F., photographer.
Rodman family--Photographs.
Rotch family--Homes and haunts--Photographs.
Rotch family--Photographs.
Wolfenstein, V. (Valentin), 1844-1909, photographer.

Organizations:

Headley and Reed (New Bedford, Mass.), photographers.

Subjects:

Cabinet photographs.
Cartes de visite.
Cyanotypes.
Dwellings--Massachusetts--New Bedford--Photographs.
New Bedford (Mass.)--Photographs.
Tintypes.
Voyages and travels--Photographs.