Levin James Colston Collection, 1876-1903, MS 3147

Finding Aid to the Levin James Colston Collection, 1876-1903, MS 3147   

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

 

Title

Levin James Colston Collection

Creator

Colston, Levin James, 1848-1923.

Call number

MS 3147

Inclusive dates

1876-1903

Bulk dates

1883-1903

Extent

1 box, 25 folders, 1 oversize folder.

Abstract

The Levin James Colston collection contains manifests, receipts, and correspondence related to his shipping business.

Administrative summary

 

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of University of Baltimore, November 10, 1992.

Accession number

Unknown

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, January, 2014

 

Biographical Note

Levin James Colston was born in 1848 in Church Creek, Maryland in Dorchester County to Annie W. Mace and Richard C. Colston. He had four surviving siblings, one of which, John M., owned at drug store in Church Creek. Colston captained the schooners Carrie L. and Charles Linthicum, which carried goods, such as lumber, bricks, and flour, to ports on the East Coast, including New York City, Norfolk, Virginia, and more. He worked primarily with Baltimore merchants.

Both schooners were built in Church Creek: the Carrie L. in 1882 and the Charles Linthicum ten years later. Shipbuilding was a primary industry in Church Creek, because of its navigable position on the Little Choptank River and access to pine and white oak lumber from the forests surrounding the town.

Colston died in 1923 and is buried in the Old Trinity Church cemetery.

 

Scope and Content

The Levin James Colston collection contains manifests, receipts, and correspondence related to Colston’s shipping business. The collection is primarily comprised of cargo manifests for goods shipped onboard Colston’s schooners. Many Baltimore merchants are represented in the documents, such as Kirwan Bros., Bland, Block & Co., and more, as Colston took their goods to ports along the East Coast. Many receipts for tug boat services are also included in the collection.

The collection is organized chronologically. Oversized items were removed to be stored in a larger folder.

 

Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

Promissory note from John M. Colston to L. James Colston

1876

1

1

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

188?

1

2

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1883

1

3

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1884

1

4

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1885

1

5

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1886

1

6

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1887

1

7

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc. 

1888

1

8

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1889

1

9

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

189?

1

10

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1890

1

11

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1891

1

12

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1892

1

13

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1893

1

14

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1894

1

15

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1895

1

16

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1896

1

17

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1897

1

18

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1898

1

19

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1899

1

20

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

190?

1

21

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1900

1

22

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1901

1

23

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1902

1

24

Manifests, tug receipts, business correspondence, etc.

1903

1

25

Shipping Articles

1895-1898

 

Oversize

 

 

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