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Chaytor, James
James Chaytor Papers
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Consists of ship's papers, a diary (1841), and correspondence of James Chaytor relating to some of the nineteenth-century American ships for which he was commander or shipmaster.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of ship's papers, a diary (1841), and correspondence of Chaytor relating to some of the ships for which he was commander or shipmaster. The bulk of the collection is comprised of accounts of the brig of war Independencia, such as listings of weekly provisions, expenditures, receipts, monies paid to officers and crew, listings of the numbers and kinds of sails, master's and boatswain's stores, bills of health, and weekly expenditures. The collection also includes ship's papers for the merchant ships Herald, Chesapeake, and John. In addition, there are also some of Chaytor's personal and business accounts.


Arranged in this order: letters to Chaytor, letters by Chaytor, diary (1821), records of the brig of war Independencia, records and receipts of other ships, personal accounts and business.

Collection Creator Biography:

Chaytor, James

James Chayton was a nineteenth-century American naval captain and shipmaster.

Collection History

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Alicia Corona '2013 in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

James Chaytor Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2