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Armstrong, F. Wallis (Francis Wallis), 1907-1956
F. Wallis Armstrong Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1797-1890 (mostly 1840-1890)
6 boxes and 0.71 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-6


Consists of manuscripts collected by F. Wallis Armstrong (Princeton Class of 1931) relating to whaling in the nineteenth century and the exploration of the Congo River in Africa (1879-1882).

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of manuscripts collected by Armstrong (Princeton Class of 1931) relating to whaling in the 19th century and the exploration of the Congo River in Africa (1879-1882). Included are four logbooks (1819-1886) kept by captains and seamen of the Adelia Chase, Essex, Stonington, and Sylph ships on whaling voyages out of New England to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, recording accounts of cargos, numbers of whales killed and barrels of oil filled, weather, and other impressions of their travels. [The one on the Essex has been determined a forgery.] There are also several large shipping documents, including three certificates of safe passage signed by John Q. Adams, Andrew Jackson, and Martin Van Buren, and four wooden stamps of whales.

In addition, a private journal of Frank A. Mahoney recounts his travels and explorations on the Congo River from 1879 to 1882 as a seaman and officer in the employ of Henry M. Stanley, who at that time was working to establish the Congo Free State. Also present are Mahoney's article of agreement (1879) with Stanley, drawings of the Congo River area, and plans for buildings in Leopoldville designed by Mahoney.

Collection Creator Biography:

Armstrong, F. Wallis (Francis Wallis), 1907-1956

A graduate of Princeton (Class of 1931), F. Wallis Armstrong, Jr., was the son of the founder of the Armstrong Advertising Company (Philadelphia) and a well-known racehorse owner.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. F. Wallis Armstrong Jr.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '2014 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

F. Wallis Armstrong Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-6