Records of O.C. & K.R. Wilson

Manuscripts Collection 243

Overview of the Records

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: O.C. & K.R. Wilson, Inc.
Title: Records of O.C. & K.R. Wilson
Dates: ca. 1870-1950
Extent: 156 items
Abstract: Bills, receipts, accounts, correspondence, and other business records; printed materials, either for Wilson or associated businesses; items relating to yachting; signal flag drawings and measurements, photographs, and pamphlet; stock certificates; account books; and miscellaneous materials, including photographs, obituaries, stationery, advertisements, and business cards.
Identification: Coll. 243

History of O. C. & K. R. Wilson, Inc.

O.C. & K.R. Wilson, originally founded as Jarrard & Wilson around 1880, and subsequently sold to Kendrick R. Wilson, and Oliver C. Wilson operated out of New Jersey, and later, New York City. O.C. & K.R. Wilson, Ship Chandlery & Engineers’ Supplies, was a major distributor of Plymouth Cordage Co. rope. The firm sold goods to tugs, barges and ships and various yachts.

The last address of O.C. & K.R. Wilson, Inc. was 32 North Moore Street, New York. The previous address, 78 Dey Street, was demolished in March 1966 to accommodate the World Trade Center. The business name and inventory was sold in 1985 to W.H. Swann & Sons.

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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division.

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.


Wilson, Kendrick R.
Wilson, Oliver C.

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Jarrad & Wilson
Plymouth Cordage Company


Ship chandlers–New Jersey
Ship chandlers–New York (State)–New York
Ships–Equipment and supplies
Signals and signaling

Document Types:

Account books
Business cards
Stock certificates

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 243, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Records

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.


General Papers; 1870-1950
Box Folder
1 1 General Business Papers & Correspondence; 1870-1889
2 General Business Papers & Correspondence; 1890-1899
3 General Business Papers & Correspondence; 1900-1950
4 General Business Papers & Correspondence; Undated/Unidentified
5 Printed Material: O.C. & K.R. Wilson; ca. 1900-1920
6 Printed Material: Marine Suppliers-Plymouth Cordage Co., New Bedford Cordage Co. and others; ca. 1880-1900
7 Signal Flag Drawings: Private and Club; undated
8 Photos; 3 unidentified, 1 of the Steam Ship Yacht HUSSAR; undated
9 Pamphlet; American Association of Shipmasters; Constitution and By-Laws; 1910
10 Pamphlet; Yacht Masters’ and Engineers’ Association, Constitution and By-Laws; 1915
Volumes; 1855-1950
1 Scrapbook of Marine Suppliers with “Cost Codes”; ca. 1920-1950</unitdated>
2 Scrapbook of Marine Suppliers & Invoices to E. B. Thorp; ca. 1860
3 Bound Stock Certificates: O.C. & K.R Wilson; 1897-1901
4 Account Book “Cordage Book B”; 1855-1876
5 Account Book “Journal No. 1”; 1897-1935
6 Bound Stock Certificates: O.C. & K.R Wilson; 1922-1939
Collages; ca. 1867-1940
Box Folder
3 1 Collage of pictures, obituaries, stationary and advertisements re. O.C. & K.R. Wilson, (3×4); ca. 1900-1940
2 Collage of pictures, bills of sale, advertisements and business cards re. O.C. & K.R. Wilson, and other marine suppliers, (3×4); ca. 1867-1905

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