Fred Plaisted Papers

Manuscripts Collection 317

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Plaisted, Fred (1849 – 1946)
Title: Fred Plaisted Papers
Dates: 1877-1943
Extent: 71 items
Abstract: Scrapbook, clippings, and photographs on the career of champion rower Fred Plaisted.
Identification: Coll. 317

Biography of Fred Plaisted

Fred Plaisted (1849-1943) rowed professionally from 1866 until he was in his 80s. He competed throughout the U.S. northeast and in China, winning various championships. He later coached the rowing teams at Bowdoin College, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, the Clifton Boat Club, and the Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club. When he was not rowing or coaching, he operated a boatbuilding business in Philadelphia.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Fred Plaisted Papers consist of scapbook pages, clippings, and photographs on the career of champion rower Fred Plaisted (1849-1946). While some of the items date to the earlier part of Plaisted’s career, the bulk date from the 1920s – 1940s. The original scrapbook is contained in the collection, but its pages have been torn out. The removed pages are housed in the folders that follow that of the scrapbook.

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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.


Plaisted, Fred (1849-1943)

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Veteran Athletes of Philadelphia


Philadelphia (Penn.)


Racing shells
Rowing clubs

Document Types:

Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Telegraph — Telegrams


Rowing coaches

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 317, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Fred Plaisted Papers; series dates
Box Folder
1 1 Drawings by Fred Plaisted; c. 1943 (2 items)
2 Writings by Fred Plaisted; c. 1880 (9 items)
3 Clippings; c. 1941 (3 items)
4 Veteran Athletes of Philadelphia certificate; 1940 (1 item)
5 Photographs; c. 1877-1942 (16 items)
6 Scrapbook (pages are torn out, and contents are in folders that follow); c. 1940 (1 item)
7 Scrapbook pages (clippings); c. 1920-1940 (10 items)
8 Scrapbook pages (clippings); c. 1920-1940 (10 items)
9 Scrapbook pages (clippings and telegrams); c. 1920-1940 (10 items)
10 Scrapbook pages (clippings); c. 1920-1940 (9 items)

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