William F. Saunders Papers

Manuscripts Collection 333

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Saunders, William F. (1848-1927)
Title: William F. Saunders Papers
Dates: 1872-1900
Extent: 34 pieces; 3 vols.
Abstract: Correspondence, correspondence transcript, letter book, diary copy, and scrapbook of William F. Saunders and his career as a keeper of the Quonochontaug Life Saving Station during the late nineteenth century.
Identification: Coll. 333

Biography of William F. Saunders

William F. Saunders (1848-1927) served as the keeper of the Quonochontaug Life Saving Station at Watch Hill, Rhode Island, in the late nineteenth century.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The William F. Saunders Papers contains correspondence, diary copy, letter book and scrapbook of William F. Saunders and his career as a keeper of the Quonochontaug Life Saving Station during the late nineteenth century. The correspondence regards the combined efforts of lifesaving station keepers in lobbying for the passage of H.R. 12464, a House of Representatives bill to provide station keepers with pensions, compensation for disability or death. A copy of this resolution is included in the collection.The diary is a typed transcription of Saunders diary and includes details about daily life at the lifesaving station. The letterbook includes copies of letters sent by Saunders. The collection contains a typed transcription of the letterbook. The scrapbook contains clippings of events at the Quonochontaug Life Saving Station.

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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.


Saunders, William H., 1848-1927

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Quonochontaug Life Saving Station
United States. Lifesaving service.


Watch Hill (R.I.)


Lifesaving stations
Lifesaving stations–Law and legislation

Document Types:

Letter book
Printed ephemera



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 333, 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.


William F. Saunders Papers; 1872-1900
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence; 1889, 1890, 1900 (23 pieces)
2 Index and transcription of letterbook; circa 2006 (82 pieces)
3 Transcription of diary; 1872-1892 (1 vol.)
4 Information regarding H.R. 12464; 1900-1902 (6 pieces)
5 Payroll form; November 1902 (1 piece)
6 Daily routine; 1 Aug 1900 (1 piece)
7 Clippings; n.d. (1 piece)
8 Letterbook; 1897-1900 (1 volume)
9 Scrapbook; circa 1890-1900 (1 volume)

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