John Melmoth Dow Papers,1798-1918

Collection Number: 2765

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
John Melmoth Dow papers, 1798-1918.
Collection Number:
2765
Creator:
John Melmoth, Dow 1827-1892.
Quantity:
6.4 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Financial Records, Legal Documents, Correspondence, Printed Materials.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Personal and professional papers of John M. Dow. Also included are letters and newspaper clippings concerning political events in Central America in the second half of the nineteenth century. Dow also pursued his interests as a naturalist, exploring the Central American coast to collect marine flora and fauna.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

John Melmoth Dow was a shipmaster, shipping agent and naturalist. Born in New York City in 1827, he joined the Panama Railroad Company. He made his first voyage to the Central American coast in 1851, and remained involved with Central and South American coastal trade as a ship captain until 1876. He was appointed commander of the steamer Constitution in 1853, and opened the Central American service of the Panama Railroad Company as commander of the steamer Colombus. He later became a shipping agent for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. During his years as a shipping agent, Dow was captured and held hostage by revolutionist Pedro Prest án in 1885. He was arbitrator in the dispute between the Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interocéanique and the American Contracting and Dredging Company in their attempt to build the French Canal in Panama. Dow died in New York City in 1892.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Personal and professional papers of John M. Dow include shipping and trading contracts with Central American governments; administrative records, cargo and freight (primarily coffee and indigo) statements; and financial and commercial records, annual reports, logs, schedules, and telegraph code. Also included are letters and newspaper clippings concerning political events in Central America in the second half of the nineteenth century; correspondence with Central American politicians such as General Barrios, Rafael Zaldívar and Enrico Palacio regarding United States policy toward attempts to unify the Central American countries into a single federation. Also included is Dow's correspondence as arbitrator in the settlement between the Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interocéanique and the American Contracting and Dredging Company, 1887. Dow also pursued his interests as a naturalist, exploring the Central American coast to collect marine flora and fauna and carrying on an extensive correspondence with Professor Spencer Baird of the Smithsonian Institution and Osbert Salvin and P. L. Sclater of the Zoological Society of London concerning the collection and transportation of specimens native to Central America. Papers also contain several letters to his wife, Elizabeth Allen Dow, which provide daily accounts of his life on board ship and in port.
Among other correspondents are William Henry Aspinwall, John Cassin, Alexander Center, William Pancoast Clyde, Charles Dorat, John Charles Frémont, Joseph I. Henry, David Hoadley, J. B. Houston, J. Jacquier, Joseph F. Joy, W. H. Lane, George Newbold, James Orton, Henry Shelton Sanford, George Ure Skinner, Henry Bartholomew Slaven and Jeffries Wyman. Eight diaries kept by Dow provide comments on his daily life, and two notebooks give descriptions of the coast of Central America. Photographs include Dow and several Central American scenes. An album contains portraits of Dow's family, relatives and acquaintances, and well-known persons. There are two albums of caricatures and a book of "Ocean Mosses" (pressed specimens) given to Elizabeth Allen "from her friend Capt'n John M. Dow." Remaining items include a significant group of nineteenth century maps, membership certificates, inventories of property, bills, bank books, insurance policies, memoranda, passenger lists, menus, invitations, and printed matter pertaining primarily to natural history.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Dow, John Melmoth, 1827-1892.
Allen, Elizabeth.
Aspinwall, William Henry.
Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887.
Barrios, Gerardo, General.
Cassin, John.
Center, Alexander.
Clyde, William Pancoast.
Goldblatt, Charles.
Dow, Elizabeth Allen.
Dow family.
Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890.
Henry, Joseph I., 1797-1878.
Hoadley, David.
Houston, J. B.
Jacquier, J.
Joy, Joseph F.
Lane, W. H.
Newbold, George.
Orton, James.
Palacio, Enrico.
Prestán, Pedro.
Salvin, Osbert, 1835-1898.
Sclater, Philip Lutley, 1829-1913.
Sanford, H. S., 1823-1891.
Skinner, George Ure.
Slaven, Henry Bartholomew.
Wyman, Jeffries, 1864-
Zaldívar, Rafael, 1834-1903.
Allen, Elizabeth
Aspinwall, William Henry
Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887
Barrios, Gerardo, General
Cassin, John
Center, Alexander
Clyde, William Pancoast
Dow, Elizabeth Allen
Dow family
Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890
Goldblatt, Charles
Henry, Joseph I., 1797-1878
Hoadley, David
Houston, J. B.
Jacquier, J.
Joy, Joseph F.
Lane, W. H.
Newbold, George
Orton, James
Palacio, Enrico
Prestán, Pedro
Salvin, Osbert, 1835-1898
Sanford, H. S., 1823-1891
Sclater, Philip Lutley, 1829-1913
Skinner, George Ure
Slaven, Henry Bartholomew
Wyman, Jeffries, 1864-
Zalvídar, Rafael, 1834-1896
American Contract and Dredging Company.
Colombus (ship)
Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interocéanique de Panama.
Constitution (ship)
Pacific Mail Steamship Company.
Panama Railroad Co.
Smithsonian Institution.
Zoological Society of London.
Compagnie universelle du canal interocéanique de Panama
Constitution (Ship)
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Panama Railroad Co.
Smithsonian Institution
Zoological Society of London

Subjects:
Canals, Interoceanic.
Canals -- Design and construction.
Cargo handling.
Caricatures and cartoons.
Coastal plants.
Coastwise shipping.
Coffee industry.
Freight and freightage.
Indigo.
Marine plants.
Marine animals.
Mosses.
Natural history.
Ships -- Cargo.
Naturalists.
Shipmasters.
Canals -- Design and construction
Canals, Interoceanic
Cargo handling
Cargo ships
Caricatures and cartoons
Coastal plants
Coastwise shipping
Coffee industry
Commerce
Diplomatic relations
Freight and freightage
Indigo
Marine animals
Marine plants
Mosses
Natural history
Naturalists
Political science
Ship captains
Travel

Places:
Central America -- Commerce -- United States.
Central America -- Description and travel.
Central America -- Foreign relations.
Central America -- Politics and government.
Panama Canal (Panama)
South America -- Commerce -- United States.
South America -- Description and travel.
South America -- Foreign relations.
South America -- Politics and government.
United States -- Commerce -- Central America.
United States -- Commerce -- South America.
Central America
Panama -- Panama Canal
South America
United States

Form and Genre Terms:
Contracts.
Diaries.
Logs (records).
Maps.
Menus.
Notebooks.
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
John Melmoth Dow papers, #2765. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Correspondence and Related Papers
Series II. Letterbook
Series III. Logs, Diaries, and Nautical Guide
Series IV. Personal Papers
Series V. Photographs
Series VI. Miscellany and Memorabilia
Series VII. Publications
Series VIII. Mapcase Folders

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
1855-1893
Box 1 Folder 1
Business and Natural History
1855-1858
Contains letters, resolutions, and orders
Dorat, Charles
Aspinwall, William Henry
Dwight, Theodore
Baird, Spencer Fullerton
Smithsonian Institution
Panama Railroad Company
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
San Salvador mines
New York state
Box 1 Folder 2
Business and Natural History
1859-1860
Contains letters, clippings, and a resolution
Aspinwall, William H.
Baird, Spencer F.
Hoadley, David
Sanford, Henry Shelton
LeConte, John Lawrence
Smithsonian Institution
Panama Railroad Company
Box 1 Folder 3
Business and Natural History Correspondence
1861-01-1861-06
Contains letters
Hoadley, David
Joy, Joseph F.
Barrios, Gerardo
Bustamante, Borja
Panama Railroad Company
San Jose, Guatemala
Box 1 Folder 4
Business Correspondence
1861-07-1861-09
Contains letters
Hoadley, David
Barrios, Gerardo
Lara Napoleon
Panama Railroad Company
United States
Box 1 Folder 5
Business Correspondence
1861-10-1862-12
Contains letters
Hoadley, David
Dow, John Melmoth
Palacio, Enrico
Panama Railroad Company
El Salvador
Guatemala
Box 1 Folder 6
Business and Natural History
1863
Contains letters, lists, and translations
Baird, Spencer F.
Dorat, Charles
Salvin, Osbert
Dow, John Melmoth
Smithsonian Institution
Sociedad Economica de Amigos de Guatemala
Box 1 Folder 7
Natural History
1864
Contains letters and a list
Baird, Spencer F.
Dow, John Melmoth
Smithsonian Institution
Sociedad Economica
Box 1 Folder 8
Natural History
1865
Contains letters and an illustration
Baird, Spencer F.
Wyman, Jeffries
Stimpson, William
Smithsonian Institution
Box 1 Folder 9
Natural History Correspondence
1866
Contains letters
Baird, Spencer F.
Skinner, George Ure
Sclater, Philip L.
Smithsonian Institution
British Museum
Zoological Society of London
Box 1 Folder 10
Business and Natural History Correspondence
1867-01-1867-08
Contains letters
Baird, Spencer F.
Salvin, Osbert
Smithsonian Institution
Zoological Society of London
Box 1 Folder 11
Business and Natural History
1867-09-1868-12
Contains letters and a list
Henry, Joseph
Baird, Spencer F.
Sclater, Philip L.
Torres, Father Cresencio
Smithsonian Institution
Zoological Society of London
Mexico
Box 1 Folder 12
Natural History
1869-01-1870-06
Contains letters and a memorandum
Salvin, Osbert
Baird, Spencer F.
Sclater, Philip L.
Lawrence, George Newbold
Smithsonian Institution
Zoological Society of London
Box 1 Folder 13
Natural History Correspondence
1870-07-1871-07
Contains letters
Baird, Spencer F.
Salvin, Osbert
Endres, A. R.
Smithsonian Institution
Box 1 Folder 14
Natural History Correspondence
1871-08-1872-12
Contains letters
Endres, A. R.
Newcomb, Wesley
Sclater, Philip L.
Salvin, Osbert
Baird, Spencer F.
Marsh, Othniel Charles
Zoological Society of London
Yale College
Box 1 Folder 15
Business and Natural History Correspondence
1873-1875
Contains letters
Salvin, Osbert
Baird, Spencer F.
Smithsonian Institution
Box 1 Folder 16
Business and Natural History
1876-1878
Contains letters, legal documents, and a telegram
Baird, Spencer F.
Salvin, Osbert
Clyde, William Pancoast
Smithsonian Institution
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Box 1 Folder 17
Natural History
1879-1881
Contains letters and a resolution
Baird, Spencer F.
Salvin, Osbert
Smithsonian Institution
Guatemala
Box 1 Folder 18
Business and Natural History Correspondence
1882-1883-06
Contains letters and a memorandum
Baird, Spencer F.
Lane, W. H.
Dow, Allan Wade
Smithsonian Institution
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Box 2 Folder 1
Business and Natural History
1883-08-1884-08
Contains letters and a time statement
Baird, Spencer F.
Lane, W. H.
Smithsonian Institution
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Box 2 Folder 2
Business and Natural History
1884-09-1884-12
Contains letters, memorandums, and clippings
Baird, Spencer F.
Lane, W. H.
Pim, Bedford
Smithsonian Institution
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Box 2 Folder 3
Business
1885-01-1885-03
Contains letters, lists, declarations, a book cover, a telegram, and translations
Lane, W. H.
Zaldivar, Rafael
Pim, Bedford
Baza, Francisco Mendiola
Barrios, Gerardo
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Office of the Secretary General
Colombia
Salvador
Guatemala
Panama
Republic of Central America
Box 2 Folder 4
Business
1885-04-1885-09
Contains letters and translated telegrams
Lane, W. H.
Dow, Elizabeth
Zaldivar, Rafael
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Salvador
Box 2 Folder 5
Business
1885-10-1885-12
Contains letters, petitions, resolutions, and a statement
Saville, James H.
Lane, W. H.
Saville and Starring
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Box 2 Folder 6
Business Correspondence
1886
Contains letters and a telegram
Lane, W. H.
Dow, Allan Wade
Slaven, H. B.
American Contracting and Dredging Company
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interoceanique
Box 2 Folder 7
Business and Natural History
1887-01-1887-04
Contains letters and a translation
Slaven, H. B.
Tacquier, T.
Robinson, Tracy
Baird, Spencer F.
American Contracting and Dredging Company
Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interoceanique
Smithsonian Institution
Panama Canal
Box 2 Folder 8
Business
1887-05-02-1887-05-18
Contains letters and questions
Robinson, Tracy
American Contracting and Dredging Company
Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interoceanique
Panama Canal
Box 2 Folder 9
Business
1887-05-21-1887-05-28
Contains letters, translations, questions, and opinions
Slaven, H. B.
Robinson, Tracy
American Contracting and Dredging Company
Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interoceanique
Panama Canal
Box 2 Folder 10
Business - arbitration
1887-06-1887-08
Contains letters, translations, questions, statements, and canal profiles
Slaven, H. B.
Robinson, Tracy
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
American Contracting and Dredging Company
Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interoceanique
Panama Canal
Box 2 Folder 11
Business
1887-09-1888-01
Contains letters and job applications
Lane, W. H.
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Box 2 Folder 12
Business, Natural History and Personal Correspondence
1888-02-1888-07
Contains letters
Lane, W. H.
McCord, Mary
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Esperanza College
American Contracting and Dredging Company
Compagnie Universelle de Canal Interoceanique
Panama Canal
Box 2 Folder 13
Business and Natural History
1888-08-1889
Contains letters and a list
Box 2 Folder 14
Business and Natural History
1890-06-1891-02
Contains letters, financial statements, and telegrams
Lane, W. H.
Houston, J. B.
Magee, Thomas
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
San Francisco
Box 2 Folder 15
Business and Natural History
1891-03-1891-07
Contains letters, financial statements, telegrams, invitations, and a memorandum
Houston, J. B.
Lane, W. H.
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Central America
Box 2 Folder 16
Business and Natural History
1891-08-1892-06
Contains letters, a schedule, a drawing, and a photograph copy
Lane, W. H.
Center Alexander
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Box 3 Folder 1
Business and Personal
1892-07-1892-12
Contains letters, receipts, and statements
Dow, John M.
Box 3 Folder 2
Personal
Undated
Contains letters, fragments, and a resolution
Allen, James
San Salvador
Box 3 Folder 3
Personal Family
1856-06-1858-11
Contains letters and a poem
Allen, Elizabeth K.
New York state
Box 3 Folder 4
Personal Family
1859-1860-06
Contains letters and a clipping
Dow family
Box 3 Folder 5
Personal Family Correspondence
1860-11-1870-04
Contains letters
Dow family
Box 3 Folder 6
Personal Family Correspondence
1872-01-1872-03
Contains letters
Dow family
Box 3 Folder 7
Personal Family Correspondence
1872-04-1872-10
Contains letters
Dow family
Box 3 Folder 8
Personal Family Correspondence
1872-11-1876-07
Contains letters
Dow family
Box 3 Folder 9
Business and Personal Family Correspondence
1881-08-1885-04
Contains letters
Dow family
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Panama
Box 3 Folder 10
Business and Personal
1885-06-1890-09
Contains letters, notes, and a compromise
Dow family
American Contracting and Dredging Company
Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interoceanique
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Panama Canal
Box 3 Folder 11
Business and Personal Correspondence
1891-1892
Contains letters and telegrams
Dow family
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Box 3 Folder 12
Pacific Mail Steamship Company Business Records
1857-1888
Contains certificates, statements, minutes, lists, records, tide table, and a newspaper
Panama
Box 3 Folder 13
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
1880-1885
Contains statements, records, tables, schedules, and a circular
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Monkey Hill
Box 3 Folder 14
Pacific Mail Steamship Company Business
1886-1889
Contains statements, reports, contracts, telegrams, analysis, and a testimony
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Box 3 Folder 15
Pacific Mail Steamship Company Business Records
1889-1892
Contains reports, statements, schedules, tide tables, clippings, receipts, lists, payrolls, inventory, and a telegram
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
1857-1892
Box 4 Folder 1
Letterbook
1857-01-15-1859-01-12
Hoadley, David
Joy, Joseph
Baird, Spencer F.
Mr. Skinner
Sclater, P. L.
Mozley, Brandon
Lane, W. H.
Mr. Bullay
Hellen, Joseph
Houston, J. B.
Blanco y Eriqueros
Sarg, Francisco
Panama Railroad Company
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Smithsonian Institution
Box 4 Folder 2
Letterbook
1858-07-06-1865-04-24
Hoadley, David
Joy, Joseph
Baird, Spencer F.
Mr. Skinner
Sclater, P. L.
Mozley, Brandon
Lane, W. H.
Mr. Bullay
Hellen, Joseph
Houston, J. B.
Blanco y Eriqueros
Sarg, Francisco
Panama Railroad Company
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Smithsonian Institution
Box 4 Folder 3
Letterbook
1859-08-13-1864-09-24
Hoadley, David
Joy, Joseph
Baird, Spencer F.
Mr. Skinner
Sclater, P. L.
Mozley, Brandon
Lane, W. H.
Mr. Bullay
Hellen, Joseph
Houston, J. B.
Blanco y Eriqueros
Sarg, Francisco
Panama Railroad Company
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Smithsonian Institution
Box 4 Folder 4
Letterbook
1864-10-15-1873-02-19
Hoadley, David
Joy, Joseph
Baird, Spencer F.
Mr. Skinner
Sclater, P. L.
Mozley, Brandon
Lane, W. H.
Mr. Bullay
Hellen, Joseph
Houston, J. B.
Blanco y Eriqueros
Sarg, Francisco
Panama Railroad Company
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Smithsonian Institution
Box 4 Folder 5
Letterbook
1865-05-23-1873-07-15
Hoadley, David
Joy, Joseph
Baird, Spencer F.
Mr. Skinner
Sclater, P. L.
Mozley, Brandon
Lane, W. H.
Mr. Bullay
Hellen, Joseph
Houston, J. B.
Blanco y Eriqueros
Sarg, Francisco
Panama Railroad Company
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Smithsonian Institution
Box 4 Folder 6
Letterbook
1873-07-28-1879-03-15
Hoadley, David
Joy, Joseph
Baird, Spencer F.
Mr. Skinner
Sclater, P. L.
Mozley, Brandon
Lane, W. H.
Mr. Bullay
Hellen, Joseph
Houston, J. B.
Blanco y Eriqueros
Sarg, Francisco
Panama Railroad Company
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Smithsonian Institution
Box 4 Folder 7
Letterbook
1879-03-20-1881-03-26
Hoadley, David
Joy, Joseph
Baird, Spencer F.
Mr. Skinner
Sclater, P. L.
Mozley, Brandon
Lane, W. H.
Mr. Bullay
Hellen, Joseph
Houston, J. B.
Blanco y Eriqueros
Sarg, Francisco
Panama Railroad Company
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Smithsonian Institution
Box 4 Folder 8
Letterbook
1881-03-26-1883-07-28
Hoadley, David
Joy, Joseph
Baird, Spencer F.
Mr. Skinner
Sclater, P. L.
Mozley, Brandon
Lane, W. H.
Mr. Bullay
Hellen, Joseph
Houston, J. B.
Blanco y Eriqueros
Sarg, Francisco
Panama Railroad Company
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Smithsonian Institution
Box 4 Folder 9
Letterbook
1883-07-02-1885-01-28
Hoadley, David
Joy, Joseph
Baird, Spencer F.
Mr. Skinner
Sclater, P. L.
Mozley, Brandon
Lane, W. H.
Mr. Bullay
Hellen, Joseph
Houston, J. B.
Blanco y Eriqueros
Sarg, Francisco
Panama Railroad Company
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Smithsonian Institution
Box 4 Folder 10
Letterbook
1885-01-22-1888-04-05
Hoadley, David
Joy, Joseph
Baird, Spencer F.
Mr. Skinner
Sclater, P. L.
Mozley, Brandon
Lane, W. H.
Mr. Bullay
Hellen, Joseph
Houston, J. B.
Blanco y Eriqueros
Sarg, Francisco
Panama Railroad Company
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Smithsonian Institution
Box 4 Folder 11
Letterbook
1888-04-12-1892-07-23
Hoadley, David
Joy, Joseph
Baird, Spencer F.
Mr. Skinner
Sclater, P. L.
Mozley, Brandon
Lane, W. H.
Mr. Bullay
Hellen, Joseph
Houston, J. B.
Blanco y Eriqueros
Sarg, Francisco
Panama Railroad Company
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Smithsonian Institution
1851-1892
Box 5
Logs from S.S. "Columbus" and S.S. "Golden Age"
1851-09-29-1854-10-16
About trips from San Francisco to Acapulco, San Francisco to Panama, and Panama to San Francisco
San Francisco
Acapulco
Panama
Box 5
Logs from S.S. "Fremont" and S.S. "Columbus"
1852-02-02-1854-02-18
About trips from San Francisco to Panama
San Francisco
Panama
Box 5
Log from an unnamed ship
1859-06-08-1869-01-31
About trips between two unnamed locations
Box 5
Log from S.S. "Costa Rica"
1870-04-11-1873-03-22
About trips between two unnamed locations
Box 5
Logs from S.S. "Honduras" and an unnamed ship
1873-03-03-1875-04-26
About trips between two unnamed locations
Box 5
Logs from S.S. "Acapulco," S.S. "Colon," S.S. "City of Panama," and S.S. "City of Sydney"
1874-05-23-1876-06-12
About trips from New York to Aspinwall and back and New York to San Francisco and back
New York
Aspinwall
Kingston
San Francisco
Box 5
Log from S.S. "City of Sydney"
1876-06-21-1876-10-18
About trips from San Francisco to Sydney and New Zealand and back
San Francisco
Sydney
New Zealand
Box 5
Private Journal from the S.S. "Columbus"
1856-11-17-1859-01-10
Box 5
Diary
1877-03-28-1878-03-01
Box 5
Diary
1880-02-12-1881-01-08
Box 5
Diary
1884-01-09-1884-08-14
Box 5
Diary
1887-01-24-1888-01-06
Box 5
Diary
1888-01-01-1888-05-28
Box 5
Diary
1890-01-01-1890-10-14
Box 5
Notebook and Diary
1888-12-10-1891-06-19
Box 5
Diary
1892-01-01-1892-07-22
Box 5
Reconnaissance hydrographique des cotes du Centre-Amerique, executee par la corvette La Brillante, sous le commandement de M. T. de Lapelin…
1854
A two volume, handwritten, English translation
Paris
1851-1918
Box 6 1
Dow-Allen Biographical and Genealogical Material
1892, 1914
Contains news clippings, genealogical sketch, and a letter
Dow Family
Allen Family
Box 6 2
Dow Family Correspondence
1851-1918
Contains correspondence and poems
Dow, Allan Wade
Dow, Bertha
Allen Family
Dow Family
Box 6 3
Personal Legal Papers
1857-1877
Contains legal documents and insurance policies
New York City
Box 6 4
Personal Legal Papers
1885-1889
Contains insurance policies, passports, and a contract
New York City
Box 6 5
Personal Financial Papers
1860-1869
Contains account books, receipts, and invoices
New York City
Box 6 6
Personal Financial Papers
1870-1875
Contains account books, receipts, and invoices
New York City
Box 6 7
Personal Financial Papers
1876-1892
Contains checks, receipts, invoices, and certificates
New York City
Box 6 8
Membership Papers
1858-1888
Contains certificates and circulars
1860-1891
Box 7 Folder 1
Daguerreotype of James Allen "John" Morrison
1845
15.3 x 12.2 cm
Daguerreotypes
half plate
Box 7 Folder 2
Carte-de-visite album of caricatures
1860
15.4 x 12 cm
Contains handwritten inscriptions below some cartes-de-visite.
Caricatures
Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
Albumen prints
Box 7 Folder 3
Carte-de-visite album of caricatures
1860
15.5 x 14 cm
Contains handwritten inscriptions below some cartes-de-visite.
Caricatures
Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
Albumen prints
Box 8 Folder 1
John Melmoth Dow
1888-1891
Creator: Taber
Creator: W. Kurtz
16.5 x 11 cm
4 cards
Dow, J. M. (John M.)
Portraits
Albumen prints
Cabinet cards
Box 8 Folder 2
Central America
Box 8 Folder 2
Home of Dr. M.S. Hine in San Jose, Costa Rica
1866
11.2 x 14.5 cm
2 photographs
Mounted on card
Costa Rica
Houses
Albumen prints
Box 8 Folder 2
Guatemala
1874
Creator: Berbruner, Emilio Sr.
16.7 x 11 cm
7 cabinet cards
Laborers, gardens, coffee
Cabinet cards
Albumen prints
Box 8 Folder 3
Central America
1874
Creator: Imery, N.Y.B.
16.7 x 11 cm
7 cabinet cards
Cabinet cards
Albumen prints
Box 8 Folder 4
Nicaragua
1870
15 x 12.8 cm
3 photographs
Mounted on card
Nicaragua
Albumen prints
Box 8 Folder 5
Panoramic view of Sydney and Port Jackson
1876
Creator: Turner and Henderson
107 x 23 cm
Folded panorama mounted inside cover.
Sydney, Australia
Port Jackson, Australia
Albumen prints
Panoramas
Box 8 Folder 6
Ruinas de San Salvador
1865
Creator: Moncreiff Foto
26 x 20 cm and smaller
15 photographs
Mounted on card. Typewritten captions mounted on card below photograph.
San Salvador, El Salvador
Albumen prints
Box 8 Folder 7
Panama
1886
25.3 x 20.1 cm
10 photographs
Mounted on card. Handwritten inscriptions on verso.
Panama
Albumen prints
Box 8 Folder 8-11
Guatemala
1858-1859
Creator: Fitzgibbon, John H., 1816?-1882
Creator: Fitzgibbon, Wm. (William)
20.2 x 23.7 cm
20 photographs
Mounted on card. Include handwritten inscriptions.
Guatemala
Salted paper prints
Box 8 Folder 12
Front Street, Colon/Aspinwall
1870
18.7 x 23.7 cm
2 photographs
Colon, Panama
Albumen prints
Box 8 Folder 13
Central America
1870
13 x 27.2 cm and smaller
7 photographs
Mounted on card. Include handwritten inscriptions.
Includes one photographic print of a drawing of the P.M. SS City of Sydney.
Guatemala
Acapolco, Mexico
El Salvador
Albumen prints
Box 8 Folder 14
Panama
1870
28 x 35 cm and smaller
3 photographs
Mounted on card. Include handwritten inscriptions.
Panama
Albumen prints
Box 8 Folder 15
Panama
1870
Creator: Herbruger, E. Jr.
29.3 x 34.3 cm
2 photographs
Mounted on card. Include handwritten inscriptions and studio stamp.
Panama
Albumen prints
Box 8 Folder 16
Guatemala
1874
25.8 x 38.8 cm
5 photographs
Mounted on card. Include handwritten inscriptions.
Guatemala
Albumen prints
Box 8 Folder 17
John Melmoth Dow portraits
2 photographs
Dow, J. M. (John M.)
Portraits
Albumen prints
Box 8 Folder 17
Portrait of John Melmoth Dow
1872
Creator: Kurtz, W.
25.5 x 20.2 cm
Mounted on board, printed with studio information.
Box 8 Folder 17
Portrait of John Melmoth Dow
1880
40.6 x 31.2 cm
Mounted on oval board.
Box 14
Carte-de-visite album
1860-1870
30.5 x 23.8 cm
Leather bound album with cameos on clasps.
Includes photographs of members of the Dow family. Contains handwritten inscriptions below some cartes-de-visite.
Photograph albums
Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
Albumen prints
1851-1896
Box 9
"Telegraphic Code: Pacific Mail Steamship Company"
1885-01-15
Dow, John M.
Box 9
"Freight and Shipping Rates"
1878
Box 9
Scrapbook
1855-1896
Box 9
"Notebook"
1857-1859
Box 9
Memo book, re Orchids
Undated
Box 9
"Notebook, Expenses - 1888, Trip to Europe"
1888
Europe
Box 9
"Poems, 1851-1856"
1851-1856
Box 9
Journal
1876-12-02-1878
Box 9
"Memoranda, 1860-1861"
1860-1861
Box 9
"1861 Measurements and Distances"
1861
Box 9
"Notebook 1860-1865"
1860-1865
Box 9
"El Constitutional"
1865
Contains a broadside attached to a hand-painted flags
Dow, John M.
Canas, Juan J.
Box 10
Sketchbook
Undated
Box 10
"Ocean Mosses"
1855-12-10
Contains bound, pressed mosses
Allen, Lizzie K.
Dow, John M.
Box 10
Pressed flower
Undated
Contains a single dried, pressed Cattleya Dowiana
Box 10
Mounted picture
1865
Contains a picture and description of Cattleya Dowiana
Box 10
Passenger lists from S.S. Rhaetia
1888
Dow, John M.
Box 10
Memo book
Undated
Contains notes on various subjects with some daily entries
Box 10
Menus, a program, trade cards, tickets, and an invitation
Undated
1854-1891
Box 11
Bulletin of the Proceedings of the American Ethnological Society in the City of New York
1861-1862
Box 11
Arrangement of Families of Birds
1866
Contains eight pages
Box 11
Sculptured Anthropoid Ape Hands, Found in or Near the Valley of the John Day River, A Tributary of the Columbia River, Oregon, by James Terry
1891
Creator: Terry, James
Box 11
A Week at Port-Royal
1855
Creator: Hill, Richard
Montego-Bay
Box 11
The Publications of the American Tract Society
Undated
Contains incomplete Volume 1 of Series II
New York
Box 11
A Builder's Trip Across the Continent
1886
Creator: Tucker, John J.
New York
Box 11
Union League Club of New York, Annual Reports of Executive Committee and Treasurer, By-Laws and House Rules
1870-1871
Box 11
Speculations, Solar Heat, Gravitation, and Sun Spots
1891
Creator: Kedzie, J. H.
Chicago
Box 11
The American Museum of Natural History, New York City. Annual Report of the Trustees, Act of Incorporation, Constitution, By-Laws and List of Members. For the Year
1890-1891
Box 11
Science
1885-10
Vol. VI No. 142
Box 11
Fishes of Central America, XIV. An Account of the Fishes of States of Central America, based on Collections made by Capt. J. M. Dow, F. Godman, Esq. and O. Salvin, Esq. By Albert Gunther Read March 22, 1864 and Dec. 13, 1866. Pages 377-494 with Plates LXIII to LXXXVII
1864
Dow, James M.
Godman, F.
Salvin, O.
Gunther, Albert
Box 11
Extract from "Curtis's Botanical Magazine" Cattleya Dowiana
1865-1866
Box 11
Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
1888
London
Box 11
"The Humming Bird" - A Monthly Scientific, Artistic, and Industrial Review
1891
Vol. 1, No. 1
Boucard, Adolphe
Box 11
Catalogue - Leonard Brothers & Co.
Undated
Sale Listing of Furniture, etc.
Box 12
Extracts from Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
1859, 1863, 1864, 1886
Box 12
Extracts from The American Journal of Science and Arts
1866-1873
Box 12
Extracts from Boston Society of Natural History
1857, 1866
Box 12
Extracts from the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
1861, 1887, 1905
Box 12
Extract from Proceedings of United States National Museum
1886
Box 12
Directory of Scientific Societies of Washington
1890-1892
Box 12
Extract from American Naturalist
1891
Creator: Baur, G.
Box 12
Extract from Art
1854-09-20
Wyman, Jeffries
Box 12
The Conchologists' Exchange
1886
Vol. 1, No. 4
Philadelphia
Box 12
Revue Sur Le Systeme D'Inoculations Curatives Du Docteur Telephe Desmatis
1862
Bordeaux
Box 12
Note Sur Les Sepultures Indiennes Du Department de Chiriqu (Etat de Panama)
1865
Panama
Box 12
Une Epidemie de Variole A Bordeaux
1870
Box 12
Otia Botanica Hamburgensia
1878
Box 12
Proyecto de Arregio De La Deuda Interna & Esterna De La Republica
1886
Guatemala
Box 12
Article from The Ibis
1865
Creator: Sclater, Philip Lutley
Describes a new species of Tanager of the Genus Iridornis
Box 12
Synopsis Avium Tanagrinarum - A Descriptive Catalogue of the Known Species of Tanagers
1856
Creator: Sclater, Philip Lutley
London
Box 12
Article from Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London
1868
Creator: Sclater, Philip Lutley
Notes on the pelicans living in the Society's gardens
London
Box 12
Monographic List of the Copeoptera of the Genus Plusiotis of America, North of Panama, with Descriptions of Several New Species
1875
Creator: Boucard, Adolphe
London
Box 12
Folia Orchidacea - An Enumeration of the Known Species of Orchids
1859
London
Box 12
Exploration of the Ruins and Site of Copan, Central American
1886
Creator: Maudsley, A. P.
London
Box 12
The Charter, By-Laws, and Regulations of the Zoological Society of London
1868
London
Box 12
A List of The Fellows and Honorary, Foreign, and Corresponding Members Medalists of the Zoological Society of London
1877, 1881, 1884
London
Box 12
Guide to the Gardens of the Zoological Society of London
1888
Creator: Sclater, Philip Lutley
Box 12
Report of the Council of the Zoological Society for the Year 1891
1892
London
Box 13
Additional material, photographs
Undated
1861-1892
Mapcase Folder 1
Business Records
1861-1892
Contains reports, financial records, and charts
Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Mapcase Folder 2
Presidential Election Bulletin
1872-01-31
Boletin Oficial
San Salvador, El Salvador