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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Charles Dana papers
    Identifier/Call Number: mssDana
    Physical Description: 0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1849-1874
    Abstract: Correspondence, documents, and ephemera related to business executive Charles Dana, particularly his activities in Hawai'i.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Charles Dana papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased by William Reese Company on behalf of The Huntington at Swann Auction Galleries, Sale 2615, Lot 152, September 29, 2022.

    Biographical / Historical

    Charles Dana (1824-1906) graduated from the University of Vermont and was a merchant in New York, St. Louis, and San Francisco, serving as an officer of several companies including the North American Steamship Company. He resided in Hawai'i from 1854 to 1856, where as an agent of Page, Bacon & Co., he helped to establish the Hawaiian Kingdom's first bank. He and his wife Laura Parkin Dana had one son, the philanthropist Charles A. Dana.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection includes materials related to Charles Dana's time in Hawai'i, including a copy of Page, Bacon & Co.'s petition to establish a bank; correspondence describing scandals within the Hawaiian royal family and efforts to appoint Dana as American Commissioner to Hawaii; and 3 pages of notes from a lecture, evidently written by Dana, describing his attendance at a traditional Hawaiian lūʹau given by Prince Lot Kapuāiwa, later King Kamehameha V. Business correspondence is primarily from Dana's tenure as Vice President of the North American Steamship Company, with letters from New York shipbuilder William Henry Webb and other business contacts. There is also some personal correspondence from Dana's family and friends, including letters from Dana's father and brother discussing Abraham Lincoln's election and the political climate in the United States. Some family cartes-de-visite, checks and bonds, and a broadside advertising one of Dana's lectures are also included.

    Processing Information

    Processed at the time of accessioning by Kelly Kress in November 2022.


    Arranged by type of material.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Banks and banking -- Hawaii
    Hawaii -- History -- 19th century
    Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1860
    Shipping -- United States -- History -- 19th century
    Business correspondence -- United States -- 19th century
    Correspondence -- United States -- 19th century
    Kamehameha V, King of the Hawaiian Islands, 1830-1872
    Webb, William Henry, 1816-1899