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Guide to the Nancy S. Dickinson Research Notes

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dickinson, Nancy S.
Title: Nancy S. Dickinson research notes
Dates [inclusive]: 1983-1992
Abstract: This collection is comprised of the research notes of Nancy S. Dickinson, a research fellow at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation from 1986-1987. The work was funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a larger project entitled "English Ceramics in America 1760-1860: Marketing, Prices, and Availability." Dickinson's research focused on the ceramics trade in New York during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Quantity: 2 Linear feet in 2 record cartons
Call Phrase: MS-3077

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the research notes of Nancy S. Dickinson, a research fellow at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. From 1986-1987, Dickinson was part of a research team that also included Ann Smart Martin and George L. Miller. Their project was entitled "English Ceramics in America 1760-1860: Marketing, Prices, and Availability," and was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dickinson was tasked with covering the ceramics trade in New York, and she focused much of her research on the Rhinelander papers that are part of manuscript collection at the New-York Historical Society. She also consulted the collections of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the New York Public Library, and the Winterthur Museum and Library.

The collection contains correspondence and documentation related to the National Endowment of the Humanities grant and report; handwritten notes on writing pads and index cards; and handwritten data sheets which were used for computer generated analysis of the research. A copy of Dickinson's 1988 final report for the grant, "'Of Other Sorts of Ware, Too Tedious to Particularize': The Rhinelanders as Ceramics Merchants in Eighteenth Century New York City," is included.

One of the important papers resulting from this research project was "Changing Consumption Patterns, English Ceramics and the American Market from 1770 to 1840" by George L. Miller, Ann Smart Martin and Nancy S. Dickinson. It was published in the book Everyday Life in the Early Republic, edited by Catherine E. Hutchins for Winterthur Museum.


This collection is arranged by topic, and then chronologically.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Rhinelander, Frederick, 1743-1805
  • Rhinelander, Philip, 1756-1822

Subject Topics

  • Pottery--18th century
  • Pottery--19th century.
  • Pottery, American
  • Pottery, English

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Use Restrictions

This collection is owned by the New-York Historical Society. The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder. Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 exposures of stable, unbound material per day.

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: Nancy S. Dickinson Research Notes, MS 3077, The New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of George L. Miller, 2015.

Processing Information

processed by Archivist Marybeth Kavanagh, January 2019.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-4 National Endowment for the Humanities grant documentation
Box: 1 Folder : 5-23 Research notes
Box: 2 Folder : 1-5 Research notes
Box: 2 Folder : 6-20 Data sheets for computer generated analysis of records

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