59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the Donald Warrin Portuguese Whaling Research Papers

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard Museum
Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441
Call NumberRU 503
Creator Warrin, Donald
TitleDonald Warrin portuguese whaling research papers
Date [inclusive]2002-2004
Extent1 box (0.504 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractThe collection consists of photocopies of Donald Warrin’s notes and research materials, gathered while researching Portuguese whalers in America.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions to access.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to the library's staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 503, Donald Warrin Portuguese Whaling Research Papers.

Acquisition Information

The immediate source of acquisition and date of accession are unknown.

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Joyce Cooper in October 2014 with assistance from Lara J. Ullman. Finding aid machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick in November 2014.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Mendence Family
  • Silvara Family

Geographic Name(s)

  • Martha's Vineyard

Personal Name(s)

  • Dias, Joseph
  • Swazey, William H.


  • Portuguese Americans -- New England -- History
  • Whaling--Massachusetts--Martha's Vineyard
  • Whaling--New England--History
  • Whaling--Social aspects--New England--History

Biography/Historical Note

Donald Warrin specializes in the history and literature of Portuguese and Cape Verdean immigrants in the United States. He earned his bachelors degree from the University of Southern California and his masters degree and PhD from New York University. Warrin is a professor emeritus of Portuguese, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at California State University, East Bay. After retiring from the faculty of California State University East Bay, Warrin became the first "Visiting Distinguished Professor" of the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the spring of 2003. As of 2014, Dr. Warrin is working as an historian with the Regional Oral History Office at the University of California Berkeley's Bancroft Library, where he oversees an oral history project on Portuguese communities in California. Warrin is the author of Land, as Far as the Eye Can See: Portuguese in the Old West and  So Ends This Day: The Portuguese in American Whaling, as well as a number of professional articles.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is the result of Donald Warrin’s research for his book concerning Portuguese in American whaling. There are photocopies of original documents, notes, and correspondence used for his book. The material focuses on the Portuguese of Martha’s Vineyard and the ships they sailed on. Dates listed reflect that of the original documents, not the dates the material was photocopied.


The collection is arranged by subject.

Collection Inventory


While the materials were copied between 2002 and 2004, the dates in this inventory reflect that of the original documents to facilitate research.


Correspondence, Research Notes, Tookanook Island Map, 1829-2004 


Portuguese in Martha’s Vineyard Articles, 1946-1984 


Records from Personal Database, undated 


Vital Records of Chilmark and Tisbury, 1765-1850 


Census of Tisbury, MA, 1850 


Dias, Joseph, Sr., 1996-2001 


Dias, Joseph, Jr., 1893-1966 


Mendence Family, 1894-2002 


Silvara Family, 1926-2002 


Swazey, William H., 1776-1956 


Ocmulgee Ship, 1847-1850 


Mary Frazier Bark, 1889-1964 


Pocahontus Ship, 1847-1853 


William and Joseph Brig, 1848-1939