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

A Finding Aid to the Joseph Emerson Swallow Diaries, 1865-1885

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 530
Creator Swallow, Joseph Emerson, 1817-1889
TitleJoseph Emerson Swallow diaries
Extent1 box (0.504 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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 530, Joseph Emerson Swallow Diaries.

Acquisition Information

The immediate source of acquisition is unknown.

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

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

Revision Description

 Added container and date fields. [Clinton Johnson] 2015 July

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared and machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick in June 2015.

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

Related Materials

Separated Material

Records indicate that the museum posesses the marriage certificate of Joseph Emerson Swallow and Caroline Baylies Marchant, but it could not be located at the time of processing.

Controlled Access Headings


  • Diaries

Biography/Historical Note

Joseph Emerson Swallow was a Congregationalist minister. He was born on April 21, 1817, to Joseph and Betsey (Twiss) Swallow. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1843. He was a teacher from 1843 to 1845 before studying at Andover Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary. He was ordained a pastor in Greenport, New York, on July 18, 1848. Following his ordainment, he served as a minister at the following locations:

  • Wilmington, Massachusetts, 1851-1856
  • First Church, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 1856-1858
  • Stoneham, Massachusetts, 1858-1859
  • Southampton, Massachusetts, 1859-1862
  • Burlington Massachusetts, 1863-1866
  • Groton, Connecticut, 1867-1870
  • South Canaan, Connecticut, 1870-1873
  • Alford, Massachusetts, 1877-1880
  • Edgartown, Massachusetts, 1880-1883
  • Somesville and Mount Desert Island, Maine, 1883-1887
  • Windsor, Massachusetts, 1887-1889

His first marriage was to Maria Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Frances (Hastings) Gibson of Townshend, Massachusetts, in 1848. The marriage lasted until her death in 1848.

His second marriage was to Caroline Baylies Marchant, 1843-1925, daughter of Henry Hubbard and Mary Walker Marchant of Edgartown, Massachusetts, in 1882. He died in 1889, in Windsor, Massachusetts.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the diaries of Joseph Emerson Swallow. The diaries cover a wide range of his career as a minister, but exclude his time on Martha's Vineyard.


The materials are arranged chronologically.

Collection Inventory


Diaries, 1865-1866 


Diaries, 1868-1870 


Diaries, 1871-1872 


Diaries, 1873-1874 


Diaries, 1875-1876 


Diaries, 1877-1878 


Diaries, 1883-1884 


Diary, 1885