date(s):
1811-1970
type(s):
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A1835 Clapp, Benjamin Papers Inventory of Benjamin Clapp Papers A1835 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-10-02 06:33:27 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Benjamin Clapp Papers A1835 0.03 Cubic Feet (4 items) 1811-1970 Processing Information Processed by Dennis Northcott, September 2003. This collection was transferred from the Journals and Diaries Collection. Donor Information Papers were donated by John McKittrick in May 1970. Biographical Sketch Benjamin Clapp was born in New York in 1790. In 1811, he sailed from New York as part of the Astorian expedition. He was involved for many years with John Jacob Astor's China trade, and during the War of 1812 he served as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. Working for the American Fur Company and at times as an independent fur trader, Clapp traveled extensively, spending time in the West Indies, the Great Lakes region, and New York City. In the late 1830s, he settled in St. Louis where he was connected with the western American Fur Company. He died June 24, 1849, in St. Louis. Scope and Contents Papers contain the following four items: typescript copy of diary of Benjamin Clapp, dated 1811-1821, which contains accounts of his travels as a fur trader in the China trade and his experiences in the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812 (40 pages); undated mimeographed memorial sketch of Benjamin Clapp (2 pages); military pass granting John McKittrick permission to travel from St. Louis to Illinois, dated November 8, 1861; and typescript genealogical notes on the Clapp and Kennett families compiled by John McKittrick, March 12, 1970 (3 pages). Arrangement The collection is arranged chronologically. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Related Materials For additional biographical information on Benjamin Clapp, see the following articles in the Washington Historical Quarterly : Volume XXI, No. 1 (January 1930), pages 13-17; Volume XXV, No. 2 (April 1934), pages 108-113; and Volume XXVI, No. 1 (January 1935), pages 26-29. See also Benjamin Clapp's obituary in the St. Louis Weekly Reveille , July 2, 1849. Preferred Citation Benjamin Clapp Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Clapp family -- Genealogy Fur trade -- United States Fur traders -- United States Kennett family -- Genealogy United States -- History -- War of 1812 Clapp, Benjamin, 1790-1849 Typescript copy of diary of Benjamin Clapp, which contains accounts of his travels as a fur trader in the China trade and his experiences in the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812, including an account of being a victim of a mutiny. (40 pages) 1811-1821 1 1 Military pass granting John McKittrick permission to travel from St. Louis to Illinois. 1861 Nov 8 1 1 Typescript genealogical notes on the Clapp and Kennett families, compiled by John McKittrick. (3 pages) 1970 Mar 12 1 1 Mimeographed memorial sketch of Benjamin Clapp. (2 pages) No date 1 1