This collection contains the papers of the Dole family of
Hawaii, including transcripts of daily diary entries for family members (covering 1850-1884); family correspondence, documents,
and photograph albums.
Subjects include daily life, missionary work, church meetings, the Punahou School, and Hawaiian royalty and government.
Sanford Ballard Dole was born in Punahou, Hawaii, in 1844 two years after his brother
George. Their parents, Daniel and Emily Dole, came to Hawaii from Maine as
missionaries in 1841. The Doles first lived in Punahou, where they opened a school
for children. Emily Dole died days after giving birth to Sanford and two years
later, in 1846, Daniel married Charlotte Close Knapp, a fellow missionary in Hawaii.
In 1855 the Dole family moved to the island of Kauai and opened a school in Koloa,
which Sanford attended. Dole attended Punahou school for one year, and then Williams
College in 1866–1867. He worked in a law office in Boston for another year and moved
back to Hawaii in 1868 where he practiced law. In 1873, Dole was appointed
Commissioner of Private Ways and Water for the district of Kona. Also in 1873,
Sanford married Anna Prentice Cate; they had no children but in 1879, they adopted a
native 13-year old girl named Lizzie Napoleon.
210 items in 4 boxes + 8 volumes
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