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Mss: 899 1822-1865 A217

Adams, Seth, Jr. Seth Adams Jr. Papers, 1822-1865: Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss: 899 1822-1865 A217
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Seth Adams Jr. papers
Date(s): 1822-1865
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (2 volumes)
Language of materials: English


Gift of Daniel B. Updike.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edufor more information.

See Also:

Mrs. Adams,Travel Diary (Mss: 698 1835 A211)
Seth Adams, legal document pertaining to suit against Commodore Vanderbilt (Mss Vertical File, Mss: 83 1868)

Historical Note

Seth Adams, Jr., of Providence, Rhode Island, invested in Rhode Island real estate as well as banks, stocks and bonds. Among his investments were two houses he built in Providence in the 1850s utilizing the design talents of the famous architect, Richard Upjohn. The Prospect Street estate, is at the corner of Prospect and Angell Streets. The Magee Street estate is located at the corner of George and Magee Streets. In 1854, he copied into a volume all the accounts of his "yearly situation" from the beginnings of his business as found in his Day Book No. 1. According to a notation at the front of this volume, "these statements show exactly the state of my Property at the dates they were taken." He continued adding to the volume until 1865. The final entry at the end of 1865 is signed "John Adams".

Scope and Content

Collection consists of account books dating from 1822 -1865. Volume 1 is an account book with debts owned and debts due to Seth Adams, Jr. on an annual basis from 1822 through 1865. Included is the name of the individual and the amount as well as information on stocks, bonds, notes and other investments. Included are retail accounts, investments in stocks, bonds and real estate as well bad debts. Represented in this volume are a cross section of citizens, banks, churches, trades people and businesses of Providence.
Volume 2 details the costs of construction and maintenance of two residential buildings in Providence, Rhode Island, owned by Seth Adams, Jr. Information on the Prospect Street estate is on pages 1 through 78 and is dated August 1852 through December 1858. Included are items or services purchased with date, name of provider [with occasional mention of item or service] and the amount. A total amount is provided at the bottom of each page. The Magee Street estate information, pages 84-122, is dated from October 1852 through May 1858 and is similar to above entries. Included are names of trades people, laborers, businesses and others providing goods and services to Seth Adams, Jr., in the course of constructing and maintaining these two buildings.

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