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Mss:1 1896-1919 D499

Devonshire Farm (Sutton, Mass.). Devonshire Farm (Sutton, Mass.) Business records, 1896-1919 (inclusive): A Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:1 1896-1919 D499
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Devonshire Farm (Sutton, Mass.)
Title: Devonshire Farm (Sutton, Mass.) business records
Date(s): 1896-1919
Quantity: 1 linear feet (7 volumes, 1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Business records of Devonshire Farm, a Sutton, Massachusetts dairy farm, 1896-1919.

Provenance:

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Gifford, 1941

Processing Information:

Processed: 1997

Conditions Governing Access:

Appointment necessary to consult collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Devonshire Farm Collection. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Historical Note:

Devonshire Farm of Sutton, Massachusetts was owned by partners Harry S. Stockwell and John Gifford. The partners engaged primarily in dairy farming. They sold their products in stores and hired peddlers to go to the nearby communities of Worcester and Whitinsville. Devonshire Farm also participated in the annual county fairs which showcased livestock. Harry Stockwell, son of Sumner and Charlotte (Rice), was born March 9, 1875 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists of seven day books and ledgers from 1896-1919. The daybooks show receipts for sale of dairy products such as milk, butter, cream; also included are sales of fruits and vegetables. The ledgers contain appraisals of farm and farm property, peddling receipts, household and farm expenses.
Additional material in collection includes house expenses, 1918-1919, and loose pieces of paper taken from above volumes dated 1904-1913. These are notices of the Sutton bi-centennial celebration, 1904; memoranda; a receipt from Wallace F. King Groceries and Grain; a statement from W. H. Blodget Co.; and accounts for R. H. Richardson and others.

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