Mss:100 1856-1872 S741
Spear, Charles. Charles Spear Business Records, 1856-1895 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: Mss:100 1856-1872 S741
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Charles Spear
Title: Charles Spear business records
Quantity: 1 linear feet (5 volumes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Personal and professional finance records kept by Charles Spear of Quincy and Dorchester,
Massachusetts, from 1856-1895.
Gift of Alice J. Spear, ca. 1931. Volume 1A: Gift of Gretchen Hasz, 2013.
Appointment necessary to consult collection.
Cite as: Charles Spear Collection. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business
Charles Spear was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, about 1835 and lived in that town until after 1863. According to family lore, Spear
worked for the Adams family while living in Quincy. A great-uncle, Daniel Spear, was
deacon in the Stone Church in Quincy Square. Spear Street and Spear farm were named
after family members.
Before 1868, Charles Spear moved to Dorchester, Massachusetts, and was superintendent of streets there as well as taking charge of the poor farm.
While living in Dorchester, he and his wife lived on Dorchester Avenue.
The collection consists of five volumes of records kept by Charles Spear from 1856-1895
and one box of documents. These relate to both personal and professional finances.
- Volume 1Account book, 1859-1860, 1878-1879, 1885-1888
Scope and Contents: Contains accounts for farm produce and general store items, 1859-1860, for Asa P.
Leonard, O. D. Knowlton, Isaac Mitchell, Sheep and Wool Account, Henry Webster, Pork
Account, Beef Account, F. M. Granger, Oat Field Five Acres, Wheat Field 60 Acres,
Potato Field 20 Acres, James Davidson, Henry Ingalls, John Adams, Cash Accounts, Ortho
H. Hudson and O. D. Morgan. Accounts, 1878-1879, for expenses Charles Spear incurred
while in the employ of the town of Woburn, Massachusetts; bulk are for transportation
costs. Accounts, 1885-1888, contain chronological entries listing Charles Spear's
income and expenses.
- Box 5, Volume 1AAccount book, 1861-1895
Scope and Contents: Accounts entered in a child's composition notebook ("The Belle Composition Book").
The first section contains a nearly exact copy of the accounts recorded in the first
part of Volume 1. However, entries are dated 1879-1880 rather than 1859-1860. This
section also contains entries for a tobacco account, 1861-1894, and wine account,
1868-1875. A second section contains daybook entries for 1880, and a third section
contains accounts with individuals dated 1895.
- Volume 3Account book, 1856-1869
Scope and Contents: Receipts and expenses for work at the Sawyer Shipyard, Hingham & Quincy Bridge & Turnpike
Corporation, carting for Adams & Hersey, and Town of Newbury. In addition, volume
appears to record the delivery of milk, with account name, date and amount in quarts
- Volume 4"Dorchester, Massachusetts Travellers lodged and persons sent to State Almshouse" 1864-1870
Scope and Contents: Chronological entries with name, date, color, age, sex, height, complexion of men,
women and children seeking shelter.
- Box 5, Folder 1Superintendent of Streets, 1870-1872
Scope and Contents: Bills, memoranda, payroll sheets, and certificates, 1870-1872, relating to Spear's
duties as Superintendent of Streets in Dorchester.
- Box 5, Folder 2Documents removed from Almshouse v.4, 1868-1871
Scope and Contents: Includes governor's pardon, bills, receipts, petition to pay for female poor, and