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Mss:774 1879-1914 G776

Graves family. Graves Family Business records, 1879-1914 (inclusive): A 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:774 1879-1914 G776
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Graves family
Title: Graves family business records
Date(s): 1879-1914
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (8 volumes, 1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Collection consists of the business records of the Graves family, 1879-1914, including incomplete records of a retail furniture business, which may have included undertaking in the early years.


Gift of Waltham Historical Society, 1977

Conditions Governing Access:

Appointment necessary to consult collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Graves Family Collection. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note:

In 1878, Philip H. Graves purchased the furniture business of Hankerson & Bean in Waltham, Massachusetts. His son, Willard H. Graves (1857-1918), went into business with him. Franklin L. Graves ran a furniture business in Webster in the 1880s that also included undertaking. Evidence from the collection suggests that F. L. Graves moved to Waltham by the 1890s. The F. L. Graves Furniture Emporium and the Franklin Furniture Co. both were listed at 224 Moody Street in Waltham. There appears to be no relationship between F. L. Graves of Webster/Waltham and the P. H. Graves family in Waltham.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection includes daybooks, ledgers, cash books and a journal. Two of the volumes record leases to purchase furniture and payments on leases. Only a small part of the collection records the activities of F. L. Graves. These include a small volume titled "Sales on account" and a cash book, both dated 1884. There is also an undated advertising flyer for F. L. Graves & Co.
The remainder of the collection documents the Graves family of Waltham. Volume 2, in addition to being a daybook recording orders relating to the furniture business, also contains pages headed "Cash paid for household goods, etc. 1882" and several pages of personal expenses and penmanship exercises of Nellie Graves. Although Volume 3 contains papers referring to the business of F. L. Graves, it seems to be a ledger of the P. H. Graves company.
The collection also includes a ledger of the Rubon Manufacturing and Supply Company, Waltham, 1904-1905. Its relationship to the rest of this collection is unclear.

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