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Repository: Baker Library, Harvard Business School
Call No.: Mss:766 1833-1876
Creator: Comstock family.
Title: Comstock family business records, 1833-1890 (inclusive), 1833-1876 (bulk).
Quantity: 34 linear ft. (119 v., 116 boxes).
Abstract: Records of a family of American merchants engaged in international trade, 1833-1890
Letter books, account books, and other papers of Samuel W. Comstock and his younger brothers, William O. Comstock and Cornelius Van Ranst Comstock , relating to trade with China , the East Indies , the Hawaiian Islands , the West Indies , South America , and Europe. Includes papers of Frederick T. Bush , 1855-1856, and records of firms with which the Comstocks were associated: Howland and Aspinwall , 1833-1876; Bush and Comstock , 1840-1851; and Cornelius Comstock and Company , 1850-1879. Samuel W. and William O. Comstock were agents for the New York firm of Howland and Aspinwall, and in 1848 the former became a partner. Bush and Comstock was a Boston firm which traded with California and the Far East. Cornelius Comstock and Company engaged in the California clipper ship trade and in commission merchandising.
See also Turners Falls Lumber Company for information related to the Comstock's family role in the lumber business.The Massachusetts Historical Society holds a small collection of William Ogilvie Comstock papers, 1833-1941; bulk: 1853-1864. Ms. N-49.5
The collection is arranged in the following series:
- Series A. Records of Howland and Aspinwall, 1833-1890
- Series B. Records of William O. Comstock (of Bush and Comstock), 1837-1878
- Series C. Records of Cornelius Comstock and Company, 1843-1882
- Series D. Records of Frederick T. Bush, 1855-1856