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Mss:766 1833-1876

Comstock family.Comstock family business records, 1833-1890 (inclusive), 1833-1876 (bulk): A Finding Aid

Baker Library


Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163
January 2010

© 2010 President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

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

Access Restrictions:

Appointment necessary to consult collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Comstock family business records. Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School.

Scope and Content Note:

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.

Related Material

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

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Additional catalog entries

The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and other automated bibliographic databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
Comstock family.
Comstock, Cornelius Van Ranst, 1823-1896.
Comstock, Samuel Willett, 1805-1867.
Comstock, William Ogilvie, 1815-1883.
Bush, Frederick T.
Aspinwall, William Henry, 1807-1875.
Aspinwall, John L.
Howland, William E.
Dibblee, Albert.
Bush and Comstock.
Howland and Aspinwall.
Cornelius Comstock and Company.
Bush and Company.
Turners Falls Lumber Company.
Wholesale trade -- New York (State).
Wholesale trade -- Massachusetts.
Export marketing.
Account books.
Ship’s papers.
Boston (Mass.) -- Commerce.
New York (N.Y.) -- Commerce.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Commerce.
Guangzhou (China) -- Commerce.
South America.
West Indies.