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Mss:766 1867-1957 P352

Henry W. Peabody & Company Records, 1867-1957: 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:766 1867-1957 P352
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Henry W. Peabody & Company records
Date(s): 1867-1957
Quantity: 8 linear feet (94 volumes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Ledgers, journals, miscellaneous accounts, and scattered letters, 1867-1957, of the Boston, Mass. based import-export firm founded by Henry W. Peabody.


Gift of Henry W. Peabody & Co., 1965.

Processing Information:

Processed: December 2009
By: Benjamin Johnson

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Henry W. Peabody & Company Records. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

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Historical Note:

Henry W. Peabody & Co. was in the general import-export business until 1890. At that time it turned over the general business to the New York Office and concentrated henceforth on hemp. An Agent, Arthur Peirce, represented them in Merida (Yucatan?) from 1890.
Henry W. Peabody was born in Salem, Mass. on August 22, 1838. In 1856 he entered the counting house of Messrs. William & Hall, China and Indian merchants located on Central Wharf in Boston. In 1859 he assumed a clerkship with Samuel Stevens who was engaged in the Australian trade, making partner in 1862. He retired in 1866 and set up a special partnership in his own name in February, 1867. Henry's brother, Alfred S. Peabody was the special partner of the Peabody firm and supplied its original $25,000 capital. Henry died December 7, 1908.

Scope and Content Note:

Incomplete series of ledgers, journals, miscellaneous accounts and letters of a Boston firm which was in the import-export business (trade to Australia, South Africa and South America) to 1890. Thereafter it specialized in hemp, with an office in Yucatan, under the direction of Arthur Peirce, Agent. Letterbooks include ones directed to Plymouth Cordage Company and a private letter book, 1894-1907, of Henry W. Peabody. The greater part of the collection dates from the twentieth century.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Export marketing--Massachusetts.
Account books.
Australia -- Commerce.
Boston (Mass.)--Commerce.
South Africa -- Commerce.
South America--Commerce.
Yucatán (Mexico : State) -- Commerce.
Bayley, Edward B.
Peabody, Henry W., 1838-1908.
Peirce, Arthur.
Henry W. Peabody and Company.
Plymouth Cordage Company (Plymouth, Mass.)