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Mss:77 1864-1940 A954

A.L. Avery & Son. A.L. Avery & Son Business Records, 1864-1940: 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:77 1864-1940 A954
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: A.L. Avery & Son business records
Date(s): 1864-1940
Quantity: 48 linear feet (126 volumes, 7 cartons)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Business records of the Charlemont, Massachusetts general store A.L. Avery & Son, owned and operated by five generations of the Avery family.


Gift of Historic Deerfield, Inc., 2007

Processing Information:

Processed: January 2012
By: Benjamin Johnson

Conditions Governing Access:

Some of the material in the collection is closed pending processing. Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: A.L. Avery & Son Business Records. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Historical Note:

Amos Lawrence Avery and his brother William H. Avery founded W.H. & A.L. Avery, a general store in Charlemont, Massachusetts in 1861. Amos purchased control of the store from his brother in 1867, becoming the sole proprietor and renamed the store, A.L. Avery. He ran the business by himself until 1890, when he formed a partnership with his son Oscar and renamed the store, A.L. Avery & Son. As of 2013, the store continues to be operated by the Avery family, making it one of the oldest run family businesses in the United States.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

The A.L. Avery & Son business records contain correspondence, scrapbooks, invoices, receipts and bound financial volumes detailing the day to day business operations of the country store in Charlemont, Massachusetts run by five generations of the Avery family. The material is divided into eight series, by type of record. The loose material includes folded invoices, incoming correspondence and receipts from suppliers and patrons relating to goods and materials at the store. The financial material includes daybooks, journals, ledgers, cash books, order books, and invoice scrapbooks.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Retail trade.
General stores--Massachusetts.
Account books.
Letterpress copybooks.
Charlemont (Mass.)--Commerce.
Avery, Amos Lawrence, 1831-1917
Avery, Oscar
Avery, William.
Avery, Henry.
A.L. Avery.
W.H. & A.L. Avery.