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Mss: 766 1852-1855

Dane, Dana & Company. Dane, Dana & Company Records, 1796-1880: 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 1852-1855
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Dane, Dana & Company records
Date(s): 1796-1880
Quantity: 6.25 linear feet (15 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Business records of the Boston, Massachusetts based tea importing merchant firm, Dane, Dana & Co. and the Boston Sugar Refinery.


Gift of Charles H. Taylor

Processing Information:

Finding aid encoded: May 2012
By: Benjamin Johnson

Conditions Governing Access:

Some material may be stored offsite. Please contact histcollref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Dane, Dana & Company Records. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Related Material:

For additional Boston Sugar Refinery material, see William Appleton and Company Records, 1813-1889 and Israel Thorndike Business Records, 1778-1899.
For additional Provident Institution for Savings in the Town of Boston material, see Israel Thorndike Business Records, 1778-1899.

Historical Note:

Dane, Dana & Company was a Boston, Massachusetts based import and export merchant operated by Samuel Turner Dana, Mortimer C. Ferris and J.T. Hayward. The company engaged in the China trade exporting cotton goods, lead, wood and coal and importing tea, silks and chinaware from Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm also imported pepper from Penang, rattan from Singapore and indigo and coffee from Manila. Dane, Dana & Co. owned some of their ships and were part owners of others.
Also included in this collection are materials related to the Boston Sugar Refinery, the first refinery in the United States to manufacture granulated sugar. The Boston Sugar Refinery was founded on Lewis Street in East Boston in 1834. The factory was expanded and machinery was upgraded in the 1850s. Thomas Lamb served as treasurer and agent for a period of time in the 1850s.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

The Dane, Dana & Co. records consist of correspondence and financial material including invoices, insurance policies, ships expenses, bills and accounts of cargoes bought and sold. Dane, Dana & company was a Boston, Mass. based merchant trading firm that imported tea, spices and other goods for resale.
The Boston Sugar Refinery material consists of correspondence and financial records including accounts, bills and receipts kept between 1835 and 1880. The bulk of the correspondence is addressed to Thomas Lamb who served as treasurer for the company.
Also included in the collection is a small amount of material that does not directly relate to the Boston Sugar Refinery or Dane, Dana & Company. This material is located in box 4 and includes records of the Provident Institute for Savings, Temple Place Savings Bank, Proprietors of Temple Place, Barrett & Hooper and the papers of James Clifford.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Export marketing
Tea trade.
Guangzhou (China)--Commerce.
Shanghai (China)--Commerce
Hong Kong (China)--Commerce
Dana, Samuel Turner, 1810-1877.
Dana, Richard Perkins, 1810-1894
Lamb, Thomas, 1796-1887.
Barrett & Hooper.
Provident Institution for Savings in the Town of Boston.
Proprietors of Temple Place.
Temple Place Savings Bank.