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Mss:761 1843-1863 M849

Morgan, S. Griffitts, 1816-1893. S. Griffitts Morgan Business Records, 1841-1865: 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:761 1843-1863 M849
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: S. Griffitts Morgan business records
Date(s): 1841-1865
Quantity: 7 linear feet (19 volumes, 10 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Ships' papers, correspondence and financial and legal records pertaining to commission merchant S. Griffitts Morgan of New Bedford, Mass., 1841-1865.


Gift of Mrs. R. H. Morgan, 1928.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: S. Griffitts Morgan Business Records. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note:

Samuel Griffitts Morgan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1816. He moved to New Bedford where he worked as a clerk in the office of his uncle, Charles Waln Morgan. He later was partner in the firm Pope & Morgan a commission business based out of New Bedford. In 1849 he was sent by commission merchant Thomas Hathaway on the ship John Jay to San Francisco as supercargo. In San Francisco he established the firm Morgan & Hathaway. Grinnell, Minturn & Co. of New York were the largest consignors of Morgan and Hathaway. Morgan conducted business with Nye, Perkins & Company of Canton, China and firms in Valparaiso, Chile for whale oil, turpentine and other commodities. Morgan returned to New Bedford and died in 1893.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

The S. Griffitts Morgan business records consist of financial and legal records, correspondence and ships' papers relating to the business activities Samuel Griffitts Morgan. The financial and legal papers contain bills, receipts, account records, sales, and invoices relating to the purchase, shipment and sale of goods and commodities. The correspondence includes both personal and professional letters sent to and from Morgan. Much of the business correspondence deals with the shipment of goods, economic news and the purchase and sale of goods. The ships' papers contain bills of lading, receipts, account records, invoices and bills for all goods and materials related to specific ships that Morgan was supercargo of.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Wholesale trade--California.
Account books.
Ship's papers.
San Francisco (Calif.)--Commerce.
Hathaway, Thomas
Morgan, Charles W.
McKay, Donald.
Grinnell, Minturn & Company
Nye, Perkins and Company
Morgan & Hathaway.
Alfred (Ship).
Anadir (Barque).
Archer (Ship).
Envoy (Ship).
Flying Cloud (Ship).
Friendship (Ship).
Fenelon (Bark).
Independence (Ship).
Kremlin (Bark).
John Jay (Ship).
Nile (ship).
Sea Serpent (Ship).
St. Lawrence (Ship).
Sovereign of the Seas (Ship).