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Mss:201 1822-1880

Stetson Family. Stetson Family Business Records, 1822-1895: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:201 1822-1880
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Stetson family
Title: Stetson family business records
Date(s): 1822-1895
Quantity: 18 linear feet (174 volumes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Stetson family of Bangor, Maine, were general merchants, shippers, dealers in lumber, agents for timber land, and bankers.


Gift of Irving G. Stetson, January 1966

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is stored offsite. Please contact histcollref@hbs.edu for more information about access to this collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Stetson Family Business Records. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Related Material:

Material after 1880 has gone to the Maine State Museum, Augusta. Later donated to the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department, University of Maine.

Historical Note:

The Stetson family of Bangor, Maine were general merchants, shippers, lumber wholesalers, agents for timber lands and bankers. George Stetson moved to Maine and formed a partnership with Albert Brown in Brown & Stetson, general merchants. He later formed a partnership with Cyrus Emery and his brother Isaiah, Emery, Stetson & Co. The firm was a wholesale marketer and dealt in the lumber trade. George Stetson was later president of the Market Bank.


The volumes are arranged in family and/or businessunits, starting with the earliest date, 1822. Fortwo units (Emery, Stetson & Co., 1835-50, and Stetson&: Co., 1850-94) the numbering of ledgers, journals,and daybooks is consecutive, and these have been kepttogether. Following the family business combinationscome records of "outside" enterprises in which the family wereinterested. These are grouped by date, except that general stores are placed together, as are banking enterprises.Folder's are in a box at the end. There are gaps within the numbering scheme of this collection. These materials are now at the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department, University of Maine.

Scope and Content Note:

Chiefly account books and ledgers reflecting the family's varied business interests. Included are records for Simeon Stetson; George Stetson; Brown and Stetson; Emery and Stetson; Emery, Stetson and Company; Stetson and Company. Also included are records of such "outside" interests as Bruce Mills, Kenduskeag Log Driving Company, Central Market House Company, Market Bank. There are records of a few non-family stores, such as Otis Briggs, Jr. and Company, Newport, Maine; John A. Rice and Company, Rufus Davenport, and Market Mutual, all of Bangor. The family accounting series are unusually complete; there are letter books, but few incoming letters.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Forests and forestry.
General stores--Maine.
Banks and banking--Maine.
Lumber trade--Maine.
Account books.
Bangor (Me.).
Newport (Me.).
Briggs, Otis.
Davenport, Rufus.
Dwinel, Rufus.
Hamlin, E.L.
Rice, John A.
Stetson, Simeon, 1770-1836.
Stetson, George, 1807-1891.
Stetson, Isaiah, 1812-1880.
Stetson, Reuben Kidder, 1798-1864.
Trickey, Thomas.
Drummond, M.G.
Stetson family.
Emery, Stetson and Company.
Emery and Stetson.
Brown and Stetson.
Stetson and Company.
Bruce Mills.
Kenduskeag Log Driving Company.
Market Mutual Store Company.
Market Bank.
Webster Mills.