Records of General Stores in Connecticut and Rhode Island, 1762-1852: A Finding Aid
Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.
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Call No.: Mss:77 1762-1852
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Records of general stores in Connecticut and Rhode Island
Quantity: 2 linear feet (17 volumes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Multiple collections or records of general stores in Connecticut and Rhode Island,
Gift and purchase from various sources, 1930-1972
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for materials in this finding aid.
This artificial collection of records pertaining to estate, real estate, and private
investment management was created as part of a grant project to load as many collections
into HOLLIS. In an effort to make these individual collections more discoverable this
guide was created with descriptions taken from Manuscripts in Baker Library (4th ed.,
1978) and local finding aids housed in the Historical Collections reading room. Each
one of the entries listed below is a unique collection.
- Series I. Connecticut General Stores
- Curtiss & Graniss ledger, 1784-1800 1 Volumes
Scope and Contents: Ledger kept by Curtiss & Graniss of Berlin, Connecticut from 1784 to 1800 contains
entries for commodities sold, credit given for farm labor and products, and notes
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Eugene Schwab, 1941.
- Gorham family records, 1824-1831 2 Volumes
Scope and Contents: Record of bank note accepted, 1824-1831 and a ledger kept 1835-1841 by the Gorham
family of Darien, Connecticut.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Edward W. Gorham, 1950.
- Unidentified general store, Somers, Connecticut, 1830-1832
Scope and Contents: Unidentified general store volume kept between 1830 and 1832 in Somers, Connecticut.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchase, 1972.
- Series I. Rhode Island General Stores
- Bayes Manchester account book, 1762-1769 1 Volumes
Scope and Contents: Account book kept by Bayes Manchester of Scituate, Rhode Island from 1762 to 1769
contains a record of farm work and includes entries with high prices indicating the
extent of inflation in colonial currency.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Charles E. Tuttle.
- Nathan Sweetland ledger, 1811-1816 1 Volumes
Scope and Contents: Ledger kept by Nathan Sweetland of Pawtucket, Rhode Island from 1811 to 1816. The
firm was more of a supply house than a general store; it furnished in particular textile
machinery and iron ware. Also includes retail prices for general store products including
corn, rye, potatoes, fish, meat, sugar, oil and rum.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of the American Antiquarian Society, 1941.
- Sylvester Robinson day books and ledger, 1826-1834 5 Volumes
Scope and Contents: Day books and ledger kept by Sylvester Robinson of Wakefield, Rhode Island from 1826
to 1834 contain entries for commodities including groceries, hardware, cigars and
tobacco, sheeting, shirtings, wine, rum, and shoes.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of S.R. Robinson, 1940.
- Samuel Warren day book, 1828-1831 1 Volumes
Scope and Contents: Day book kept by Samuel Warren of Providence, Rhode Island from 1828 to 1831.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of J.P. Quirk, 1931.
- Almy, Day & Company account books, 1847-1849 3 Volumes
Scope and Contents: Two ledgers and one cash book kept by Almy, Day & Company of Providence, Rhode Island
from 1847 to 1849.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Thomas A. Jenckes, Jr., 1930.
Retail trade--Rhode Island.
General Stores--Rhode Island.
Bars (Drinking establishments)--Connecticut.
Almy, Brown & Slater.
Curtiss and Graniss.