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Mss:77 1782-1791 R323

Reed & Gardner. Reed & Gardner records, 1777-1791 (inclusive): A Finding Aid

Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:77 1782-1791 R323
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Reed & Gardner
Title: Reed & Gardner records
Date(s): 1777-1791
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection contains the records of Littleton, Massachusetts, merchants and general store owners Reed & Gardner, including bills, invoices, and receipts; correspondence; and papers signed by Isaac Reed and William Gardner dissolving their partnership. There are also papers generated during Isaac Reed's service as a justice of the peace, and records related to his estate after his death in 1789.

Provenance:

Gift of Charles H. Taylor.

Processing Information:

Processed: August 2016
By: Brooke McManus
The Reed & Gardner records were previously arranged chronologically and according to document type. The collection was rehoused and reorganized, and a finding aid was created in 2016 as part of the Arcadia-funded Colonial North American Project at Harvard University.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.
Materials stored onsite. Please contact histcollref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Reed & Gardner records. Baker Library. Harvard Business School.

Related Material:

William Tuttle records.

Historical Note:

Reed & Gardner was a merchant partnership in Littleton, Massachusetts, formed by Isaac Reed (1754-1789) and William Gardner. They ran a general store that sold rum, corn, flour, spices, wheat, and German steel, among other commodities. The partnership dissolved in 1784, and Isaac Reed maintained the business until his death in 1789. His widow, Mary, then married to William Tuttle, who assumed oversight of the store in the 1790s and early 1800s. In addition to his business endeavors, Isaac Reed served as a justice of the peace in Littleton.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains the records of Littleton, Massachusetts, merchants and general store owners Reed & Gardner, including bills, invoices, and receipts; correspondence; and papers signed by Isaac Reed and William Gardner dissolving their partnership. There are also papers generated during Isaac Reed's service as a justice of the peace, and records related to his estate after his death in 1789.
The bills, invoices, and receipts reflect commodities received and sold, including West Indian rum, brandy, wheat, flour, spices, wood, and German steel. There are also records of invoices billed to Reed & Gardner for help they hired in the store, and a small amount of correspondence with customers and agents.
Papers related to Isaac Reed's service as a justice of the peace in Littleton consist of attachments of goods, writs, and other legal records. There are also personal papers of Isaac Reed, including some legal documents like land deeds, receipts, and correspondence, in addition to receipts and bills settled after his death in 1789 by his widow, Mary, who was administrator of his estate.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Accounts payable.
Commerce -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Decedents' estates.
Dry-goods.
General stores -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Imports -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Judges -- Massachusetts -- History -- 18th century.
Liquor industry -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Merchants -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Retail trade -- Massachusetts -- 18th century.
Correspondence.
Invoices.
Legal instruments.
Promissory notes.
Receipts (financial records).
Writs.
Littleton (Mass.: Town).
Gardner, William.
Reed, Isaac, 1754-1789.
Reed, Mary.
Reed & Gardner.
Sherburne, William.

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