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Mss:733 1816-1835 E63

Ephraim and James Emerton Business Records, 1816-1835: 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:733 1816-1835 E63
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Ephraim and James Emerton business records
Date(s): 1816-1853
Quantity: 1 linear feet (5 volumes, 1 box and 1 folder)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Business records relating to the shipping firm of brothers Ephraim and James Emerton of Salem, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Ephraim and James Emerton business records were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a donation from Professor Ephraim Emerton, October 22, 1931.

Processing Information:

Volume 6 was disbound and foldered materials are now located in Box 1.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Biographical / Historical

Ephraim Emerton was a shipping merchant of Salem, Mass., who traded primarily with Madagascar. James Emerton was captain and supercargo.

Scope and Contents

The material includes one log book, four account books, and miscellaneous letters and invoices. The account books were kept by the latter, and include records of disbursements, sales of cargo, and purchases of return cargo at Majunga, Mozambique, and other places. The merchants were shipping hams, mackerel, cotton goods--especially sheeting, muskets, powder, rum, swords, epaulets, "rich fringe," lace, and looking glasses. The supercargo was buying for return cargoes tortoise shell, ivory, ebony, gum copal, gum arabic, raffia, pepper, horn, and hides.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Shipping -Massachusetts.