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Account books collection

MS002 (RS31603)

Collection Name: Account books collection
Collection Code: MS002
Dates: 1745-1889
Physical Description: 152 account books
Finding Aid Info: There is a guide to the collection availible in print in the Library and Archives. This guide provides rich indexing of the collection as well as individual descriptions of each account book. Those descriptions are available online (see list of account books below), but the indexes are available only in print.
Collection Type: Manuscripts
Description Level: Collection
GUSN: 181141
Reference Code: MS002

Historical/Biographical Note

The account books in this collection have been grouped together by Historic New England's Library and Archives staff; the collection does not represent a particular person, family, or business, but rather provides a lens through which to view New England history. The materials are disparate in origin and topic, although they all reflect financial practices in New England from the mid-1700s through the late 1800s.


The account books collection contains over 150 individual account books. Of special interest to the study of New England's economic history, these records reflect the activities, expenditures, and personnel of various specialized occupations, as well as the consumption patterns of households. The collection documents from 1745 to 1889. The particular strengths of the collection are textile production (both domestic and commercial), carpentry, agriculture, and merchandising practices of general stores.


The account books are not arranged in a meaningful sequence. They are arranged largely in the order in which they were acquired by Historic New England.

Record details

Descriptive Terms: agriculture
commercial buildings
financial records
general stores
Material Type: account books
manuscripts (document genre)
Places: New England (United States) [general region]
Restrictions: This collection is available for research.
Related Items: Locke-Ober Cafe collection, undated — A supplementary inventory lists account books in catalogued family manuscript collections. Account book in collection.
Account book, 1942-1960
Coffin family papers

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Account books collection

GUSN: 181141