Scope and arrangement
Mercantile Collection, 1740-1920, contains assorted papers regarding mercantilism in general. It was formed over the years through acquisitions of gifts and purchases.
Letters, accounts, bills of lading, ledgers, reports and stock certificates primarily on trade, both local and abroad with an emphasis on northeastern United States. #b Noted individuals are Rufus and James Backus of New York, 1794; Captain Simeon Baker. 1808; John Bellamy jr. 1792-1823; Captain John Briggs of Philadelphia 1832-1852; William Coventry of New York, 1750-1766; Mills and Ryerson of New York, 1821-1838; Cortland Parker; A. J. Hewitt; Pemberton and Co. of Philadelphia. 1769-1783; John Ripley, 1795-1798; Taylor and Newman of New York 1807-1809. #b Subjects include railroads, primarily in New York State and shipping.
Two series: I. Personal and Corporate Names; II. Subject and Form