Scope and arrangement
The records consist of incoming correspondence, financial and legal documents of the New York firm of Phelps and Peck, 1818-1834, and its successor Phelps, Dodge & Co., 1834-1869. The bulk of the material dates from the founding of the firm in 1834 to the death of Anson Greene Phelps in 1852. The letters, arranged chronologically, are from commission agents, customers, suppliers, and those concerned with the firm's manufacturing, lumber, real estate, railroad and banking interests. The letters from commission agents include detailed accounts of their sales of Phelps, Dodge tin plate, wire, and other materials, inlcuding the amount, name of purchaser, price paid, commission deducted, bills of lading for shipment of goods, etc. In addition, there are a considerable number of letters from Daniel James of Phelps, James & Co. discussing the Liverpool side of the business.
The few letters received after 1852 pertain primarily to the estate of Anson G. Phelps. There are also a few letters to and from Melissa Phelps Dodge (Mrs. William E.), 1878-1883.
The financial and legal records include accounts of sales of Phelps, Dodge & Co. goods, invoices, receipts, 1818-1865; photostatic copies of partnership agreements, 1834-1882; the will of Anson G. Phelps; cancelled checks; and account books, bank books, and memo books of Phelps & Peck/Phelps, Dodge & Co., 1831-1848, Anson G. Phelps, 1832-1837, William E. Dodge, 1857-1864, and Anson G. Phelps Dodge, 1862-1863.
The Phelps, Dodge & Co. records are arranged in two series: