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Hutchinson Family Papers
1.5 linear feet (2 boxes, 3 volumes)
The bulk of the Hutchinson
Family papers contains business records for the "Eben Hutchinson and Brother James"
SERIES I. "Eben Hutchinson and Brother James" Company
Business Records SERIES II. Hutchinson Family Papers
Scope and Content Note
The bulk of the Hutchinson Family papers contains business records for the "Eben
Hutchinson and Brother James" manufacturing company. Also included are their
personal papers and those of a few family members. The collection is divided into
Series I. "Eben Hutchinson and Brother James" Company
Business Records includes a ledger, account books, a combination stock
list (for only a single year)/receipt book (for a list of items bought by Eben at
auction), and two sets of daybooks. The daybooks overlap in chronological order
quite frequently, yet they contain different entries for the same days. Both books
contain payments to sole makers and leather salesmen, as well as entries for who
bought what kinds of shoes, how many, and the price that they paid. The handwriting
is identical in both. The two series of daybooks have been labeled Daybooks A and B.
There exists a rather large gap between 1814 and 1834 and also between 1840 and
1846. Of special note in the Stock List/Receipt Book is a list of Whigs and
Series II. Hutchinson Family Papers contain personal
papers and correspondence of a few members of the family. Included are three letters
by Eben to editors of newspapers discussing a neighborhood fire, the duties of the
press vs. temperance, war, and slavery, and urging Democrats to unite in elections.
Removed to MSS 399 are Asa's cyphering books with some entries for shoemaking.
"Eben Hutchinson and Brother James", a Danvers, Massachusetts, shoe manufacturing
company, was owned and operated by Eben Hutchinson (1814-1892) and his brother James
(1816-1879). They were the two sons of Asa (1777-1854) and Ruth (Putnam) (1786-1870)
Hutchinson. The business records, which begin in 1801, suggest that Asa started the
business out of this house as a small service for friends. The business itself sold
shoes and a lot of little knickknacks, as well as contracting with other salesmen.
The Hutchinsons manufactured their own shoes from the back of the store in the
center of Danvers as well.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons,
or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Hutchinson, Asa, 1777-1854
Hutchinson, Eben, 1814-1892
Hutchinson, James, 1816-1879
Boots--Trade and manufacture
Democratic Party (Essex County, Mass.)
Footwear--Trade and manufacture
Shoes--Trade and manufacture
Whig Party (Mass.)
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex