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Hutchinson Family Papers

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HUTCHINSON FAMILY PAPERS, 1801-1860





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Hutchinson family
Title:Hutchinson Family Papers
Dates:1801/1860
Quantity:1.5 linear feet (2 boxes, 3 volumes)
Abstract:The bulk of the Hutchinson Family papers contains business records for the "Eben Hutchinson and Brother James" manufacturing company.
Collection Number:MSS 247

Series List


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 two series.


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 Democrats.


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.


Historical Sketch

"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.


Index Terms

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 family
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
Shoemakers
Shoes--Trade and manufacture
Whig Party (Mass.)
Danvers (Mass.)
Account books

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

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 Museum.

Preferred Citation

Hutchinson Family Papers, MSS 247, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material is from an unknown source.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Thomas Conroy, December 1989. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, October 2015.


Related Material

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.


Asa Hutchinson Cyphering Book, 1793-1801, MSS 399, Box 3, Folder 1


Asa Hutchinson Cyphering Book, 1835, MSS 399, Box 7, Folder 11


Eben Hutchinson Cyphering Book, undated, MSS 399, Box 8, Folder 3


Hannah and Sarah Hutchinson Diaries, 1871-1903, DIA 82


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