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ITEM — Multiple Containers Identifier: Mss:766 1754-1898

Agreements, leases, powers of attorney, 'Swasey's Tavern', 1737-1816 Digital

Scope and Contents

Contains legal records, dated 1737-1816, including agreements, deeds, and leases signed by John Heard for the land, dwelling house, and store he owned on Union Street in Boston. On the verso of an indenture is a copy of an agreement between John Heard and Paul Revere. There is also an agreement with Benjamin Harrod to create a two hundred and ten gallon still, powers of attorney to Heard, referee reports, documents related to lawsuits, and bonds from Heard to William Story, Jr., for half of the distillery, and to Nathaniel Hatch and Mary Tyler.


  • 1734-1888

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Some materials may be stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact for more information.

Due to preservation concerns, researchers are required to use microfilm copies of papers when available. Please contact reference staff at for more information regarding this collection and use of microfilm.


400 linear feet (800 volumes, 272 boxes, 102 cartons)

Physical Location


Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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