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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:100 1856-1872 S741

Charles Spear business records


Personal and professional finance records kept by Charles Spear of Quincy and Dorchester, Massachusetts, from 1856-1895.


  • 1856-1895

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Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact for more information.


1 linear feet (5 volumes)

The collection consists of five volumes of records kept by Charles Spear from 1856-1895 and one box of documents. These relate to both personal and professional finances.

Biographical Note:

Charles Spear was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, about 1835 and lived in that town until after 1863. According to family lore, Spear worked for the Adams family while living in Quincy. A great-uncle, Daniel Spear, was deacon in the Stone Church in Quincy Square. Spear Street and Spear farm were named after family members.

Before 1868, Charles Spear moved to Dorchester, Massachusetts, and was superintendent of streets there as well as taking charge of the poor farm. While living in Dorchester, he and his wife lived on Dorchester Avenue.

Physical Location



Gift of Alice J. Spear, ca. 1931. Volume 1A: Gift of Gretchen Hasz, 2013.

Spear, Charles. Charles Spear Business Records, 1856-1895 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
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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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