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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:766 1867-1957 P352

Henry W. Peabody & Company records


Ledgers, journals, miscellaneous accounts, and scattered letters, 1867-1957, of the Boston, Mass. based import-export firm founded by Henry W. Peabody.


  • Creation: 1867-1957


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8 linear feet (94 volumes)

Incomplete series of ledgers, journals, miscellaneous accounts and letters of a Boston firm which was in the import-export business (trade to Australia, South Africa and South America) to 1890. Thereafter it specialized in hemp, with an office in Yucatan, under the direction of Arthur Peirce, Agent. Letterbooks include ones directed to Plymouth Cordage Company and a private letter book, 1894-1907, of Henry W. Peabody. The greater part of the collection dates from the twentieth century.

Historical Note:

Henry W. Peabody & Co. was in the general import-export business until 1890. At that time it turned over the general business to the New York Office and concentrated henceforth on hemp. An Agent, Arthur Peirce, represented them in Merida (Yucatan?) from 1890.

Henry W. Peabody was born in Salem, Mass. on August 22, 1838. In 1856 he entered the counting house of Messrs. William & Hall, China and Indian merchants located on Central Wharf in Boston. In 1859 he assumed a clerkship with Samuel Stevens who was engaged in the Australian trade, making partner in 1862. He retired in 1866 and set up a special partnership in his own name in February, 1867. Henry's brother, Alfred S. Peabody was the special partner of the Peabody firm and supplied its original $25,000 capital. Henry died December 7, 1908.

Physical Location



Gift of Henry W. Peabody & Co., 1965.

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Processing Information

Processed: December 2009

By: Benjamin Johnson

Baker Library
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