Wilder and Estabrook records
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Extent13 linear feet (15 volumes, 47 boxes, 2 cartons)
The unbound material includes letters regarding orders, 1858-1879 (Boxes 1-16A) and letters regarding purchases, 1857-1878 (Boxes 17-28).
The miscellaneous materials in Boxes 29 and 30 document some of the company's non-tobacco, such as letters relating to the purchase and sale of rum and whiskey during the years 1863 -1868, especially insolvency notices. Also, letters relating to the purchase of "Diamond Parlor Matches" in 1866 and 1869 letters on the purchase of the endless match which appears to be the ancestor of the modern cigarette lighter. In 1869, some of the letters refer to purchases of the "joke" breath perfumes; in 1867 Wilder and Estabrook became owners of a patent sash supporter and fastener and a few letters relate to this business enterprise. In 1869 there are letters from the National Tobacco Association urging national cooperation "in saving our trade from annihilation."
Boxes 31-33 contain the company's correspondence with Havana, Cuba , 1858-1879. These letters, invoices and bills of lading give a fairly complete record of Wilder and Estabrook's Cuban importations of manufactured and leaf tobacco during the years 1858 to 1874. From this material one learns not only the quality, quantity, and cost of leaf and manufactured tobacco imported, but also the meteorological, economic, and political conditions affecting sales. There is some information about the effects of the Ten Years' War (1868-1878) on the Cuban tobacco trade, and many of the letters give the current premium or discount on Exchange in Havana.
Boxes 34-37 contain personal papers relating to Charles W. Wilder, 1854-1874. These include personal correspondence (Box 34), records regarding the Brookline Omnibus Company (Box 35), shipping papers (Box 36), and mining records (Box 37). See these boxes in the inventory below for more detailed information.
The collection also includes outgoing (Box 38) and incoming letters (Boxes 39-45), 1870-1874. There are several bound financial volumes (Volumes 46-60) that include a ledger, journals, daybooks, order book, sales books, a cash book and an invoice book, 1852-1979. Box 61 contains miscellaneous unbound financial records. There are also two cartons (Cartons 1 and 2) of bills, bills of lading, and freight bills, 1859-1874.
- Account books.
- Boston (Mass.) -- Commerce.
- Brookline (Mass.)
- Cab and omnibus service -- Massachusetts.
- Cigar industry.
- Copper mines and mining -- Canada.
- Gold mines and mining -- Colorado.
- Havana (Cuba) -- Commerce.
- Industries -- Québec (Province) -- Sherbrooke.
- Ship’s papers.
- Silver mines and mining -- Colorado.
- Tobacco industry.
- Wholesale trade -- Massachusetts.
- Wilder and Estabrook
- Wilder and Estabrook. Wilder and Estabrook Records, 1852-1879 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
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