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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss: 766 1852-1855

Dane, Dana & Company records


Business records of the Boston, Massachusetts based tea importing merchant firm, Dane, Dana & Co. and the Boston Sugar Refinery.


  • Creation: 1796-1880


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6.25 linear feet (15 boxes)

The Dane, Dana & Co. records consist of correspondence and financial material including invoices, insurance policies, ships expenses, bills and accounts of cargoes bought and sold. Dane, Dana & company was a Boston, Mass. based merchant trading firm that imported tea, spices and other goods for resale.

The Boston Sugar Refinery material consists of correspondence and financial records including accounts, bills and receipts kept between 1835 and 1880. The bulk of the correspondence is addressed to Thomas Lamb who served as treasurer for the company.

Also included in the collection is a small amount of material that does not directly relate to the Boston Sugar Refinery or Dane, Dana & Company. This material is located in box 4 and includes records of the Provident Institute for Savings, Temple Place Savings Bank, Proprietors of Temple Place, Barrett & Hooper and the papers of James Clifford.

Historical Note:

Dane, Dana & Company was a Boston, Massachusetts based import and export merchant operated by Samuel Turner Dana, Mortimer C. Ferris and J.T. Hayward. The company engaged in the China trade exporting cotton goods, lead, wood and coal and importing tea, silks and chinaware from Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm also imported pepper from Penang, rattan from Singapore and indigo and coffee from Manila. Dane, Dana & Co. owned some of their ships and were part owners of others.

Also included in this collection are materials related to the Boston Sugar Refinery, the first refinery in the United States to manufacture granulated sugar. The Boston Sugar Refinery was founded on Lewis Street in East Boston in 1834. The factory was expanded and machinery was upgraded in the 1850s. Thomas Lamb served as treasurer and agent for a period of time in the 1850s.

Physical Location



Gift of Charles H. Taylor

Related Material:

For additional Boston Sugar Refinery material, see William Appleton and Company Records, 1813-1889 and Israel Thorndike Business Records, 1778-1899.

For additional Provident Institution for Savings in the Town of Boston material, see Israel Thorndike Business Records, 1778-1899.

Processing Information

Finding aid encoded: May 2012

By: Benjamin Johnson

Baker Library
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Repository Details

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

Baker Library Special Collections and Archives 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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