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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:734 1814-1943

Central Wharf and Wet Dock Corporation records


Records of Boston, Mass. Central Wharf & Wet Dock Corporation and associated businesses include financial material relating to wharfage and shipping, manifests of cargoes in and out,storage cargoes, freight going out and coming in, dockage charges andthe financial transactions essential in carrying on a substantial business.


  • Creation: 1805-1943


Conditions Governing Access

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


17 linear feet (163 volumes)

General accounting records and some letter books mainly for the period 1814-1900. Includes accounts of Thomas B. Wales and Company, 1811-1860; Stanton and Nichols, 1811-1863; India Wharf, 1833-1880; Kennebec Steam Navigation Company, 1826-1828; and Merchants Steam Lighter Company, 1897-1901. The accounts include manifests of cargoes in and out, storage accounts, dockage charges and freight.

Historical Note:

Central Wharf was constructed in Boston in 1816. The structure was demolished in 1966 to make way for the New England Aquarium building.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  1. Series I. Central Wharf and Wet Dock records, 1814-1943
  2. Series II. Thomas B. Wales & Company records, 1811-1860
  3. Series III. Stanton, Nichols & Whitney records, 1811-1863
  4. Series IV. India Wharf, 1805-1901

Physical Location



Gift of William & Bangs Minot, 1949 and deposited by A.E. Buffum, 1925.

Central Wharf & Wet Dock Corporation. Central Wharf & Wet Dock Corporation Records, 1805-1943
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Repository Details

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

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