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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:733 1816-1835 E63

Ephraim and James Emerton business records


Business records relating to the shipping firm of brothers Ephraim and James Emerton of Salem, Massachusetts.


  • 1816-1853

Conditions Governing Access

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


1 linear feet (5 volumes, 1 box and 1 folder)

The material includes one log book, four account books, and miscellaneous letters and invoices. The account books were kept by the latter, and include records of disbursements, sales of cargo, and purchases of return cargo at Majunga, Mozambique, and other places. The merchants were shipping hams, mackerel, cotton goods--especially sheeting, muskets, powder, rum, swords, epaulets, "rich fringe," lace, and looking glasses. The supercargo was buying for return cargoes tortoise shell, ivory, ebony, gum copal, gum arabic, raffia, pepper, horn, and hides.

Biographical / Historical

Ephraim Emerton was a shipping merchant of Salem, Mass., who traded primarily with Madagascar. James Emerton was captain and supercargo.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Ephraim and James Emerton business records were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a donation from Professor Ephraim Emerton, October 22, 1931.

Processing Information

Volume 6 was disbound and foldered materials are now located in Box 1.

Ephraim and James Emerton Business Records, 1816-1835: A Finding Aid
Baker Library Special Collections Staff
August 2017
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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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