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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:4152 1864-1897 B271

Barre Cheese Company records


The Barre Cheese Company was formed in Barre, Massachusetts, in the County of Worchester on February 9, 1864. The collection consists of 23 volumes which document the daily activities of the company and its inception and eventual dissolution.


  • 1864-1897


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


4.5 linear feet (23 volumes)
The collection consists of 23 volumes which represent the records of the “doings of the Barre Cheese Company to be kept by their clerk.” The handwritten account books and journals not only document the daily activities of the company, but also its inception and eventual dissolution. Included are the articles of agreement for the partnership, stockholder and annual meeting minutes, account books with credits and debits, expenses and labor on the buildings and grounds, and expenses of manufacturing and selling cheese to milk contributors (such as milk used, wood, boxes, bandage cloth, wager, rennet, salt, soap, etc.). Also included are letters to the company which reflect the variety of its business activities. Topics include purchases of cheese, requests from merchants and customers, and praise from customer on the quality of the cheese purchased. Of particular interest is an annual report for the Massachusetts Cheese Manufacturers’ Association which reports on a several cheese factories in Massachusetts.

Biographical / Historical

The Barre Cheese Company was formed in Barre, Massachusetts, in the County of Worchester on February 9, 1864. The partnership was formed with the purpose of the manufacturing of cheese, and the partners promised that they would “furnish said company, for the term of five years, the milk of the number of cows, hereunto set against our respective names to be manufactured into cheese.” The company was officially dissolved on December 29, 1897 with the selling of the real estate of the company at a public auction.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Austin F. Adams, 1932.

Processing Information

Processed: September 2017 By: Baker Library Special Collections Staff
Volumes 17 through 23 were disbound and the materials were aggregated and placed into folders.
Link to catalog


Barre Cheese Company. Barre Cheese Company Records, 1864-1897: A Finding Aid
Baker Library
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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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