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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:591 1827-1873 E21

William S. Eddy and Son records

Scope and Contents

The collection contains one account book, a ledger with an index covering the period 1851-1873. The ledger can be used to determine the names of firms with whom Eddy did business, the commodities dealth in, and commodities taken as credit.

The bills for iron and steel in volumes 2-4 show the firms from whom Eddy purchased material to be manufactured into shovels and spades.

The bills for wholesale groceries and provisions show that the firm of N. and W.S. Eddy dealt in these commodities as well as hardware. The orders for shovels and spades came almost entirely from Boston and Providence with a few orders from Bridgewater, Brighton, Fall River, Hancock, New Bedford, and Somerset. Also from Bradford and Woodstock, Vermont, New York City and Chicago.

The firm of W.S. Eddy & and Son shipped shovels and spades to the firm of Newell & Company in Melbourne, Australia during the period 1860-1864. There are letters from this firm, which show that the sales of Eddy shovels went rather slowly.


  • 1827-1873

Conditions Governing Access

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


3 linear feet (6 boxes, 1 volume)

Biographical / Historical

A firm in East Middleboro, Mass, which sold hardware and general store products. They also bought iron and steel to make shovels and spades, which they sold mainly in Boston and Providence. In 1860-1864 they shipped shovels to the firm of Newell and Company, Melbourne, Australia. The firm was first known as N. and W. S. Eddy, later as W. S. Eddy, and then as W. S. Eddy and Son.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Philip E. Eddy, 1940.
William S. Eddy and Son. William S. Eddy and Son Records, 1827-1873: A Finding Aid
Baker Library Special Collections Staff
October 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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