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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:77 1809-1884 R474

Aaron and William Walcott Rhoades day books

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of three day books and one postcard of the Rhoades House in East Walpole. Volume 1 covers 1809 to 1812, and includes debts for a variety of products principally rum, tobacco, cordials, wine, soap, biscuits, butter as well as boots and shoes presumably kept by Aaron Rhoades. Volume 2 covers 1812 to 1867, and includes debts arranged by debtor in the first part of the volume kept by Aaron Rhoades and then turns to lists of sales or repairs of boots and shoes kept by William Walcott Rhoades. Volume 3 covers 1866 to 1884 with two pages of older accounts at the end covering 1816 to 1817, and includes debts paid possibly by residents of a boarding house.


  • 1809-1884

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information.


.5 linear feet (3 volumes)

Biographical / Historical

The Rhoades family are descendants of Henry Rhodes who came to the Massachusetts Colony in 1640. Aaron Rhoades (1781-1845) appears to have operated a general store in Roxbury which later became Walpole. William Walcott Rhoades (1814-1890) was a farmer who also presumably operated a cobbler shop in Walpole.

Physical Location


Processing Information

Processed: July 2018 By: Baker Library Special Collections Staff
Link to catalog
Rhoades, Aaron, 1781-1845. Aaron and William Walcott Rhoades Day Books, 1809-1884: A Finding Aid
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Repository Details

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

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