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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:789 1850-1895 B87

J.B. Brown and Sons records


Incomplete records of a firm of private bankers in Portland, Maine.


  • 1850-1895

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5.5 linear feet (26 volumes, 1 box)

Incomplete records of a firm of private bankers in Portland, Maine. Records include ledgers, daybooks, and a letter book. Also includes two volumes of records for the Portland Sugar Company, for which J.B. Brown and Sons were selling agents.

Biographical / Historical

John B. Brown first engaged in the grocery business in a small way, then organized the Portland Sugar Company. After the sugar plant was destroyed by fire in 1866 he turned to private banking, taking in as partners his sons, Philip Henry Brown and John Marshall Brown. J.B. Brown, Sr. seems to have died about 1881.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Philip G. Clifford, 1952.

Processing Information

Processed: August 2018 By: Baker Library Special Collections Staff

J.B. Brown and Sons. J.B. Brown and Sons Records, 1850-1895: A Finding Aid
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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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