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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:77 1845-1900 S245

Wyer Groves Sargent journals

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of typescripts of Wyer Groves Sargent's journals, kept between 1845 and 1900. The journals record Sargent's day to day life as a merchant running a family store in Sargentville, Maine. He traveled extensively to buy and sell goods, but was especially active along the New England coast. His diary mostly focuses on his business, but includes details of births, deaths, weather, and current events. Also included is a short story written by Ruth Kimball Messinger recounting the wreck of the Martin L. Hall, a ship built by Wyer Groves Sargent and some genealogical notes by Ruth F. Sargent. There is a journal kept by Henry Wyer Sargent, 1861-1862 and 1862-1864, while on board two ships during the Civil War, subtitled by R. F. Sargent, “On Board the Brig: Ocean Traveler & Ship: Garabaldi.”


  • 1845-1900


Conditions Governing Access

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


0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Biographical / Historical

Wyer Groves Sargent was born in Sedgwick, Maine in 1810. He began his career as a sea captain making voyages around New England and as far as Bermuda and the Azores. He retired from the sea in 1845 to run W.G. Sargent Company, a general store in Sargentville, Maine. Sargent took on his brother as a partner and later his sons. He died in 1900.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Wyer Groves Sargent journals (M-08-008) was received by Baker Library Special Collections as a donation from Frederick Marston in 2008.

Related Materials

See also W.G. Sargent & Co. records.
Sargent, Wyer Groves, 1810-1900. Wyer Groves Sargent Journals, 1845-1900: A Finding Aid
Ben Johnson
October 2018
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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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