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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:733 1722-1865

Wendell family business records

Overview

The Wendell family of Portsmouth, New Hampshire engaged in shipping, ship supply, and marine insurance. The Wendell family business records primarily consist of account books and papers of Jacob Wendell (1788-1865).

Dates

  • 1703-1865

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

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

Extent

39 linear feet (147 volumes and 24 cartons)
The Wendell family business records primarily consist of account books and papers of Jacob Wendell (1788-1865). Among the individuals and businesses included (with dates covered) are: Joshua Peirce, 1722-1734; Daniel Rindge, 1748-1750; Samuel Sloper, 1733-1802; Jedidiah Smith, 1786-1809; William Furnald estate, 1790-1802; Abner Newhall, 1801-1803; Meshach B.Trundy, 1818-1842; James Neal, 1832-1837; Abel Weaver, 1840-1874; I. Goodwin and S. E. Coues, 1831-1845; Eagle Insurance Company, 1834-1836; Piscataqua Insurance Company, 1840-1841; and William F. Parrott. There are family papers of the Wendell family as well as family papers of the Dorr and Barrett families, exercises in navigation kept by John Orn and Jacob Wendell, and a memoir of the Wendell family. The collection includes logbooks for several ships, and records of insurance companies.

Biographical / Historical

The Wendell family of Portsmouth, New Hampshire engaged in shipping, ship supply, and marine insurance. Jacob Wendell (1788-1865) was in business alone and in partnership with his brother, Abraham (A. and J. Wendell), with Reuben S. Randall (Randall and Wendell), with James Neal, Samuel Pray, John Badger, and others. They carried on, besides shipping, stores at Dover, N.H. and Mount Desert, Me., the Dover Cotton Factory, Great Falls Manufacturing Company, Kennebunk Manufacturing Company, and Portsmouth Whaling Company. Through marriage, and the administration of estates, the Wendells acquired the records of many small businessmen in the Portsmouth area.

Physical Location

MANU

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Barrett Wendell, 1930.

Processing Information

Processed: September 2018

By: Brooke McManus

Preservation and description of 18th century material in this collection were supported by the Colonial North American Project at Harvard University.
Link to catalog
Title
Wendell Family. Wendell Family Business Records, 1703-1865: A Finding Aid
Author
Baker Library
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
EAD ID
bak00660

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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