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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:1 1797-1799 N892

Account book of a Connecticut farmer

Scope and Contents

Account book kept by a late eighteenth-century store owner and farmer in Norwich, Connecticut, from April 3, 1797 to September 9, 1799, describing business transactions with local laborers and residents. Most of the volume records work done for him by African-American laborers, who were paid in goods from his store. The name of the laborer is recorded along with the date of work, cost of service and type of payment. The bulk of the accounts are for Will; he gathers corn, hoes, loads wood, kills and butchers hogs, plants and weeds. Other names mentioned in the volume include Hannah Danforth, Mrs. Darrow, Philip Turner (a surgeon), Caleb Huntington, Captain Joseph Gale and Samuel Danforth.


  • 1797-1799

Conditions Governing Access

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


.25 linear feet (1 volume)

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, 1972.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2019 By: Brooke McManus

Account Book of a Connecticut Farmer, 1797-1799: A Finding Aid
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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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