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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:761 1786-1797 P927

Appleton Prentiss invoice book

Scope and Contents

Invoice book maintained by Boston, Massachusetts, commission agent Appleton Prentiss, recording goods he imported and consigned, such as cloth, furs, leather, buttons, handkerchiefs, buckles and assorted household wares, dated 1786-1796. Among the merchants, shopkeepers, and traders who had commission accounts with Prentiss were Mary Snow of Boston and William Howe of Cambridge. Prentiss also shipped commodities to merchants outside of New England; he sent men's shoes and "Negro" shoes, for enslaved people, to Samuel Vance of Wilmington, North Carolina. In the back of the volume is a copy of a statement in 1812 regarding the property of Louisa Dascomb of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a recipe for laudanum.


  • 1786-1812

Conditions Governing Access

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


.25 linear feet (1 volume)

Biographical / Historical

Commission agent active in Boston, Massachusetts, between the 1780s and 1790s. Appleton Prentiss consigned items like clothing and housewares.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles I. Grames.

Digitization Funding

Collections and items have been digitized with the generous support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Processing Information

Processed: February 2019 By: Brooke McManus
Link to catalog
Prentiss, Appleton. Appleton Prentiss Invoice Book, 1786-1812 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
Baker Library
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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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