M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

Business, Literary, and Miscellany Collection

Finding Aid for the
ABRAHAM BELL AND SON
COLLECTION, 1809-1917
(MSS-035)

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M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935


VOLUME: 22 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: The items in this manuscript group were acquired by the University Libraries, M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, in 1969. An additional accession of financial papers, two account books, and a receipt book was acquired from Syracuse University in 1971. Richard Wiles donated business correspondence and leases for the Maryland Property in 1990.

ACCESS: Access to this record group is unrestricted.

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Scope and Content Note

Box and Folder List


Abraham Bell and Son
Scope & Content Note

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The collection consists of 157 volumes of business books and 3 boxes of financial materials, correspondence, books, scrapbooks and diaries relating to the Bell Family and the Abraham Bell and Son Company.

Includes thirty-one letter press copybooks kept daily by Abraham Bell and Son, a New York City merchant shipping firm specializing in the export of Southern cotton to the British Isles, 1837–1854; thirty-nine volumes of account books, journals, correspondence, and other business records, 1809–1888; a record book of Irish immigrants and other passengers to the United States from Derry and Belfast, 1832–1857. There are also correspondence, diaries, and financial records of other members of this Quaker family, James W. Bell and James C. Bell, 1832–1917; record books of Elizabeth Bell, 1858; and records of Bell Brothers, a money-lending business in Yonkers, New York, 1889–1895.

Related collections are available at the Winterthur Library.


Abraham Bell and Son
Box and Folder List

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List of Business Books

1. Account Sales, 1823-1844.
2. Accounts Current, 1836-1848. A. Bell.
3. Accounts Current, 1848-1852. A. Bell.
4. Accounts Current, 1853-1857. A. Bell.
5. Accounts Current, 1877-1880. James Bell.
6. Arrearages, 1892-1893.
7. Arrearages, 1892-1894.
8. Arrearages, 1894-1896.
9. Bills Receivable, 1846-1851. Includes some ship disbursements for voyages and portage bills for 1837-1838.
10. Blotter, 1847-1850. At the end of the volume are six pages of Memoranda of Draft drawn by the Belfast Banking Co., 1846-1851.
11. Bonds and Mortgages, 1890-1896. Includes two pages of stocks and bonds for 1896. Also contains several loose memoranda relating to bonds and mortgages.
12. Cash Book, 1832-1838.
13. Cash Book, 1838-1842.
14. Cash Book, 1844-1850.
15. Cash Book, 1853-1856.
16. Checkbook, 1833-1835.
17. Checkbook, 1837-1839.
18. Checkbook, 1844-1846.
19. Checkbook, 1844-1853.
20. Checkbook, 1846-1848. Also contains Collections, 1846-1848 and Discounts, 1846-1847.
21. Checkbook, 1848-1849. Also contains Collections, 1848-1849 and Discounts, 1848-1849.
22. Checkbook, 1849-1850. Also contains Collections, 1849; Sundry Collections, 1850; and Discounts, 1849-1850.
23. Checkbook, 1850-1851. Also contains Collections, 1850-1851; Sundry Collections, 1850-1851; and Discounts, 1850-1851.
24. Checkbook, 1851-1852. Also contains Collections, 1851-1852; Sundry Collections, 1851-1852; and Discounts, 1851-1852.
25. Checkbook, 1852-1853. Also contains Collections, 1852-1853; Sundry Collections, 1852-1853; and Discounts, 1852-1853.
26. Checkbook, 1853-1854.
27. Checkbook, 1854-1855.
28. Checkbook, 1858-1861.
29. Checkbook, 1864-1865.
30. Checkbook, 1865-1867.
31. Checkbook, 1899-1900.
32. Checkbook, 1900-1901.
33. Checkbook, 1902-1903.
34. Checkbook (blank)
35. Collections, 1844-1846.
36. Collections, 1864-1879.
37. Drafts, 1849. Belfast, Liverpool and London.
38. Drafts, 1850-1851. Belfast, Liverpool and London.
39. Drafts, 1851-1852. Belfast and London.
40. Drafts, 1852-1853. Belfast and Liverpool.
41. Drafts, 1853-1855. Belfast, Liverpool and London.
42. Drafts, 1853-1856. Belfast.
43. Freight Lists, 1827-1860. Inward and outward.
44-61. Indexes. (18 miscellaneous indexes)
62. Insurance Premiums, 1863-1864.
63. Interest Dates Receivable, 1877
64. Invoices, 1853-1856.
65. Invoices Outward, 1848-1852.
66. Invoices Outward, 1852-1856.
67. Invoices Outward, 1852-1856, index.
68. Journal, 1815-1826.
69. Journal, 1817-1819.
70. Journal, 1831-1834.
71. Journal, 1834-1837.
72. Journal, 1840-1841.
73. Journal, 1841-1850.
74. Journal, 1853-1855.
75. Ledger, 1809-1821.
76. Ledger, 1824-1841.
77. Ledger, 1834-1835.
78. Ledger, 1840-1849.
79. Ledger, 1844-1846.
80. Ledger, 1850-1852.
81. Letter-copy Book, April 7, 1835 - December 31, 1835.
82. Letter-copy Book, January 1, 1836 - July 7, 1836.
83. Letter-copy Book, January 24, 1837 - July 13, 1837.
84. Letter-copy Book, July 14,1837 - February 22, 1838.
85. Letter-copy Book, October 2, 1838 - March 9, 1839.
86. Letter-copy Book, March 4, 1840 - August 1, 1840.
87. Letter-copy Book, July 31, 1840 - February 28, 1841.
88. Letter-copy Book, February 26, 1841 - August 12, 1841.
89. Letter-copy Book, August 12, 1841 - February 28, 1842.
90. Letter-copy Book, September 2, 1842 - April 6, 1843.
91. Letter-copy Book, April 7, 1843 - March 8.
92. Letter-copy Book, January 1, 1844 - September 5, 1844.
93. Letter-copy Book, September 6, 1844 - April 3, 1845.
94. Letter-copy Book, April 3, 1845 - November 26, 1845.
95. Letter-copy Book, October 22, 1846 - February 26, 1847.
96. Letter-copy Book, February 27, 1847 - June 11, 1847.
97. Letter-copy Book, March 2, 1848 - July 24, 1848.
98. Letter-copy Book, April 16, 1849 - August 21, 1849.
99. Letter-copy Book, August 21, 1849 - January 7, 1850.
100. Letter-copy Book, January 7, 1850 - May 17, 1850.
101. Letter-copy Book, May 17, 1850 - September 23, 1850.
102. Letter-copy Book, September 24, 1850 - January 16, 1851.
103. Letter-copy Book, January 16, 1851 - April 22, 1851.
104. Letter-copy Book, September 17, 1851 - February 11, 1852.
105. Letter-copy Book, March 3, 1853 - June 20, 1853.
106. Letter-copy Book, June 20, 1853 - October 14, 1853.
107. Letter-copy Book, October 15, 1853 - February 20, 1854.
108. Letter-copy Book, February 20, 1854 - June 12, 1854.
109. Letter-copy Book, June 12, 1854 - September 25, 1854.
110. Letter-copy Book, October 8, 1855 - February 15, 1856.
111. Letter-copy Book, September 30, 1873 - October 17, 1877.
112. Letter-copy Book, April 26, 1881 - February 20, 1883.
113. Letter-copy Book, March 8, 1886 - January 22, 1889.
114. Letter-copy Book, January 22, 1889 - November 24, 1890.
115. Letter-copy Book, May 5, 1892 - February 14, 1893.
116. Letter-copy Book, March 15, 1893 - January 9, 1894.
117. Letter-copy Book, January 17, 1894 - November 8, 1894.
118. Letter-copy Book, November 8, 1894 - August 17, 1895.
119. Letter-copy Book, April 22, 1896 - December 5, 1896.
120. Letter-copy Book, December 5, 1896 - April 26, 1897.
121. Letter-copy Book, April 24, 1897 - September 28, 1897.
122. Letter-copy Book, September 28, 1897 - February 10, 1898.
123. Letter-copy Book, January 26, 1900 - April 5, 1900.
124. Letter-copy Book, June 6, 1900 - August, 1900.
125. Letter-copy Book, August 8, 1900 - October 2, 1900.
126. Letter-copy Book, February 20, 1903 - June 12, 1903.
127. Letter-copy Book, July 5, 1912 - February 15, 1913.
128. Letters, 1863-1865.
129. Letters, 1877-1883.
130. Letters, 1883-1887.
131. Meat Market Account Book, 1916-1919. Mrs. Best in account with R.D. Best.
132. Memorandum Book, 1975. (fragment)
133. Memorandum Book. (blank)
134. Mortgage Accounts, 1840-1842.
135. Mortgage Accounts, 1842-1843.
136. Mortgage Accounts, 1849-1850.
137. Mortgage Accounts, 1851-1852.
138. Mortgage Accounts, 1852-1853.
139. Mortgage Accounts, 1856-1857.
140. Mortgage Accounts, 1857-1863.
141. Mortgage Accounts, 1861-1868.
142. Notebook about a coin collection.
143. Passenger List, 1832-1857.
144. Petty Cash Book, 1854-1858.
145. Photograph Album. (12 cm.)
146. Photograph Album. (12 cm.)
147. Photograph Album. (15 cm.)
148. Receipts, 1842-1847.
149. Register, 1882-1888.
150. Ship Receipts, 1856-1857.
151. Ship Receipts, 1857-1859.
152. Ship Receipts, 1859-1861.
153. Sterling Bills, 1849-1858.
154. Storage and Delivery, 1844-1845. Includes several pages of Cash Book entries for 1836-1837, Coal Accounts current, Boat Accounts current, and Mortgage Accounts currents.
155. Sundry Collections, 1856-1858.
156. Trust Accounts, 1870-1897.
157. Untitled account book, 1857-1858, with running heading: Names, Belfast, London, Currency.

Box 1
Folder

1. Diary of a trip to Wales, 1812.
2. Diary of a trip on the Ausable River and to Little Tupper Lake. undated
3. List of books in a personal library. Also contains Adventures of Telemachus (handwritten).
4. Johnson, Jane. Essays on Some of the Testimonies of Truth, as held by the Society of Friends. Philadelphia: Book Association of Friends, 1868.
5. The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated Out of the Original Tongues, and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised,by His Majesty's Special Command. Edinburgh: Sir D. Hunter Blair and J. Bruce, 1821.
6. English Reader. (beginning and ending pages are missing)
7. Moore, Chas. B. Collision Case; Opinion of Arbitrator, 1860. (4 copies)
8. Scrapbook of Lizzie Thomas and Harvey Bell. [185?]
9. Scrapbook of Miss Harriet Thomas. undated
10. The Philadelphia Album and Ladies' Literary Port Folio, 1831.
11. Supreme Court. Abraham Bell, vs. Daniel H. Tompkins, et al. New York: Banks, Gould & Co., 1855.
12. Heath, Mr. Charles. The New Gallery of British Engravings; a Selection of the Best Plates Published in the Works. London, David Bogue, 1846.
13. Folder containing pictures, photographs, and an original drawing.
14. Wright, Thomas. The History of Ireland from the Earliest Period of the Irish Annals, to the Present Time. London and New York: John Tallis and Co., 1854. Pts. 2-5.
15. Carey, Rosa N. Queenie's Whim. New York: George Munro, 1883.
16. James, G.P.R. The King's Highway. (Beginning pages missing)
17. The Neptune Vase. (Beginning pages missing)
18. Alexander, Mrs. The Admiral's Ward. New York: George Munro, 1883.
19. United States Coast Pilot: Atlantic Coast. Part VI. Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries. Washington: Gov't Printing Office, 1889.
20. Worcester, J.E. An Historical Atlas. Boston: Hilliard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins, 1828.
21. A Memorial of Mary Christy Harvey, Daughter of Reuben and Hannah C. Harvey. [1858].
22. Stabler, James P. The Certain Evidences of Practical Religion, Described in Letters to a Distant Relative.
23. What is the Society of Friends? (Quakers). Pamphlet.
24. Photocopy of pages from a scrapbook with items referring to the Bell Family.

Box 2
Folder

1. Accounts current, 1838-1842.
2. Accounts for building repairs, 1898-1899.
3. Advertisements
4. Bills of lading, 1851.
5. Bonds and mortgages, 1896-1900.
6. Bond lists, 1899.
7. Checks, 1835-1853.
8. Checks, 1854-1917.
9. Conowingo Bridge materials. (miscellaneous)
10. Conowingo Bridge return tolls/tickets collected, 1890 - June 30, 1899.
11. Conowingo Bridge return tolls/tickets collected, July 1, 1899 - December 31, 1899.
12. Conowingo Bridge - Shares of L.M. Kent.
13. Contracts.
14. Correspondence, 1837-1879.
15. Correspondence, 1880-1899.
16. Correspondence, 1900-1961.
17. Correspondence, undated.
18. Deeds, 1839 and 1864.
19. Estate of James C. Bell in account with Bell Bros., 1896-1899, weekly account statements.
20. Financial statements, 1896-1899.
21. Fire insurance statement, 1896.
22. Interest collections, 1916.
23. Land sales.
24. Lease for property in Maryland, 1866-1867.
25. Letterheads and engravings.
26. List of tax certificates.
27. Loan applications, 1895-1899.
28. Map releases, 1896.
29. McDowell, E.B. - Contracts and correspondence.
30. Newspaper articles. (miscellaneous)
31. Office supplies, 1899.
32. Papers. (miscellaneous)
33. Patents.
34. Real estate materials.
35. Real property tax receipts.
36. Receipts, general, 1835-1887.
37. Receipts, general, 1888-1917.
38. Receipts for safe deposit vault, 1905-1912.
39. Taxes and assessment sales, 1896-1899.
40. Will and testament - Philip E. Thomas.

Box 3

Personal diaries of J. Wethered Bell, 1862-1917. Several also contain records for cash accounts and bills payable.


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