Overview: Hardware store merchant, stove dealer, and tinsmith from Haverhill, Massachusetts. Daybooks include documentation of customers, items purchased, prices paid, and transactions relating to Currier's rag trade.

W.A. Currier Daybooks

1 box, 2 volumes
Call no.: MS 213
Special Collections & University Archives
UMass Amherst Libraries
154 Hicks Way | Amherst, Mass. 01003-9275 | scua@library.umass.edu | 413-545-2780

Contents of Collection

W.A. Currier's daybooks document the activities of a hardware store merchant in mid-19th-century Haverhill, Massachusetts. A significant portion of his business appears to be with contractors of some sort, based on the volume and frequency of purchases. On September 16, 1865, for instance, Peter Gildea purchased $152 worth of brushes, brooms, lamps, trowels, baskets, and door stoppers. Three days later he charged another $178 worth of paint, trays, brushes, and other goods. George Adams, Samuel Griffin, W.P. Stacy, and J.W. O'Brine (of Newburyport) in addition to Gildea are all regular customers making large purchases. There is also a steady stream of customers making more limited purchases.

Another part of Currier's trade, however, involved the repair of and trade in stoves. In the 1867 Massachusetts Business Directory, Currier is listed as a stove dealer and tinsmith. He routinely bought old stoves, repaired them, and then resold them. Currier also did a fairly substantial trade in old rags. On July 9, 1866, for example, he purchased some 1400 pounds of rags from J.W. O'Brine. A month earlier he bought over 2800 pounds from another customer. He also made much smaller purchases of rags from local customers. The rags, in turn, he sold to O. Kimball and W.F. Daniels in large shipments, although it is not known for what purpose.

Currier's store was on Main Street in Haverhill, apparently in the section that used to be called Bradford but was later annexed to Haverhill.

Administrative information


The collection is open for research.




Acquired from Charles Apfelbaum, 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Ken Fones-Wolf, September 1988.


Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: W.A. Currier Daybooks (MS 213). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms


  • Bradford (Haverhill, Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century--Sources.
  • Contractors--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Hardware stores--Massachusetts--Haverhill--Finance--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Haverhill (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century--Sources.
  • Rags--Prices--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Stove industry and trade--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Stoves--Repairing--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19thcentury--Sources.
  • Tinsmiths--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19th century--Sources.


  • Adams, George.
  • Currier, W. A.
  • Daniels, W. F.
  • Gildea, Peter.
  • Griffin, Samuel.
  • Kimball, O.
  • O'Brine, J. W.
  • Stacy, W. P.

Genre terms

  • Account books.