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Adams, William A.

William A. Adams Daybook

1876-1878
1 vol. 0.1 linear feet
Call no.: MS 624 bd

During the 1870s, William A. Adams maintained a blacksmithing shop close to the intersection of Walnut and Hickory Streets in Springfield, Mass. His trade ran from farriery to repairing iron work, wheels, and wagons, and situated as he was near the southern end of Watershops Pond, one of the industrial centers of the city, his customers ranged from local residents to manufacturing firms, the city, and the Armory.

The Adams account book contains approximately 150 pages containing brief records of blacksmithing work for a range of customers located in the immediate area. Among the more names mentioned are the grocers Perkins and Nye, W. and E.W. Pease Co., J. Kimberley and Co., and Common Councilman William H. Pinney and J. W. Lull, all of whom can be located within a few blocks of Adams’ shop.

Acquired from Dan Casavant, 1999
Subjects
Blacksmiths--Massachusetts--Springfield
Horseshoers--Massachusetts--Springfield
Springfield (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century
Contributors
Adams, William A
Types of material
Daybooks
Akin, Benjamin

Benjamin Akin Daybook and Ledger

1737-1764
1 vol. 0.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 204 bd

A tanner, currier, and shoemaker, Benjamin Akin was born into a prominent Bristol County family in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, on May 18, 1715. With a prolific and well-connected family and successful in his own business endeavors, Akin attained some stature in Dartmouth. First appointed town clerk in 1745, he filled that office from 1754-1770 and again from 1776-1780, adding the title “Esq.” to his name by the 1760s. During the Revolutionary years, he served on the town’s public safety committee. He died on April 10, 1802.

The Akin ledger offers insight into the fortunes of an 18th-century artisan during the most productive years of his life, as well as into the structure of a local community in southeastern Massachusetts. The ledger includes accounts of with customers for tanning and currying of calf and sheepskin, day-book entries, and accounts with the Town of Dartmouth for services performed at Town Clerk.

Acquired from Charles Apfelbaum, 1987
Subjects
Artisans--Massachusetts
Dartmouth (Mass.)--History--18th century
Earthquakes--Massachusetts
Shoemaking--Massachusetts
Tanning--Massachusetts
Contributors
Akin, Benjamin, 1715-1802
Akin, Eunice Taber, 1711-1762
Types of material
Account books
Daybooks
Akin, Ebenezer, Jr.

Ebenezer Akin Account Book

1842-1869
1 vol. 0.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 220 bd

A merchant, town clerk, part-owner of many ships, and involved citizen, Ebenezer Akin lived nearly all of his 87 years in the town of Fairhaven, Mass.

This miscellaneous personal ledger includes documentation of Ebenezer Akin’s work as town clerk and includes accounts for ships he may have owned, entries made as an estate executor, accounts of expenditures for clothing and incidentals, and accounts of lot purchases and loans. The volume also contains genealogical information about the Blossom family of Bridgewater and the family of Benjamin and Eunice Akin, Ebenezer’s great-grandfather.

Acquired from Charles Apfelbaum, 1987
Subjects
Akin, Benjamin, 1715-1802
Akin, Eunice
Blossom family
Clothing and dress--Prices--Massachusetts--Fairhaven
Fairhaven (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century
Fairhaven (Mass.)--Politics and government--19th century
Hesper (Bark)
Merchants--Massachusetts--Fairhaven
Napoleon (Ship)
Shipowners--Massachusetts--Fairhaven
Shipping--Massachusetts--Fairhaven
William Rotch (Ship)
Winthrop (Bark)
Contributors
Akin, Ebenezer, 1816-
Types of material
Account books
Genealogies
Inventories of decedents estates
Alford Marble Works

Alford Marble Works Records

1870-1873
1 vol. 0.1 linear feet
Call no.: MS 649 bd

Beginning in the early nineteenth century, the small town of Alford in far southwestern Massachusetts was the site of significant marble quarrying operations. Highly profitable for several decades, the quarries began to decline in profitability by mid-century when new sites became accessible by rail. By the early 1870s, the Alford Marble Works stood as one of the last quarries in the region to remain active.

The Alford Marble Works ledger includes pay and work records for quarrymen during its last years of operation. Although the Marble Works is sometimes recorded as suspending activity in 1872, it is clear from these records that their work continued through the end of 1873.

Subjects
Gravestones--Massachusetts
Marble industry and trade--Massachusetts
Contributors
Alford Marble Works
Association for Gravestone Studies
Types of material
Account books
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. New England Joint Board

ACWA New England Joint Board Records

1939-1976
1 vol. 0.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 193

Organized in Chicago in 1914, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America was formed after a split in the United Garment Workers, and quickly became the dominant force for union in the men’s clothing industry. Within a decade of its founding, ACWA had more than 100,000 members across the U.S. and Canada.

Records of the New England Joint Board of ACWA consist of general correspondence, membership lists, press releases, and collective bargaining files for companies such as Arlan’s Department Stores, Bedford Shirtmakers Corporation, Ethan Ames Company, Holyoke Shirt Company, Lawrence Clothing Company, and Whitney Shirt Company.

Subjects
Clothing trade--Labor unions--Massachusetts
Labor unions--Massachusetts
Textile industry--Massachusetts
Textile workers--Labor unions--New England
Contributors
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. New England Joint Board
American Express Company. Florence (Mass.) Office

American Express Company Florence Office Records

1867-1890
3 boxes 3 linear feet
Call no.: MS 298

Records of express agent Watson L. Wilcox of Simsbury, Connecticut, and Florence, Massachusetts, documenting Wilcox’s work for the American Express Company and the evolution of the company from a small shipping business to a delivery organization whose services contributed to the growth of the local and regional economy. Records consist of agent books, receipt books, and waybills listing accounts of local companies and residents for the sending, receiving, and delivery of freight, telegraph messages, express cash, goods, and packages.

Subjects
American Merchant's Union Express Company
Express service--Massachusetts--Florence--History
Florence (Mass.)--Economic conditions
Florence Manufacturing Company
Florence Sewing Machine Company
Hill, Samuel L
Industries--Massachusetts--Florence--History
New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company
Nonotuck Silk Company
Parsons, I. S
Simsbury (Conn.)--Economic conditions
Williston, A. L
Contributors
American Express Company (Florence, Mass.)
Wilcox, Watson L., 1832 or 3-1896
American Watch Company. Band

American Watch Company Band Engagement Book

1878-1883
1 vol. 0.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 364

Band of musicians who worked at the Waltham Watch Company in Waltham, Massachusetts. Engagement book itemizes engagement dates and locations, and membership (including recent immigrants), and includes information about rehearsals, business meetings, and payment.

Subjects
American Watch Company--Employees--Recreation
American Watch Company--Employees--Social life and customs
American Watch Company--History
Brass bands--Massachusetts--Waltham
Industrial recreation--Massachusetts--Waltham
Waltham (Mass.)--Social conditions--19th century
Contributors
American Watch Company. Band
South Side Brass Band (Waltham, Mass.)
Types of material
Appointment books
American Writing Paper Company

American Writing Paper Company Records

1851-1960
19 boxes 9.5 linear feet
Call no.: MS 062

Paper company based in Holyoke, Massachusetts that at one time controlled 75% of the total United States fine paper output. Records include board of directors’ minutes, by-laws, blueprints, land transactions, merger agreements, and publications. Labor files (1936-1960) comprise the bulk of the collection and include contracts, correspondence, grievances, and negotiations.

Subjects
Collective bargaining--Paper industry--Massachusetts--Holyoke
Holyoke (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century
Holyoke (Mass.)--Economic conditions--20th century
Labor unions--Massachusetts--Holyoke
Paper industry workers--Labor unions--Massachusetts
Paper industry--Massachusetts--Holyoke
Strikes and lockouts--Paper industry--Massachusetts--Holyoke
Contributors
American Writing Paper Company
Types of material
Blueprints
Photographs
Amherst (Mass.)?

Grocer's Daybook

1888-1890
1 vol. 0.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 137 bd

Unnamed grocer who was possibly from the town of Amherst in either Massachusetts or New Hampshire. Daybook includes customers’ names, their account numbers, and the items that they purchased whether food or supplies.

Subjects
Amherst (Mass.)--History
Consumers--New England--History--19th century
Groceries--New England--History--19th century
Grocers--New England--History--19th century
Grocery trade--New England--History--19th century
Types of material
Daybooks
Angelo, William J.

William J. Angelo Papers

1973-1990
5 boxes 2.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 441

As a staffer for Congressman Silvio Conte, Angelo researched numerous small business and economic development issues, both for constituents and for national legislation, prepared subcommittee and committee hearings, and wrote numerous articles and floor statements for Conte. The collection provides an overview of Conte’s work with and for small businesses, as well as Angelo’s contributions to the Small Business Act.

Subjects
Conte, Silvio O. (Silvio Oltavio), 1921-1991
Massachusetts--Politics and government--1951-
Small business--Laws and Legislation
United States. Congress
Contributors
Angelo, William J
Types of material
Bills (legislative records)
Letters (Correspondence)
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