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W.A. Currier Daybooks, 1865-1869
1 box, 2 volumes
Collection number: MS 213

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.

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The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Scope and contents of the 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.

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

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

History of the Collection

Acquired from Charles Apfelbaum, 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Ken Fones-Wolf, September 1988.

Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
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Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Adams, George.
  • Bradford (Haverhill, Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century--Sources.
  • Contractors--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Currier, W. A.
  • Daniels, W. F.
  • Gildea, Peter.
  • Griffin, Samuel.
  • Hardware stores--Massachusetts--Haverhill--Finance--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Haverhill (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century--Sources.
  • Kimball, O.
  • O'Brine, J. W.
  • Rags--Prices--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Stacy, W. P.
  • Stove industry and trade--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Stoves--Repairing--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19thcentury--Sources.
  • Tinsmiths--Massachusetts--Haverhill--History--19th century--Sources.

Genre terms
  • Account books.

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