Guide to the Caleb Parkhurst (1744-1817), Merchant Records1784-1817MG 149

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Access Points

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Books

Guide to the Caleb Parkhurst (1744-1817), Merchant Records1784-1817MG 149Inventory prepared by Irina Peris as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Guide to the Caleb Parkhurst (1744-1817), Merchant Records

1784-1817

MG 149



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Inventory prepared by Irina Peris as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. January 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Parkhurst, Caleb, 1744-1817.
Title: Caleb Parkhurst (1744-1817), Merchant Records
Dates:1784-1817
Abstract: An account book and three daybooks kept by the proprietor of a general store in Newark, New Jersey.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet (5 volumes)
Collection Number: MG 149

Biographical Note

Caleb Parkhurst (1744-1817), the son of Esther Baldwin and Samuel Parkhurst, was a merchant in Newark, New Jersey. He had eight children by his first wife (her name is unknown), and after her death married Eunice Baldwin (1745-1833), the widow of Daniel Brown (1747-1776). Caleb Parkhurst died on February 7, 1817 in Newark.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of three daybooks and an account book covering the years 1784-1813. The daybooks, dating from 1798-1799, 1803-1811, and 1811-1817, contain daily entries of general store sales, which record customer name, item purchased, and price. The fourth volume in the collection contains the accounts of individual customers and of a "Meeting House" project. The entries, dating from 1784-1791, are generally chronological and document the bartering of goods in the general store. Customers exchanged general store goods for products produced in their own households (such as butter, oats, and "sundries") or for services rendered (for example, washing). The volumes are boxed according to size, and then arranged in chronological order. These record books represent a good source for the study of the development and availability of consumer goods at the turn of the nineteenth century.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Parkhurst, Caleb, 1744-1817.
Subject Topics:
Consumer goods--New Jersey--Newark.
General stores--New Jersey--Newark.
Merchants--New Jersey--Newark.
Subject Places:
Essex County (N.J.)
Newark (N.J.)
Document Types:
Account Books.

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Related Material

Manuscript Group 150, Henry L. Parkhurst (1767-1817) Daybooks

Manuscript Group 291, Baldwin-Brown-Coe Family (Newark, NJ) Papers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 149, Caleb Parkhurst (1744-1817), Merchant Records, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Bequest of Henry Congar.

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Container List

 

Books

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Caleb Parkhurst--Daybook 1803-1811
12Caleb Parkhurst--Daybook1811-1817
BoxFolderTitleDate
21Caleb Parkhurst--Daybook 1798-1799
BoxFolderTitleDate
22Caleb Parkhurst--Account book 1784-1791

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