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Record No: mha00000399
Title: John Stevens fonds
Dates: Microfilmed 1988 (originally created 1769-1775)
Location: Mic.1-5-1-8 MHA
Provenance: Stevens, John, 1702-1779
Extent: 1 microfilm reel
Source of Supplied Title: Title is based on the contents of the fonds
Restrictions: No restrictions.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: John Stevens (1702-1779) was a merchant and landowner in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in the late colonial period. He kept a number of schooners in the bank fishery and manned them with local men, who provisioned themselves and their families at his store. Stevens also owned a number of houses in Gloucester that he rented to fishermen and other customers.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of a microfilmed copy of the oldest known surviving account book from Cape Ann, Massachusetts. As a general provisioning merchant, Stevens carried a wide variety of wares. The account book is valuable for its portrait of fishermen as consumers. It also contains accounts under the name of Samuel Whittemore, 1786-1807
Reproduction Note: Filmed from the original document held at the Essex Institute, Massachusetts.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright is held by the Essex Institute. The ledger may not be duplicated or quoted without written permission from the Essex Institute
Associated Material: MHA Primary Sources in the History of the North Atlantic Codfishery.
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 20
Finding Aid on the Web:http://www.mun.ca/mha/holdings/findingaids/newengland.php#John%20Stevens
Subject: Cod fisheries Massachusetts.
Subject: Merchants Massachusetts.
Subject: Cape Ann (Massachusetts).
Subject: Accounts.


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