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Record No: mha00000446
Title: Richard Derby fonds
Dates: Microfilmed 1991 (originally created 1757-1790)
Location: Mic.1-5-1-14 MHA
Provenance: Derby, Richard, 1712-1783
Extent: 1 microfilm reel
Source of Supplied Title: Title is based on the contents of the fonds
Restrictions: No restrictions.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: Richard Derby (1712-1783) was the wealthiest merchant in Salem, Massachusetts, during the middle decades of the eighteenth century. He owned numerous sloops, schooners, and brigantines, which he employed in the cod fisheries and in overseas trading voyages to Southern Europe and the West Indies
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of microfilmed ledger that is volume 1 of the Derby family papers, an extensive collection of business records and family materials belonging to the James Duncan Phillips Library, Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem
     The ledger records Richard Derby's debits and credits with other merchants, as well as with mariners, fishermen, shoremen, artisans, farmers, and widows from Salem and surrounding towns for the years 1757-76 and 1786-90. There is also a copy of Derby's will, dated 1783
Terms Governing Use: Copyright held by the Essex Institute. The ledger may not be duplicated or quoted without written permission from the Institute.
Associated Material: MHA Primary Sources in the History of the North Atlantic Cod Fishery...
Finding Aids: Finding aid is not available
Finding Aid on the Web:http://www.mun.ca/mha/holdings/findingaids/newengland.php#Richard%20Derby
Subject: Merchants Massachusetts.
Subject: Cod fisheries.
Subject: Shipping Massachusetts.
Subject: Accounts.


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