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Accession No: mha00000100
Title: George Curwen fonds
Dates: Microfilmed 1988 (originally created 1658-1672)
Location: Mic.1-5-1-4 MHA
Provenance: Curwen, George, 1610-1685
Extent: 1 microfilm reel
Source of Supplied Title: Title is based on the content of the fonds
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to this material
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: Captain George Curwen (1610-1685) was born in Sibbertoft, England, and emigrated to Massachusetts in 1638. Settling at Salem, Essex County, he quickly established himself as a prominent local merchant, provisioning farmers, townsmen, and fishermen. By his death in 1685, he had accumulated one of the largest fortunes in New England.
     Captain Curwen's business involved outfitting fishing companies and partnering with independent fishermen, advancing provisions in return for a portion of the catch. He also dealt with smaller outfitters, providing them with wholesale goods that they retailed to their fishermen. As well, Curwen played an important role in the offshore fishery and in the fish export trade to Spain and the West Indies.

Source: Taken from the finding aid.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of microfilmed reproductions of three account books, 1658-72, which describe Captain Curwen's relationship with the several hundred fishermen who worked out of Salem and Marblehead in the mid-seventeenth century. These account books were selected from the Curwen papers held at the Essex Institute, Salem, Massachusetts
Reproduction Note: Filmed from the original documents held at the Essex Institute, 19--.
Terms Governing Use: Anyone wishing to quote from or copy the material must request permission from the Essex Institute.
Acquisition Source: Purchased from the Essex Institute, 1989.
Associated Material: MHA Primary Sources in the history of the North Atlantic Codfishery, 1658-1833
Custodial History: These account books form part of the Curwen papers held at the Essex Institute.
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 20
Finding Aid on the Web:
Subject: Cod fisheries
Subject: Merchants--Massachusetts
Subject: Salem (Massachusetts)
Subject: Marblehead (Massachusetts)
Subject: Massachusetts History
Subject: Accounts
Subject: Business records

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