Collection title: Black & Brothers Records
Collection number: MS 55
Dates of collection: 1839-1916 (inclusive); 1839-1859 (bulk)
Size of collection: 1 record carton + 9 ledgers
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.
Black & Brothers, also known as Black & Company and Black & Sons, was a dry
goods store in Ellsworth, Maine, owned by John Black and his sons William H.
Black and Alexander B. Black. The Black brothers were born in 1811 and 1816
respectively. The Black family was prominent in Ellsworth, with John Black
serving as agent for landowner William Bingham as well as owning the store and a
lumber business. His sons were involved with him in the businesses and assumed
control of them after his death in 1856.
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains business records of Black & Brothers of Ellsworth, Maine. Primarily the records of Alexander B. Black, one of the brothers involved in the Black family businesses, they include bills, receipts, account books, orders, etc., for the family dry goods business. Also included are a few records of the lumber business in which the family was involved as well as receipts, ships' papers and correspondence for the schooner Ariel. Otis M. Candage and Oliver L. Candage were among those serving as captains; letters from them to Alexander Black are included in the vessel's records. A few bills and receipts of Mary J. Black, Alexander Black's wife, are also found in the collection.
The user of this collection may also want to consult the Black Papers (Microfilm B5665), filmed in the 1970s by the Maine State Archives; the microfilm is available at Fogler Library.
1-10 Memo books, Alexander B. Black, 1844-1847, 1850, 1855-1858, undated
11 Bills settled for 1857 & 1858
12 Boston bills settled, 1857
13 Receipts, lists of good and men, 1857-1858
14 Bills of men unsettled, 1857-1858
15 Receipts, 1859
16 Bills settled, 1859
17 Boston bills, spring of 1859
18 Checks of Veazie bank, 1859
19 Sundry bills of sawing, 1857
20 Papers relating to Woodward's lumber, 1857
21 Papers relating to log driving, 1858
22 Account sales, lumber, etc., 1858
23-24 Receipts, letters, etc., Schooner Ariel, 1850s-1880s
25 Bills and receipts, 1868-1881: Mary J. Black
26 Prospectus: West Orange, New Jersey, Water Company, 1916, from office of H.M. Payson & Co., bankers, Portland, Maine
Account book, Aug. 17 [1839?]; Alex B. Black & Co. inscribed opposite title page
Account books, June 1, 1840 [2 vols.]
Account book, Jan. 1, 1841; Alex B. Black & Co. inscribed on p. 3
Account book, Dec. 15, [1853?]; This book belongs to Black & Brothers of Ellsworth inscribed on p. 1
Account book, June 10, 1857; Messrs. Black & Brothers inscribed on p. 1
Account book, May 1, 1858
Account book, Nov. 22, 1858
Account book, June 10, 1859
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