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Collection TitleCL 104 Early Regional Commerce CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKatie Button
Date Completed:April 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by various individuals.

Chemung Canal; Commerce - History; Elmira (N.Y.); General stores 

Historical:Early Regional Commerce - The earliest trading post in Chemung County appeared in 1784 and was a place for farmers and hunters to sell their products in exchange for processed goods.  One of the earliest traders in the Twin Tiers was Matthias Hollenback (1752-1829) of Wilkes-Barre.  Along with his partners, Stephen Tuttle (1772-1851) and Thomas M. Perry (1777-1836), he established a series of stores and trading posts at Tioga Point, Lackawanna and Wysok in Pennsylvania and Newtown (now Elmira) in New York. Other prominent early traders included the brothers Robert and Lyman Covell, Benjamin Perry, Archibald Campbell, John Arnot and Guy Maxwell. 
Scope:The Early Regional Commerce Collection includes ledgers, letters, invoices, receipts and assorted records concerning business transactions in the Twin Tiers from 1783 to 1835. 
Notes:Shares a box with CL 108.
Extent.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1783-1835
AbstractThis collection contains records relating to commerce in the Twin Tiers from 1783 to 1835. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
List of goods sent to Stephen Tuttle, July 15, 1799.Document010905
Bill of money sent to Matthias Hollenback, August 7, 1799.Document010906
List of goods sent to Stephen Tuttle, August 12, 1799.Document010907
List of monies sent to Stephen Tuttle by M. Wright, August 21, 1799. Document010908
Letter from Stephen Tuttle to Matthias Hollenback regarding business, September 25, 1799.Letter010909
Letter from John Shopp to Stephen Tuttle regarding business, September 28, 1799.Letter010910
List of monies sent Paul Buck by Matthias Hollenback, November 23, 1799.Document010911
Receipt for monies paid by Matthias Hollenback to Alexander Smith, November 27, 1799.Document010912
Bill fo the lading for goods sent to Tioga, December 1799.Document010913
List of goods sent from the Newtown Store to Stephen Tuttle, December 5, 1799-May 7, 1800.Document010914
Summary of David Alexander's account with Matthias Hollenback, December 31, 1799-December 28, 1808.Document010915
List of monies sent to Stephen Tuttle by Matthias Hollenback, January 12, 1800.Document011001
List of goods sent to the Newtown shop, January 5, 1799-April 6, 1801.Document011002
Lists of goods sent to various customers, February 4, 1800.Document011003
List of goods sent to Stephen Tuttle by Matthias Hollenback, May 1800.Document011004
List of goods sent by Matthias Hollenbeck to Stephen Tuttle and Archibald Campbell, June 5, 1800.Document011005
Notes on the account of Stephen Tuttle, June 1800.Document011006
Letter from Guy Maxwell to a business partner, August 8, 1800.Letter011007
Bill from Archibald Campbell to Stephen Tuttle, August 10, 1800.Document011008
Bill of lading for goods sent to Stephen Tuttle, September 3, 1800.Document011009
Bill from Stephen Tuttle for Archibald Campbell, September 20, 1800.Document011010
List of monies sent to Stephen Tuttle by Matthias Hollenback, October 16, 1800.Document011011
Records of merchandise unloaded at a store, November 1800.Document011012
Bill of lading for goods sent to Archibald Campbell and Stephen Tuttle, December 29, 1800. Document011013
Bill of lading for goods sent to Stephen Tuttle, December 15, 1801.Document 011101
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