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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
Bill of lading for goods sent to Stephen Tuttle, July 1801.Document011102
Bill of lading for Matthias Hollenback and Stephen Tuttle from Andrew Bennett, August 25, 1801.Document011103
List of monies paid to Matthias Hollenback by Stephen Tuttle, September 11, 1801.Document011104
List of money recevied from Stephen Tuttle Jr. on account of the Tioga Store, May 19, 1801.Document011105
List of monies received by Stephen Tuttle by his customers, August 27, 1779-May 28, 1801.Document 011106
Letter from Guy Maxwell to Stephen Tuttle regarding business, May 25, 1801. Letter 011107
List of money sent to Matthias Hollenback by Thomas Duane, January 13, 1801. Document011108
List of money sent to Matthias Hollenback by Ben Perry on account of the Tioga Store, June 27, 1801.Document011109
Letter from Guy Maxwell to Matthias Hollenback regarding business, February 26, 1801.Letter 011110
Letter from Guy Maxwell, January 24, 1802. (fragment only) Letter011201
Bill of lading for goods sent to Tioga Point for Stephen Tuttle, November 1802.Document011202
Bill of lading for goods sent to Stephen Tuttle by Thomas Perry, June 30, 1802.Document011203
List of money sent by Mathais Hollenback to S. Tuttle, December 10, 1802.Document011204
Receipt for monies paid by Stephen Tuttle, May 20, 1802.Document011205
List of money lent to William Prentice by Stephen Tuttle, January 16, 1802.Document011206
Note, November 2, 1802.Note011207
Receipt for monies paid by Stephen Tuttle, June 16, 1802. Document011208
Invoices from Mathias Hollenback to Isaiah Lucus, December 10, 1802 and Thomas Atkins, December 27, 1798.Document011209
Receipt for monies paid by Hollenback to Stephen Tuttle, May 28, 1802.Document011210
Letter from Guy Maxwell regarding business, June 24, 1802. Letter011211
Invoice from Matthias Hollenback to William Hamilton, May 21, 1802.Document011212
Invoice from Matthias Hollenback to Gary Frey, May 26, 1802.Document011213
Record of money paid to Matthias Hollenback by Stephen Tuttle, September 29, 1802.Document011214
List of money lent to Mathias Hollenback by Willin Hyde, December 28, 1802.Document011215
Records of monies paid Matthias Hollenback by Stephen Tuttle, October 23, 1802.Document011216
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