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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
Letter sent to Matthias Hollenback requesting a shipment of whiskey, July 3, 1805.Letter011501
List of goods purchased by Stephen Tuttle from Matthias Hollenback, April 19, 1805.Document011502
Note regarding goods passed between Stephen Tuttle's Tioga Point and Newtown shops, 1800-1805.Document011503
List of expenses paid to Joseph Purson for the upkeep of William Dewain's cattle, June 7, 1805.Document011504
Business letter from Thomas Wright to Stephen Tuttle and Matthias Hollenback, June 24,1805.Letter011505
Notes on the stores of Archibald Campbell and Stephen Tuttle, October 1805.Document011506
Bill of lading for goods sent to Stephen Tuttle from Matthias Hollenback shipped by Captain John Harvey, July 21, 1805.Document011507
Invoice for goods purchased from Stephen Tuttle, September 15, 1805.Document011508
Invoice for goods purchaed by Matthias Hollenback from Stephen Tuttle,December 20, 1805.Document011509
Summary of Stephen Tuttle's customer accounts, July 8, 1806.Document011601
Summary of George Trucks' account with Matthias Hollenback, July 8, 1806.Document011602
Receipt for sugar sent by Stephen Tuttle to Robert Coodt, August 4, 1806.Document011603
William Daune cattle recipts, December 1, 1806.Document011604
Invoice of goods sent to Stephen Tuttle by Matthias Hollenback, July 28, 1806. Document011605
George Trucks' sworn statement regarding Matthias Hollenback's business transactions, July 15, 1806.Document011606
Business letter from Robert Covell to Matthias Hollenback regarding tea shipments, January 7, 1807.Letter011701
Bill of lading for goods sent to Stephen Tuttle, February 28, 1807.Document011702
Invoice for oats purchased by Stephen Tuttle bill from Matthias Hollenback, March 8, 1807. Document011703
Reciept for goods sent from Matthias Hollenback to Stephen Tuttle's store, December 16, 1807. Document011704
Reciepts from goods received from Matthias Hollenback and Stephen Tuttle, June 11 & 13, 1808. Receipts011801
Business letter from Abram Minier to Stephen Tuttle, October 17, 1808. Inventory of the store.Letter011802
List of furniture for Stephen Tuttle, November 30, 1808.Document 011803
List of furniture for Matthias Hollenback, November 30, 1808.Document011804
Inventory of the store, December 3, 1808.Document011805
Legal document in the case of Ebenezer Horton vs John Hollenback, August 16, 1814. Document011901
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