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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
This folder contains inventory lists and assorted notes regarding Stephen Tuttle's Newtown and Tioga Point stores, circa 1800. (14 items)Documents010101
Ledger - Stephen Tuttle in account with M. Hollenback, April 1795-November 1808.Ledger010201
Ledger - Summary of letters and papers sent from Stephen Tuttle to the Tioga Point store, May 1789-February 1809.Ledger 010301
Ledger - Stephen Tuttle in account with M. Hollenback May 1789-August 1808. Ledger010401
Invoice of goods received of Hollenback & Hageman by Stephen Tuttle, November 20, 1783.Invoice010501
Warrant issued to Nathan Teall, collector for the town of Newtown, authorizing him to levy taxes, June 28, 1794. Signed by Evan Coryell, Phineas Bennett, George Harper and Dan McDowel.Document010601
Letter from Thomas M. Perry to Matthias Hollenback regarding store goods, January 13, 1797.Letter010701
Invoice of goods purchased by Thomas Perry from Matthais Hollenback, April 5, 1797.Invoice010702
Letter from Guy Maxwell to Matthias Hollenback regarding a debt, May 26, 1797.Letter010703
List of goods sent to Stephen Tuttle by Matthias Hollenback, September 5, 1797-March 25, 1798.Document010704
Receipt for monies paid by Joshua Homan, March 8, 1798.Receipt010801
Promissory note from Thomas A. Atkins and Steven Tuttle to Matthias Hollenback, April 31, 1798.Document010802
List of lading sent to Stephen Tuttle from Tioga Point, May 1, 1798.Document010803
List of goods sent to Stephen Tuttle's Newtown shop, May 10, 1798-January 16, 1799.Document010804
Bill for furs sold to Stephen Tuttle, June 18, 1798.Document010805
Listing of lading sent to Stephen Tuttle from Tioga Point, July 4, 1798.Document 010806
Letter from Guy Maxwell to Matthias Hollenback regarding business matters, July 7, 1798.Letter010807
List of lading sent to Stephen Tuttle by B. Decker, August 27, 1798.Document010808
Letter from Guy Maxwell concerning business matters, October 8, 1798.Letter010809
Notes regarding Stephen Tuttle, Spring 1799.Document010901
Statement of Ben Perry's account with Mathias Hollenback, June 12, 1799.Docment010902
Invoice for goods sent to Stephen Tuttle, June 18, 1799. Document010903
Statement of Thomas Atkins' account with Matthias Hollenback, June 21, 1799-January 29, 1800. Document010904
Document, Bill of Honey and Wheat, Stephen Tuttle, August 21, 1799.Document010904
Document, Bill, Stephen Tuttle, December 18, 1799.Document010905
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