Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Allaire Papers, 1762-1873

Finding aid created by
Erin Platte and Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Allaire papers
Creator: Allaire family
Inclusive dates: 1762-1873
Bulk dates: 1782-1831
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Abstract:
The Allaire papers contain business correspondence, legal documents, and financial documents related to New York City resident Peter Alexander Allaire and his children, Calicia Allaire Wood and George Young Allaire. The collection also includes an anonymous account book from the 1830s, possibly kept by Pennsylvania merchant Thomas Wood.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2005. M-4481.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Allaire papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically and includes one additional bound account book.


Biography

Peter Alexander Allaire was born in New York City on March 12, 1740. Early in the Revolutionary War, Allaire traveled between England and France, acting as a spy for the British. He later fell out of favor with Benjamin Franklin, and was imprisoned in the Bastille for several months in 1780. After his release, he continued to live in France, until returning to America in 1784. He had at least two children, Calicia Allaire (m. Thomas Wood) and George Young Allaire. Peter Alexander Allaire died on September 2, 1820.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Allaire papers contain business correspondence, legal documents, and financial documents related to New York City resident Peter Alexander Allaire and his children, Calicia Allaire Wood and George Young Allaire. The collection also includes an anonymous account book from the 1830s, possibly kept by Pennsylvania merchant Thomas Wood.

Several early items in the collection relate to the post-Revolution business and legal affairs of Peter Alexander Allaire, and include a French document authorizing the shipment of several ingredients, including alkali and soap, for the manufacture of white lead (1783). The majority of the collection consists of material related to the financial interests of Calicia Allaire (m. Thomas Wood) and George Young Allaire. Many of these items reflect ongoing financial disputes between the siblings and Calicia's husband, and involved a third party, Cornelius Bogart. In addition to correspondence, financial records, and indentures related to the Allaire family, the collection includes scattered personal items. Also part of the collection is an account book, possibly kept by Thomas Wood, in which the author recorded financial information, including several accounts for everyday goods, "Farming Concerns," and items "Arrived from Foreign Ports." Many of the book's accounts relate to wood and a few mention stock held jointly with George Young Allaire.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • New York (N.Y.)--History--1775-1865.
    • Real property--Pennsylvania.
    • United States--Commerce--History.
    Contributors:
    • Allaire, Calicia, 1784-1826.
    • Allaire, George Young, 1794-1855.
    • Allaire, Peter Alexander, 1740-1820.
    Genre Terms:
    • Account books.
    • Financial records.
    • Indentures.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   1  
    Allaire papers,  1762-1873 [series]:
    Volume   1  
    Account book,  1820-1839
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The William L. Clements Library holds the following related collections:

    • The Allaire-Gibbons papers document the business affairs of James Peter Allaire, a relative of Peter Alexander Allaire.
    • The Henry Clinton papers include a British Army return bearing the signature of Peter Alexander Allaire (July 1, 1780).
    Bibliography

    Lopez, Claude-Anne. "The Man Who Frightened Franklin." Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 106.4 (1982): 515-26.