Garret Abeel papers (1792-1827)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Cheney J. Schopieray, July 2010
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Garret Abeel papers
Creator: Abeel, Garret Byvanck, 1767-1829
Inclusive dates: 1792-1827
Extent: 259 items
Abstract:
The Garret Abeel papers are made up of the correspondence and business papers of New York City iron merchant Garret Byvanck Abeel and the firms G. B. & J. Abeel and Abeel & Dunscomb.
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

1986. M-2268.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright status is unknown

Preferred Citation

Garret Abeel Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two chronological series: Correspondence and Business Papers.

Biography

The Abeel & Byvanck firm was founded in 1765 by Garret Abeel, Sr. (d. 1799) and Evart Byvanck (Garret's brother-in-law), iron merchants. In 1784, Abeel's son, Garret Byvanck Abeel, took over the business and by 1802, he set up shop on Water Street in New York City. In 1804, Garret's brother, John Abeel, joined the firm and they changed the company name to G. B. & J. Abeel. Edward Dunscomb entered into the business in 1816 and they became Abeel & Dunscomb. Other Abeel family members continued to run the business following Garret's death in 1829.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Garret Abeel papers are made up of the correspondence and business papers of New York City iron merchant Garret Byvanck Abeel and the firms G. B. & J. Abeel and Abeel & Dunscomb.

The correspondence exclusively pertains to business matters, such as prices and price comparisons, plans for picking up or shipping merchandise, settling of accounts, and other issues regarding sales and purchases. The business papers consist of orders, invoices, shipment notifications, receipts, accounts, and other commercial documents. The Abeel papers mention many items handled by the company, including bars, bands, hoops, rods, anchor parts, nails and spikes, knives, wagon tires, and many other iron goods.

Subject Terms

Subjects:
  • Iron industry and trade--New York (State)--New York.
  • Iron industry and trade--Prices.
  • Merchants--New York (State)--New York.
Contributors:
  • Abeel & Dunscomb.
  • G. B. & J. Abeel.
Genre Terms:
  • Business records.
  • Financial records.
  • Invoices.
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Receipts.

Contents List (Request Materials)

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Container / Location Title
Box   1  
Correspondence,  1811-1827 [series] (53 items)
 
Business Papers,  1792-1827 [series] (206 items)

Additional Descriptive Data

Bibliography

Association, of C. F. C. U. S. Association of Centenary Firms and Corporations of the United States . Philadelphia: Christopher Sower Company, 1916.

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. New York: James T. White & Company, 1910. Vol. 14, Part I.