Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Garret Abeel Papers, 1792-1827

Finding aid created by
Cheney J. Schopieray, July 2010

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
    Container / Location Title
    Box   1  
    Correspondence,  1811-1827 [series] (53 items)
    Box   1  
    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.