Manuscripts Division William L. Clements Library University of Michigan
Finding aid for Constantin Family Papers, 1800-1829
Finding aid created by Ellen Poteet, 2005, and Erin Platte and Meg Hixon, April 2013
Title: Constantin family papers Creator: Constantin, Anthony Inclusive dates: 1800-1829 Bulk dates: 1806-1809 Extent: 1 linear foot Abstract:
The Constantin family papers are made up of correspondence, financial records, and other items related to the family's involvement in transatlantic shipping in the early 19th century. Personal and professional acquaintances corresponded with Barthelemy Constantin and his son Anthony of Bordeaux, France, and New York City, and the Constantins also compiled accounts, inventories, and receipts.
Language: The material is in French 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
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
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.
Constantin Family Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged in the following series:
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Documents and Financial Records
Subseries I: Accounts and Account Books
Subseries II: Invoices and Receipts
Subseries III: Import Price Lists
Subseries IV: Inventories
Subseries V: Financial Documents and Inventories of the Brig Batavian
Series III: Anthony Constantin Waste Book
Series IV: Poem Book
Series V: Miscellaneous
Each series and subseries is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.
Barthelemy Constantin of Bordeaux, France, and his wife Marguerite had at least three sons, Simon, Anthony, and Auguste. Barthelemy Constantin ran a ship brokering business and was involved in trans-Atlantic trade between Bordeaux and New York. His son Anthony lived in New York City in the early 19th century.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Constantin family papers (1 linear foot) are made up of correspondence, financial records, and other items related to the family's involvement in trans-Atlantic shipping in the early 19th century.
The Correspondence series (around 330 items) contains personal and business letters, most of which were addressed to Barthelemy Constantin and Anthony Constantin from 1806-1809. Most items pertain to the Constantins' ship brokering business, finances, and shipments of goods between Europe and the United States. Personal letters to Anthony Constantin from his father, Barthelemy Constantin, and his brother, Simon Constantin, provide personal advice and news from Bordeaux. In a letter of August 9, 1806, Simon warned Anthony about potential military conflicts, and later letters from that year concern financial difficulties and disputes.
The Documents and Financial Records series (around 275 items) is divided into five subseries. The Accounts and Account Books subseries (8 items) pertains to cargo shipments, and 2 items also contain copies of business and personal letters. The Invoices and Receipts subseries concerns ships carrying building supplies, clothing, and other cargo between Bordeaux and New York. Fifteen printed Import Price Lists concern the wholesale prices of goods in Bordeaux and Nantes in 1806-1808. Twenty-five Inventories detail the goods aboard ships and other materials of the shipping business. The Financial Documents and Inventories of the Brig Batavian subseries includes cargo inventories and receipts of goods received in New York.
Anthony Constantin's Waste Book (8" x 12", 44 pages) has personal correspondence, poetry, accounts, and drawings. Visual subjects include architecture, a portrait, sketches of combs with pearls, and a drawing of a skeleton holding a sickle and a bottle. The Poem Book (4" x 6", 35 pages) belonged to Eloise Maria Le Comte. Miscellaneous items include an incomplete newspaper article about female heroism and a printed document, "Instruction contenant les principals dispositions des ordaonnances et reglemens applicables aux ecoles primaires de filles," as well as other items.
Bordeaux (Aquitaine, France)--Commerce.
French poetry--18th century.
New York (N.Y.)--Commerce.
Shipment of goods.
Subjects - Visual Materials:
Grim Reaper (Symbolic character)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Drawings (visual works)
Receipts (financial records)
Container / Location
April 9, 1802-May 7, 1832, and undated
Documents and Financial Records [series]
Accounts and Account Books [subseries]
September 22, 1806-April 1808, and Undated
Invoices and Receipts [subseries]
[October] 1806-July 21, 1809, and undated
Import Prices List [subseries]
April 10, 1806-December 23, 1808
April 1807-November 1807, and undated
Financial Documents and Inventories of the Brig Batavian [subseries]