Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
James Akin Collection, 1805

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

Summary Information
Title: James Akin collection
Creator: Akin, James, ca. 1773-1846
Inclusive dates: 1805
Extent: 4 items
The James Akin collection contains four items related to an engraving made by him in 1805. The material includes two personal letters and two testimonies.
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:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1995. M-3119.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


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:

James Akin Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


James Akin (occasionally spelled "Aikin") was born c. 1773 in South Carolina and worked as a clerk for the state department in Philadelphia. In 1804, after learning the process of engraving during an apprenticeship in London, Akin moved to Newburyport, Massachusetts, where he worked as an engraver, painter, and caricaturist. In 1808, he returned to Philadelphia, where he died on July 16, 1846.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The James Akin collection contains four items related to an engraving made by him in 1805. The material includes two letters and two testimonies . Both letters, written in the summer of 1805 by John McKown, relate to an engraving of "a very handsome Stone Horse on type metal," requested of Akin by McKown (June 3, 1805). The two testimonies contain statements made by Moses Moody and William Hooker to the Court of Common Pleas reflecting McKown and Akin's dispute about the proper price for the completed plate.

Subject Terms

    • Engraving--United States--History--19th century.
    • Newburyport (Mass.)
    • Hooker, William, 1782-1856.
    • M'Kown, J. (John), 1780?-1836.
    • Moody, Moses.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Testimonies.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   20, Small Collections Folder   22
    James Akin collection,  1805 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Clements Library holds two engravings made by Akin:

    James Akin also created an engraving contained in the following volume: Lyon, Patrick. The Narrative of Patrick Lyon: Who Suffered Three Month Imprisonment In Philadelphia Gaol; on Merely a Vague Suspicion, of Being Concerned in the Robbery of the Bank of Pennsylvania: With His Remarks Thereon. Philadelphia: Printed by Francis and Robert Bailey, 1799.


    Currier, John J. History of Newburyport, Mass.: 1764-1905. Newburyport, Mass.: The author, 1906-1909.