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Invoices relating to Philadelphia

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 675
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Invoices relating to Philadelphia
Date(s): 1833-1879
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Unknown
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Administrative/Biographical history:

No information available at present.


Scope and content/abstract:

A collection of 240 invoices, printed forms completed in manuscript, often with engraved headings and scenes, dated between 1833 and 1879, addressed to 107 companies and individuals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and to 2 in New York, from one German and 89 British manufacturers. Goods invoiced consist mainly of textile and textile machinery, pottery, cutlery and tools. Most invoices after Sep 1835 bear the stamp of the Custom House, Philadelphia, and after Feb 1869 many have attached a consular certificate combined with a sworn declaration by the manufacturer as to the origin, destination and price of the goods.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

M.S. Pettifer, 'Some 19th-century invoices relating to Philadelphia' (1967), held in the University of London Library.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bought from W. Myers & Co. in 1966.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 2001

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