Abraham Bell and Son Collection, 1809-1917

Descriptive Identification

Unit ID
mss035
Repository
M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives
Extent
22 cubic ft.
creator
Abraham Bell and Son
Location
The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of 157 volumes of business books and three boxes of financial materials, correspondence, books, scrapbooks and diaries relating to the Bell Family and the Abraham Bell and Son Company.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

Processed in 2003 by M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives staff.

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Acquisition Information

The items in this manuscript group were acquired by the University Libraries1969.

An additional accession of financial papers, two account books, and a receipt book was acquired from Syracuse University1971.

Richard Wiles donated business correspondence and leases for the Maryland Property1990.

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Abraham Bell and Son Collection, 1809-1917. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Abraham Bell and Son Collection).

Biographical History

Abraham Bell and Son was a New York City merchant shipping firm, that specialized in the export of Southern cotton to the British Isles. The Bell family were Quakers.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 157 volumes of business books and three boxes of financial materials, correspondence, books, scrapbooks and diaries relating to the Bell Family and the Abraham Bell and Son Company.

Includes thirty-one letter press copybooks kept daily by Abraham Bell and Son, 18371854; 39 volumes of account books, journals, correspondence, and other business records, 18091888; a record book of Irish immigrants and other passengers to the United States from Derry and Belfast, 18321857. There are also correspondence, diaries, and financial records of other members of this Quaker family, James W. Bell and James C. Bell, 18321917; record books of Elizabeth Bell, 1858; and records of Bell Brothers, a money-lending business in Yonkers, New York, 18891895.

Related collections of Bell family and business materials are found at Duke University, Harvard University, Louisiana State Unviersity, New-York Historical Society, Northeatern Unviersity, Tulane University, University of Michigan, University of South Carolina and the Winterthur.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized alphabetically, first by ledgers and then by foldered/boxed materials. There are no series.

Components List

  • Account Sales, 1823-1844

    Volume
    1
  • Accounts Current, 1836-1848

    Volume
    2
  • Accounts Current, 1848-1852

    Volume
    3
  • Accounts Current, 1853-1857

    Volume
    4
  • Accounts Current, 1877-1880

    Volume
    5
  • Arrearages, 1892-1893

    Volume
    6
  • Arrearages, 1892-1894

    Volume
    7
  • Arrearages, 1894-1896

    Volume
    8
  • Bills Receivable, 1846-1851

    Volume
    9
  • Blotter, 1847-1850

    Volume
    10
  • Bonds and Mortgages, 1890-1896

    Volume
    11
  • Cash Book, 1832-1838

    Volume
    12
  • Cash Book, 1838-1842

    Volume
    13
  • Cash Book, 1844-1850

    Volume
    14
  • Cash Book, 1853-1856

    Volume
    15
  • Checkbook, 1833-1835

    Volume
    16
  • Checkbook, 1837-1839

    Volume
    17
  • Checkbook, 1844-1846

    Volume
    18
  • Checkbook, 1844-1853

    Volume
    19
  • Checkbook, 1846-1848

    Volume
    20
  • Checkbook, 1848-1849

    Volume
    21
  • Checkbook, 1849-1850

    Volume
    22
  • Checkbook, 1850-1851

    Volume
    23
  • Checkbook, 1851-1852

    Volume
    24
  • Checkbook, 1852-1853

    Volume
    25
  • Checkbook, 1853-1854

    Volume
    26
  • Checkbook, 1854-1855

    Volume
    27
  • Checkbook, 1858-1861

    Volume
    28
  • Checkbook, 1864-1865

    Volume
    29
  • Checkbook, 1865-1867

    Volume
    30
  • Checkbook, 1899-1900

    Volume
    31
  • Checkbook, 1900-1901

    Volume
    32
  • Checkbook, 1902-1903

    Volume
    33
  • Checkbook, Undated

    Volume
    34
  • Collections, 1844-1846

    Volume
    35
  • Collections, 1864-1879

    Volume
    36
  • Drafts, 1849

    Volume
    37
  • Drafts, 1850-1851

    Volume
    38
  • Drafts, 1851-1852

    Volume
    39
  • Drafts, 1852-1853

    Volume
    40
  • Drafts, 1853-1855

    Volume
    41
  • Drafts, 1853-1856

    Volume
    42
  • Freight Lists, 1827-1860

    Volume
    43
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    44
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    45
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    46
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    47
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    48
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    49
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    50
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    51
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    52
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    53
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    54
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    55
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    56
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    57
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    58
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    59
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    60
  • Index, Undated

    Volume
    61
  • Insurance Premiums, 1863-1864

    Volume
    62
  • Interest Dates Receivable, 1877

    Volume
    63
  • Invoices, 1853-1856

    Volume
    64
  • Invoices Outward, 1848-1852

    Volume
    65
  • Invoices Outward, 1852-1856

    Volume
    66
  • Invoices Outward, 1852-1856

    Volume
    67
  • Journal, 1815-1826

    Volume
    68
  • Journal, 1817-1819

    Volume
    69
  • Journal, 1831-1834

    Volume
    70
  • Journal, 1834-1837

    Volume
    71
  • Journal, 1840-1841

    Volume
    72
  • Journal, 1841-1850

    Volume
    73
  • Journal, 1853-1855

    Volume
    74
  • Ledger, 1809-1821

    Volume
    75
  • Ledger, 1824-1841

    Volume
    76
  • Ledger, 1834-1835

    Volume
    77
  • Ledger, 1840-1849

    Volume
    78
  • Ledger, 1844-1846

    Volume
    79
  • Ledger, 1850-1852

    Volume
    80
  • Letter-copy Book, 1835 April 7-December 31

    Volume
    81
  • Letter-copy Book, 1836 January 1-July 7

    Volume
    82
  • Letter-copy Book, 1837 January 24-July 13

    Volume
    83
  • Letter-copy Book, 1837 July 14-1838 February 22

    Volume
    84
  • Letter-copy Book, 1838 October 2-1839 March 9

    Volume
    85
  • Letter-copy Book, 1840 March 4-August 1

    Volume
    86
  • Letter-copy Book, 1840 July 31-1841 February 28

    Volume
    87
  • Letter-copy Book, 1841 February 26-August 12

    Volume
    88
  • Letter-copy Book, 1841 August 12-1842 February 28

    Volume
    89
  • Letter-copy Book, 1842 September 2-1843 April 6

    Volume
    90
  • Letter-copy Book, 1843 April 7-1844 March 8

    Volume
    91
  • Letter-copy Book, 1844 January 1-September 5

    Volume
    92
  • Letter-copy Book, 1844 September 6-1845 April 3

    Volume
    93
  • Letter-copy Book, 1845 April 3-November 26

    Volume
    94
  • Letter-copy Book, 1846 October 22-1847 February 26

    Volume
    95
  • Letter-copy Book, 1847 February 27-June 11

    Volume
    96
  • Letter-copy Book, 1848 March 2-July 24

    Volume
    97
  • Letter-copy Book, 1849 April 16-August 21

    Volume
    98
  • Letter-copy Book, 1849 August 21-1850 January 7

    Volume
    99
  • Letter-copy Book, 1850 January 7-May 17

    Volume
    100
  • Letter-copy Book, 1850 May 17-September 23

    Volume
    101
  • Letter-copy Book, 1850 September 24-1851 January 16

    Volume
    102
  • Letter-copy Book, 1851 January 16-April 22

    Volume
    103
  • Letter-copy Book, 1851 September 17-1852 February 11

    Volume
    104
  • Letter-copy Book, 1853 March 3-June 20

    Volume
    105
  • Letter-copy Book, 1853 June 20-October 14

    Volume
    106
  • Letter-copy Book, 1853 October 15-1854 February 20

    Volume
    107
  • Letter-copy Book, 1854 February 20-June 12

    Volume
    108
  • Letter-copy Book, 1854 June 12-September 25

    Volume
    109
  • Letter-copy Book, 1855 October 8-1856 February 15

    Volume
    110
  • Letter-copy Book, 1873 September 30-1877 October 17

    Volume
    111
  • Letter-copy Book, 1881 April 26-1883 February 20

    Volume
    112
  • Letter-copy Book, 1886 March 8-1889 January 22

    Volume
    113
  • Letter-copy Book, 1889 January 22-1890 November 24

    Volume
    114
  • Letter-copy Book, 1892 May 5-1893 February 14

    Volume
    115
  • Letter-copy Book, 1893 March 15-1894 January 9

    Volume
    116
  • Letter-copy Book, 1894 January 17-November 8

    Volume
    117
  • Letter-copy Book, 1894 November 8-1895 August 17

    Volume
    118
  • Letter-copy Book, 1896 April 22-December 5

    Volume
    119
  • Letter-copy Book, 1896 December 5-1897 April 26

    Volume
    120
  • Letter-copy Book, 1897 April 24-September 28

    Volume
    121
  • Letter-copy Book, 1897 September 28-1898 February 10

    Volume
    122
  • Letter-copy Book, 1900 January 26-April 5

    Volume
    123
  • Letter-copy Book, 1900 June 6-August

    Volume
    124
  • Letter-copy Book, 1900 August 8-October 2

    Volume
    125
  • Letter-copy Book, 1903 February 20-June 20

    Volume
    126
  • Letter-copy Book, 1912 July 5-1913 February 15

    Volume
    127
  • Letters, 1863-1865

    Volume
    128
  • Letters, 1877-1883

    Volume
    129
  • Letters, 1883-1887

    Volume
    130
  • Meat Market Account Book, 1916-1919

    Volume
    131
  • Memorandum Book, 1975

    Volume
    132
  • Memorandum Book, Undated

    Volume
    133
  • Mortgage Accounts, 1840-1842

    Volume
    134
  • Mortgage Accounts, 1842-1843

    Volume
    135
  • Mortgage Accounts, 1849-1850

    Volume
    136
  • Mortgage Accounts, 1851-1852

    Volume
    137
  • Mortgage Accounts, 1852-1853

    Volume
    138
  • Mortgage Accounts, 1856-1857

    Volume
    139
  • Mortgage Accounts, 1857-1863

    Volume
    140
  • Mortgage Accounts, 1861-1868

    Volume
    141
  • Notebook about a coin collection, Undated

    Volume
    142
  • Passenger List, 1832-1857

    Volume
    143
  • Petty Cash Book, 1854-1858

    Volume
    144
  • Photograph Album, Undated

    Volume
    145
    Dimensions
    12
  • Photograph Album, Undated

    Volume
    146
    Dimensions
    12
  • Photograph Album, Undated

    Volume
    147
    Dimensions
    15
  • Receipts, 1842-1847

    Volume
    148
  • Register, 1882-1888

    Volume
    149
  • Ship Receipts, 1856-1857

    Volume
    150
  • Ship Receipts, 1857-1859

    Volume
    151
  • Ship Receipts, 1859-1861

    Volume
    152
  • Sterling Bills, 1849-1858

    Volume
    153
  • Storage and Delivery, 1844-1845

    Volume
    154
  • Sundry Collections, 1856-1858

    Volume
    155
  • Trust Accounts, 1870-1897

    Volume
    156
  • Untitled account book, with running heading: Names, Belfast, London, Currency, 1857-1858

    Volume
    157
  • Diary of a trip to Wales, 1812

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    1
  • Diary of a trip on the Ausable River and to Little Tupper Lake, Undated

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    2
  • List of books in a personal library, Undated

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    3
  • Johnson, Jane. Essays on Some of the Testimonies of Truth, as held by the Society of Friends. Philadelphia: Book Association of Friends, 1868

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    4
  • The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated Out of the Original Tongues, and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised,by His Majesty's Special Comman. Edinburgh: Sir D. Hunter Blair and J. Bruce, 1821

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    5
  • English Reader, Undated

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    6
  • Moore, Chas. B. Collision Case; Opinion of Arbitrator, 1860

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    7
  • Scrapbook of Lizzie Thomas and Harvey Bell, 1850s

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    8
  • Scrapbook of Miss Harriet Thomas, Undated

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    9
  • The Philadelphia Album and Ladies' Literary Port Folio, 1831

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    10
  • Supreme Court. Abraham Bell, vs. Daniel H. Tompkins, et al. New York: Banks, Gould & Co., 1855

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    11
  • Heath, Mr. Charles, The New Gallery of British Engravings; a Selection of the Best Plates Published in the Works, London, David Bogue, 1846

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    12
  • Folder containing pictures, photographs, and an original drawing, Undated

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    13
  • Wright, Thomas, The History of Ireland from the Earliest Period of the Irish Annals, to the Present Time, London and New York: John Tallis and Co., Pts. 2-5, 1854

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    14
  • Carey, Rosa N., Queenie's Whim, New York: George Munro, 1883

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    15
  • James, G. P. R., The King's Highway, Undated

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    16
  • The Neptune Vase, Undated

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    17
  • Alexander, Mrs., The Admiral's Ward, New York: George Munro, 1883

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    18
  • United States Coast Pilot: Atlantic Coast. Part VI. Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries. Washington: Gov't Printing Office, 1889

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    19
  • Worcester, J. E., An Historical Atlas, Boston: Hilliard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins, 1828

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    20
  • A Memorial of Mary Christy Harvey, Daughter of Reuben and Hannah C. Harvey, [1858]

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    21
  • Stabler, James P. The Certain Evidences of Practical Religion, Described in Letters to a Distant Relative, Undated

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    22
  • What is the Society of Friends? (Quakers), Pamphlet, Undated

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    23
  • Photocopy of pages from a scrapbook with items referring to the Bell Family, Undated

    Box
    1 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    24
  • Accounts current, 1838-1842

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    1
  • Accounts for building repairs, 1898-1899

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    2
  • Advertisements, Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    3
  • Bills of lading, 1851

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    4
  • Bonds and mortgages, 1896-1900

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    5
  • Bond lists, 1899

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    6
  • Checks, 1835-1853

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    7
  • Checks, 1854-1917

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    8
  • Conowingo Bridge materials (miscellaneous), Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    9
  • Conowingo Bridge return tolls/tickets collected, 1890 - 1899 June 30

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    10
  • Conowingo Bridge return tolls/tickets collected, 1899 July 1-December 31

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    11
  • Conowingo Bridge - Shares of L. M. Kent, Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    12
  • Contracts, Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    13
  • Correspondence, 1837-1879

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    14
  • Correspondence, 1880-1899

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    15
  • Correspondence, 1900-1961

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    16
  • Correspondence, Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    17
  • Deeds, 1839 1864

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    18
  • Estate of James C. Bell in account with Bell Bros., weekly account statements, 1896-1899

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    19
  • Financial statements, 1896-1899

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    20
  • Fire insurance statement, 1896

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    21
  • Interest collections, 1916

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    22
  • Land sales, Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    23
  • Lease for property in Maryland, 1866-1867

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    24
  • Letterheads and engravings, Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    25
  • List of tax certificates, Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    26
  • Loan applications, 1895-1899

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    27
  • Map releases, 1896

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    28
  • McDowell, E. B. - Contracts and correspondence, Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    29
  • Newspaper articles (miscellaneous), Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    30
  • Office supplies, 1899

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    31
  • Papers (miscellaneous), Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    32
  • Patents, Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    33
  • Real estate materials, Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    34
  • Real property tax receipts, Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    35
  • Receipts, general, 1835-1887

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    36
  • Receipts, general, 1888-1917

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    37
  • Receipts for safe deposit vault, 1905-1912

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    38
  • Taxes and assessment sales, 1896-1899

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    39
  • Will and testament - Philip E. Thomas, Undated

    Box
    2 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)
    Folder
    40
  • Personal diaries of J. Wethered Bell, 1862-1917

    Box
    3 (Abraham Bell and Son Collection)