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Archives related to: Astor, John Jacob, 1763-1848

titleA4013. Report and Abstract of Sales of Land Forfeited to New York State by Roger Morris and Claimed by John Jacob Astor, 1781-1819.
repositoryNew York State Archives
collection titleThese records were generated in response to a claim by John Jacob Astor to lands forfeited by Roger Morris and his wife Mary Philipse. Astor purchased rights to the estates from Morris' heirs who were not attainted by the confiscation law. One volume contains abstracts of sales of land by the commissioners of forfeitures giving descriptions of lands; acreage; names of purchasers; dates of purchase; and price paid. A second volume contains a report prepared for the surveyor general providing additional information on certain lots in Morris' estate.

extent.2 cubic foot (2 volumes)
formatsFinancial Records
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_mi_revwar_estates.shtml
updated01/28/2019 15:36:23
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titleAmerican Fur Company records, 1803-1829.
locationMinnesota Historical Society
collection titlePhotographic copies of letters and other records, mainly addressed to Robert Stuart, company agent at Michilimackinac, regarding the American Fur Company's participation in the fur trade of the upper Great Lakes region. Most of the records date from the 1820s.

Note(s):

Originals loaned for copying by Alfred Jefferson, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.


extent1 folder containing 19 items.
formatsPhotocopies
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
bibliographyDescribed in Bruce M. White, comp., The Fur Trade in Minnesota (St. Paul, 1977),; entry no. 3a.
record sourcehttp://mnhs.mnpals.net/
finding aidAn inventory that provides additional information about these materials is available in the repository; filed as P1012.
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title[microform] Letters in collections
locationClarke Historical Library
collection titleA collection of letters concerning the American fur trade. 75 Astor letters adressed primarily to Ramsey Crooks between 1813 and 1828. Also included 44 Cooks letters (duplicates) to Astor.

Among other correspondences are A.D. Stuart, Wilson P. Stuart, Simon Philipson, and William B. Astor. Also included are two agreements between Astor and Crooks, and the List of stockholders of American Fur Company for 1843. Accompanied by newspapers clippings about Crooks.

Location
Clarke Microforms
Call Number
MICROFILM MSS F-57
extent1 reel of 1 (129 items) : positive ; 35 mm.
formatsMicrofilm
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://centra.cmich.edu/?hreciid=|library/marc/cmich-marc|b17551985
acquisition informationOriginals in the Manuscript Division of the New York Public Library, with the Gansevoort-Lansing Collection, in Van Schaick family papers.
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title[microform] 1810-1848 Records
locationClarke Historical Library
collection titleCorrespondence, account books, bills of lading, receipts, and other papers relating to the conduct of business between American Fur Company managers and agents in Detroit, L'Anse, Mich., La Pointe, Wis., Mackinac Island, Mich., Montreal, New York City, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and other places, and their customers, largely Indian, regarding the company's fishing, fur trade, lumbering, mining, shipbuilding, and shipping interests, personnel matters, and relations with competing companies and individuals.
Includes material pertaining to personal affairs of individuals associated with the company, local politics, postal service, Catholic missionary activities, Indian affairs, in particular of the Chippewa and Ottawa tribes, and trade and fishing in the Great Lakes region.

Chief correspondents are Robert Abbott, Samuel Abbott, Ramsay Crooks, Gabriel Franchere, and John R. Livingstone; other correspondents include John Jacob Astor, Friedrich Baraga, Charles Borup, William Brewster, George Johnston, J.H. Kienzie, Thomas M. McKnight, Henry R. Schoolcraft, James E. Schoolcraft, and Lyman M. Warren.

Reproduction: Microfilm. Mount Pleasant, Mich. : Clarke Historical Library, 19--?. 18 microfilm reels : positive ; 35 mm.

Local Note: reels 1-9,22-29.

Location
Clarke Microforms
Call Number
MICROFILM MSS F-52
extent18 microfilm reels (924 items and 7 v.) ; 35 mm.
formatsMicrofilm
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://centra.cmich.edu/?hreciid=|library/marc/cmich-marc|b17604023
acquisition informationThe Collection was on deposit at the Clarke Hist. Library, but was returned to the Mackinac Island State Historic Parks Commission in April 2001.
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titleAstor family Papers, 1807-1919.
locationThe New-York Historical Society
collection titleJournals, ledgers, day books, receipt books, minute books, rent rolls, letter books, maps, deeds, etc., 1807-1919, of the following members of the Astor Family: Henry Astor (1754-1833); John Jacob Astor (1763-1848); William Backhouse Astor (1792-1875); John Jacob Astor (1822-1890); William Waldorf Astor (1848-1919); Waldorf Astor (1879-1952); and John Jacob Astor (b.1886). This material is primarily concerned with the family's vast interests in New York City real estate.

Correspondence and papers, also 1807-1919, including papers relating to the John Armstrong-William B. Astor estate at Red Hook, N.Y.; records, ca.1854, of the cause of Samuel G. Ogden vs. William B. Astor, occasioned by the China trade, ca.1819-25, of John Jacob Astor and Nicholas G. Ogden; papers, mostly 1850's, concerning the Astor Foundation in Waldorf, Germany; extensive correspondence, 1890-1919, between two Astor agents, John Coode-Adams in London and C.W. Baldwin in New York City; and London and other foreign accounts, 1890-1917.

Bio/Historic note
Prominent New York City and London family.

Library Holdings:
Mss Collection 2nd Floor
extentca.2,000 items.
formatsCorrespondence Financial Records Legal Papers Ephemera
accessAvailable: New-York Historical Society Mss Collection (2nd Floor Non-circulating )
record sourcehttp://bobcat.library.nyu.edu
finding aidFinding aid in repository.
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titleBenjamin Knower papers, 1804-1907.
locationThe New-York Historical Society
collection titleCorrespondence, deeds, bonds, insurance papers, accounts, etc., 1804-1907, relating to the settlement of the estate of Albany hatter and banker, Benjamin Knower, particularly to the disposition of his land holdings in Albany County, New York, and elsewhere. Papers involve various relatives and business associates of the deceased, including John Knower, John J. Astor, William B. Astor, William L. Marcy (executor), Abel French, Henry Coggill, George W. Newell, and George H. Penniman.

New-York Historical Society
Mss Collection
(Benjamin Knower papers Non-circulating )

extent1 box (ca. 234 items).
formatsCorrespondence Legal Papers Financial Records
accessopen to qualified researchers at The New-York Historical Society
record sourcehttp://www.bobcat.nyu.edu
finding aidArranged chronologically..
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titleAstor family papers, 1792-1916
locationNew York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division
collection titleCollection consists of papers of John Jacob Astor and his grandson and great-grandson. Papers of John Jacob Astor, 1792-1849, include correspondence (some photostats) concerning real estate and other business transactions, legal affairs and family matters; financial records; and 1849 report by executors of Astor's estate.

Papers of John Jacob Astor III and William Waldorf Astor, ca. 1800-1916, chiefly relate to genealogical matters, William Astor's life in England after 1890 and his efforts to obtain a peerage. Also, Astor family album of photographs and drawings, William Astor album of sketches, and Daniel Nebel ledger, 1805-1862.

Biography
John Jacob Astor (1763-1848) was an American merchant, fur trader and capitalist. John Jacob Astor, III (1822-1890), financier and philanthropist, was his grandson; and William Waldorf Astor (1848-1929), who became Viscount Astor after moving to England in 1890, was his great-grandson.

MssCol 141
extent2.5 linear feet (4 boxes, 5 v.)
formatsCorrespondence Legal Papers Business Papers Financial Records Personal Papers
accessRestricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
record linkhttp://catalog.nypl.org/record=b12358316~S1
record sourcehttp://catalog.nypl.org
finding aidFinding aid available in repository.
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titleBank of the United States collection, 1774-1865.
locationLibrary of Congress
collection titleCorrespondence, account books, cancelled checks, promissory notes, receipts, and other papers, relating to the first and second Bank of the United States.

Correspondents include John Jacob Astor, Nicholas Biddle, Henry Clay, William H. Crawford, J.J. Crittenden, Albert Gallatin, Richard Henry Lee, Isaac Melcher, James Monroe, Joseph Nourse, Richard Rush, John Sergeant, and Daniel Webster.

Biographical/Historical Data:
Collector.

Manuscript Reading Room (Madison, LM101)
CALL NUMBER: MMC-3348
extent800 items.
formatsCorrespondence Financial Records
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://lccn.loc.gov/mm 78017004
acquisition informationPurchase, J. Kelsey Burr, 1939.
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titleRussell & Co., Guangzhou, China, records, 1812-1894 (bulk 1819-1840).
locationLibrary of Congress
collection titleCorrespondence, financial and legal records, and miscellany relating to Russell & Co., Guangzhou (Canton), China, and to its founder, Samuel Russell, and members of his family. Includes material relating to the merger of Russell & Co. with John P. Cushing, William Perkins & Company of Boston, Mass., and Houqua, of Guangzhou, China; banking problems in the U.S.; national and international monetary matters; commerce with China; commerce within the U.S.;

the Russell Manufacturing Company, producer of elastic webbing, established in Middletown, Conn., in 1831; Ithiel Town’s design of Samuel Russell’s Middletown mansion; land speculation in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, and Wisconsin; the Turkish opium trade; the American Colonization Society; and epilepsy and the medical care of Russell’s son, John A. Russell.

Family correspondence chiefly between Samuel Russell and his sons, George O. Russell and John A. Russell, and his brother, Edward Augustus Russell. Other correspondents include J.W. Alsop, Richard Alsop, Philip Ammidon, John Jacob Astor, Cyrus Butler, John Murray Forbes, R.B. Forbes, Augustine Heard, Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard, S.D. Hubbard, William Henry Low, W.L. Newberry, Ithiel Town,

Samuel Wetmore, and William Wetmore. Firms represented by correspondence include Baring Brothers & Co., Benjamin & Thomas C. Hoppins, Clarke & Company, of Smyrna, Turkey, Edward Carrington & Company, George Douglas & Company, Hull & Griswold, and Ward & Bartholomew.

Biographical/Historical Data:
Trading house founded in 1819 by Samuel Russell of Middletown, Conn., in Guangzhou (Canton), China.

Additional Formats:
Microfilm edition available, no. 19,140.

Microfilm produced from the originals in the Manuscript Division. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1985.

MSS38562
extent5 linear feet.
formatsBusiness Papers Correspondence Financial Records
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://lccn.loc.gov/mm 80038562
finding aidFinding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room.
acquisition informationGift, Thomas Macdonough Russell, 1931.
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