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Guide to the Pierrepont family papers ARC.263

Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn 11201
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Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Teresa Mora (1999), with modifications by Larry Weimer (2011).

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 09, 2022
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 Last updated by John Zarrillo Updated by Maggie Schreiner to reflect the incorporation of additional materials Updated by Alice Griffin to include CBH language.  , March 2017 , March 2019 , May 2022

Container List

Series 4: Pierrepont Stores, 1835-1895. 86 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This series, the largest of the collection, includes an extensive set of records for the Pierrepont Stores, from 1856-1888, including day books, journals, ledgers, cash books, and records of deliveries received from arriving ships and goods transported to and from the Stores. In addition to the financial aspects of the business, the ledgers provide much information about the names of ships, their origin, and their cargo. Further, the Stores's time book is in the collection, with data on the names and daily hours of the workers. Correspondence, building construction and repair invoices, architectural plans, and business management documents concerning the Stores are in the series.

Arrangement

The series is organized in the following sub-series:

Sub-series 1: Manuscripts

Sub-series 2: Journals

Sub-series 3: Ledgers

Sub-series 4: Storage Ledgers

Sub-series 5: Cargo Received Ledgers

Sub-series 6: Order Books

Sub-series 7: Receipt Books

Sub-series 8: Cash Books

Sub-series 9: Day Books

Sub-series 10: Time Books

Sub-series 11: Collection Book

Sub-series 12: Letterpress Copybooks

Sub-series 1: Manuscripts, 1835-1895. 1.4 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The sub-series is arranged by subject matter in roughly chronological order. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

The sub-series holds documents relating to waterfront property ownership, rights and development; correspondence regarding the management of the Pierrepont Stores; and information regarding the lease of the Stores to Empire Warehouse Co. and the 1888 sale to Brooklyn Wharf and Warehouse Co. The sub-series holds invoices and other financial transaction records documenting the cost of operations, especially repairs, of the Stores. Architectural plans for the Stores are in the sub-series. Overall, the sub-series documents the Pierreponts's engagement with the development of the wharf and, by the late nineteenth century, their willingness to sell their interests.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Brooklyn waterfront property rights

General

Includes material related to Brooklyn wharf interests: Brooklyn Wharf Owners Association and Citizens' Association of New-York documents; legislation authorizing Hezekiah Pierrepont to erect a dock in Brooklyn; correspondence with legal counsel and others; New York Senate Committee report on New York Harbor water lines; with map (1856); court decisions; etc.

1835-1869
Box: 91 Folder : 5 Architectural plans of Pierrepont Stores by John Mumford (5 items)
circa 1855
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Inventory: tools and furniture
1860
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Pierrepont Waterfront Property and operation of the Stores
1839-1886
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Hobart and J.K. Ford: correspondence regarding rental and management of Stores, blank warehouse certificate
1855-1864
Box: 3 Folder : 10 J.K. Ford and F.N. Massa: correspondence
1863-1871
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Accounts of expenditures for repair and upkeep
1862-1881
Box: 3 Folder : 12,13 Pierrepont Stores: invoices, receipts, statements: operations and repairs (2 folders)
1855-1868
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Accounts of wharf repairs
1869
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Pierrepont Stores: Business and financial evaluation
1870
Box: 3 Folder : 16 U.S. Treasury Department's Sugar Appraisal Building on Pierrepont property: correspondence
1880-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Lease of Stores to Empire Warehouse Co., Ltd.: correspondence and copy of lease
1888-1892
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Sale of Stores to Brooklyn Wharf and Warehouse Co.
1894-1895

Sub-series 2: Journals, 1856-circa 1865. 5.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The journals of the Pierrepont Stores record the warehouse's business transactions. Organized chronologically by month and year, the entries include account number, date, client name, cost of storage, labor, perquisites, and transportation around the docks on barges known as lighters, along with the total cost of the transaction. The journals also document "bills rendered during the month," "collections during the month," and "disbursements for the month," which often record in greater detail the extent of labor and storage provided. These volumes are particularly useful for research of the financial history of the Pierrepont Stores.

Arrangement

The five account indexes are first, followed by the four journals, which proceed in rough chronological order. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the journal's binding. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 92 Item : 1-5 Indexes of Names for Customer Accounts (5)

General

See also indexes of names and associated vessels in the Ledger sub-series.

circa 1862-circa 1880
Box: 12 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: May 1856-circa Feb 1865
1856-1865
Box: 13 Item : 1 Journal No. 2 - Pierrepont Stores: Nov 1862-May 1866; May 1887-Dec 1888
1862-1866, 1887-1888
Box: 14 Item : 1 Journal - Pierrepont Stores: May 1865-Jul 1875
1865-1875
Box: 15 Item : 1 Journal No. 4 - Pierrepont Stores: Aug 1875-Apr 1887
1875-1877

Sub-series 3: Ledgers, 1856-1888. 3.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement

Three ledgers proceeding in rough chronological order. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the ledger's binding. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

The ledgers of the Pierrepont Stores hold the summaries of monthly business. Organized by account, these three volumes detail the monthly balance of the Stores and the income earned in Storage as well as in Labor. Also included are records of "Bills Payable," monthly totals of particular client's bills, and the cost of tools and furniture, as well as repairs, perquisites, and general expenses. The ledgers indicate which accounts for which period are attributable to Ford and Co. The ledgers are particularly useful to any research of the financial history of the Pierrepont Stores or nineteenth century freight shipping in Brooklyn.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Item : 1 Ledger
1856-1866
Box: 17 Item : 1 Ledger
1865-1884
Box: 18 Item : 1 Ledger No. 3 - Pierrepont Stores
1882-1888

Sub-series 4: Storage Ledgers, 1856-1888. 6.42 Linear Feet

Arrangement

Five ledgers proceeding in rough chronological order. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the ledger's binding. A separate name index by customer is found with each ledger. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

These ledgers hold more specific information regarding the stores of particular clients. Each ledger includes a separate index of customer account names, also indicating the name of their associated vessel or vessels. The ledgers are ordered alphabetically according to client, and entries list the date, cargo stored, cost to client, to whom or where the cargo was delivered, and additional notes regarding care of the cargo. The majority of the cargo listed within these ledgers was sugar and molasses, a specialty of the Stores.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 19 Item : 1-2 [No label on binding]
1856-1863
Box: 20 Item : 3-4 [No label on binding]
1862-1871
Box: 21 Item : 5-6 [No label on binding]
1868-1875
Box: 22 Item : 5-6 Storage Ledger - Pierrepont Stores
1875-1882
Box: 23 Item : 7-8 Storage Ledger No. 5 - Pierrepont Stores
1882-1888

Sub-series 5: Cargo Received Ledgers, 1858-1888. 12.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The eleven ledgers proceed chronologically by date of ship arrival. A ledger for a period in the 1880s is not in the collection and may not be extant. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the ledger's binding. A name index by vessel is found at the front of each ledger. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

Eleven volumes covering the periods 1858-1883 and 1885-1888 replicate the information found in the Storage Ledgers. Especially interesting is that these volumes also list the origin of each ship. The volumes are indexed by ship and entries list the client, ship, and cargo. In addition, entries record port of origin, date of departure from that port, ports of call (much of this information is conveyed in symbols), duty charged, and receipt numbers, which do not appear to coincide with the receipt books of Sub-series 6. Individual records occasionally include detailed notes of instruction regarding the care of the cargo. Cancelled orders and ships returned in "distress" are also noted, as are transfers to other ships, which are recorded in red ink.

The "Cargo Received" Ledgers are especially notable in tracking increasingly diverse imports. The records show the growing demand for, and importance of, imports from colonial provinces in India and Asia, including Calcutta and Manila. The most common cargoes appear to be sugar and molasses; other frequent items include hemp, shellac, and hides, as well as spices and textiles.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 24 Item : 1 Cargo Received - Ford and Co.: 19 Feb 1858 - 29 Oct 1859
1858-1859
Box: 25 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 29 Oct 1859 - 28 Mar 1862
1859-1862
Box: 26 Item : 1 Cargoes Received No. 3 - Pierrepont Stores: 29 Mar 1862 - 4 Mar 1864
1862-1864
Box: 27 Item : 1 Cargoes Received No. 4 - Pierrepont Stores: 15 Feb 1864 - 14 Aug 1866
1864-1866
Box: 28 Item : 1 Cargo Received No. 5 - Pierrepont Stores: 14 Aug 1866 - 29 May 1869
1866-1869
Box: 29 Item : 1 Cargo Book No. 6: 1 Jun 1869 - 5 Apr 1872
1869-1872
Box: 30 Item : 1 Cargoes Received - Pierrepont Stores: 5 Apr 1872 - 7 Sep 1874
1872-1874
Box: 31 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 11 Sep 1874 - 14 Dec 1877
1874-1877
Box: 32 Item : 1 Pierrepont Bros and Co.: 22 Dec 1877 - 17 Dec 1880
1877-1880
Box: 33 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 18 Dec 1880 - 21 Apr 1883
1880-1883
Box: 34 Item : 1 Cargoes Received No. 12 - Pierrepont Stores: 20 Oct 1885 - 16 May 1888
1885-1888

Sub-series 6: Order Books, 1856-1888. 18.75 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The fifteen order books proceed chronologically by date of order. A book for a period in the 1880s is not in the collection and may not be extant. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the book's binding. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

Each of fifteen order books lists the date of order, the date of the ship's arrival, cargo, client, account number, duty paid, and where or to whom the cargo was sent and when. Entries sometimes included further instructions for the handling of cargo. These volumes are most interesting in the fact that they allow for the tracing of a shipment from its arrival at the docks to its departure from the Pierrepont Stores, even listing the lighter that transported the cargo around the docks.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 35 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 15 May 1856 - 14 Feb 1860
1856-1860
Box: 36 Item : 1 Order Book No. 2 - Ford and Co.: 15 Feb 1860 - 13 Jan 1863
1860-1863
Box: 37 Item : 1 Order Book No. 3 - Pierrepont Stores: 13 Jan 1863 - 1 Oct 1864
1863-1864
Box: 38 Item : 1 Order Book - Pierrepont Stores: 1 Oct 1864 - 15 Dec 1866
1864-1866
Box: 39 Item : 1 Orders - Pierrepont Stores: 18 Dec 1866 - 13 Oct 1868
1866-1868
Box: 40 Item : 1 Orders - Pierrepont Stores: 14 Oct 1868 - 22 Dec 1870
1868-1870
Box: 41 Item : 1 Orders - Pierrepont Stores: 23 Dec 1870 - 16 Nov 1872
1870-1872
Box: 42 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 18 Nov 1872 - 2 Jan 1875
1872-1875
Box: 43 Item : 1 Orders - Pierrepont Stores: 2 Jan 1875 - 31 Mar 1877
1875-1877
Box: 44 Item : 1 Orders: 2 Apr 1877 - 3 Apr 1879
1877-1879
Box: 45 Item : 1 Orders No. 11 - Pierrepont Stores: 3 Apr 1879 - 31 Jan 1881
1879-1881
Box: 46 Item : 1 Pierrepont Stores: 1 Feb 1881 - 16 Sep 1882
1881-1882
Box: 47 Item : 1 Orders No. 13 - Pierrepont Stores: 18 Sep 1882 - 15 Feb 1884
1882-1884
Box: 48 Item : 1 Orders No. 14 - Pierrepont Stores: 16 Feb 1884 - 11 Dec 1885
1884-1885
Box: 49 Item : 1 Orders No. 16 - Pierrepont Stores: 3 Dec 1887 - 17 May 1888
1887-1888

Sub-series 7: Receipt Books, 1857-1859. 20.1 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The sixteen books of acknowledgements of goods delivered to a ship, cart, or other location appear first. These are followed by the three dockage books, one book of what appears to be the storage accounts, and three books of letterpress copies of receipts. Each book proceeds chronologically. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the book's binding. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

The sub-series includes various forms of receipts, acknowledgements, and records of dockage and storage services. The bulk includes sixteen books of acknowledgements of goods delivered to a ship, cart, or other location. There are three books of accounts recording dockage stays and related charges, one book of what appears to be storage accounts, and three books of letterpress copies of receipts.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 50 Item : 1 Shipping Receipts No. 2 - Ford and Co.: 29 May 1857 - 20 May 1859
1857-1859
Box: 51 Item : 1 Shipping Receipts No. 3 - Ford and Co.: 21 May 1859 - 22 Oct 1860
1859-1860
Box: 52 Item : 1 Shipping Receipts - Ford and Co.: 22 Oct 1860 - 5 Feb 1863
1860-1863
Box: 53 Item : 1 Shipping Receipts - Pierrepont Stores: 5 Feb 1863 - 19 Mar 1864
1863-1864
Box: 54 Item : 1 Pierrepont Stores: 19 Mar 1864 - 22 Mar 1865
1864-1865
Box: 55 Item : 1 Receipt Book - Pierrepont Stores: 22 Mar 1865 - 5 May 1866
1865-1866
Box: 56 Item : 1 Receipts: 5 May 1866 - 17 Feb 1868
1866-1868
Box: 57 Item : 1 Receipts - Pierrepont Stores: 17 Feb 1868 - 15 Jun 1870
1868-1870
Box: 58 Item : 1 Receipts - Pierrepont Stores: 15 Jun 1870 - 29 Jun 1872
1870-1872
Box: 59 Item : 1 Receipts No. 11 - Pierrepont Stores: 29 Jun 1872 - 1 May 1874
1872-1874
Box: 60 Item : 1 Receipts - Pierrepont Stores: 1 May 1874 - 18 Aug 1876
1874-1876
Box: 61 Item : 1 Receipts No. 13 - Pierrepont Stores: 18 Aug 1876 - 2 Dec 1878
1876-1878
Box: 62 Item : 1 Receipts No. 14 - Pierrepont Stores: 2 Dec 1878 - 11 Dec 1880
1878-1880
Box: 63 Item : 1 Receipts No. 15 - Pierrepont Stores: 13 Dec 1880 - 7 Mar 1883
1880-1883
Box: 64 Item : 1 Receipts No. 16 - Pierrepont Stores: 7 Mar 1883 - 28 Sep 1885
1883-1885
Box: 65 Item : 1 Receipts No. 17 - Pierrepont Stores: 28 Sep 1885 - 29 May 1888
1885-1888
Box: 66 Item : 1 [Dockage Book]: 28 Nov 1879 - 7 Apr 1884
1879-1884
Box: 67 Item : 1-2 Dockage Book (2 books): 8 Apr 1884 - 15 May 1888
1884-1888
Box: 68 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 29 Oct 1886 - 7 May 1888
1886-1888
Box: 69 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 18 Jan 1883 - 10 Mar 1884
1883-1884
Box: 70 Item : 1 Receipt Book: 29 Feb 1884 - 8 Jul 1885
1884-1885
Box: 71 Item : 1 Receipts: 8 Jul 1885 - 12 Nov 1886
1885-1886

Sub-series 8: Cash Books, 1856-1890. 3.7 Linear Feet

Arrangement

Four volumes proceeding in rough chronological order. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the volume's binding. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

The cash book entries reflect monthly tallies of the Pierrepont Stores' finances and include listings of services rendered, items purchased, and payroll costs.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 72 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 12 May 1856 - 31 Dec 1863
1856-1863
Box: 73 Item : 1 Cash Book - Pierrepont Stores: 2 Jan 1864 - 31 Oct 1874
1864-1874
Box: 74 Item : 1 Cash Book - Pierrepont Stores: 3 May 1871 - 8 Oct 1883
1871-1883
Box: 75 Item : 1 Cash Book - Pierrepont Stores: 5 May 1882 - 6 Feb 1890
1882-1890

Sub-series 9: Day Books, 1856-1888. 7.4 Linear Feet

Arrangement

Seven volumes proceeding in rough chronological order. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the volume's binding. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

Each of these seven volumes details the daily costs and earnings of the Pierrepont Stores. Entries list clients, cargo, services rendered, and amount charged for those services.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 76 Item : 1 Day Book No. 1 - Ford and Co.: 23 May 1856 - 21 Mar 1863
1856-1863
Box: 77 Item : 1 Day Book No. 2 - Ford and Co.: 2 Nov 1860 - 25 May 1864
1860-1864
Box: 78 Item : 1 Day Book No. 3 - Pierrepont Stores: 25 May 1864 - 23 May 1868
1864-1868
Box: 79 Item : 1 Day Book No. 4 - Pierrepont Stores: 4 May 1868 - 17 Jan 1874
1868-1874
Box: 80 Item : 1 Day Book No. 5 - Pierrepont Bros. and Co.: 17 Jan 1874 - 11 Feb 1881
1874-1881
Box: 81 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 12 Feb 1881 - 30 Oct 1884
1881-1884
Box: 82 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 30 Oct 1884 - 14 May 1888
1884-1888

Sub-series 10: Time Books, 1856-1883. 4.75 Linear Feet

Arrangement

Four volumes proceeding in rough chronological order. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the volume's binding. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

These four volumes are organized weekly and list employees alphabetically. The books list the entire payroll by individual employee, including dates worked, hours worked per day and per week, total pay of the employee, and the total payroll cost for the week. Notes regarding payment and advances are also noted within the ledgers.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 83 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: May 1856-Jul 1863
1856-1863
Box: 84 Item : 1 Time Book - Pierrepont Stores: Jul 1863-May 1869
1863-1869
Box: 85 Item : 1 Time Book - Pierrepont Stores: May 1869-Apr 1877
1869-1877
Box: 86 Item : 1 Time Book - Pierrepont Stores: Apr 1877 - Jul 1883
1877-1883

Sub-series 11: Collection Book, 1883-1886. 0.83 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The sub-series consists of one volume. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

The one volume that makes up this sub-series is a record of bills paid to the Pierrepont Stores between 1883 and 1886. Entries, arranged chronologically, include client name, cargo, ship, charge, and the date of payment.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 87 Item : 1 Pierrepont Brothers and Co.: Dec 1883 - Apr 1886
1883-1886

Sub-series 12: Letterpress Copybooks, 1884-1891. 1.67 Linear Feet

Arrangement

Two volumes proceed chronologically. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

These two volumes hold copies of outgoing business correspondence regarding the Pierrepont Stores. The bulk of this correspondence is directed to clients regarding their orders.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 88 Item : 1 Letter Book: 15 Nov 1884 - 9 Jun 1886
1884-1886
Box: 89 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 10 Jun 1886 - 13 Feb 1891
1886-1891

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