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Guide to the Records of the American Iron Company
1744-1806 (bulk 1764-1806)
  MS 18

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 19, 2011
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains predominantly copies of legal documents pertaining to the establishment and dissolution of American Iron Company in New York and New Jersey, including deeds for the purchase and sale of land, articles of agreement, bills from vendors, letters demanding payment of overdue accounts, paid checks, minutes of Trustees' meetings, and the company's ledger and checkbook. A bill dated 1744 possesses no apparent relation to the bulk of the records. A document of 1751 is relevant but is chronologically isolated from the bulk of the records (1764-1806).

The records richly illustrate standard legal processes in England and the Colonies immediately before and after the Revolution. Documents relevant to the land sale of 1795 also show surveying and business practices of post-Revolutionary New York. The collection's early documents (1767-1773) show some of the problems that arose due to the distance between the trustees in London and the iron works in New York and New Jersey. Documents in the later period (1788-1806), including checks and bills, create a portrait of a bankruptcy and liquidation of assets in this period.

Arrangement

The records are organized into four series:

  1. Series I. Correspondence 1764-1806, undated
  2. Series II. Legal documents, 1751, 1765-1806, undated
  3. Series III. Corporate documents, 1788-1800, undated
  4. Series IV. Financial documents, 1766-1802, 1806, undated