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Guide to the Isaac Hicks Papers
1791-1820
 MS 297


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Jennifer Gargiulo

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 12, 2018
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents Note

This collection predominantly contains materials from the business ventures of Isaac Hicks and the various companies that he associated with over the course of his career. Included are:

•a large collection of letters to and from ship captains, owners, and other business associates of Hicks regarding shipping, cargo, prices, and more;

•Letters relating to Power of Attorney, allowing Hicks to buy and sell on behalf of other merchants;

•Promissory notes regarding credit and payments;

•Insurance policies for ships and captains that Hicks had contracts with;

•Prices Current, listing the current market value range of a variety of dry goods and whaling materials;

•Bound Ledgers;

•Bound Memorandum books-which allowed Hicks to keep a record of credits and debits before they were officially entered into the Ledger;

•Receipt Books;

•Assorted Business documents, and more.

Also included are a collection of letters from associates of Hicks after his death, and a summary of letters received, created around the mid 1950's to early 1960's. This collection does not include a substantial amount of personal correspondence, if any, and relates almost completely to Hicks's business ventures.

Arrangement Note

The collection is organized in the following series:

Series I-Correspondence: Letters and letter books, as well as the 1950's summary of letters

Series II-Business Documents: This series includes bills, bills of exchange, memorandum books, and ledgers; prices current; shipping papers (including papers organized for specific ships); promissory notes, orders to pay, and protest notes; invoices; insurance policies; and miscellaneous business documents.

Series III-Non-business documents: Any non-business documents, including financial records from the African Free School.