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Guide to the James N. Wells' Sons Records
1700s-1981 (bulk, 1820s-1930s)
 MS 599

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Collection processed by Larry Weimer and Elise Winks

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: James N. Wells' Sons (New York, N.Y.)
Creator: Wells, James Nicholas, 1790-1860
Creator: Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863
Title: James N. Wells' Sons records
Dates [inclusive]: 1700s-1981 (bulk, 1820s-1930s)
Abstract: James N. Wells (1790-1860), his descendants, and the real estate firm of James Wells' Sons were central figures in the development of the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City's Manhattan borough. Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) was a major landowner in Chelsea, which takes its name from Moore's estate, and Wells was Moore's agent in the development and management of the properties. The properties of Moore's heirs and extended family were managed by Wells's son, grandsons, and successor businesses into the twentieth century. This collection, with extensive real estate transaction documentation, provides an in-depth view of the property holdings of the Moore family from the 18th to early 20th centuries, and the intricacies and long tail of generational wealth transfers.
Quantity: 44 Linear feet in 39 boxes of various sizes.
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.
Language: The bulk of the documents in the collection are in English, with a few in French and German.
Call Phrase: MS 599