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Bromfield and Rogers Collection
Mss 761 1784-1824 B868
Papers related to the investments of Hannah B. Rogers between 1823 and 1829.

Ella Lyman Cabot Collection
Mss 8993 1919-1936 C116
The early twentieth-century financial records of educator Ella Lyman Cabot.

Emery Family Collection
Mss 899 1841-1846, 1902-1923 E53
Lists investments, income, charitable expenses, and personal expenses for various female members of the Emery family of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Harris C. Fahnestock Collection
Mss 781 1852-1914 F223
Includes a letter to Emily Ward regarding her attempts to open a school in New York City, New York, in 1890.

Henry Grew Collection
Mss 8993 1851-1862 G841
Includes the investment accounts for Jane Wigglesworth Grew, Anna G. Alvord, and Sarah P. Potts, as well as the yearly expenses for Jane and Henry Grew.

Hallowell, Jones and Donald Collection
Mss 761 1871-1954
Includes investment records for women, household accounts, salary records for domestic laborers, and a list of contributors to the Calhoun Colored School in Calhoun, Alabama.

Hayden, Stone & Company Collection
Mss 783 1893-1961
The business records of a New York and Boston financier and broker contain women's investment and trust records, as well as the commission records of several bonds saleswomen.

Henry Lee Higginson Collection
Mss 783 1870-1919 H637
Includes letters from various women regarding their investments, as well as correspondence from various female musicians and reformers written during the early twentieth century.



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Letter from Ella Lyman Cabot to Mr. Glace, May 4, 1933.

The Ella Lyman Cabot Collection contains her meticulous financial administration, from 1917 to her death in 1934. Cabot, an educator of note, was born into one prominent Boston family and married into another. Though some of her considerable inheritance came straight to her, much of it was left in trust. Nonetheless, she had a sizeable income to invest, and Ella Lyman Cabot managed her own finances.

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Letter from Ella Lyman Cabot to John Moore, May 11, 1933.

The letters reproduced here are part of the extended, lively, and detailed correspondence between Cabot and her brokerage house, Moors and Cabot of Boston. She looked to John Moors for advice, but it was always Cabot who made the investment decisions, and she did not hesitate with her criticism when she felt it was due. In these letters, she both pushes through a decision to buy stock that Moors has advised her to sell, and chides Moors and another manager of her account for having let go of her stock at too low a price. That such personal control was not entirely expected in the early years of Cabot’s relationship with Moors and Cabot is revealed by some of the earliest confirmation slips in the collection, from 1917, on which the preprinted “Dear Sir” is overwritten by typewriter with “Madam.” Soon after, however, the slips no longer carry any term of address.

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