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Household Accounts

Anthony Family Collection
Mss 899 1815-1859 A628
Accounts of a general store in Providence, Rhode Island, from 1815 to 1859, in which women are credited for domestic labor and production. The collection also includes the financial papers of Sarah P. Anthony, who was the executrix of her husband's estate, as well as the accounts of her own estate in 1845.

David J. Beach Collection
Mss 871 1775-1848 (1906)
Includes the account book of a teacher who worked in New Jersey between 1801 and 1805, as well as the 1890s household expenses of Mary A. Beach and the 1897 personal expenses of Ellen O. Walkley.

Graves Family Collection
Mss 774 1879-1914 G776
Includes c. 1882-1884 personal and household expenses for Nellie Graves. Also contains a number of handwritten poems.

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.

Cornelia W. Loring Collection
Mss 8995 1835-1859 L873
Documents the personal and charitable expenses of Cornelia Loring.

McCrillis Family Collection
Mss 77 1845-1923 (1946) M132
Personal expenses of Miss Genieve Frazier McCrillis.

Matilda Oliver Collection
Mss 8995 1833-1885 O48
Four volumes of personal accounts documenting the teaching and sewing endeavors of two sisters living in Boston, Massachusetts, between 1833 and 1885.

Reed and Gardner Collection
Mss 77 1782-1791 B323
Comprises the papers of Mary Reed, widow and executrix for the estate of Isaac Reed.

Richard S. Smith Collection
Mss 766 1792-1811 S657
Papers of Hannah Smith, executrix of her husband's 1796 estate.

Vertical file: retail selling
Mss 1404
The grocery accounts of Lucretia Gowdey and a letter written by Harriet Hall.



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Expense book of Cornelia Loring, 1835. Cornelia W. Loring Collection, Mss 8995 1835-1859 L873, vol. 3.

A number of Baker Library's business manuscript collections contain household account books, most of which date from the nineteenth century. Kept as a record of women's personal and household expenditures, club memberships and charitable contributions, the accounts provide some of the earliest records of women's personal involvement in financial management.

Cornelia Loring's account book, shown above, documents her expenses between 1835 and 1836. This page from October 1, 1855 shows charitable expenses as well as payments to local merchants. Loring donated to various causes and also gave money to individuals in need. Here she recorded giving money to the Widows' Society and the Ladies Home Education Society. She also gave a "poor boy" twenty-five cents and a "black man" one dollar "to buy his son."

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Jessie Hallowell Cash Book. Hallowell Family Collection.

The record of Jessie Hallowell's personal expenses for twenty years begins with guardians' accounts in 1890, continues in cash books in her husband's name, and ends in her own name, stamped in gold on the cover of the ledger pictured here. The accounts provide extraordinary documentation of the life of an affluent woman in Boston at the turn of the twentieth century. Hallowell, who had an income of $50,000 per year, kept careful track of her grocery and laundry payments, her memberships in various social and literary clubs, weekly payments to personal servants, monthly phone and gas expenditures, as well as her many charitable contributions.

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