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Hallowell, Jones and Donald Collection
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Mss 761 1871-1954

The Hallowell, Jones and Donald Collection contains the financial records of a large wholesale wool business in Boston from 1871 to 1954. The Hallowell family were Quakers, active in the abolition movement before the Civil War and in establishing schools for African Americans in the latter half of the nineteenth century.

The collection contains the investment records of a number of women, mostly in the Hallowell, Davis, Jones, Donald, and Coburn families, whose male relatives were partners in the business. The financial records of Jessie Donald Hallowell are especially complete, ranging from 1890 records of investments made for her under guardianship as a minor to a decade of cash book entries from 1932 to 1942, recording her personal and household expenditures, club memberships, and charitable contributions.

The collection also contains salary records of a number of women workers, ranging from domestic workers mentioned in the Jessie D. Hallowell cash books to female employees of Hallowell, Jones and Donald, who may have been employed as brokers or saleswomen, judging from the amount and variability of their pay.

A particularly interesting feature of this collection is a list of more than 100 charitable subscriptions to the Colored School in Calhoun, Alabama, in 1895. At least half of the contributors were women.

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