Boardman & Seymour records
Scope and Contents
The Boardman & Seymour Records (2009-75-0) consist of correspondence, bills, legal documents, licenses to sell liquor, orders, receipts, statements of accounts and other business records. Daniel Boardman (1757-1833), New York City businessman and merchant, his brother Elijah Boardman (1760-1823), New Milford businessman and merchant, and Moses Seymour Jr. (1774-1826), Litchfield merchant and town official, maintained a partnership to operate a store in Litchfield in which they sold "a variety of Dry and West-India Goods, suitable for all seasons; consisting of almost every article usually retailed in a Country Store," according to a Dec. 17, 1794, advertisement in the Litchfield Monitor. The partnership was dissolved in 1804, according to a Nov. 21 newspaper advertisement.
The records (1794-1811) document the affairs and transactions of the business and the concerns of the owners, sellers of goods, and customers and are arranged in two series, Series 1, Correspondence, and Series 2, Business records. Elijah Boardman's letters to Seymour are noteworthy as they occasionally reveal his business philosophy, his take on current business and market conditions, and his opinion of events of the day.
- Created: 1794-1811
- Other: Date acquired: 11/04/1989
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Language of Materials
The records are arranged in two series:
Series 1: Correspondence Series 2: Business records
Source of Acquisition
George Seymour, Arthur Shaw
Method of Acquisition
Accruals and Additions
The Boardman & Seymour Records (2009-75-0) were originally part of the gift that also included the Beckwith Family Collection (1988-01-0). Staff determined that the Boardman & Seymour Records are a distinct group of records.
Existence and Location of Originals
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Other Descriptive Information
This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).
- Boardman & Seymour (Litchfield, Conn.)
- Boardman, David Sherman, 1768-1864
- Business enterprises -- Connecticut -- Litchfield
- Business records
- Financial records
- Legal documents
- License system -- Connecticut -- Litchfield
- Litchfield (Conn.)
- Merchants -- Connecticut -- Litchfield
- Seymour, Moses, 1774-1826
- Archon Finding Aid Title
- Leith Johnson
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note