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Boardman & Seymour records


Identifier: 2009-75-0

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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.


3.00 boxes

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Arrangement Note

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).

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Leith Johnson
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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

7 South Street
P.O. Box 385
Litchfield CT 06759
860-567-3565 (Fax)