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Bostwick Company records

Call Number: MS 625

Scope and Contents

The Bostwick Company Records, 1819-1856, consist of the business records of William Bostwick (1796-1863), merchant of Augusta, Georgia, and New Haven, Connecticut, including records of firms with which he was associated and their antecedents. The firms represented are: Edward Campfield & Co.; John Burton, Burton & Bostwick; Banks & Baird; and Bostwick & Baird, the last-named becoming the firm of William Bostwick in 1832. All of these firms were in Augusta, Georgia, and were primarily engaged in the cotton business.

The records are arranged alphabetically by title and run nearly continuously from 1819 to 1856 with the records of succeeding companies often being simply continued in old record books. An indication has been given under each of the entries in the register as to which companies are included with that particular set of records.

NOTE: In 1982, the entire collection was filmed (HM Film 134). The volumes were discarded after filming, but the correspondence, including the letters which were in box 5 folder 50, has been kept and refoldered. They are described on the following page.


  • 1819-1856


Conditions Governing Access

The entire collection is available on microfilm. Patrons must use FILM HM 134 instead of the originals.

Existence and Location of Copies

Entire collection also available on microfilm (9,891 frames on 12 reels, 35mm.) from Scholarly Resources, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware.

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


Records arranged alphabetically by company.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The records consist of correspondence from the business records of William Bostwick (1796-1863), merchant of Augusta, Georgia, and New Haven, Connecticut, who dealt primarily in cotton. While most of the letters are on business, there are personal letters (1854, 1856) from Benjamin Silliman, Noah Porter, James Browning Miles, and Willis Strong Colton. The records also include sixty-two account books.

Guide to the Bostwick Company Records
Under Revision
compiled by Steven Hensen
February 1972
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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