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Pierpont's Store records

Call Number: MS 399

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the account books of Rufus Pierpont, 1818-1855, and his wife Harriet Pierpont. They ran a general store in North Haven, Connecticut, dealing in dry goods as well as foodstuffs and liquors.

See also the Pierpont Family Papers, MS 1125. That collection includes some 1847 bills of Rufus Pierpont and a church resolution on his death.


  • 1820-1884


Conditions Governing Access

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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


4.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Sixty-four volumes of accounts, 1850-1884, of Pierpont's Store in North Haven, Connecticut. Also included are 161 loose papers: 13 of these were removed from the account books; the remaining 148, Sept. 1854-Sept. 1857, are mainly authorizations by various doctors for sale by Pierpont's Store of liquor for medicinal uses.

Biographical / Historical

This grocery and general store was founded in 1848 by Rufus Pierpont (b. 1818), who managed it until his death in 1855. He was Husband of Harriet R. Peirpont; father of Daniel Hobart Pierpont (a graduate of the Yale Sheffield Scientific School, 1871). Only brother of Elias Pierpont of New Haven. Proprietor of Pierpont's Store in New Haven. Member of St. Johns's Protestant Episcopal Church, North Haven, Conn. Died July 31, 1855.

It was taken over by Harriet R. Pierpont, his wife, who appears to have been the proprietor for the remainder of the period of these accounts. The store remained in the family until it was forced to close in 1942, at which time it was the second oldest business institution in North Haven.
Preliminary Guide to the Pierpont's Store Records
Under Revision
compiled by John Espy
May 1980
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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