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Guide to the Amherst Steam Mill Company Records, 1846-1852

Collection number: MC 113

Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About the Amherst Steam Mill Company

The Amherst Steam Mill Company was incorporated in July, 1846, with Samuel B. Melendy, Cyrus Eastman and Francis Peabody the first executives named. Aaron Lawrence became the president of the board of directors. Several buildings were erected. A sawmill began operating in February, 1847, a grist mill on May 1, and a clapboard and a shingle mill shortly thereafter. A fifty horse-power steam engine powered the mills. Notices appearing in the Farmer’s Cabinet, published in Amherst, called people to meetings, notified stockholders when assessments were due on their shares, advertised for workers, and finally in the summer of 1848, advertised the mills for sale. The buildings burned March 25, 1849.

About the Amherst Steam Mill Company Records

The Amherst Steam Mill Company Records contain the charter of incorporation, by-laws, lists of subscribers and associates, stock certificates, receipts, directors’ orders, votes, contracts and annual treasurer’s reports. One ledger-type page seems to be dated 1842 and clearly has the name Amherst Steam Mill Co. on it. The final dividend statement is dated 1852.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Amherst Steam Mill Company Records, 1846-1852, MC 113, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchase, Charles Apfelbaum, dealer, New Jersey, Oct. 1991 (Accession number: 9112)

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Charter, By-laws, Lists of subscribers and associates, 1846
Box 1, Folder 2 Organizing activity, Contracts for land, labor and equipment, 1846
Box 1, Folder 3 Operational activity (mostly financial), 1847
Box 1, Folder 4 Closing out, 1848-1852
Box 1, Folder 5 Financial records: Stock receipts, undated
Box 1, Folder 6 Financial records: Pay vouchers to Aaron Lawrence, undated
Box 1, Folder 7 Financial records: Miscellaneous and undated materials, undated