Heard family business records, 1754-1898 (inclusive)

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Collection Title
Heard family business records, 1754-1898 (inclusive)
400 linear ft. (800 v., 272 boxes, 102 cases)
Baker Library, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
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Hurd family
Adams, John Quincy
Anderson, G. C
Binney, Amos
Blake, F
Bridges, H. C
Comstock, William
Coolidge, Ellen W
Coolidge, Joseph
Cushing, John Perkins
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Deacon, R
Dixwell, George B
Dixwell, J. J
Dodge, William
Endicott, H. C
Endicott, J. B
Endicott, William
Everett, P. L
Farley, Gustavus
Fearon, C. A
Fearon, Robert I
Forbes, John Murray
Forbes, R. B. (Robert Bennet)
Gay, O. A
Goodale, S. P
Griswold, Henry W
Harding, C. F
Haughton, James
Heard, Albert Farley
Heard, Augustine
Heard, George W
Heard, George F
Heard, John
Heard, Mary
Hunt, Thomas
Hunter, N. C
Ladd, T. C
Lanca, E. L
Oliver, Francis J
Parker, C. E
Parker, E. F
Robinet, G. M
Robinet, W. M
Roundy, H
Russell, Samuel
Sedgwick, Robert
Stark family
Stark, John W
Sturgis, J. P
Sturgis, Russell
Vaughan, H
Weld, D
Weller, George F
Willard, Sidney
Argo (Ship)
Atilla (Brig)
Augustine Heard & Company.
Australian Fire and Life Insurance Company.
Baring Brothers & Co. Ltd.
Betsy (Schooner)
China Sea, Saigon and Straits Steamship Company.
China Traders Insurance Company.
Dane Manufacturing Company.
Fearon and Company.
Franklin Nail Works.
Heard and Company.
Hong Kong, Canton and Macao Steamship Company.
Imperial Marine Insurance Company.
Ipswich Cotton Mills.
Ipswich Manufacturing Company.
James Haughton and Company.
Mercantile Mutual Insurance Company.
Morrison, Cryder and Company.
New York Mutual Insurance Company.
London Packet (Ship)
Roxbury Land Company.
Shanghai Steam Navigation Company.
Sun Mutual Insurance Company.
Suwonnada (Steamship)
Thomas Hunt and Company.
Victoria Fire Insurance Company.
Augustine Heard & Company
Betsy (Schooner : Beverly and Salem, Mass.)
Cotton manufacture--Massachusetts
Marine insurance
Opium trade
Steamboat lines
Tea trade
Textile industry--Massachusetts
Wholesale trade
Wool industry--Massachusetts
Cotton manufacture
Textile industry
Wool industry
China--Commerce--United States
United States--Commerce--China
Xiamen (Xiamen Shi, China)--Commerce
Boston (Mass.)--Commerce
Guangzhou (China)--Commerce
Fuzhou Shi (Fujian Sheng, China)--Commerce
Hong Kong (China)--Commerce
Ipswich (Mass.)
Shanghai (China)--Commerce
Yokohama-shi (Japan)--Commerce
China--Fuzhou Shi (Fujian Sheng)
China--Hong Kong
China--Xiamen (Xiamen Shi)
United States

Content Notes

Business records and personal papers of several generations of the Heard family. The oldest group of papers, 1770-1834, is that of John Heard, who made his wealth from the manufacture and sale of rum, the outfitting of privateers, and trade with the West Indies. The largest and most important group of papers in the collection is that of Augustine Heard and his various partnerships. His papers cover, first, his travels as supercargo for Boston and Salem merchants who were trading in the Far East, then his activities as partner in the great shipping firm of Russell and Company. In 1836 he left Russell and Company. By 1840 he had become the head of his own firm, Augustine Heard and Company, founded with Joseph Coolidge.
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Biographical Notes

Merchant family from Ipswich, Mass. principally engaged in the China trade. Augustine Heard (1785-1868) established Augustine Heard and Company in 1840 and the business was carried on by four of his nephews. The firm's main office was at first in Canton; from 1857 in Hong Kong. Branch offices were established in treaty ports of China and Japan such as Foochow, Shanghai, and Yokohama. The firm finally wound up in bankruptcy in 1875.