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Title Papers [manuscript]: 1808-1857 (bulk 1840-1857)
Author Dousman, Hercules Louis (1800-1868)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: (21 folders in 1 box) Correspondence, agreements, powers of attorney, accounts, promissory notes, etc., of Hercules Dousman, primarily relating to his fur trade business. Included are contractual agreements between Dousman, Sibley, and Rolette, and the American Fur Company (1834, 1841) and Pierre Chouteau Jr. & Co. (1842), and Dousman’s statements of account (including several for the steamboat Ariel) with the firms. Also a power of attorney, correspondence, and other documents relating to Dousman’s efforts to collect the debts of the defunct American Fur Company (1842-1857), and documents related to the settlement of Joseph Rolette’s estate (1843-1845). Additional items include a ms. Dakota-English vocabulary, a volume of accounts with named Indians, the printed act of incorporation of the American Fur Company (1808, with certification by N.Y. governor Marcy, 1839), and a packing list of Joshua Palen’s fur trade goods (1822)
Names Chouteau, Pierre (1789-1865); Crooks, Ramsay (1787-1859); Rolette, Joseph (1781-1842); Sibley, Henry Hastings (1811-1891)
Keywords letter, law, account, fur trade, fur trader, American Fur Company, business, Pratte Chouteau and Company, contract, vocabulary, language
Theme Trade and Indian Economies
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 18
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue