Skip to main content

“THS Blog” on Indentures and Inventories

Over at The Historical Society's blog, Dan Allosso has posted two interesting pieces on “Reading Primary Sources.” The first deals with indentures and the second with estate inventories. He provides a hands-on description of his work with these documents, the uses to which they can be put, and the ideas for further research they suggest.
   Those who wish to use original indenture and estate documents for teaching purposes can find a number of them online. For example:
Virtual Jamestown has a database of over 15,000 indentured servants' contracts from the London, Middlesex, and Bristol Registers.
Lowcountry Africana is in the process of digitizing estate records and bills of sale from South Carolina, 1732-1872.
The Center for History and New Media houses a database collected by Gunston Hall Plantation of over 300 probate inventories from Maryland and Virginia, 1740-1810.
In addition to these larger sites, many genealogy pages, museums, and state and local archives have posted individual examples, which can be found through on-line searching.
Update, 1/27/11: Allosso has added another post in the series, on the development of banknotes in the United States. An earlier post on The Exchange highlighted currency as art and provided links to other relevant sites.

Popular posts from this blog

Call for Papers: #BHC2022MexicoCity

Business History in Times of Disruption: Embracing Complexity and Diversity Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference Sheraton Mexico City María Isabel Hotel Ciudad de México, México April 7-9, 2022 [ bookmark the CFP ] The Covid-19 crisis arrived with little warning, disrupting global business and trade. Industries as different as tourism, retail, and manufacturing were plunged into disarray by travel restrictions, broken supply chains, and quarantines. The pandemic also underscored the growing dangers posed by economic inequality and environmental degradation, hinting at a more tumultuous future. We have, it seems, entered into a new age of uncertainty. Informed by these developments, the 2022 Business History Conference will explore the diverse ways that entrepreneurs, firms, and organizations coped with complexity, uncertainty, and disruption over the long run. The Program Committee welcomes individual papers and session proposals that explore this theme. Submissions can a

Call for Submissions: Business History Collective and the webinar series

Call for Submissions: Business History Collective and the webinar series The network aims to promote scholarship in the fields of business history, management history, organizational history, corporate history, and other related fields. The network will launch the Spring 2021 webinar series to provide a space for the presentation and discussion of works in progress, dissertation chapters, or R&R manuscripts. The webinars are open to scholars primarily from a qualitative perspective, willing to engage in productive conversations by providing supportive and constructive comments to peers. We are currently looking for presenters and attendees to get things moving forward. We especially welcome submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers. We strongly encourage women, people of color, members of minority groups, scholars based in or working on under-represented geographies (such as Latin America, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia), and schola

AHA Virtual Seminar: Business History Today

Virtual AHA Seminar: Business History Today April 13th, 2021 2 pm  Colloquium--An assessment of the doing of business history at the beginning of the 21st century, sketching new trends and themes. Chair:  Philip B. Scranton , Rutgers University-Camden Presenters: Business History, Theory, and Globalization by Kenneth J. Lipartito , Florida International University Rethinking Chinese Economic Life and Business History by Philip Thai , Northeastern University Economic Life and the Margins of Business History by Alexia Yates , University of Manchester Histories of Business in Africa: Lessons from Ghana by Bianca Murillo , California State University, Dominguez Hills