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City of Syracuse Purchases

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 14 Sep 2015

Biographical History

Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York. As of 2015, it was the fourth most populous metropolitan city in the state of New York. The city was a major transportation hub beginning in the 1800s, first between the Erie Canal and its branch canals and then for the railway network. During the 18th and 19th centuries, its primary industries/employers included salt production, chemical manufacturing (Solvay Process, Allied Signal), automobile manufacturing (Franklin, Century), hand-crafted furniture (Gustav Stickley), and education (Geneva Medical College, LeMoyne, Syracuse University).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The City of Syracuse Purchases collection consists of bills and invoices from various merchants for goods and services provided to the city. Goods purchased include hardware (piping, locks, keys, hinges), gloves, office supplies, tack and harness, oil and kerosene, lampposts and fire hydrants. Services include stove and lamp repair, job printing, horse leasing, repairs to a snow "plough", and the installation of a fountain in Billings Park. There is also an invitation from Shawk & Barton of Cleveland to come and inspect "our system of Fire Alarm as is in use by the Cleveland Fire Department with a view to its adoption by the City of Syracuse."

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Government purchasing -- United States.
Merchants -- Syracuse (N.Y.)


Syracuse (New York) -- History.

Genres and Forms


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

City of Syracuse Purchases,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2015.

Table of Contents

Financial material