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S. R. Rathbun Account Book

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Rathbun, Samuel R.
Title: S. R. Rathbun Account Book
Inclusive Dates: 1865-1888
Quantity: 1 volume (SC)
Abstract: Account book for S. R. Rathbun, manufacturing agent for the Auburn Woolen Company
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Little is known of S. R. Rathbun. According to Brigham's General Directory of Auburn, Weedsport, Port Byron, Union Springs, Aurora, Moravia and Cayuga, and Business Directory of Auburn (Wm. J. Moses, 1863), p. 50:

The Auburn Woolen Company was organized as a corporation in 1846...In 1853...[it was] sold to private individuals, and after passing through several hands, in February 1863, again became the property of a corporation, of which C. N. Fearing is President, William Gray Wise, Treasurer, and S. R. Rathbun, manufacturing agent.

On page 69, the Auburn Directory section of the same volume gives his name as Samuel R. Rathbun. His obituary appeared (possibly in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle) on August 9, 1888.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The S. R. Rathbun Account Book consists of a single large volume, listing income and expenses for the years 1865 to 1888. Payments from Auburn Woolen Company are listed regularly (e.g. "for six months services"). Other line items include "Church expenses," "Female apparel," and payments to S. R. Rathbun and F. R. Rathbun. Banks (Cayuga Co. Bank, Auburn Savings Institution, Burlington Savings Bank, and others), insurance payments, and taxes appear regularly.

Laid in on the first page is a single sheet, detailing an agreement between Augustus Dow and Reuben Rockwell regarding Dow's sale of his house to Rockwell. The document is dated 1838.

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Use Restrictions

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Subject Headings


Rathbun, Samuel R.

Corporate Bodies

Auburn Woolen Co.


Business enterprises -- Auburn (N.Y.) -- 19th century.
Business enterprises -- New York (State) -- 19th century.


Auburn (N.Y.) -- History.
New York (State) -- Business enterprises.

Genres and Forms

Account books.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

S. R. Rathbun Account Book,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1969.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 23 Jul 2010
Revision history:

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Financial records
SC 545 Account book 1865-1888

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