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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Ferd Masendorff financial notebook W.0039

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

October 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-15T15:56-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Ferdinand Masendorff financial notebook

Unit ID:

W.0039

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet

Dates:

1849-1861

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

Financial notebook includes lists of prices and shipping rates for items such as cotton, sugar, coffee and corn, as well as lists of currency exchange rates, United States cotton production rates, and Mobile cotton brokers.

creator

Masendorff, Ferdinand

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

Ferdinand Masendorff financial notebook, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Scope and Contents note

This financial notebook, written by merchant Ferdinand Masendorff, includes lists of prices and shipping rates for items such as cotton, sugar, coffee, and corn. In addition, it lists currency exchange rates, United States cotton production rates, and a list of Mobile, Alabama, cotton brokers. Massendorff's contact list also is notable, as it lists individuals from New Orleans, Havana (Cuba), Hamburg (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium), London (England), and many other locations where he conducted trade.

General note

Title on phase box spine: Masendorff's Cotton Book - Mobile: 1852

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Biographical/Historical note

A native of Hamburg, Germany, Ferdinand Masendorff was born around 1810. He was a successful merchant, trading goods in New Orleans, Havana, and La Havre, France. Passenger lists report that Masendorff traveled frequently, traveling to Liverpool in 1838, Havana in 1850 and 1854, and Hull, England, in 1852. According to the 1860 census, Masendorff was a resident of Mobile and owned real estate valuing $9,000.

Sources: England, Alien Arrivals 1810-1811, 1826-1869; New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1813-1945; New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1850; 1860 Census.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Account books (lcsh)

Business and Labor (localbroad)

Business records (lcsh)

Cotton (lcsh)

Merchants (lcsh)

Mobile (Ala.) (lcsh)

New Orleans (La.) (lcsh)

Notebook Box W0039.01