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Benjamin Carr Account Book

An inventory of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 16 Sep 2015

Biographical History

Little is known of Benjamin Carr, creator of this account book. He was evidently a partner in business with his brother Lucius; some of the pages are headed "B & L Carr." In the fall of 1872 Lucius shot and killed himself on board an Erie Railway train, and Benjamin himself committed suicide in early May of 1873. Carr "was a gentleman of great respectability, and greatly esteemed." [Oneonta Herald, 3 May 1873]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Benjamin Carr Account Book consists of a single volume containing Benjamin Carr's accounts of purchases, sales, and work done. Items hauled include sheep, eggs, raisins, cider, candles, sausages and more. The handwriting is not the most legible and the spelling is haphazard; many pages are overwritten with the word "Seteld" ("settled") indicating the account was paid off.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single volume.


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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Carr, Benjamin.
Carr, Lucius.

Corporate Bodies

B & L Carr.


Account books -- New York (State) -- Otsego County.
Drovers -- New York (State) -- 19th century.


Unadilla (N.Y.) -- Commerce.
Unadilla (N.Y.) -- History.

Genres and Forms

Account books.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Benjamin Carr Account Book,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2015.

Table of Contents

Financial material