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Timothy Orne fonds
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- Variations in title: Also known as Timothy Orne Ships' Ledgers and Account Books
- Source of title proper: Title is based on the contents of the collection
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Microfilmed 1988 (originally created 1738-1767) (Creation)
- Orne, Timothy
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1 microfilm reel
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Timothy Orne (1717-1767) was one of colonial Salem's wealthiest merchants in the middle decades of the eighteenth century and had a wide range of business interests. He traded in fish, cloth, wine, rum, slaves, grain, and molasses to a wide variety of European and West Indian ports. During the span of his career, he was probably the owner of 50 different vessels. Many of these were schooners that he owned in partnership with local shoremen and master mariners and that spent at least a portion of each year in the fishery.
Scope and content
Collection consists of microfilmed records which provide information on the fishermen who crewed Timothy Orne's vessels, local artisans who furnished provisions for the voyages and maintained the vessels, and his merchant acquaintances from whom he bought and sold fish and supplies. Accounts list the occupations of individuals.
The fonds is arranged in three series: Ledgers, 1738-1767; Ship's journal, 1748-1751; and Ship's ledger, 1758-1768.
Immediate source of acquisition
Purchased from the Essex Institute in 1989.
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Original material held at the Essex Institute, Salem, Massachusetts.
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There are no restrictions on access to the material.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Copyright is held by the Essex Institute. The ledger may not be duplicated or quoted without written permission from the Essex Institute.
MHA Finding Aid 20
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Created - May 21, 2013
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