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Black & Brothers Records

Identifier: SpC MS 0055

Scope and Contents

Collection contains business records of Black & Brothers, Ellsworth, Maine. Primarily records of Alexander B. Black, they include bills, receipts, account books, orders, etc. for the family dry goods business. Also included are a few records of the lumber business in which the Black family was involved as well as receipts, ship's papers and correspondence for the schooner Ariel. A few bills and receipts of Mary J. Black, Alexander Black's wife, are also found in the collection.


  • 1839-1916
  • Majority of material found within 1839-1859


Access Restrictions

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Historical Note

Black & Brothers, also known as Black & Company and Black & Sons, was a dry goods business owned by John Black and his sons William H. Black and Alexander B. Black. The Black family was prominent in Ellsworth, Maine, with John Black serving as agent for landowner William Bingham as well as owning the store and a lumber business. His sons were involved with him in the businesses and assumed control of them after his death in 1856.


1 box

9 ledgers

Language of Materials



Collection contains business records of Black & Brothers, a dry goods business in Ellsworth, Maine.

Related Materials

The user of this collection may also want to consult the Black Papers (Microfilm B5665), filmed in the 1970s by the Maine State Archives; the microfilm is available at Fogler Library.

Guide to the Black & Brothers Records
Box And Folder List Available
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States