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  • Title
    Akers Family Business Papers
  • Held at
  • Reference
    MS999
  • Date
    1766-1893
  • Creator
    Akers, Aretas (1734-1785) plantation owner and Government agent in West IndiesMore Info on Creator
    Akers family (fl 1700-1825) plantation ownersMore Info on Creator
  • Scope and Content
    The majority of this material consists of papers relating to the Akers family business interests in the West Indies, although there is a small amount of more personal material listed under MS999/8. Much of the material was created during the lifetime of the first Aretas Akers, but the annotations found on the majority of the documents demonstrate that the material has been subsequently used and reused to bring order to the family's financial affairs and to fulfill the demands of Aretas Akers's will. The majority of the material dates from between 1770 and 1815.
  • Conditions of access
    Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Special Collections Reading Room. See Archivist for details. At least 24 hours notice is necessary for research visits.
  • Exent
    2 boxes
  • Language
    English
  • System of Arrangement
    Although this material was tied into bundles, the bundles had no discernable logical arrangement, and have therefore not been maintained. The fact that one of the bundles consisted entirely of wrappers which had been detached from former bundles was also indicative of the fact that original order had been lost. Because the material cnsists primarily of business papers no attempt has been made to separate material belonging to different family members. Instead, the papers have been arranged to reflect that the family also acted as a corporate entity with specific business, financial and legal concerns.
  • Finding aids
    Catalogued online (click on the "contains" icon below). Handlist available in the Library's Special Collections Reading Room. A pdf version is also attached to this description.
  • Related files
  • Related
    The Centre for Kentish Studies holds further Akers family correspondence ref: U1157, U564/C571-584
  • Level of description
    fonds
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