the Fur Trade with Indians in Albany, New York
I first encountered this resource sometime after reading David Armour's seminal work on the early Albany merchants which first issued in 1965. Armour's basic premise that understanding Albany business community and the fur trade in general would require an examination of the actual records of the business and trade, and that the then conventional wisdom of relying on the observations of contemporary personages was at best inadequate and potentially quite wrong, led me to the extensive bibliography of business records Armour had compiled. A decade later, I began to confront those account books, ledgers, and general business papers in manuscript form.
Published as: To Do Justice to Him & Myself": Evert Wendell's Account Book of the Fur Trade with Indians in Albany, New York, 1695-1726, translated and edited by Kees-Jan Waterman with linguistics support by Gunther Michelson (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2008),pp. xv, 311. Online promo.
first posted: 11/3/10