Guide to the Abraham R. Hutchinson, Coffinmaker and Cabinet maker Day books 1836-1894 MG 165


Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information

Container List

Daybooks and other documents

Guide to the Abraham R. Hutchinson, Coffinmaker and Cabinetmaker Daybooks
MG 165
The New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
(973) 596-8500 x249
© 2006 All rights reserved.
The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Julia Telonidis as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. January 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hutchinson, Abraham R.
Title: Abraham R. Hutchinson, Coffinmaker

and Cabinetmaker Daybooks

Dates: 1836-1894
Abstract: Consists mostly of three daybooks kept by a Nottingham, N.J., coffinmaker and cabinet maker which mention the jobs he performed, his clients, and prices paid for his work.
Quantity: 0.33 linear feet
Collection Number: MG 165

Biographical Note

Abraham R. Hutchinson was a Nottingham, (was in Burlington County, but became a part of Mercer County in 1838) N.J. coffinmaker and cabinetmaker who performed various jobs for many individuals, including coffin and gravestone construction, furniture construction and repair, and also odd jobs such as raking wheat and picking peaches. He also sold farm related items like manure, hay, and corn.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of three daybooks that list Abraham Hutchinson’s daily business transactions, mostly coffin and furniture construction tasks. Listed next to each client name and task perfomed was the price charged and whether or not it was paid.

There are also a series of returned bank checks signed by A.R. Hutchinson, two receipts for the purchase of funeral plots and a newspaper clipping from the “Monmouth Democrat” newspaper dated December 27, 1894 which details the changing funerary customs of the time.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Hutchinson, Abraham R.
Subject Topics:
Cabinetmakers–New Jersey–Nottingham.
Coffin industry–New Jersey–Nottingham.
Funeral rites and ceremonies–New Jersey–Nottingham.
Wages–Coffinmakers–New Jersey–Nottingham.
Woodworkers–New Jersey–Nottingham.
Subject Places:
Burlington County (N.J.)
Nottingham (N.J. : Township)
Document Types:
Account books.

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Related Material

For related collections at the New Jersey Historical Society, see:

Manuscript Group 191, Thomas Woodruff, Jr. (1720-1805), Carpenter and Coffin Maker Collection

Manuscript Group 313, Caleb W. Bruen (1768-1846), Cabinetmaker and Distiller, Records.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 165, Abraham R. Hutchinson, Coffinmaker

and Cabinetmaker Daybooks, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

The source of this collection is unknown.

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Container List

Daybooks and other documents

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Daybook 1836-1853
1 2 Daybook 1853-1870
1 3 Daybook 1871-1889
1 4 Checks, clipping, receipts 1859-1892

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