A Guide to the Andersone’s Account Ledger, 1841-1844
By 1810, New Orleans was the fifth largest city in the United States and one of the South’s leading economic centers. Andersone’s was a prosperous New Orleans merchant house in the 1840s that sold liquors, books, fruits, furniture, musical instruments, and other assorted goods. The company conducted business with other prominent organizations in the city including the City Bank and Merchant Insurance, one of the largest insurance firms at the time. Andersone’s had mercantile transactions with places as far away as Maryland and Tennessee.
The Andersone’s Account Ledger, 1841-1844, contains a tremendous amount of data regarding American trade in the antebellum period. The book opens with a schedule of prices for various liquors and includes an expense log for their "slave account" and "petty cash." Additionally, the ledger documents the variety of goods sold and transactions with other prominent New Orleans companies. The financial details of the house are well recorded, with clear indications of balances, accounts payable, debts, loans, and costs.
The collection is open for research.
Andersone’s Account Ledger, 1841-1844, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
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