The Edward Spalding Papers digital collection contains materials dating from 1800-1825 that document the business activities of Edward Spalding, a shipping agent who worked in Cuba during the early nineteenth century.
The collection consists primarily of correspondence from business associates connected to Spalding’s work on behalf of New England merchants and ship owners. Topics include trade routes, cargo shipments, and market conditions, as well as coffee, sugar, cigars, and molasses. The collection also includes some correspondence from family members.
Business and financial records include cash record books, disbursements, invoices, memorandum booklets, receipts, and other documents concerning business transactions, voyages, and shipping issues.
A full description and list of all materials in this collection are available in the Edward Spalding Papers Finding Aid.
To see additional documents related to business and trade in the Caribbean, visit the Caribbean Documents Collection.