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Guide to the Terrasson Brothers (Philadelphia) Records, 1773-1869

Summary

Collection contains the records of the firm of Terrasson Brothers, established in Philadelphia by Antoine and Barthelemy Terrasson as a branch of their father's firm, John Terrasson and Company, headquartered in Paris and Lyons, France. Early business letters reflect the trade of the firm in grain, the furnishings of supplies to the French and American armies, and the purchase of tobacco at various places throughout the South. The letters contain information on the American Revolution, especially on naval operations, and on post-Revolutionary business conditions. Papers after 1800 concern the family of Mark Prager, members of which apparently married into the Terrasson family. Prager was owner of a trading firm in Holland. These papers contain information on Prager's trading activities until 1820, and on the family of Harriet Prager of Philadelphia. The later letters contain references to family affairs, slavery, politics and sectionalism. Approximately 100 Civil War letters describe conditions in the North.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11663
Title
Terrasson Brothers records
Date
1773-1869, bulk 1780-1860
Creator
Terrasson Brothers (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet, 1245 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in French, Portuguese, and English.

Collection Overview

Collection contains the records of the firm of Terrasson Brothers, established in Philadelphia by Antoine and Barthelemy Terrasson as a branch of their father's firm, John Terrasson and Company, headquartered in Paris and Lyons, France. Early business letters reflect the trade of the firm in grain, the furnishings of supplies to the French and American armies, and the purchase of tobacco at various places throughout the South. The letters contain information on the American Revolution, especially on naval operations, and on post-Revolutionary business conditions. Papers after 1800 concern the family of Mark Prager, members of which apparently married into the Terrasson family. Prager was owner of a trading firm in Holland. These papers contain information on Prager's trading activities until 1820, and on the family of Harriet Prager of Philadelphia. The later letters contain references to family affairs, slavery, politics and sectionalism. Approximately 100 Civil War letters describe conditions in the North.

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Terrasson Brothers Records, 1773-1869, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Papers, 1773-1783 April
Box 1
Papers, 1783 May-1786
Box 2
Papers, 1787-1799
Box 3
Papers, 1800-1869
Box 4
Papers, undated
Box 5
Volumes, undated
Box 5
 

Historical Note

Terrasson Brothers was a trading firm established in Philadelphia by brothers Antoine and Barthelemy Terrason sometime around the American Revolution. The firm was likely and outgrowth of their father's firm, John Terrasson and Company, of Paris and Lyons, France. Initially the firm seems to have speculated in grain, furnished supplies to the French and American armies, and bought tobacco. The firm owned trading vessels. The Terrassons were likely friends of Albert Gallatin.


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Provenance

Acquired 1938-1941

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Processed by: Rubenstein Staff

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