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James Scamman business papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2903

Scope and Contents

Incoming letters, real estate documents, and an invoice, primarily relating to business activities of James and Nathaniel Scamman, merchants operating in the vicinity of Saco, Massachusetts (subsequently Maine). Most letters were written from Boston. Authors include Nathan Frazier, Hy Brown, John Short, and Thomas Hill. Contains nine original eighteenth-century documents, plus a photocopy and typescript of each. Also includes an unidentified photograph, taken in the twentieth century.


  • 1771-1774


Conditions Governing Access

Originals are condition restricted. See the Supervisor of Reference Services for permission to access the original. Photocopy and typescript available for patron use.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from James Scamman business papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


6 folders (0.48 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Finding aid available in repository.

Other Finding Aids

Item-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Bruce Embry found items in the home of his step-grandmother, Frances Scammon Houston. The papers originated with her family but it is not clear how they came into her possession. A history of the Scammon family by Frances Houston entitled, "A Pioneer Family," was received with the collection. The book was transferred to the printed works section of Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Bruce A. Embry; 1985.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies of originals available in Folder 5-6. Transcriptions available in Folder 5-6.


Legal documents in collection list surname as "Scamman." Later-dated family-history sources, not included in this collection, list surname as "Scammon."

Register of James Scamman business papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 February 16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States