New York State receipt forms
File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4147
Scope and Contents
Collection of 39 partly-printed New York State receipt forms, accomplished in manuscript, to verify payment of laborers and suppliers contracted to repair the Erie Canal in or near Palmyra. Each receipt is signed by the person who was paid (each by a different man). Each form itemizes the work or products supplied by the payee, with a total, plus the place (Palmyra, New York) and the date (January-February, 1830). Each 4 by 7.5 inches. Also, a receipt, signed by one "J. Smith" in Montezuma, N. Y., 1830, and 4 similar receipts from other N. Y. State towns, 1837.
- New York (State) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Open for public research.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from New York State receipt forms must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
At least seven of the signers who were paid here may be found in Thomas L. Cook's Palmyra and Vicinity as prominent citizens (Palmyra, 1930; see index). Some also appear in Backman, The First Vision (SLC, 1980). Of one of these, for example who tried to help Martin Harris borrow money to print the Book of Mormon, we obtain some interesting background in Backman's work, pp. 30, 37 (regarding Henry Jessup). Other representative names include Milo Galloway, Luther Reeves, Zebulon Reeves, Thomas Rogers, George Moore, Jonathan Dart, Alonson Sherman, etc. In addition, a number of workers appear here who were probably ordinary citizens and would not have made it into the historical works. However, in several instances, their unusual surnames coincide with known Palmyra residents of the time. The itemizations of goods and serviced here paid for are often quite interesting, and offer a rare insight into daily life of laborers in Palmyra precisely when the Book of Mormon was being printed. It was the canal on which they were working, of course, which made Palmyra the important little town it was.
1 folder (0.02 linear ft.)
These items were donated to Special Collections in 1989.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donation; Rick Grunder; 1989.
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
- Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce
- Church Government
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- History--19th century
- Economics and Banking
- Mormon Church -- History -- 19th century
- Palmyra (N.Y.) -- History
- Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844 -- Sources
- Register of New York State receipt forms
- Benjamin Sipes
- 2011 June 22
- 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.