Crooks, Ramsay, 1787-1859 : Ramsay Crooks correspondence, 1822-1836, bulk 1822.
- Fur trader. As general manager of John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company, 1817-1834, Ramsay Crooks was responsible for the opening of the firm's Western Department in 1822 in St. Louis. When Astor sold out in 1834, Crooks purchased the Northern Department of the company and continued to use the American Fur Company name. Correspondence and list of Ramsay Crooks, dating primarily from 1822 and mainly regarding American Fur Company business. Subjects include the reception of trade goods in Philadelphia, the operation of the new Western Department in St. Louis (instructions re trade goods, trader indebtedness, fur shipments, etc.), and the purchase of Missouri and Mississippi River factory skins. Fur company-related correspondents include Samuel Abbott (agent at St. Louis), Robert Stuart (Northern Department official), and James Kennerly (U.S. factory system forwarding agent, 1813-1822). There is also a letter (1836) to Augustin Grignon, a Green Bay trader, regarding documents for a land patent in Upper Canada and other matters.
Extent: 0.1 linear feet - (3 folders)
Subjects: Business, Indians and the West
Call Number: VAULT box Ayer MS 201
Additional Crooks Manuscripts: VAULT box Ayer MS 1, 3, 472, 596, 3133; VAULT Ayer MS 18.