Ramsay Crooks correspondence
Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-201
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.
- Majority of material found in 1822
- Crooks, Ramsay (Person)
Biographical / Historical
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.
0.1 Linear Feet (3 folders)
Language of Materials
Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Other Finding Aids
Additional Crooks Manuscripts: VAULT box Ayer MS 1, 3, 472, 596, 3133; VAULT Ayer MS 18.
Ownership and Custodial History
Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library)
Butler, R.L. Checklist of mss. in the Ayer Coll.,,201
Letter and list to James Kennerly,formerly known as Ayer MS 202.
Letter to Augustin Grignon,formerly known as Ayer MS 203.
Letter from Crooks to Samuel Abbott (Sept. 3, 1822),also contains a note from Robert Stuart.
Note signed by Edward E. Ayer on May 22, 1822, letter: Presented to me Nov 1891 by Chas P Chouteau.
- Abbott, Samuel -- Correspondence
- American Fur Company
- American Fur Company -- Records and correspondence
- Chouteau, Charles P. (former owner.)
- Correspondence -- Michigan -- Mackinac Island (Island) -- 1801-1850
- Correspondence -- Missouri -- Saint Louis -- 1801-1850
- Correspondence -- New York (State) -- New York -- 1801-1850
- Crooks, Ramsay -- Correspondence
- Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library)
- Fur trade -- Northwest, Old -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
- Fur trade -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
- Fur traders -- Michigan -- Mackinac Island (Island) -- Correspondence
- Fur traders -- Missouri -- Saint Louis -- Correspondence
- Grignon, Augustin -- Correspondence
- Grignon, Augustin
- Kennerly, James -- Correspondence
- Kennerly, James
- Land grants -- Ontario -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
- Manuscripts, American
- Stuart, Robert -- Correspondence
- Catalog Record Only
- Language of description
- Script of description