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Ramsay Crooks correspondence

Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-201


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.


  • Creation: 1822-1836
  • Creation: 1822


Biography of Ramsay Crooks

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)

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Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Ownership and Custodial History

Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library)

Related Materials

Additional Crooks Manuscripts: VAULT box Ayer MS 1, 3, 472, 596, 3133; VAULT Ayer MS 18.

Bibliographic References

Butler, R.L. Checklist of mss. in the Ayer Coll., 201.

Processing Information Note

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.

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