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Mathew Carey (1760-1839), publisher, economist, and humanitarian, was born in Dublin, Ireland. He came to the United States in 1784 after involvement in Irish revolutionary activities and took up his trade as a printer, publishing the Pennsylvania Herald and the periodical, The American Museum. His book publishing ventures prospered and his firm was a leader in American printing and publishing in the period 1795 to 1835. Carey was an active proponent of the protective tariff, as well as an ardent champion of oppressed minorities in Europe, especially after his retirement from business in 1821. His business was thereafter conducted by his son, Henry C. Carey (1793-1879).

This dataset consists of all names referenced in The Mathew Carey Papers, which includes receipts, bills, memoranda, invoices, bills of lading, and other records of his publishing business and its successors: Carey, Lea, and Company; and Lea and Blanchard. For a finding aid and more information about the collection, please click here. The finding aid will take you to the images for each box and folder, so if you want to browse by that organization level, please start there. The quickest and easiest way to search these archives is through the database of the 6,148 names in the 16,000 scans of the financial records. For more on how these papers came to AAS, please see visit the American Antiquarian Society blog.

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For more complete bibliographic information, see the Finding Aid for the Mathew Carey Papers, 1785-1859.

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Date Posted: 08 September 2016