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Waste book of Otis Gray Randall

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Collection MS-2012-010: Waste book of Otis Gray Randall


  • Creation: 1829 June 2-1832 June 30

Scope and Contents

Daily ledger kept by Otis Gray Randall during the first three years of his dry goods business at 345 Washington St., Boston. The ledger records both business and personal expenses.


Language of Materials

In English.

Restrictions on Access

Available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical note

Otis Gray Randall was a Boston dry goods merchant. Randall was married to Abigail Ann Edlund, settling near Jamaica Pond. In 1829, he opened a dry good shop at 345 Washington Street. By the 1840s, the dry goods shop had become a small brokerage firm with banking and notary services on State Street. In 1884, charges of misuse of funds were brought against him by several customers.


"Another Story: the Murderous Assault at the Highlands," Boston Daily Globe, October 3, 1874.

"Arrest of Otis G. Randall," Boston Daily Globe, August 21, 1884.

"A Broker's Dishonesty," The New York Times, August 22, 1884.

"Latest Facts in Relation to the Highland Affair," Boston Daily Globe, October 1, 1874.

"The Randall Assault Case," Boston Daily Globe, October 10, 1874.

"Special Notices: Otis Randall Gray," Boston Globe, April 20, 1872.

"A Startling Crime," Boston Daily Globe, September 30, 1874.


1 Linear Feet (1 container ) : 519 pages ; 32 cm

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Ian Brabner, bookseller, in 2012.

Materials Specific Details

Boards loose, corners rubbed, covers slightly marred. Pages 1-4 lost.


Waste Book of Otis Gray Randall
1829 June 2-1832 June 30
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States