“Chronicle of the China Trade” Exhibit at Baker Library / Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business SchoolPublicado: 28.05.2012
Knowledge and Library Services announces the opening of A Chronicle of
the China Trade: The Records of Augustine Heard & Co., 1840-1877, an
exhibition and website organized by Baker Library Historical
Collections. The exhibition will run through November 17, 2012 in the
North Lobby, Baker Library / Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business
The exhibition and website examine the life and trajectory of
Augustine Heard & Co., which reigned among the largest American
trading houses in China in the mid nineteenth-century. The company was
active from 1840 to 1877 under the direction of Augustine Heard and
his nephews John, Augustine II, Albert, and George Heard.
The Heard family left behind an extensive chronicle of their
experiences in China. In addition to a voluminous collection of
extraordinarily descriptive letters and diaries, they took care to
meticulously preserve the company’s documents and journals-from
partnership agreements and export lists to custom regulations and ship
designs. The Heard papers, one of the largest collections of business
records relating to the nineteenth-century China trade, present a look
into momentous events concerning Sino-Western relations as well as the
day-to-day activities of American traders in the treaty ports. A
Chronicle of the China Trade: The Records of Augustine Heard & Co.,
1840-1877 examines the professional accounts and personal perspectives
of the life and trajectory of a nineteenth-century firm that prospered
at the height of the China trade.
Visit http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/heard/ to learn more about Augustine Heard & Co. and the China trade, to find
materials that could support further research, and to view some of the
items featured in this exhibition.
Please contact Baker Library Historical Collections at
histcollref @ hbs.edu if you would like to
request a copy of the exhibition catalog.
For more information about Baker Library Historical Collections visit