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Chambers, A. B. (Alexander B.)
Alexander Chambers Papers
Manuscripts Division
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4 boxes and 1.5 linear feet
Storage Note:
ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-4


Consists of papers of American commodities agent Alexander Chambers, much of which deals with his commercial agent, H. H. Steel, in Guatemala.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of correspondence, documents, maps, a bank book (1864), financial reports, and printed matter of Chambers of Newtown, Pa. The collection contains correspondence with banks, commodity and customhouse brokers, and with Chambers' commercial agent in Guatemala, H. H Scheel. Much of the collection deals with Scheel's descriptions of an unsuccessful court case (1921-1929) in Guatemala involving the loss of monies paid to ex-president Manuel Estrada Cabrera in return for the granting of sugar export licenses, and Scheel's efforts to regain the money from the Guatemalan government. There is also material concerning dealings with the United Fruit Company, the Ulua Commercial Company in Honduras, and the Catawba Gold Mining Company, including forty of its gold bond certificates issued in 1921. Also present are documents, contracts, reports, correspondence and maps relating to the Ulua Commercial Company and the Olancho Mineral Company, both concerned with gold and mineral mining in Honduras in the early 1900s.

Collection Creator Biography:

Chambers, A. B. (Alexander B.)

Alexander Chambers was an American commodities broker in Newtown, Pa.

Collection History


No acquisition information is currently available for this collection.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '14 in 2013.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Alexander Chambers Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-4