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Jeff Simonson <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 6 Jul 1998 17:26:22 -0400
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At 11:34 AM 03-07-98 +0100, you wrote:
>I am trying to find information on New York tax rates and revenues for the
>period after the end of the American Revolution and before the formation
>of the federal government under the Constitution (the period from
>1783-1789).  I am aware of the information starting in 1789 summarized in
>Don C. Sowers, _Financial History of New York State from 1789 to 1912_
>(New York, 1914), but I have not found a convenient source for similar
>information for the 1780s.  As far as primary material is concerned, I
>have looked through the session laws for the period.  Otherwise, I would
>be grateful for any hints about where to look in either primary or
>secondary sources.  I am particularly interested in finding a record of
>customs duties collected by the state, but would be grateful for
>suggestions about where I might find any tax or revenue data.
>Thanks very much.
>Mark Kaplanoff
>Dr M.D. Kaplanoff                                         Pembroke College
>University Lecturer in American History                 Cambridge  CB2 1RF
>Cambridge University &                                             England
>Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge               phone: +44-1223-338151
>                                                      fax: +44-1223-338163
>History Faculty office (secretary, Ms Susan Pocock) phone: +44-1223-335304
>                                                      fax: +44-1223-335968

Hi Mark,

Not sure if the information listed below (located at NYC Municipal
Archives) is helpful, but thought I'd pass it along.

There is also page at the NAR Regional NY facility that discusses their
holdings. They do have customs papers, but most seem to begin in 1789. That
address is:


Author:        New York (N.Y.). Dept. of Taxes and Assessments.
Title:         Tax assessment records, 1789-1877.
Description:   7 volumes.
Notes:         Series consists of four volumes of "Tax Assessment
                  Record" for the east, south, north, west, Dock,
                  Montgomery, Out wards and Harlem division for 1789
                  and 1791, and wards 1 to 7 and the Harlem division
                  for 1794 to 1795.  Also included is a list of
                  property exempt by law from taxation for 1875 to
                  1877, a small-sized notebook of William S. White,
                  City Surveyor, and a 1819 census return for the
                  first ward.
               New York (N.Y.).  Dept. of Taxes and Assessments.  Tax
                  Assessment Records, 1789-1877.  NYC Municipal
               NYNV91-a147 is the agency history record of the Dept.
                  of Finance, the current successor of the Dept. of
                  Taxes and Assessments.
Subjects:      Local government -- New York (N.Y.)
               Municipal government -- New York (N.Y.)
               Assessment -- New York (N.Y.)
               Taxation, Exemption from -- New York (N.Y.)
               New York (N.Y.) -- Census
               Municipal government records. aat
Other authors: New York (N.Y.). Dept. of Finance. Property Division.
               New York (N.Y.). Tax Dept.
               New York (N.Y.). Real Property Assessment Dept.
Location:      Municipal Archives. NYC Dept. of Records and
                  Information Services. Chambers Street Room 101, New
                  York, N.Y. 10007.
Control No.:   NYNV91-A565

Kind Regards,

Jeff Simonson

Massachusetts Genealogical & Investigative Research Services
Boston, Massachusetts USA

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