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Guide to the Abraham Emmanuel Sautter Papers, 1800-1830
Special Collections M0534  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Access Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Abraham Emmanuel Sautter Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1800-1830
    Collection number: Special Collections M0534
    Creator: Sautter, Abraham Emmanuel, fl. ca. 1820.
    Extent: 3 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Purchased, 1989.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Abraham Emmanuel Sautter Papers, M0534, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical Note

    Abraham Emmanuel Sautter, fl. ca. 1820, along with his two brothers Donat and Daniel, appears to have owned a shipping brokerage firm through which they contracted to buy goods and have them shipped literally all over the world. They also contracted through other shipping companies and/or brokerage firms to obtain goods for themselves and for resale to their clients. Little can be determined about any of the Sautter brothers with regard to their personal lives. One could assume, however, that they were involved and well connected in French, Swiss and English commercial communities as they belonged to several international commercial societies. A.E. Sautter kept assiduous businesss records including copies of business correspondence, and duplicate accounts for himself and for his clients.

    Scope and Content

    The collection, spanning the years from 1800-1830, has been divided into four parts: outgoing and incoming correspondence to and from Abraham Emmanuel Sautter; accounts and invoices related directly to AE Sautter and Sautter Freres; correspondence and accounts to or from the Sautter's business associates with or without reference to them; and, miscellaneous documents which have been set aside for their interesting features or topics.
    The collection consists entirely of papers which Abraham Emmanuel Sautter kept filed for the company. He and his brothers wrote and kept the files in French, although there is a significant amount of material, especially accounts and other documents in English, Prussian (German) and Dutch. Goods were obtained from all over the world: cotton and rice from South Carolina, sugar from the West Indies, opium, silk and cinnamon from Bombay and Bengal, and potash from Canada. The Sautter brothers themselves travelled significantly throughout Europe and Asia (and maybe even the United States) as can be seen from some of the addresses on the correspondence refering to St. Petersbourg, Constantinople, Florence, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Livorno and London.

    Access Terms

    Science and Industry--France.
    Opium trade.
    Potash industry and trade.
    19th century--France.