Fonds consists of the records of three generations of the Leavitt or Lovett family. There are the business records of Captain Daniel Lovett, Sr., and Captain Daniel Lovett, Jr., largely dealing with ships in the coastal trade. They cover the period 1790-1830 and include the schooner "Rosannah", and sloops "Dove" and "Hibernia", schooner "Sally", a scow "Mary" and brig "Susannah". There is also an account book for the poorhouse or almshouse in Saint John, kept by Daniel Lovett, 1810-1837 which details money spent for the maintenance of the poor.
The members of the family active in the middle years of the nineteenth century diversified their business interests but were also involved in shipping. The records of George L. Lovett (Leavitt) from Paraguay and Chile include accounts of the difficulty of Chilean trade and the loss of the "General O'Higgins" in 1852.
The records of A. Gordon Leavitt, 1879-1937, include family notes and genealogy, programmes, invitations, a business card, and a book, "St. John. New Brunswick. Canada", 1906.