TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

History

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Series I: Correspondence, undated, 1854-1933

Series II: Administrative Records, undated, 1852-1920

Series III: General Account Records, undated, 1847-1928

Series IV: Labor Records, undated, 1854-1920

Series V: Production Records, undated, 1853-1927

Series VI: Sales Records, undated, 1850-1938

Series VII: Griggs & Chapin Company, 1882-1887






Holley Manufacturing Company Records



Finding aid prepared by Archives & Special Collections Staff.






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Overview of the Collection

Repository: Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
Creator: Rudd, Charles E.
Title: Holley Manufacturing Company Records.
Dates: undated, 1847-1933.
Quantity: 75 linear feet.
Identification: MSS19800028
Language: English.
Abstract: The Holley Manufacturing Company of Lakeville (Salisbury), Connecticut, produced pocket cutlery and related products, from 1844 until 1946. Holley Manufacturing Company's sales and production declined after 1933 and the firm was dissolved in 1946.

History

The Holley Manufacturing Company of Lakeville (Salisbury), Connecticut, produced pocket cutlery and related products, from 1844 until 1946. Founded in 1844 by Alexander Hamilton Holley and George Merwin as Holley and Merwin, the Company claimed to be the oldest manufacturer of pocket cutlery in the United States. The company name was later changed to Holley & Company. In 1854, it was incorporated as the Holley Manufacturing Company, with Alexander H. Holley as president, George B. Burrall, treasurer, and William B. Rudd, secretary. William Rudd's son, Malcolm D. Rudd, succeeded him as treasurer and general manager, serving in that position until 1942. Its customers were retailers and small jobbers, mostly in New England, Pennsylvania, and upper New York State. Total annual sales of the company probably did not exceed $50,000 from 1844 to 1925, or $10,000 from 1925 to 1933. Holley Manufacturing Company's sales and production declined after 1933 and the firm was dissolved in 1946.

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Scope and Content

The Holley Manufacturing Company records provide detailed information about this important pocket cutlery firm. The bulk of this collection consists of correspondence with customers, hardware dealers, other manufacturing companies, sales agents, the Manufacturers Association of Connecticut, and credit and collecting agencies. The records also include substantial information about employees, sales, and production, and finances.

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Arrangement

Series I: Correspondence (undated, 1854-1933) consists of incoming correspondence (1854-1933), letters from the agents (1887-1933), select correspondence from R.G. Dun Company, hardware dealers, the Manufacturers Association of Connecticut, and the firm of Kemble and Mills; and outgoing correspondence (1847-1933).

Series II: Administrative Records (undated, 1852-1920) contains contracts, legal and semi-legal documents, insurance policies, patents, personnel policies, reports, tax records, blueprints, and notebooks.

Series III: General Accounts (undated, 1847-1928) consists of daybooks, journals, ledgers, accounting statements, and other general account records.

Series IV: Labor Records (undated, 1854-1920) consists of records related to payroll and employee's accounts.

Series V: Production Records (undated, 1853-1927) consists of inventory books, cost estimates, records of raw material used, and material samples.

Series VI: Sales Records (undated, 1850-1938) consists of catalog and price lists (1850-1934), salesmen's reports and trip books (1853-1869), customer credit ratings (1856-1858), customer lists (1904-1920), Boyd's City Dispatch Credit reports (1911-1932), R.G. Dun and Company reports (1869-1876), sales summaries (1901-1914), photographs of Holley pocket knives, and price lists and catalogs from other cutlery and silver manufacturing companies.

Series VII: Griggs & Chapin Company (undated, 1882-1887) contains business records of Griggs & Chapin Company, a general store evidently used by the Holley Company to pay employees in kind.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.

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Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of Connecticut business records. See also the papers of Malcolm D. Rudd. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the reference desk.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Persons:

Burrall, George B.
Holley, Alexander H. (Alexander Hamilton), 1804-1887.
Rudd, Malcolm Day, b. 1877.
Rudd, William B. (William Beardslee)

Organizations:

American Pocket Cutlery Manufacturers Association.

Subjects:

Collection agencies--Connecticut.
Connecticut--Business, industries, and trades--Cutlery.
Cutlery trade--Connecticut.
Hardware stores--Connecticut.
Industrial relations--Connecticut.
Labor unions--Connecticut.
Lakeville (Conn.--Business, industries, and trades--Cutlery.
Manufactures--Connecticut.
Silver-plated flatware--United States.
Torrington (Conn.)--Business, industries, and trades--Cutlery.
Trade and professional associations--Connecticut.
Trade-union meetings--Connecticut.

Document Types:

Administrative Records.
Catalogs.
Correspondence.
Financial Records.
General Accounts.
Insurance Policies.
Inventories.
Labor Records.
Production Records.
Sales Records.

Occupations:

Cutlery manufacturer.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Holley Manufacturing Company Records. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Yale University Libraries in 1979.

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Detailed Description

Series I: Correspondence, undated, 1854-1933
Incoming Correspondence
1 1854 May - 1867 September
2 1867 October - 1869 August
3 1869 September - 1871 February
4 1871 March - 1872 June
5 1872 July - 1873 December
6 1874 January - 1875 August
7 1975 September - 1877 August
8 1877 September - 1879 December
9 1880 January - 1881 December
10 1882 January - 1883 October
11 1883 November - 1885 June
12 1885 July - 1887 April
13 1887 May - 1890 February
14 1890 March - 1891 December
15 1892 January - 1893 September
16 1895 October - 1897 December
17 1898 January - 1899 August
18 1898 January - 1899 August
19 1899 August - 1901 April
20 1901 April - 1902 March
21 1902 March - 1903 January
22 1903 January - 1903 November
23 1903 December - 1904 October
24 1904 November - 1905 October
25 1905 November - 1906 October
26 1906 October - 1907 August
27 1907 September - 1908 October
28 1908 October - 1909 September
29 1909 September - 1910 May
30 1910 June - 1911 April
31 1911 May - 1912 April
32 1912 April - 1913 November
33 1913 December - 1915 March
34 1915 April - 1917 February
35 1917 February - 1918 November
36 1918 December - 1920 June
37 1920 July - 1923 March
38 1923 April - 1933
Letters from agents
39 1887-1896
40 1896-1904
41 1905-1908
42 1908 September - 1913 April
43 1913 April - 1933
Select Correspondence
43 R.G. Dun & Co., undated
Hardware Dealers, undated
Manufacturers and Association of Connecticut, undated
Kemble & Mills, undated
Outgoing Correspondence
44 1847 November - 1901 October
45 1901 October - 1905 November
46 1905 November - 1910 September
47 1910 September - 1915 January
48 1915 January - 1933
Telegrams, 1911-1917
Loose Letters, 1884-1933
Series II: Administrative Records, undated, 1852-1920
49 Contracts, 1851-1863
Contracts, 1891-1912
Contracts and Agreements, 1852-1899
Insurance policies, undated
Legal papers, 1851-1914
Notebooks: Union Hall Meetings; Holley Co. Band; Malcolm D. Rudd; District no. 4, undated, 1901
Patents: other companies, 1868-1905
Personnel: State of Connecticut publications on labor laws and workmen's compensation 1913-1919
Personnel policies and benefits, 1851, 1910-1912
Reports and production procedures, 1893-1914
Silver Plated Ware Manufacturers Association, 1880
Taxes and census of manufactures, 1851-1870
OS Taxable list of property, 1903-1932
OS Holley Block: blueprints, undated
OS Equipment: blueprints and drawings, undated, 1911
OS Iron Age Bulletin, 1875, 1887
Series III: General Account Records, undated, 1847-1928
Daybooks
50 1850 March - 1857 August
51 1854 June - 1882 February
Journals
52 1901 January - 1910 January
53 1910 January - 1927 December
Ledgers
54 1846-1877
55 1875-1891
56 1892-1912
57 1912-1927
58 Particular expenses ledger, 1901-1928
59 Accounting statements, 1901-1930
Lists of draft issued, 1888-1922
Collection sheets, undated, 1865-1878
Accounts payable and receivable ledger, 1847-1858
Account book, 1860-1867
Closed accounts for collection by Kemble & Mills, 1908-1909
OS Account statements and bills, 1855-1907, 1929
Series IV: Labor Records, undated, 1854-1920
Work Book Ledgers
60 1854 May - 1873 November
61 1873 December - 1895 November
62 1895 November - 1920 December
Workmen's Ledgers (payroll and expenses)
63 1854 June - 1890 July
64 1890 July - 1911 July
65 Time books, 1866-1928
Wage Journals for individuals, 1873-1920
Employees record book, 1900-1912
Series V: Production Records, undated, 1853-1927
66 Inventory books, rough copies, 1875, 1887-1920
67 Inventory books, smooth copies, 1853-1895
68 Inventory books, smooth copies, 1896-1927
Inventory books of knives, 1862-1873
69 Inventory, schedule and notes, 1858-1912
Comparative production costs, 1865-1879
Cost estimates, 1899-1924
Cost estimates books, 1855-1879, 1901-1914
Raw material used, 1904-1922
Ledger of metals, gauges, and patterns, 1903
Reference book, C.E. Rudd, 1906
Gasoline engine time book, 1907
Finishing room: activity price book, 1910-1914
Production record books
70 Material Samples, undated
White Heat Products Co.
Shults Co.,
Bird Glue Co.
Eagle Lock Co.
R. Wallace & Sons Manufacturing Co.
Janell Belting Co.
Delaware Hard Fiber Co.
Arlington Co.
Hammacher, Schlemmer and Co.
71 Diamond Co.
Angiers Co.
Krallert Co.
Hammer Co.
Harlem Valley's Firemen's Association
DeHaven Manufacturing Co.
F.W. Devoe & C.T. Reynolds Co.
Salisbury, Hooley Co.
Celluloid Co.
Washington Emery Mills Co.
American Vulcanized Fiber Co.
Broken Shield Co.
Jos. Stelwagon Co.
72 Shercliffe & Sons
Uncon Pearl Works
Applebee & Newman
R.S. Peck & Co.
Miscellaneous
73 Objects
Series VI: Sales Records, undated, 1850-1938
74 Advertisements and business cards, undated
Photographs of Holley pocket knives, undated, 1876
Catalog, 1896
Customer credit rating book, 1856-1858
Price lists, 1850-1934
Sales agents' trip books, 1853-1869
75 Sales agents' expense and collection reports, 1880-1917
Sales agents' notebooks, undated, 1887
Sales agents' expense books, 1901-1902
Sales agents' commission accounts, 1905-1917
American Table Cutlery Manufacturers Association, 1879-1881
Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co.: Price lists, 1869-1894
Meriden Cutlery Co.: Price list and catalog, 1870-1878
Rogers Cutlery Co. and William Roger Manufacturing Co.: price list and catalogs, 1877-1884
Wallace Brothers: price lists, 1878-1881
Price lists and advertisements: other companies, 1870-1893
Dun's reports, 1868-1876
Boyd's City Dispatch, 1911-1932
76 R.G. Dun and Co., Reference Book, 1917
OS Printed price lists and advertisements, undated
R.G. Dun and Co. printed maps, 1909
Series VII: Griggs & Chapin Company, 1882-1887
77 Daybook, 1882-1883
General Ledger, 1883-1884
78 Correspondence, bills, receipts, 1883-1887