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Overview of the Collection

History

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Series I: Meriden Britannia Company, undated, 1853-1899

Series II: Rogers Manufacturing Company, undated, 1885-1900

Series III: Other ISC Predecessors, ca. 1880-1901

Series IV: International Silver Company, undated, 1899-1931

Series V: Unidentified Volumes, undated, 1875-1906

Series VI: Non-ISC Volumes, undated, 1899-1916






International Silver Company Records



Finding aid prepared by James W. Campbell.






Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
405 Babbidge Road, Unit 1205
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1205



© 2004 University of Connecticut



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
Creator: International Silver Company.
Title: International Silver Company Records.
Dates: undated, 1853-1931.
Quantity: 48 linear feet.
Identification: MSS19800008
Language: English.
Abstract: The International Silver Company was organized under the laws of the State of New Jersey on November 19, 1898. Within the next year, seventeen companies were purchased. By the early 1900s, it had become a large industrial corporation. Its operations centered at Meriden, Connecticut, would prove to be the major producer of silver products in the United States.

History

The International Silver Company was organized under the laws of the State of New Jersey on 19 November 1898. Immediately upon organization, the company bought the total capital stock of the following companies: Barbour Silver Company (Hartford), *Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport), *Manhattan Silver Plate, (Lyons, New York), *Meriden Britannia Company (Meriden), *Norwich Cutlery (Norwich), *William Rogers Manufacturing Company (Hartford), Rogers Cutlery (Hartford), Rogers and Brothers (Waterbury), Rogers and Hamilton (Waterbury), Wilcox Silver Plate (Meriden), Watrous Manufacturing Company (Wallingford), Standard Silver Company, Ltd. (Toronto, Canada).

During the first six months of 1899, an additional four companies were purchased. Derby Silver Company (Derby), Simpson, Hall, Miller & Company (Wallingford), Simpson Nickel Company (Wallingford), Middletown Plate Company (Middletown).

In January of 1903, the stock of the United States Silver Corporation was acquired, thereby gaining indirect ownership of: *C. Rogers & Brothers (Meriden).

Thus, in the space of a few years, there came into being a large industrial corporation, worth $20,000,000 at organization, which, with its operations centered at Meriden, Connecticut, would prove to be the major producer of silver products in the United States.

(*) indicates companies represented in this collection.

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Scope and Content

With only a few exceptions, the collection consists of bound volumes of financial records and other materials relating to the business of silver products manufacturing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The record is by no means complete. In addition to financial matters, researchers may find materials of interest to broader social history in the Rogers Manufacturing Company correspondence volumes, and the time records and advertisements of the Meriden Britannia Company.

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Arrangement

Series I: Meriden Britannia Company (undated, 1853-1899) consists of 38 volumes including financial records (blotters, cashbooks, ledgers, and indices), time records, advertisements/catalogues, and memoranda. Although gaps appear in the cashbook collection, nonetheless, a reasonably complete record is provided in this category for the period 1853-1874, with an additional volume for 1893-1899.

Series II: Rogers Manufacturing Company (undated, 1885-1900), consists of 16 volumes of financial records (ledgers and journals), records of the New York store, correspondence, and one volume of electrotypes illustrating Rogers' products. As mentioned above, the correspondence is illustrative of the business conditions of the period and consists of copies of outgoing letters from the company officers.

Series III: Other ISC Predecessors (ca. 1880-1901), consists of a few volumes from four companies which later became part of International Silver: Manhattan Silver Plate Company, (1 volume, cash book 1880s), Holmes and Edwards Silver Company, (1 volume, scrapbook, 1890s) Norwich Cutlery Company, (2 volumes, cashbook and daybook, 1890s), and C. Rogers and Brothers, (1 volume, private ledger, 1899-1901).

Series IV: International Silver Company (undated, 1899-1931), consists of 4 volumes from the early years of the company including order books and circulars.

Series V: Unidentified Volumes (undated, 1875-1906), consists of 8 volumes of material which cannot be identified as to origin. It appears that much of this may be from Meriden Britannia, but precise identification has not been possible.

Series VI: Non-ISC Volumes (undated, 1899-1916), consists of 5 volumes from silver manufacturing companies which do not appear to have been a part of International Silver Company. Represented here are Oneida Community Silver Company, (2 scrapbooks, 1910s, from the publications Jewelers Circular and Keystone), Maltby Henley Company, (2 volumes of financial records, 1900s), and E. G. Webster & Son, (1 volume of electrotypes, undated).

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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. 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.

Organizations:

Bridgeport (Conn.)--Business, industries, and trades--Silver.
Connecticut--Business, industries, and trades--Silver.
Hartford (Conn.)--Business, industries, and trades--Silver.
Lyons (N.Y.)
Meriden (Conn.)--Business, industries, and trades--Silver.
New York (State)--Business, industries, and trades--Silver.
Norwich (Conn.)--Business, industries, and trades--Silver.
Silver industry--Connecticut.
Silver industry--New York (State)
Silver-plated flatware--United States.
Silverware--United States.

Document Types:

Administrative Records.
Advertisements.
Catalogs.
Correspondence.
Financial Records.
Fliers. [printed matter]
Indexes.
Scrap-Books.

Occupations:

Manufacturer of silver products.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

The collection was transferred to the University of Connecticut from Yale University in three shipments that were completed on 15 January 1980.

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Detailed Description

[The majority of the collection is shelved by volume number, only the volumes with a box number indicated are located in boxes.]

Series I: Meriden Britannia Company, undated, 1853-1899
Blotters
1:1 #16, 1860-1863
1:2 #[18], 1868-1869
1:3 #20, 1870-1871
1:4 #21, 1872
Cash Books
1:5 1853 January
6-11 1853 - 1857 July
12-17 1865 August - 1868 November
18 1869 May - October
19 1870 March - September
20 1871 September - 1872 February
21-22 1874 April - December
2:23 1893 January -1899 April
Ledgers
24 1855-1857
25 1860-1862
2:26 Supply Purchase—Machinery, undated
27 Early financial volume, 1854-1856
Indices to Financial Volumes
28 Index to Ledgers EE and FF
29 Index N-W
30 Index P
31 Index U-X
32 Index Y-Z
Time Records
33 Time Book (includes unbound materials), 1869-1884
34 Machine Room Employees, 1872-1878
Advertisements/Catalogues
35 Catalogue List, 1889-1897
2:36 National Advertisements, 1890
37 Contracts for advertising, 1893-1916
Memoranda
38 Consignment to Chicago store, undated
Order Books
3:39 1906 January - 1922 September
3:40 1909 January - 1931 December
Series II: Rogers Manufacturing Company, undated, 1885-1900
Financial Records
4:41 Expenditures (includes unbound materials), 1881-1882
OS42 Purchase Ledger, 1893
4:43 Sales & Purchase Ledger (with index), 1898-1899
OS44-45 Sales Ledger, 1898-1899
46 Journal, 1893-1899
3:47-48 Account Ledgers, 1893-1899
New York Store
4:49 Financial Records (includes unbound materials), 1865-1894
Correspondence
4:50 “W.H.W.” [W.H. Watrous], 1887-1888
5:51 F. William Rogers, Secretary, 1885-1886
4:52 William Rogers Manufacturing Company, 1890
5:53 William Rogers Manufacturing Company, 1894
5:54 William Rogers Manufacturing Company, 1897-1898
4:55-56 William Rogers Manufacturing Company, 1898-1899
4:57 William Rogers Manufacturing Company, 1899-1900
Electrotypes
58 Illustrations of Rogers products, undated
Sales Price Books
3:59 Price Book (includes unbound materials), undated
Series III: Other ISC Predecessors, ca. 1880-1901
Manhattan Silver Plate Company
7:60 Cash Book, 1885-1888
Holmes and Edwards Silver Company
7:61 Scrapbook, undated, 1891
Norwich Cutlery Company
62 Cash Book, 1890-1895
63 Day Book, 1894-1896
C. Rogers and Brothers
7:64 Private Ledger, 1899-1901
Series IV: International Silver Company, undated, 1899-1931
Order Books
65 1901 September -1902 January
66 “Foreign”, 1908 January - 1909 January
Circulars
6:67 #1-I through #218-I, 1899-1931
6:68 Letters #599 - #741, 1917-1921
Series V: Unidentified Volumes, undated, 1875-1906
Journals
69 1863 January - 1868 November
70 1872 March - 1874 September
71 1890 December - 1899 April
Time Records
72 1894-1900
Cash Books
73 “EE”, 1875-1876
Bills Payable
74 1869-1871
Index
75 Index volume, undated
Inventories
3:76 General inventory of machinery, 1906
Series VI: Non-ISC Volumes, undated, 1899-1916
Oneida Community Silver Company
77 Scrapbook of advertisements, 1907-1916
78 Scrapbook of advertisements, 1907-1916
Maltby Henley Company
7:79 Cashbook, 1900-1903
7:80 Financial records, 1899-1903
E.G. Webster & Sons
81 Electrotypes, undated