E. Ingraham Company Records
1980.0034

Summary Information

Repository
Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
Creator
E. Ingraham Company.
Title
E. Ingraham Company Records
ID
1980.0034
Date [inclusive]
undated, 1840-1967
Extent
268.0 Linear feet
Language of Materials
English
Abstract
For more than a century, the E. Ingraham Company was a prominent family-operated manufacturer of clocks and watches, with headquarters and plants located in Bristol, Connecticut

Preferred Citation

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

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History

For more than a century, the E. Ingraham Company was a prominent family-operated manufacturer of clocks and watches, with headquarters and plants located in  Bristol, Connecticut. Most of its employees were natives of the Bristol region, and members of the Ingraham family of Bristol controlled its management.

The company underwent numerous reorganizations and name changes, particularly during the 19th century. It was founded in 1831, when Elias Ingraham (1805-1885) opened his own shop in Bristol as a cabinetmaker and designer of clock cases. In 1841,  Benjamin Ray and  Andrew Ingraham founded  Ray and Ingraham, and hired  Elias Ingraham, whose business had succumbed to financial difficulties, as a case maker and designer. This firm was succeeded in 1844 by  Brewster and Ingrahams, with  Elisha Brewster, a clock movement maker, joining Andrew and  Elias Ingraham as partners, succeeded this firm in 1844. In 1852, the company name was changed to  E. and A. Ingraham. When fire destroyed their plant in 1855, the Ingrahams relocated temporarily in  Ansonia, Connecticut, returning to Bristol in 1857. The company name continued to change:  Elias Ingraham and Company (1857-1860),  E. Ingraham and Company (1861-1880), and  E. Ingraham and Company (1881-1884). From 1884 to 1958, the period during which most of the surviving company records were created, the firm was known as  E. Ingraham Company. In 1958, the name was changed to  Ingraham Company, and in November 1967, when the company was sold to  McGraw Edison Company, it became  Ingraham Industries.

From the 1850s until his death in 1885, Elias Ingraham served as president of the company. His son,  Edward Ingraham (1850-1892), who served until his death in 1892, succeeded him.  Walter A. Ingraham (1855-1939), Edward's son, was president from 1892 until 1927, when he became chairman of the board. His brother,  William S. Ingraham (1857-1930), served as company treasurer for many years. In 1927, William's son  Edward Ingraham II (1887-1972) succeeded his uncle as president of the company, serving until 1954. Edward's brother,  Dudley S. Ingraham (b. 1890) was the last of the Ingraham family to hold the position of president, from 1954 until 1956. However,  Edward Ingraham continued as chairman of the board from 1954 to 1961. Later presidents of the company included  Robert E. Cooper, Jr. (1956-1961),  Bret C. Neece, who served concurrently as chairman of the board (1961-1963) and  Wesley A. Songer (1963-?).

E. Ingraham Company's products throughout its history reflected technological advances and changing consumer demands for timepieces. Until about 1890, the company manufactured only pendulum clocks, such as the spring-driven 8-day pendulum clocks produced by  Brewster and Ingrahams. During the 1890s, they began making lever escapement time clocks and alarm clocks. Radical changes in manufacturing methods during the following decade enabled  E. Ingraham Company to produce 30-hour alarm clocks, pocket watches (1914), and 8-day alarm lever and timepieces (1915). In 1913 the company purchased the machinery, equipment and inventories of  Bannatyne Watch Company of Waterbury. Soon after, they began to manufacture the popular “dollar watch.” In 1930, Ingraham added non-jeweled wrist watches and in 1931 began marketing electric clocks.

The depression of the 1930s did not affect E. Ingraham Company as severely as it did many other businesses. Employment never dropped more than 15% and wage and salaries were not cut. By the beginning of the Second World War, the company was producing clocks and watches at maximum capacity in order to meet the great export need after many European supplies were cut off. However, in 1942 the War Production Board ordered  E. Ingraham Company to cease manufacture of all clocks and watches. By August 1942 the company had entirely re-tooled for production of items of critical war use, such as mechanical time-fuse parts for Army and Navy anti-aircraft and artillery. Full production of clocks and watches was not resumed until 1946, but the years 1946 to 1948 were boom years for company sales. Meanwhile,  E. Ingraham Company employees were unionized in 1941 by the  United Electrical Workers (UE). Accused of being the “communistic wing of the labor movement,” the UE was forced out of the CIO. In 1950 the IUE-CIO replaced the UE as the union representing  E. Ingraham Company workers.

The company was sold to McGraw Edison Company in November 1967 and its name changed to  Ingraham Industries.

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Scope and Content

The records of the E. Ingraham Company of  Bristol, Connecticut, provide information on one of the premier clack and watch manufacturers of American industry during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They are special companies during industrial revolution in the United States, and with labor organization efforts in such firms between 1930 and 1950.

The records consist of account books, general business records, correspondence, printed materials, photographs, maps and drawings which document the company's history from 1840-1967. They include general accounting and administrative records; records relating to sales, purchasing, production, and labor; subsidiary company records. The general correspondence, which comprises more than half of the records, is particularly voluminous for the years 1916-1947. The records are arranged into seven series.

The catalogs in boxes 345 and 346 were digitized in 2012 and are available online.

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Arrangement

Series I: Administrative Records ( undated, 1840-1967) is subdivided into eight sub-series: Contracts, Advertising Reports, Appraisals, Audited Financial, Statements, General Reports, Special General Reports, Subject Files, and Reference Materials.  Contracts contain legal documents such as agreements, leases, and deeds, and are arranged in alphabetical order.  Advertising Reports contains consumer questioners, advertising expense records, and reports.  Appraisals consist of appraisals, analyses, and surveys done by independent appraisers.  Audited Financial Statements contains the financial statements of the company from 1935-1967.  General Reports contains various reports (including stockholders' reports), projections, proposals, and analyses.  Special Project Reports consists of more specific reports on a variety of matters including industry analyses and comparisons, departmental studies, labor surveys, productivity improvements, war-time planning, and investigative operations.  Subject Files contains tariff information and reports concerning other companies and organizations.  Reference Materials consists of governmental reports, correspondence, and information.

Series II: Company Officials ( 1850 - 1964) consists of the correspondence of Dudley S. Ingraham (1917-1964) including his correspondence regarding the Connecticut Highway Safety Commission (1939-1940);  Edward Ingraham's itineraries as a clock and watch salesman, correspondence of  William S. Ingraham (1916-1930). Note: researchers are advised that a fair amount of routine business and personal correspondence generated by these company officials may also be found in Series III. Additional correspondence belonging to Edward and Dudley Ingraham may be found in their personal collections, also located in Archives & Special Collections. [The  Edward Ingraham Papers include his correspondence, 1931-1959, as company president; memoranda and reports of meetings; and historical note and articles concerning the clock industry. The  Dudley S. Ingraham Papers contain his business correspondence, personal papers, select company records, and papers concerning the estate of his Aunt  Anna Ingraham.]

Series III: Correspondence ( 1868-1962, bulk 1916-1947) contains general and purchasing department correspondence. Incoming and outgoing correspondence for 1870-1885 is arranged alphabetically by year and month. One box containing select correspondence, 1889-1962 is arranged alphabetically by addressee name and topic. There are 53 volumes of letter books containing outgoing correspondence and some personal correspondence of W.A. and W.S. Ingraham for the years 1868-1916.

Because of the vast bulk of correspondence for the years 1916-1940 and 1941-1947, selective sampling procedures were applied to reduce this correspondence to about 10 per cent of its original quantity without destroying the research value of the papers. Discarded correspondence for the years 1916-1940 included customers' orders, duplicate invoices, remittance sheets and shipping memos, most of which duplicated statistical information found in more accessible form in general ledgers and other business records. Duplicate invoices for sample accounts were retained to provide information about prices, terms, etc. In order to reduce the quantity of general and purchasing department correspondence, a list of important customers, suppliers, attorneys and other clock companies was prepared on the basis of reading correspondence for two entire years. Correspondence for these firms was preserved. All other correspondence was destroyed, except for occasional letters of special interest. A sample box of correspondence was saved, and is indicated in the finding aid, for every fourth year, beginning in 1920, in order to illustrate the original method of filing and the nature of the company's daily correspondence and business activities. Through these sampling procedures, correspondence for 1916-1940 was reduced from approximately 1,200 linear feet to about 177 feet. A similar method of sampling was applied to correspondence for 1941-1947. For more detailed information on the sampling procedure see the listing at the end of the finding aid.

Correspondence for 1916-1940 consists primarily of letters exchanged between E. Ingraham Company and selected major customers, suppliers, and attorneys and clock manufacturers. The correspondence from 1916-1927 is arranged alphabetically by year. The correspondence for 1928-1940 is also arranged alphabetically by year and is further divided into two categories entitled purchasing and general. R Researchers are advised, however, to examine both grouping, for there is very little apparent difference between them and both contain mostly general correspondence.

Correspondence for 1941-1960 consists of letters exchanged with selected companies and individuals. It is arranged alphabetically by year. The years 1954-1960 have substantial correspondence with the Aristocratic Clock Company,  P.R. Mallory Company,  McKesson Stores, and  Sears, Roebuck and Company.

Series IV: General Accounts ( 1852-1959) contains financial records such as general ledgers, daybooks, and journals, cashbooks, accounts receivable and payable ledgers, and banking records.

Series V: Purchasing ( 1861-1959) consists of purchasing department records such as inventory records, raw materials purchase records, material purchased and sales registers, and purchase ledgers.

Series VI: Labor ( undated, 1866-1964) consists of records pertaining to employees, union, and labor relations. It included correspondence, time books and payroll ledgers, benefit and retirement plans, employment plans, labor productivity and turnover reports, union records and publications, grievance, hearing, and negotiation records, and correspondence and financial information concerning salaried employees.

Series VII: Production ( undated, 1902-1959) contains order records, production reports, war production information and regulations, and case shop and movement shop production records and information. Also included are some printing plates and samples of parts used in the construction of bomb fuses during WWII.

Series VIII: Sales ( undated, 1856-1970) consists of sales ledgers and order books, railroad freight bills, sales statistics, price list, sales charts, customer letters, information on distributors, special sales campaigns, district sales bulletins, company catalogs, and illustrated advertisements.

Series IX: Subsidiary Companies ( 1869-1966) contains a small amount of records belonging to the subsidiary companies of E. Ingraham Company. These companies were  American Coal Company,  S&S Company,  Press Circulation Company,  Case Wheel and Mill Company,  Bristol Realty Company,  E-Town Corporation, and  Ingraham Canadian Clock Company. The records include general ledgers, correspondence, and financial statements.

Series X: Photographs, maps, and blueprints ( 1885-1964) consists of photographs of company officials, employees, products, and buildings; and maps, drawing and blueprints of factory building and grounds. One item of special interest to the historical researcher is a six-volume set entitled “Clockmakers of Bristol” which contains photos and drawings of early wooden and brass clock movements, and a history of both the clock industry in Connecticut and its most prominent clockmakers.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries February 2000

University of Connecticut Libraries
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205
860.486.2524
archives@uconn.edu

Access

The collection is open and available for research.

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.

Custodial History

In 1939, the E. Ingraham Company deposited many of its account books, general business records and correspondence with  Yale University Library. Additional records were added as accessions at various times through 1972. In 1960, the company converted the deposit to a gift to  Yale University Library. Separate accessions of  E. Ingraham Company Records were arranged and described in 1952, 1955 and 1972.

Acquisition Information

In 1980, the records were transferred as a gift to the Historical Manuscripts and Archives Division of the University of Connecticut. The records were reprocessed in 1992. In 1995, Historical Manuscripts and Archives merged with Special Collections to become Archives & Special Collections, now located in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.

Location of Copies or Alternate Formats

Digital reproductions of materials in this collection may also be found in the Archives & Special Collections digital repository.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to Connecticut businesses. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Administrative records
  • Blueprints (reprographic copies).
  • Correspondence
  • Financial Records
  • Maps (documents)
  • Photographs
  • Sales records

Geographic Name(s)

  • Connecticut
  • United States

Subject(s)

  • Clock and watch industry
  • Clocks and watches
  • Executives
  • Labor
  • Subsidiary corporations

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Administrative Records, undated, 1840-1967 

Contracts 

Box

Accounting guarantees, 1925-1937 

1

Agreements: general, 1848-1939 

Agreements: air travel, 1941-1948 

Appraisal contract, 1928 

Affidavits, 1922 

Armored car services, 1926 

Building contracts, 1924-1937 

Certification, 1924 

Contract for services, 1944 

Deeds, 1840-1923 

Guaranty bonds, 1903-1905 

Labor Contracts, 1913-1944 

Leases, 1928-1955 

Box

License agreement, 1904-1956 

2

Patent, 1915 

Purchase agreement, A - P, 1900-1950 

Box

Purchase agreement, R - Z, 1900-1950 

3

Release of claims, 1932-1933 

Right to lay pipe contract, 1898-1910 

Salary agreements, 1937-1945 

Sales agreements, 1900-1950 

Shippers agreements, 1912 

Side track agreement, 1904-1906 

Trade association agreements, 1933-1944 

Transfer of patents, 1936 

General contracts, undated 

Box

Legal papers: constitution and by-laws, 1953-1966 

4

Advertising Reports 

Advertising expense, 1935-1953 

Consumer copy and layouts, 1931 

Index to advertising plan, 1931 

Index to investigation report, 1931 

Questionnaires from elevator boys, 1931 

Questionnaires from printers, 1931 

Questionnaires from retail clerks, 1931 

Questionnaires from school children, 1931 

Questionnaires from undergraduates, 1931 

Sales quota estimates, 1931 

Tabulation of jobber questionnaires, 1931 

Appraisals 

Appraisal, 1913 

Analysis of distribution, 1928   (3 vols.)

Box

Appraisal inventory and summary, 1928   (3 vols.)

5

Appraisal report (Dwelling property), 1928 

Sales survey, 1928   (2 copies)

Valuation report for insurance purposes, 1928   (2 copies)

Appraisal, 1939   (4 vols.)

Audited Financial Statements 

Statements, 1935-1939 

Statements, 1942 

Statements, 1954-1960 

Statements, 1961-1967 

General Reports 

Box

General business reports, 1951-1962 

6

Mallory Company merger report, 1964-1965 

McGraw-Edison merger report, 1967 

Production control report, 1950 

Profit and loss statements, 1936-1940 

Profit plan, 1961 

Progress report on profit improvement, 1961   (2 vols.)

Projections report, 1966-1967 

Relocation proposal, 1958 

Sales reports (general), 1933-1942 

Sales and profit reports by product and customer, 1950-1951 

Service department report, 1923 

Service department report, 1949   (3 vols.)

Service department repair reports, 1929-1950 

Stockholders reports, 1956-1967 

Analysis of B. Raff Business, 1936   (2 vols.)

Analysis of customers exclusive stock, 1938 

Analysis of sales, prices, costs, profits, 1936 

Box

Analytical comparison of annual product class sales, 1951-1965 

7

Annual product class sales, 1951-1965 

Budget reports, 1937-1938 

Case division study, 1944 

Comments on report on distribution, 1937 

Box

Common stock and purchasing of capital, 1965 

7

New product opportunities, 1962 

Power plant situation, 1925 

Proposed long term financing, 1965 

Reconversion study, 1945 

Renegotiations reports, 1942-1944 

Report on manufacturing improvement program, 1961 

Report on repair trends by products and repair costs by methods and service, 1938 

Reports on trade, 1920 

Report to directors on management group incentive compensation plan, 1962 

Supplemental retirement income plan, 1943-1961 

Unofficial periodical reports, undated 

War production board reports, 1942 

Ways and means of meeting current depression, 1938 

X-127 reports (undercover surveillance), 1947 

Subject Files 

General instructions and memos 101-266, 1942-1961 

U.S. Tariff commission files, 1940-1960   (5 folders)

Committee for reciprocity information, 1936-1955   (4 folders)

Box

Report on the committee on tariff revision, 1908 

8

Tariff information, 1932-1948   (4 folders)

Flexible tariff, 1934 

Swiss reciprocal tariff, 1936-1938 

Industry publication and reports, 1945   (5 folders)

American Tariff League, 1955-1956 

Edward Ingraham files, undated 

World War II Production Award, 1944 

Terry Clock chronology, 1948 

Newspaper clippings, 1936-1966 

135th Ingraham Company brochure, 1966 

The Romance of Time by  Brooks Palmer, 1954 

Other companies and organizations and publication and reports, undated   (3 folders)

American Red Cross “Plan for Performance Appraisal”, 1953 

The Chemical Foundation, Incorporated: “A Primer”, 1934 

The Chemical Foundation, Incorporated: “A Second Primer”, 1935 

Cleveland Twist Company: “President's Address”, 1940 

“ General Electric Policies”, 1937 

General Motors: “New Departure Division”, 1935 

General Electric: “Ten years of Industrial Peace”, 1955 

Hearst Corporation: “How Russia is Winning the Peace”, 1958 

International Silver Co.: diversification study, 1957 

McAlester College: “Productivity & Wages”, 1958 

Manufacturer's Association of Connecticut: “Manufacturers' Obligations under Connecticut law”, 1951 

Manufacturer's Association of Hartford County: Employee's of Forty Years of Service, 1938 

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.: “Functions of the Personal Director”, undated 

Research Institute of America: various reports and studies, 1956 

Vender-Root Employee Association: “Construction and by-laws”, undated 

Westclox: “Handbook for Westcloxers”, 1940 

Reference Materials: Government Publications 

Box

U.S. Senate, 1922-1956   (2 folders)

9

U.S. House of Representatives, 1930-1953   (5 folders)

Joint Economic Committee, 1956 

Executive Office of the President, 1945-1957 

Department of the State, 1948-1960   (3 folders)

Department of Commerce, 1925, 1950 

Department of Labor, 1940 

Department of Treasury, 1932 

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Series II: Company Officials, 1850-1964 

Box

Dudley S. Ingraham correspondence, 1913   (36 folders)

10

Dudley S. Ingraham correspondence, 1961-1963   (5 folders)

11

Edward Ingraham and  Dudley Ingraham memorabilia, 1850-1917 

Itineraries: Edward Ingraham, 1912-1916 

Correspondence, 1951-1964   (8 folders)

William S. Ingraham, 1916-1933   (17 folders)

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Series III: Correspondence, 1868-1962 

Select Correspondence 

Box

Barrington Associates, 1937 

12

Butlers and other clock companies, 1953 

Clock Manufacturers Association of America, 1940-1945 

Customers and prices, 1913-1939   (2 folders)

Eight-day clocks, 1905-1913 

Federal Trade Commission, 1941 

Foreign correspondence, 1896-1918 

General Instructions, 1942-1962 

General Memos, 1949 

Government, 1940-1957 

Interoffice, 1936-1959 

Manufacturers Association of Connecticut, 1924-1954 

Motion picture shop, 1948 

National Security Resources Board, 1952 

New Haven Clock Company, 1889 

Office of Price Administration, 1942-1949 

Ordnance, 1951 

Packaging Companies, 1947-1953 

Pam Clock Company, 1949-1950 

Pocket watches, 1948-1949 

Prices, 1948-1953 

Priorities, 1951 

Production Schedules, 1948-1951 

Profit Packaging, 1949 

Radium dials, 1950 

Service Department, 1946-1953 

Sales Material, 1914-1954   (2 folders)

War-time, 1941-1942 

Correspondence 

Box

 1870-1871 

13

 1872 

14

 1873 October - 1875 May 

15

 1875 June - 1876 December 

16

 1877 January - 1878 December 

17

 1879 January - 1880 May 

18

 1880 June - 1881 July 

19

 1881 August- 1882 January 

20

 1882 February - 1882 June 

21

 1882 July - 1882 December 

22

 1883 January - 1883 May 

23

 1883 August - 1884 January 

24

 1884 January - 1884 June 

25

 1884 June - 1885 March 

26

Outgoing Correspondence 

Box

6 letter books, 1868 - 1904 May 

27

5 letter books, 1904 May - 1907 November 

28

4 letter books, 1908 February - 1909 June 

29

4 letter books, 1909 June - 1912 April 

30

5 letter books, 1912 April - 1912 November 

31

5 letter books, 1913 January - 1913 October 

32

6 letter books, 1913 December - 1914 November 

33

5 letter books, 1914 November - 1915 September 

34

4 letter books, 1915 September - 1916 February 

35

5 letter books, 1916 February - 1916 June 

36

2 letter books, 1916 June - 1916 August 

37

2 personal letter books, 1916 August - 1916 December 

Correspondence 

Box

A - W, 1916 

38

A - B, 1918 

Box

C - W, 1918 

39

A - Sah, 1920 

40

Sai - W, 1920 

41

A - Ch, 1921 

Box

Co - Wal, 1921 

42

Wat - Wi, 1921 

43

A - J, 1922 

Box

K - We, 1922 

44

Wi - Wo, 1922 

45

A - M, 1923 

Box

Ma - W, 1923 

46

A - Br, 1924 

Box

Bu - Lu, 1924 

47

Ly - W, 1924 

48

A - Lo, 1925 

49

Lu - W, 1925 

50

A - I, 1926 

51

K - T, 1926 

52

U - W, 1926 

53

A - Br, 1927 

Box

Bu - H, 1927 

54

I - O, 1927 

55

P - T, 1927 

56

U - W, 1927 

57

Purchasing, A - C, 1928 

Box

Purchasing, C - U, 1928 

58

Purchasing, W - Z, 1928 

59

General, A - K, 1928 

Box

General, L - W, 1928 

60

Sample Box, 1928 

61

A - Kh, 1929 

Box

Purchasing, Kr - Z, 1929 

62

General, A - I, 1929 

Box

General, I - S, 1929 

63

General, T - Z, 1929 

64

Purchasing, A - K, 1930 

Box

Purchasing, L - S, 1930 

65

Purchasing, Sc - W, 1930 

66

General, A - F, 1930 

Box

General, G - W, 1930 

67

Purchasing, A - C, 1931 

Box

Purchasing, C - L, 1931 

68

Purchasing, M - U, 1931 

69

Purchasing, W, 1931 

70

General, A - W, 1931 

General A - O, 1931 

Box

General, P - Z, 1931 

71

Purchasing, A - C, 1932 

Box

Purchasing, Cl - Me, 1932 

72

Purchasing, Mi - Se, 1932 

73

Purchasing, Sey - W, 1932 

74

General, A - B, 1932 

Box

General, C - Z, 1932 

75

Sample Box, 1932 

Box

Sample Box, 1932 

76

Purchasing, A - Cl, 1933 

Box

Purchasing, Co - K, 1933 

77

Purchasing, K - S, 1933 

78

Purchasing, S - W, 1933 

79

General, A - D, 1933 

Box

General, E - H, 1933 

80

Quotations, 1933 

Box

Purchasing, A - C, 1934 

81

Purchasing, C - I, 1934 

82

Purchasing, K - R, 1934 

83

Purchasing, S - W, 1934 

84

General, A - D, 1934 

Box

General, E - W, 1934 

85

Purchasing, A - Ca, 1935 

Box

Purchasing, Ch - K, 1935 

86

Purchasing, K - S, 1935 

87

Purchasing, S - W, 1935 

88

General, A - I, 1935 

Box

General, C - W, 1935 

89

Purchasing, B - C, 1936 

Box

Purchasing, C - I, 1936 

90

Purchasing, K - R, 1936 

91

Purchasing, R, 1936 

92

General, A - F, 1936 

Box

General, H - W, 1936 

93

Sample Box, A - G, 1936 

Box

Sample Box, C - J, 1936 

94

Purchasing, A - C, 1937 

Box

Purchasing, C - L, 1937 

95

Purchasing, M - S, 1937 

96

Purchasing, S - W, 1937 

97

General, B - K, 1937 

Box

General, K - W, 1937 

98

Purchasing, A - C, 1938 

Box

Purchasing, C - I, 1938 

99

Purchasing, K - R, 1938 

100

Purchasing, S, 1938 

101

General, A - W, 1938 

Box

General, W, 1938 

102

Purchasing, A - C, 1939 

Box

Purchasing, C - K, 1939 

103

Purchasing, K - U, 1939 

104

Purchasing, U - W, 1939 

105

General, B - N, 1939 

Box

General, N - Wa, 1939 

106

General, We, 1939 

107

Purchasing, A - C, 1940 

Box

Purchasing, C - Ma, 1940 

108

Purchasing, Mn - W, 1940 

109

General, A - K, 1940 

Box

General, L - W, 1940 

110

Sample Box, P - R, 1940 

Charts for list of correspondence saved from E. Ingraham Co., 1941-1947 

Box

A - C, 1941 

111

Ca - G, 1941 

112

Ge - Li, 1941 

113

Lo - R, 1941 

114

S - Z, 1941 

115

A - Ba, 1942 

Box

Be - E, 1942 

116

F - M, 1942 

117

N - Y, 1942 

118

A - Ec, 1943 

119

Ed - M, 1943 

120

M - Z, 1943 

121

A - Bo, 1944 

Box

Br - I, 1944 

122

I - R, 1944 

123

S - Z, 1944 

124

Sample Box, W, 1944 

A - B, 1945 

Box

Ba - I, 1945 

125

I - Z, 1945 

126

A - H, 1946 

127

H - U, 1946 

128

U - Z, 1946 

129

A - C, 1947 

Box

D - Mc, 1947 

130

Mi - Z, 1947 

131

A - Ar, 1954 

132

Ar - Do, 1954 

133

Dr - O, 1954 

134

P - U, 1954 

135

U - Z, 1954 

136

A - Ar, 1955 

137

Ar, 1955 

138

Ar - B, 1955 

139

C, 1955 

140

D - Et, 1955 

141

Eu - G, 1955 

142

G - I, 1955 

143

I - K, 1955 

144

K - M, 1955 

145

M - Mc, 1955 

146

Mc - Me, 1955 

147

Mi - Na, 1955 

148

Ne - Q, 1955 

149

R - Se, 1955 

150

Se, 1955 

151

Sh - Wer, 1955 

152

Wes - Z, 1955 

153

A - Ar, 1956 

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Ar - Av, 1956 

154

B - Bi, 1956 

155

Bl - C, 1956 

156

D - I, 1956 

157

J - L, 1956 

158

Ma - Mc, 1956 

159

Mc - Ra, 1956 

160

Re - Se, 1956 

161

Se - Sz, 1956 

162

T - Z, 1956 

163

A - D, 1957 

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D - Z, 1957 

164

A, 1958 

Box

B - K, 1958 

165

L - P, 1958 

166

P - S, 1958 

167

T - Z, 1958 

168

A - C, 1959 

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C - I, 1959 

169

I - P, 1959 

170

O - V, 1959 

171

V - Z, 1959 

172

M - R, 1959 

173

S - R, 1959 

174

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Series IV: General Accounts, 1852-1959 

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General Ledger and index, 1852-1900   (15 vols.)

186 187 184 185 182 183 180 181 178 179 176 177 188 175 189
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Daybook and journal, 1857-1921   (32 vols.)

196 197 194 195 200 201 198 199 215 216 202 214 219 220 217 218 210 211 212 213 207 207 208 209 203 204 205 206 193 192 191 190 221
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Trial Balance Ledger, 1876-1889   (2 vols.)

223 222
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General Accounts scrapbook, 1883-1884 

224

Check Book, 1876-1882 

225

General accounts scrapbook, 1881-1887   (2 vols.)

226

Check Book   (3 vols.)

 1880-1881 

 1910-1911 

 1915-1916 

Bills payable ledger, 1870-1896   (4 vols.)

Cash Book, 1881-1887 

Petty cash, 1870-1874 

Bank Book, 1970-1872   (3 vols.)

Ledger posting records 

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 1921-1923 

227

 1924-1926 

228

 1927-1928 

229

 1929-1930 

230

 1931-1933 

231

 1933-1935 

232

 1936-1937 

233

 1937-1939 

234

 1939-1940 

235

 1941-1944 

236

 1944-1947 

237

 1947 

238
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Accounts payable records, 1938-1947   (8 vols.)

246 245 244 243 242 241 240 239
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Accounts receivable ledger, 1938-1947   (11 vols.)

251 252 249 250 247 248 257 256 255 254 253
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Accounts receivable ledger   (4 vols.)

258

 1904-1917 

 1921-1931 

 1921-1941 

 1932-1942 

Stocks and bonds purchase ledger, 1913-1916 

Bank deposit books, 1915-1918   (4 vols.)

Cash book   (4 vols.)

 1919-1922 

 1931-1932 

Ledger Index, 1936-1937 

General Ledger, 1944-1945 

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Series V: Purchasing, 1861-1959 

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Inventory Ledger, 1861-1895   (2 vols.)

259

Inventory of pinions, 1890-1904   (3 vols.)

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Materials purchased and sales register, 1901-1924   (9 vols.)

267 268 265 266 263 264 261 262 260
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Purchase orders, 1906-1916   (7 vols.)

269

Inventory of tools and equipment, 1899 

270

Coal purchase ledger, 1902-1912 

Inventory of watches and clocks, 1903-1913 

Purchase ledger, 1912-1917 

General office record, 1912-1959 

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Brass purchases, 1924-1940 

270

Records of production materials, 1952-1953 

271

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Series VI: Labor, undated, 1866-1964 

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Payroll ledger, 1866-1895   (18 vols.)

284 289 286 285 288 287 274 275 272 273 278 279 276 277 282 283 280 281

 1937-1940 

 1942-1944 

Box

Time books, 1890   (2 vols.)

290

General correspondence and records, 1936-1959   (22 folders)

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Arbitration record, 1945-1958 

291

Benefit plans, 1942-1954 

Bonus list, 1922 

Employment policies, 1947 

Federal credit union, mutual aid association, and community welfare fund, 1948 

Job rating book, undated 

Labor turnover reports, 1928-1947 

Retirements plans, 1941-1947 

Union records 

Agreements, 1941-1964   (4 folders)

Bulletins, 1941 

Circulars, 1947-1948 

Dues, 1949 

Grievances, 1942-1946 

Hearings, 1942-1946 

Negotiations, 1942-1962   (4 folders)

Publications, 1942-1962 

Box

Payroll computation book, 1914-1916 

292

Payroll, 1919-1927 

Statistics, 1925-1949 

Turnover and production, 1926   (2 folders)

 1933-1934 

Salaried employees 

Correspondence, 1933-1955 

Financial records, 1933-1955   (2 folders)

Legal correspondence, 1943-1949 

War labor mobilization, 1943-1946 

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Series VII: Production, undated, 1902-1959 

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Inventory of raw materials, 1902-1905   (2 vols.)

293 294
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Inventory of raw materials, 1927-1930 

295

Inventory of raw materials, 1951-1935 

296

Special dial orders, 1908-1916   (5 vols.)

297

Weekly production by pieces, 1914-1925   (11 folders)

298

Watch production ledger, 1922-1959 

War productions records 

Clock allotment by War Production Board, 1943 

Copper conservation order, 1942 

Employment reports, 1943-1945 

Fuel surveys, 1941 

Gasoline ration applications, 1942-1944 

Interoffice correspondence, 1943-1945 

Brass inventory, 1943 

Steel inventory, 1943 

Metal conservation, 1942-1944 

Office of Price Administration adjustment orders, 1945-1946 

Plant and equipment surveys, 1942-1943 

Plant report of operation shipments, 1942-1945   (4 folders)

WPB releases, 1945 

Production report, 1947, 1955 

Production orders, 1955 

Case shop records 

Box

Profit and loss reports, 1937-1939   (16 folders)

299

Finished orders, 1937   (2 folders)

Box

Finished orders, 1933-36   (4 folders)

300

Total costs, 1938-1941   (6 folders)

Cost estimates, 1933-1935   (5 folders)

Box

Cost estimates, 1933-1940   (5 folders)

301

Cost estimates, 1940-1941   (11 folders)

302

Labor costs, 1937-1938   (13 folders)

Box

Labor costs, 1938-1941   (15 folders)

303

Production, 1942   (2 folders)

Box

Production, 1938-1942   (5 folders)

304

Production and shipments, 1941-1946   (8 folders)

Purchases, 1934-1942   (9 folders)

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Purchases, 1942-1946   (4 folders)

305

Plant and equipment, 1917-1946   (6 folders)

War work, 1941-1946   (31 folders)

Box

War work, 1941-1945   (12 folders)

306

Samples, 1941-1943   (20 folders)

Movement shop cost records, 1933-1937   (5 folders)

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Printing plates, 1933-1937 

307
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Factory exterior, undated 

307

Factory interior and equipment, undated 

Unidentified individual, undated 

Bomb fuse parts (4 objects) with explanatory documents, 1942-1945 

308

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Series VIII: Sales, undated, 1856-1970 

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Sales records ledger, 1856-1914   (15 vols.)

309

Sales record ledger, 1914-1929   (5 vols.)

310
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Sales record ledger, 1921-1938   (23 vols.)

317 313 314 315 316 332 333 311 312 328 329 330 331 318 319 320 321 327 326 325 324 322 323
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Sales order book, 1858-1922   (7 vols.)

334

Railroad freight bills, 1878-1881 

335

Invoices, 1852-1892   (7 vols.)

336

Invoices, 1893-1914   (6 vols.)

337

Invoices, 1917-1929   (5 vols.)

338

Sales statistics book   (2 vols.)

339

 1883-1890 

 1922 

Discount books, 1916   (2 vols.)

Sales ledger sheets, 1919-1920 

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A - B, undated 

340

C - K, undated 

341

L - R, undated 

342

S - Z, undated 

343

Price lists, 1870-1880 

344

Sales charts, 1916-1930 

Record shipment card samples, 1924-1948   (2 folders)

Customer ledger, 1925 

Customer letters, 1927-1942 

Sales order book, 1943-1948 

List of Sentinel Distributors, 1953-1954   (2 folders)

Chicago sales campaign, 1955   (2 folders)

Electrical Merchandising manufacturers' representative, 1957 

District sales bulletin, 1958-1959 

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Catalogs, 1881-1935   (27 folders)

Location of Copies or Alternate Formats

Digital surrogates of these catalogs available.

345

Catalogs, 1936-1937   (9 folders)

Location of Copies or Alternate Formats

Digital surrogates of these catalogs available.

346

Miscellaneous catalogs, undated 

Nelson Brown Company clock catalogs, undated 

Company brochures, 1944-1970 

Illustrated advertisements 

E. Ingraham Company, undated 

Other clock companies, undated 

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Series IX: Subsidiary Companies, 1869-1966 

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American Coal Company 

347

General Ledger, 1869-1871 

S & S Company 

General Ledger, 1882-1884 

Sales register, 1882-1884 

Cash sales, 1882-1884 

Press Circulation Company 

Correspondence, 1903-1904 

Case Wheel & Manufacturer Company 

Box

Bill book, 1889 

348

Bristol Realty Company 

Financial Statements, 1936-1946 

E-Town Corporation 

Financial statements, 1955-1961 

Ingraham Canadian Clock Company 

Financial statements, 1959-1966 

A. Schatz & Sons 

Financial statements, 1964 

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Series X: Photographs, map, and blueprints, undated, 1885-1964 

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Photographs 

349

Company executives & personnel, 1885-1964 

Factory exterior, 1875-1945 

Factory interior, 1906-1964 

Clocks and watches, 1910-1971 

Album: Factory and products, 1914-1945 

Oversized photos 

350

Key to main door of original plant, 1859-1887 

Home of Mr. & Mrs. Ingraham, 1890 

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Company buildings (4), 1915 

MC

Dudley Ingraham, 1929 

Charles P. Davies: Buyer for  Butler Brothers, 1931 

Walter Ingraham 1936 

Edward Ingraham, undated 

Elmer Stockton: salesman and manager, undated 

H. Porter, Superintendent, undated 

Old case shop, undated 

Group photo of company executives, undated 

Clockmakers of Bristol, 1937   (6 vols.)

351

Clockmakers 

History 

Wooden movements 

Brass movements   (2 vols.)

Miscellaneous documents 

Maps, drawings, and blueprints 

MC

Factory drawings, 1925-1932   (4 each)

Factory blueprint, 1928 

Plant plan: case division, 1928 

Land purchased from H.C. Thompson Clock Company, 1929 

Property blueprint, 1934 

Topography blueprint, 1937 

Factory and neighborhood blueprint, First District, Bristol, CT, undated 

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