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Mss:442 1813-1930

Boston Manufacturing Company. Boston Manufacturing Company Records, 1813-1933: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

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Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:442 1813-1930
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Boston Manufacturing Company
Title: Boston Manufacturing Company records
Date(s): 1813-1933
Quantity: 22 linear feet (182 volumes, 14 boxes, 6 mapcase folders)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Records of the first mill in the world to combine all aspects of the manufacture of cotton founded in Waltham, Mass. in 1813.

Provenance:

Deposited by Boston Manufacturing Co. through Robert Amory, 1924-1934.

Conditions Governing Access:

Appointment necessary to consult collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Boston Manufacturing Company Records. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Historical Note:

The Boston Manufacturing Company was a textile firm established in Waltham, Mass. in 1813 by Francis Cabot Lowell and Patrick Tracy Jackson. The company operated the first mill in the world to combine all aspects of the manufacture of cotton cloth under one roof. Its' establishment marked the start of the factory system in the United States.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

The Boston Manufacturing Company records contain administrative material, financial records, correspondence, and labor and production records of the Waltham based textile firm founded in Waltham, Mass. in 1813. The administrative records include stockholder's records, director's records and meeting minutes. Financial records include ledgers, journals, cash books, invoices, sales records and semi-annual reports containing general financial statements. Labor and production records include payroll, time books, summaries of production costs, amounts produced, and values of products. Also included are tax reports and other papers relating to the production of ginghams, zephyrs, shirtings, draperies, hosiery, and other cotton goods. Includes papers of the Waltham Textile Co., 1926-1928; and a few letters of T. Jefferson Coolidge, Edmund Dwight, A. M. Goodale, Arthur T. Lyman, and John A. Sweetser, treasurers.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Cotton manufacture--Massachusetts.
Manufactures--Massachusetts--Waltham.
Textile industry--Massachusetts.
Ledgers.
Account books.
Payrolls.
Letters.
Coolidge, Thomas Jefferson, 1831-1920
Dwight, Edmund.
Goodale, Alfred Montgomery, 1855-1910.
Jackson, P.T. (Patrick Tracy), 1780-1847.
Lowell, Francis Cabot, 1775-1817.
Lyman, Arthur T. (Arthur Theodore), 1832-1915.
Sweetser, John A.
Waltham Textile Company.
Boston Manufacturing Company.

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