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Mss:641 1869-1965

Means, James, 1853-1920. James Means Papers, 1869-1965 (inclusive), 1883-1920 (bulk): A Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:641 1869-1965
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Means, James, 1853-1920
Title: James Means papers
Date(s): 1869-1965
Date(s): 1883-1920
Quantity: 3 linear feet (10 volumes and 2 boxes)
Language of materials: English

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information regarding this collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: James Means Papers. Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

Biographical / Historical

James Means was a Dorchester, Massachusetts born shoe manufacturer and aviation pioneer. He entered into the shoe manufacturing industry in Brockton, Mass. in 1878 and formed a partnership with his younger brother Charles J. Means in 1883 as James Means and Company located in Boston. The company popularized the $3 shoe. James etired from manufacturing in 1893 but retained ownership of James Means trademark. He formed the James Means Company in Kittery, Maine to sell trademarks from 1900 to 1904. He wrote on problems of man flying and edited the Aeronautical Annual.

Scope and Contents

Letter books (1891-1904), scrapbook of advertising forthe $3 shoe (1883-1887), minutes of James Means Company (1900-1904), manuscripts, and letters. Includes scrapbook of James H. Means, James Means's father, and materials collected by his son, James Howard Means, for the publication of his book "James Means and the Problem of Manflight during the Period 1882-1920." There is one letter from the Wright brothers (1903) and two from Orville Wright (1921, 1942).

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Additional Index Terms

Means, James Howard, 1885-1967.