Means, James, 1853-1920. James Means Papers, 1869-1965 (inclusive), 1883-1920 (bulk):
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Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
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
Quantity: 3 linear feet (10 volumes and 2 boxes)
Language of materials: English
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Cite as: James Means Papers. Baker Library, Harvard Business School.
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.
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).
- Volume 1, Minutes, James Means Co., Kittery, Maine
- Volume 2, Letterbook
- Volume 3, Letterbook
- Volume 4, Letterbook
- Volume 5, Advertising expense
- Volume 6, Scrapbook re $3 shoe advertising
- Box 7, Folder 1, Stock
- Box 7, Folder 2, Stock certificates
- Box 7, Folder 3, Stock ledger
- Box 7, Folder 4, Legal papers: Co-partnership, dissolution, trademarks
- Box 7, Folder 5, Trademark agreements, etc.
- Box 7, Folder 6, Advertising
- Box 7, Folder 7, Letters and papers by date
- Volume 8, Scrapbook, European trip
Scope and Contents: Scrapbook of James Mean's father, James Howard Means, minister of the Second Church
in Dorchester, Massachusetts kept while on a trip to Europe in 1875 and later.
- Volume 9, Scrapbook, aviation
- Volume 10, Scrapbook, politics
- Volume 11, Scrapbook, politics
- Box 12, Folder 1, Letters from the Wright Brothers and Orville Wright
- Box 12, Folder 2, Clippings about Mr. and Mrs. James H. Means
- Box 12, Folder 3, Dorchester land and property
- Box 12, Folder 4, Memorabilia and clippings about James Means
- Box 12, Folder 5, The Columbian Party
Date: circa 1891
- Box 12, Folder 6, Copies of letters re: Aviation
- Box 12, Folder 7, Electric Freight and Brockton Electric Freight Company
- Box 12, Folder 8, Advertising of aircrafts, patent, England, United States, Germany
- Box 12, Folder 9, James Means Prize at MIT given by Dr. J.H. Means
- Box 12, Folder 10, Letters to and from J.H. Means re: his work and his father's life
- Box 12, Folder 11, Philip A. Means letters to J.H. Means about their father
- Box 12, Folder 12, Project: Jamaes Means and the problem of manflight"
- Box 12, Folder 13, Club of Odd Volumes talk
- Box 12, Folder 14, Institute of Aeronautical Sciences
- Box 12, Folder 15, Smithsonian
- Box 12, Folder 16, The Problem of Man Flight--illustrations and other pictures
- Box 12, Folder 17, James H. Means biographical note on James Means
- Box 12, Folder 18, James Means letters and papers re: signalling device
- Box 12, Folder 19, James Means: Letters from Heinrich Aeroplane Company
- Box 12, Folder 20, Articles by others on flight
- Box 12, Folder 21, James Means: Letters to and from Congressmen re: appropriations for army aviation
- Box 12, Folder 22, James Means: Correspondence with General Jaems Allen
- Box 12, Folder 23, James Means-manuscripts by J.M on miscellany and flight
Means, James Howard, 1885-1967.