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MS Typ 1141

Golding Manufacturing Co. Golding Manufacturing Co. business records and other papers, 1864-1944: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Typ 1141
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Golding Manufacturing Co.
Title: Golding Manufacturing Co. business records and other papers,
Date(s): 1864-1944.
Quantity: 1 collection (6 linear feet (12 boxes and 1 pf box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English,French, and German.
Abstract: Business records of the Golding Manufacturing Co., a Massachusetts firm which produced printing presses and related equipment from 1869 to 1918. Also included are some personal papers of the Golding family, especially concerning the firm's founder, William Hughson Golding, and his son, William H. Golding, Jr.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2007MH-5. Purchased from The Veatches, Arts of the Book, P.O. Box 328, Northampton, Massachusetts 01061, with the Philip Hofer Charitable Trust, the Harmand Teplow Class of 1920 Book Fund, and the Bayard Livingston and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund; received: 2008 March 17.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Much of the collection was received in good order and included text descriptions of many items. The order and description was retained when possible.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to the collection is restricted. Consult curator for further information.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Golding Manufacturing Co. Business Records and Other Papers, 1864-1944 (MS Typ 1141). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See HOLLIS for additional Golding & Co. sales catalogs cataloged individually.

Biographical / Historical

Golding & Co., initially called the Printer Manufacturing Co., and later the Golding Manufacturing Company, was founded in 1869 by William Hughson Golding (1845-1916), in partnership with Edward H. Dennison (d.1903). They were a principal producer in the 19th and early 20th centuries of letter press equipment, manufacturing platen job presses and other printing equipment primarily in Boston, but later also in Franklin, Massachusetts. Their three basic printing presses were in production for fifty years: The Pearl Press, The Official Press, and The Golding Jobber, and they also marketed paper cutters, lead and rule cutters, inks, and a range of printers' supplies. Golding, Sr. died in 1916 and in 1918 the company was sold to the American Type Founders Co (ATF).
William Hughson Golding was born in St. John, New Brunswick on 24 May 1845. In 1848 the family settled in Boston. Golding worked for a time at the Chelsea Herald and later moved to a large printing house in Boston, where by age 19 he was a practical printer and foreman of the plant. After serving in an infantry company during the Civil War, he went to work for the Boston Daily Courier until 1869 when he began his business as the Printer Manufacturing Co. In 1880 Golding married Georgiana Evert Putnam Golding and they had one daughter and two sons. The sons, William H. Golding, Jr. and Gilbert Golding, both worked for the company.
Source: Steve Saxe, "A brief history of Golding & Co.," APHA Printing History No. 6 (1981).


Arranged into the following seven series:

Scope and Contents

Collection includes the business records of Golding & Co. including financial ledgers, legal documents, correspondence, and other miscellaneous papers concerning the business. Financial materials include account ledgers, finances of the branch offices in Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago, stockholder information and certificates, Massachusetts state income tax forms, business appraisals, and other material. Legal documents cover the areas of insurance, contracts, leases, etc..., and other papers including building plans, prospectus, sales documents and inventories, blueprints, and much more.
Design and manufacturing records consist of product documentation and technical drawings and blueprints for all products marketed by Golding & Co. There is a large series concerning patents filed in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany. Also included are photographs, cabinet photographs, prints, posters, awards (such as medals), and an extensive collection of product sales catalogs.
Finally there are items concerning the Golding family, including personal materials of founder William Hughson Golding and his son, William H. Golding, Jr. These papers include photographs, legal documents, business cards, wills, financial papers, correspondence, real estate records, certificates, as well as other items.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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