Belknap, Inc. Records, 1847-1985 (bulk 1880-1970)

Descriptive Summary

Title
Belknap, Inc. Records, 1847-1985 (bulk 1880-1970)
Creator
Belknap, Inc., Louisville, Ky.
Extent
25 linear ft.
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Repository
University of Louisville

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Belknap Hardware was a large national distribution company headquartered in Louisville from 1840 to its closing in 1985. The company was a leading Louisville firm from the 1880s to the 1970s as well as a principal supplier for the region south of the Mason-Dixon line. Included in the Belknap, Incorporated records from 1847 to 1985 are minutes of the board of directors, stockholder ledgers, annual reports, financial records, newsletters, photographs, employee manuals, and catalogs. Among the photographs are images of periodic Ohio River floods taken near the company's riverside warehouses. This collection also includes architectural drawings of company warehouses along the Ohio River. The University of Louisville's Belknap Campus was named for the company's founding family.
Scope and Content
The records of this large national hardware distribution company were donated to the University Archives in 1986. The firm was one of Louisville's most important from the 1880s until the 1970s, when it experienced difficulties. Following two changes in management, the company finally ceased operations in 1985.
In addition to the board minutes, stockholder ledgers, annual reports, financial records, newsletters, photographs, and employee manuals, the donation included a selection of yearly catalogs of the company's wares and data collected about the firm's history. As a riverfront inhabitant, the company kept detailed records, including photographs, of the periodic Ohio River floods during the twentieth century.
The records date from 1847 (a single legal document) to 1985; the bulk of the material dates from 1880 to 1970. There are no restrictions on access to the records. They occupy 25 linear feet.
A series of portraits of board members includes 8 x 10 photographs of approximately 75 prominent Louisvillians.
The only important gap in the records is the volume of board minutes for the period 1940-1944.

Contents of the Collection

Record types Board minutes, articles of incorp, etc., 1880-1940 1944-1963

  • Box 1-2
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Annual reports, 1966-1982

  • Box 8
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Correspondence, memos, notices, ca.1885-1980s

  • Box 9
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Newsletters, other publications, 1907-1985

  • Box 8
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Sales catalogs, 1892-1961

  • Box 6-7
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Audit reports, 1910-1969

  • Box 4
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General ledgers, 1892-1959

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Annual financial summaries, 1946-1962

  • Box 5
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Other financial records (samples of daily sales, journals, payroll, monthly sales summaries), 1894…

  • Box 15
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Stock ownership records, 1880-1941

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Stock certificates (cancelled), 1903-1913

  • Box 16
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Historical sketches, centennial pubns., newsclips, memorabilia

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Photographs, slides (vol figure does not include 30 framed items but does include framed board…

  • Box 11-14
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Architectural drawings, 1921-1946

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Employee manuals

  • Box 9
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Personnel records (harness factory), 1900

  • Box 10
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Legal records (trademark, suit), 1847-1970s

  • Box 10
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Night sales school records, 1940s-50s

  • Box 10
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Alma Krippenstapel memorabilia, 1960s

  • Box 17
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Board minutes, articles of incorp, etc., 1880-1940 1944-1963

  • Box 1-2
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Annual reports, 1966-1982

  • Box 8
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Correspondence, memos, notices, ca. 1885-1980s

  • Box 9
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Newsletters, other publications, 1907-1985

  • Box 8
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Sales catalogs, 1892-1961

  • Box 6-7
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Audit reports, 1910-1969

  • Box 4
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General ledgers, 1892-1959

  • Box none
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Annual financial summaries, 1946-1962

  • Box 5
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Other financial records (samples of daily sales, journals, payroll, monthly sales summaries), 1894…

  • Box 16
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Stock ownership records, 1880-1941

  • Box 3
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Stock certificates (cancelled), 1903-1913

  • Box 17
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Historical sketches, centennial pubns., newsclips, memorabilia

  • Box 9
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Photographs, slides (vol figure does not include 30 framed items but does include framed board…

  • Box 11-15
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Architectural drawings, ?

  • Box 19
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Employee manuals

  • Box 9
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Personnel records (harness factory), 1900

  • Box 10
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Legal records (trademark, suit), 1847-1970s

  • Box 10
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Night sales school records, 1940s-50s

  • Box 10
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Alma Krippenstap[emacr]l memorabilia, 1960s

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Architectural Drawings

  • Box 18
Approximately 24 blueprints and other drawings were retained from ones that came with the original accession. They are wrapped in four rolls and housed with similar materials apart from the rest of the Belknap Records. All are 20th century. Volume:.25 lf?
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Warehouse #12

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Elevations, other details. Graham, Anderson, Probst, & White, architects. 1921. 4 items. Very poor condition.
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Warehouses #14 and #15 111 E. Main / Preston & River

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Working Plans. E T Hutching, architect. 19? -1946 rev. Aprox 16 items. Fair condition. Note restrooms segregated for men and not for women on sheet 15 "ofc and misc details."
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Cafeteria Main Building? 1922. 3 items. Fair condition

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Area Map Area bounded by Preston, Ohio River, Jackson, & Main Streets. "Inland Waterways Co. Lease…

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