Grahamton Manufacturing Company records

Abstract

The Grahamton Manufacturing Company records (dated 1832-1917, undated; 27.89 Cubic feet, 8 record cartons and 9 transfer cases) primarily comprise daybooks, account books, and invoice books that document the business operations of the nineteenth century Meade County, Kentucky textile mill.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Grahamton Manufacturing Company records
Extent
27.89 Cubic feet
Subjects
Cotton manufacture--Kentucky--Grahamton.
Flour mills--Kentucky--Grahamton.
Invoices
Mills and mill-work.
Textile industry--Kentucky--Grahamton.
Wool industry--Kentucky--Grahamton.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into 6 series by subject and format: Account books and ledgers, Correspondence, Inventories and stock records, Thomas Anderson and Company, W. George Anderson and Company, and Archibald M. Robinson and Company.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by: Eric Weig
Preferred Citation
53m18 : [identification of item], Grahamton Manufacturing Company records, 1832-1917, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Grahamton Manufacturing Company began in 1829 when Robert Graham and a Mr. Snead established a steam-powered textile mill in Louisville, Kentucky. Thomas Anderson joined the partners in 1835, and the group incorporated as the Robert Graham & Company. The company purchased a water-powered grain mill in Meade County, Kentucky on a site that the partners named Grahamton. When the firm relocated to Meade County in 1837, Snead disengaged from the group, and the firm was renamed Graham, Anderson & Company. Graham resigned in the late 1840s, and the firm was renamed the Grahamton Manufacturing Company, owned and operated by Thomas Anderson and his sons, W. George and Orville. W. George Anderson assumed managerial duties from his father and directed the mill for many years before the role was passed to Archibald M. Robinson, who became a shareholder in 1868 and operated the business until his death in 1904. The mill was ultimately purchased by Hunt, Bridgeford and Company and sold two years later to the McCord Company.
Pusey, William Allen, Grahamton and the Early Textile Mills of Kentucky, The Filson Club History Quarterly 5, no. 3, (1931): 123-135.
Scope and Content
The Grahamton Manufacturing Company records (dated 1832-1917, undated; 27.89 Cubic feet, 8 record cartons and 9 transfer cases) primarily comprise daybooks, account books, and invoice books that document the business operations of the nineteenth century Meade County, Kentucky textile mill. The collection also includes invoices, receipts, bills of lading and inventories that account for the company's wool and cotton production, and correspondence with the company's managers, Thomas Anderson, his son W. George Anderson, and Archibald M. Robinson.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Account books and ledgers, 1841-1917

Comprises account books and ledgers that document Grahamton Manufacturing Company's financial transactions, including daybooks of daily operations, invoice books of goods and services purchased by the company, receipts and bills of lading, and cash books of sales. Arranged alphabetically by format and thereunder chronologically.

Account books and assorted financials, 1845-1905, undated

Account book, 1867 July 1-1867 December 2

  • Box 53M18-12, item 1
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Balance sheet, 1883 November-1905 June

  • Box 53M18-01, folder 1
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Deposit book, undated

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 9
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Deposit book, undated

  • Box 53M18-15, item 1
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Pay book, 1867 January 5-1871 May 27

  • Box 53M18-05, folder 3
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Promissory notes, 1884-1890

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 25
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Receipt book, 1845-1846

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 26
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Unlabeled index [of accounts?], undated

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 27
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Bills of Lading, 1869-1876

1869 March 4-1870 April 4

  • Box 53M18-01, folder 2
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1870 April 8-1871 April 19

  • Box 53M18-01, folder 3
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1871 April 20-1872 March 17

  • Box 53M18-01, folder 4
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1874 October 29-1875 June 4

  • Box 53M18-01, folder 5
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1875 May 13-1876 July 30

  • Box 53M18-01, folder 6
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Cash books, 1849-1901

1849 October-1856 May

  • Box 53M18-01, folder 7
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1862-1872

  • Box 53M18-01, folder 8
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Robinson and Willet's cash book, 1865 July 6-1868 September 1

  • Box 53M18-01, folder 9
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1873 January-1879 July

  • Box 53M18-02, folder 1
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1889 January-1901 September

  • Box 53M18-02, folder 2
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Daily cash books, 1866-1870

1866 January 1-1866 October 9

  • Box 53M18-02, folder 3
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1866 January-1866 November

  • Box 53M18-02, folder 4
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1866 October 10-1867 July 30

  • Box 53M18-02, folder 5
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1866 November 27-1867 November 23

  • Box 53M18-02, folder 6
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1867 July 31-1868 June 30

  • Box 53M18-02, folder 7
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1867 November 25-1868 August 22

  • Box 53M18-02, folder 8
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1868 August 24-1869 July 16

  • Box 53M18-02, folder 9
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1869 July 19-1870 March 7

  • Box 53M18-02, folder 10
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Daybooks, 1847-1905

1847 January 1-1861 July 1

  • Box 53M18-09, item 1
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1848 August 29-1849 March 1

  • Box 53M18-09, item 2
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1848 August 29-December 20

  • Box 53M18-09, item 3
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1848 December 21-1849 June 4

  • Box 53M18-09, item 4
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1849 March 14-June 23

  • Box 53M18-09, item 5
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1849 June 5-1849 August 8

  • Box 53M18-02, folder 11
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1849 July 26-1849 December 15

  • Box 53M18-09, item 6
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1849 December-1850 July 20

  • Box 53M18-09, item 7
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1850 July 20-1850 October 28

  • Box 53M18-09, item 8
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1850 October 20-1851 August 25

  • Box 53M18-09, item 9
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1851 March -1852 January 22

  • Box 53M18-09, item 10
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1852 January 23-1853 July 19

  • Box 53M18-02, folder 12
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1852 July 21-1853 February 24

  • Box 53M18-02, folder 13
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1851 August 26-1852 July 31

  • Box 53M18-09, item 11
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1854 July 10-1854 November 3

  • Box 53M18-09, item 12
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1853 November 2-1855 February 15

  • Box 53M18-03, folder 1
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1855 April 4-1855 July 19

  • Box 53M18-09, item 13
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1855 July 20-1856 March 5

  • Box 53M18-09, item 14
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1855 August 9-1856 March 17

  • Box 53M18-09, item 15
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1856 October 17-1857 May 27

  • Box 53M18-03, folder 2
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1857 January 21-1857 October 6

  • Box 53M18-03, folder 3
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1857 May 29-1857 December 15

  • Box 53M18-03, folder 4
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1860 February 21-1860 August 16

  • Box 53M18-03, folder 5
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1861 April 17-1864 April 15

  • Box 53M18-03, folder 6
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1861 November 12-1863 October 9

  • Box 53M18-03, folder 7
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1863 October 10-1865 September 1

  • Box 53M18-03, folder 8
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1869 March 22-1870 July 30

  • Box 53M18-03, folder 9
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1871 October 20-1872 December 27

  • Box 53M18-03, folder 10
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1888 July 3-1895 August 18

  • Box 53m18-04, folder 1
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1895 August 20-1905 June 12

  • Box 53M18-10, item 1
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Factory ledgers, 1841-1867

No. 1, 1841 December-1842 December

  • Box 53M18-11, item 1
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No. 4, 1844 March 11-1844 October 19

  • Box 53M18-11, item 2
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No. 6, 1845 July 1-1846 March 28

  • Box 53M18-11, item 3
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No. 7, 1846 March 21-October 21

  • Box 53M18-11, item 4
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No. 2, 1847 September 20-1848 October 13

  • Box 53M18-11, item 5
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No. 3, 1848 October 9-1849 May 5

  • Box 53M18-11, item 6
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No. 2, 1850-1852

  • Box 53M18-11, item 7
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No. 6, 1860 October 6-1867 March

  • Box 53M18-11, item 8
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Grist Mill accounts, 1837-1868

1846 April-1848 December

  • Box 53M18-13, item 1
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1860 July 2-1868 November 30

  • Box 53M18-13, item 2
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Cotton Factory commission book, 1837-1841

  • Box 53M18-14, item 1
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Invoice books, 1839-1904

1839-1844

  • Box 53M18-10, item 2
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1847 July 1-1855 December 31

  • Box 53M18-15, item 2
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1868 February 19-1869 November 26

  • Box 53M18-12, item 2
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Robinson and Company, 1869 February 24-1871 April 21

  • Box 53m18-04, folder 2
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1869 December 4-1871 March 25

  • Box 53m18-04, folder 3
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1871 March 29-1874 February 28

  • Box 53M18-13, item 3
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1875 May 1-1878 February

  • Box 53M18-13, item 4
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1878 February 2-1881 January 29

  • Box 53M18-14, item 2
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1881 September 21-1884 September 30

  • Box 53M18-14, item 3
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1887 August 27-1889 March 12

  • Box 53M18-15, item 3
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1889 March 27-1891 September 3

  • Box 53M18-15, item 4
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1891 September 9-1893 May 10

  • Box 53M18-15, item 5
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1893 May 27-1895 July 1

  • Box 53M18-16, item 1
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1895 July 1-1897 December 24

  • Box 53M18-16, item 2
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1900 January 19-1902 February 15

  • Box 53M18-17, item 1
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1902 January 20-1904 September 30

  • Box 53M18-17, item 2
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Journals, 1847-1917

Journal and sales book, 1847-1850, 1914-1917

  • Box 53M18-10, item 3
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No. 02, 1861 August-1872 February

  • Box 53M18-10, item 4
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Journal B, 1872 March-1883 October

  • Box 53M18-10, item 5
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1884-1905

  • Box 53M18-10, item 6
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Ledgers, 1845-1901

1845-1854

  • Box 53m18-04, folder 4
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1861-1876

  • Box 53M18-12, item 3
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1862 January 31-1869 March 2

  • Box 53m18-04, folder 5
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1868 July 1-1870 November 19

  • Box 53m18-04, folder 6
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1869-1889

  • Box 53M18-05, folder 1
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1870 August 1-1871 October 18

  • Box 53M18-05, folder 2
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1884-1901

  • Box 53M18-12, item 4
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Petty ledgers, 1847-1867

1847 January 1-1847 September 20

  • Box 53M18-15, item 6
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1849-1851

  • Box 53M18-10, item 7
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1851-1854

  • Box 53M18-11, item 9
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1858-1867

  • Box 53M18-12, item 5
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Time books, 1847-1903

1847 January 16-1852 March 6

  • Box 53M18-05, folder 4
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1871 June 3-1872 June 8

  • Box 53M18-05, folder 5
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1872 June 15-1873 June 28

  • Box 53M18-05, folder 6
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1873 July 5-1874 July 11

  • Box 53M18-05, folder 7
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1874 July 18-1875 July 3

  • Box 53M18-05, folder 8
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1875 July 10-1876 May 24

  • Box 53M18-05, folder 9
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1877 June 9-1878 June 8

  • Box 53M18-05, folder 10
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1878 June 15-1879 June 14

  • Box 53M18-05, folder 11
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1879 June 21-1880 July 10

  • Box 53M18-05, folder 12
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1880 July 15-1881 July 16

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 1
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1881 July 23-1882 July 22

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 2
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1882 April-1903 August

  • Box 53M18-13, item 5
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1883 August 11-1884 August 15

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 3
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1884 August 23-1886 June 5

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 4
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1886 June 12-1887 June 11

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 5
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1887 June 18-1888 June 23

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 6
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1889 July 6-1890 July 6

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 7
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1890 July 15-1891 July 11

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 8
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1892 July 9-1893 October 7

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 9
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1893 October 21-1895 July 20

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 10
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1895 July 27-1897 January 2

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 11
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1898 July 9-1903 July 11

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 12
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circa 1900

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 13
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Correspondence, 1870-1896, undated

Comprises assorted Grahamton correspondence and lists. Also includes correspondence with Grahamton superintendent P. Z. Aylsworth and the will of Orville Anderson.

Circular letters and prices, 1870-1872

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 20
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Letterpress copybook, 1887 January 14-1888 November 20

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 21
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Notes and lists, 1893-1896

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 22
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Orville Anderson will, undated

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 23
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P. Z. Aylsworth, superintendent, 1871-1876

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 22
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Inventories and stock records, 1832-1905, undated

Comprises inventories and records of Grahamton stock and goods stored and shipped. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Inventory and assorted accounts, 1832-1844

  • Box 53M18-16, item 3
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Inventory and invoice book, 1845 January 1-1847 July 4

  • Box 53M18-14, item 4
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Inventory of sundries, undated

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 14
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Record book, goods stored and shipped, 1895-1903

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 15
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Record and postal account book, 1900 December 1-1905 September 30

  • Box 53M18-14, item 5
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Sales, yarns, etc., 1837-1845

  • Box 53M18-14, item 6
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Stock book, 1869

  • Box 53M18-06, folder 16
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Stock list on hand, 1893-1904

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 1
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Storage and shipments at and from Tip Top Station, 1885 January 1-1895 December 1

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 2
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Yarns, Osnaburgs, Jeans, and Linseys, 1859 February 3-1871 January 24

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 3
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Thomas Anderson and Company, 1834-1876

Comprises Grahamton business correspondence, agreements, and financial documents specific to Grahamton owner and manager Thomas Anderson.

Accounts, 1872-1873

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 4
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Agreements and deeds, 1834-1854

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 5
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Bills and receipts, 1848-1872

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 6
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Orders and sales, 1851-1876

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 7
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Letters received, 1871-1874

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 8
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Letters received, 1875-1876

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 9
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W. George Anderson and Company, 1846-1878, undated

Comprises Grahamton Manufacturing business correspondence and financial documents produced during the company's management by W. George Anderson. Correspondence consists primarily of letters written by Anderson to Archibald M. Robinson and incoming letters received by the company. Financial documents consist of receipts, quotes, bills, and statements.

Correspondence, 1852-1878, undated

Letters sent, 1852, 1870-1874

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 10
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To Archibald M. Robinson, 1870-1871

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 11
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To Archibald M. Robinson, 1872-1874

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 12
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To Archibald M. Robinson, 1875

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 13
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To Archibald M. Robinson, 1876-1878

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 14
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Archibald M. Robinson and W. George Anderson, 1870-1876

  • Box 53M18-01, folder 32
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Letters received, 1870-1871

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 15
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Letters received, 1872 June-July

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 16
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Letters received, 1872 August-December

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 17
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Letters received, 1873 January-February

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 18
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Letters received, 1874

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 19
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Letters received, 1875 January-April

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 20
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Letters received, 1875 May-December

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 21
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Letters received, 1876

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 22
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Postcards received, 1875, undated

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 23
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Financial, 1846-1875

Accounts, 1871-1872

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 24
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Accounts with Orville Anderson, 1846-1874

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 25
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Bills, 1871-1874

  • Box 53M18-07, folder 26
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Bills, 1870-1874

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 1
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Budget, sales, 1871-1876

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 2
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Freight bills, 1871-1876

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 3
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Inventory, 1871-1872

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 4
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Quotes, 1871-1872

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 5
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Receipts, 1872 January-October

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 6
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Receipts, 1872 November-1873 March

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 7
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Receipts, 1873 April-July

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 8
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Receipts, 1874 April-August

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 9
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Receipts, 1874 August

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 10
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Receipts, 1874 September-October

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 11
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Receipts, 1874 October-November

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 12
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Receipts, 1874 December-1875 January

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 13
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Statements, 1871-1875

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 14
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Archibald M. Robinson and Company, 1870-1890

Comprises Grahamton Manufacturing correspondence and financial documents produced during the company's management by Archibald M. Robinson, with correspondence to Robinson from his son William B. Robinson, business correspondence, purchase orders, and financial statements.

Letters from William B. Robinson, 1890

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 15
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Letters received, 1870-1876

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 16
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Letters sent, 1874

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 17
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Orders, 1871-1876

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 18
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Statements, 1872

  • Box 53M18-08, folder 19
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