A Guide to the Beckwith Card Company Records, 1888-1894

A Guide to the Beckwith Card Company Records

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Beckwith Card Company Records
Creator
Beckwith Card Company.
Inclusive Dates
1888-1894
Extent
0.25 Linear feet
Abstract
Manufacturer of cards known as card clothing or hand and stripper cards. Located in Stafford Springs, CT.
Call Number
1998.0304
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Jeffrey Bass. (October 1994)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Beckwith Card Company Records.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

Collection was purchased in October 1992.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Beckwith Card Company Records.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Administrative records
  • Correspondence
  • Financial Records
  • Legal documents
  • Letter books

Geographic Name(s)

  • Connecticut

Subject(s)

  • Carding
  • Cotton carding
  • Equipment and supplies
  • Industries
  • Manufactures
  • Wool carding

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History

The Beckwith Card Company, of  Stafford Springs, Connecticut, manufactured a wide variety of cards known as card clothing or hand and stripper cards. In a 7 June 1889 letter, the owner,  Charles F. Beckwith, describes their use: “these cards are used where cloth is made by hand, in cotton and wool growing countries. Our goods go South in this country, and the No. 10 Whettercome cotton cards are being sold extensively in the South and West coast of Africa. Also wool cards in  Australia.” Also according to Beckwith, at that time there were only two companies making this product, the other was  Watson Manufacturing Company.

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Scope and Content

The papers consist of letter press copies of over 400 pieces of business correspondence. Many letters are addressed to recipients in the southern United States and to addresses in  Europe,  Africa and  Australia. A few letters concern job applicants and terms of employment in the factory. The primary correspondents are  George B. Curtis,  W. Dodman and  William Clark, of  Street & Clark.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Records, 1888-1894 

BoxFolder

Manuscript letter copy book, 1888-1894 

1:1

Articles of agreement, check, 1893 

1:2

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