A Guide to the Somersville Manufacturing Company Records, undated, 1867-2013

A Guide to the Somersville Manufacturing Company Records An Inventory

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Somersville Manufacturing Company Records
Creator
Keeney
Inclusive Dates
undated, 1867-2013
Extent
82.0 Linear feet
Abstract
The Somersville Manufacturing Company was established in 1879 by Rockwell Keeney and produced fine woolens in Somersville, Connecticut. The company was run by members of the Keeney family for the 90 years of its existence. The collection consists of administrative and financial records, marketing materials, photographs, scrapbooks, and correspondence.
Call Number
2013.0030
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Daniel Allie (2013 August)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Somersville Manufacturing 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

The collection was donated in March 2013 by Mr. Timothy R. E. Keeney of  Somersville, Connecticut, great-great-grandson of  Rockwell Keeney, the company's founder, and son of  Robert Leland Keeney, Jr., the company's last president.

Mr. Keeney made an addition to the collection, including copies of letters by R. L. Keeney, in December 2013. In April 2014 Mr. Keeney donated the materials in Series I, Subseries C: Accession 2014-0042, items found in the desk of George E. Keeney.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Somersville Manufacturing Company.

Genre(s)

  • Advertising Records
  • Correspondence
  • Financial Records
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Photographic prints

Geographic Name(s)

  • Somers (Conn.)

Subject(s)

  • Politicians
  • Textile industry
  • Wool industry -- Connecticut

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History

The Somersville Manufacturing Company, manufacturer of fine heavy woolen cloth, was established in 1879 in Somersville, a village in the town of  Somers, Connecticut, by  Rockwell Keeney.  Rockwell Keeney can trace his ancestry in the United States back to 1648 when his ancestors settled in  Wethersfield, Connecticut. Prior to founding the  Somersville Manufacturing Company,  Rockwell Keeney had textile mills in Meriden, Connecticut, and Palmer, Massachusetts.

Rockwell Keeney (1822-1901) was the company’s founder and first president; his descendants continued to run the company until it folded in 1969. Company presidents include  George E. Keeney (1849-1923, son of Rockwell, president from 1901 to 1923),  Lafayette Keeney (1857-1927, also son of Rockwell, president from 1923 to 1927, when he died in a freak industrial accident),  Ralph Denison Keeney (1882-1960, son of Lafayette, president from 1927 to 1960), and  Robert Leland Keeney, Jr. (1916-1985, grandson of Lafayette; served as the last president of the company, from 1960 to 1969).  Robert Leland Keeney, Sr., known as Leland, (1883-1960, son of Lafayette, brother of Ralph), served as Vice-President and Treasurer of the company from 1926 to 1960. The company employed about 200 workers in the late 1800s and provided benefits to its workers similar to those at  Cheney Brothers in  Manchester, Connecticut (although not at the same scale), including workers houses built on company land, sports teams, a recreation hall, and skating on the mill pond. During World War I and World War II the company supplied woolens for coats for the military. At its height in the 1950s the company likely employed no more than 400 people. Other products manufactured were satinet (a coarse wool with a cotton warp), cashmere, angora, camel’s hair and chinchilla. The company purchased its raw materials from outside of the United States, including China, Australia, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia. Marketing for the company in the mid-1900s was done by  J. J. O’Donnell & Co., based in New York City.

For the last ten years of its existence the company consistently lost money and by the late 1960s, presented with environmental regulations involving the Clean Water Act to clean up lead paint and dyes in the Scantic River, and rising labor costs, the company closed. The company was purchased by a competitor,  Wyandot Industries of Waterville, Maine, in 1969 and the looms and machinery were removed from the factory almost immediately. From 1969 to the early 1970s the building remained vacant but was used over time for the manufacture of motorcycle parts, for a waterbed company, and as an antiques store. The mill was purchased in the 1980s with the intention to convert it to condominiums but this never came to pass. By 2006, when taxes went unpaid, the town discovered there was another owner. After several subsequent tax sales, the most recent owner was “a Manhattan outfit” who purchased it two weeks prior to a major fire of the property.

On June 2, 2012, there was a fire at the mill set accidentally by three young adults. What stands as of August 2013 is the wreckage from the fire and there is no definite decision on what will happen to the property.

The industrial village of Somersville, located along the Scantic River, which powers the textile mill, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

The Keeney family was very involved in politics in the state for many years. Either R. Leland (Sr.) or Robert Leland (Jr.) chaired the Somers, Connecticut, Republican town committee for all the years between 1920 and 1980.

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Scope and Contents Note

The records consist of administrative and financial files and volumes, marketing material, photographs and scrapbooks, and correspondence and other materials associated with the Somersville Manufacturing Company and the company's founders and owners, the  Keeney family of  Somersville, Connecticut.

Series I: Administrative Records (1903-1964), consists of Subseries A: General Business receipts and correspondence (1903-1945) and Subseries B: company reports, publications, correspondence and files (1911-1964).

The materials in Subseries A were originally stored in cardboard business boxes that were numbered consecutively, which generally correspondenced by year. These documents were removed from the business boxes and reboxed in the general order by the original number, which is recorded in the scope and contents note for each new box. These records show the day-to-day workings of the company and account for all general correspondence and other business conducted by the company with other businesses or business persons. The scope and contents notes for each box notes only those topics and companies for which there were a considerable amount of material, or were particularly noteworthy. Subseries B consists of other general company records that were not part of the cardboard boxed set.

The materials in Subseries B include correspondence, memorandum and publications of organizations that associated with the Somersville Manufacturing Company, including the  American Wool Council, the  National Federation of Independent Business, and  Woolens and Worsteds of America, Inc. Also included is correspondence with selling agents  O'Donnell & Ellis of New York, the Clothing Supply Office of the U.S. Naval Supply Activities, life insurance policies for the company's presidents and other officials, and documents relating to legal matters involving the company. This subseries includes memorandum concerning a sit-down strike (1937) and other labor matters including a report of two men seen throwing full bobbins of yarn out the window of the mill, into the  Scantic River, to see how they long it would take for the bobbins to unspool. Also included are financial reports from the company's certified public accountants (1938, 1949-1960).

Subseries C includes textual items, mostly correspondence, receipts, lists, and other administrative documents, from the desk of George E. Keeney, company president from 1901-1923.

Series II: Financial Volumes (undated, 1867-1969), consist of payroll records (1867-1930) listing wages for workers, and other financial volumes including day books, ledgers, cash books, and journals. This series also includes volumes detailing the basic production of the mills, including weave room records, finishing reports and receiving books.

Series III: Marketing (undated, 1947-1956), consist of news clippings, publications, advertisements and other documents the Somersville Manufacturing Company and  J. J. O'Donnell & Co., their advertising firm, used to advertising its wool fabric to potential customers.

Series IV: Photographs and Scrapbooks (undated, 1926-1954, 1993), consist of graphic and other materials of the company mill, the town of Somersville, Connecticut, and members of the  Keeney family.

Series V: Keeney Family (1888, 1935, 1939-1945), consists of correspondence, much of it as copies on carbon paper, from and to members of the Keeney family, particularly from  Robert Leland Keeney, Sr. (Leland), written in the 1930s and 1940s, particuluarly during the  World War II period. There is also extensive business correspondence written by Leland. This series also includes the transcript of a diary written in 1888 by  Eudora Denison Keeney (1855-1918, wife of Lafayette).

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Administrative Records, 1903-1964 

Subseries A: General Business (receipts and correspondence), 1903-1945 

Box

 1905-1908   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 1-4, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 1: A-C, receipts from Amos D. Bridge's Sons; includes years 1905-1906. Box 2: S-Z, fire insurance records of Somersville, from  What Cheer Mutual Fire Insurance Co.; includes years 1905-1907. Box 3: I-M; sheet explaining Amberg File organization system; includes years 1904-1907. Box 4: L-O, ledger pages and correspondence with Mr.  G.L. Winlock (1908); includes years 1907-1908.]

1

 1905-1909   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 5-7, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 5: D-H, includes years 1905-1908. Box 6: P-S, includes year 1909. Box 7: A-C, receipts from Amos D. Bridge's Sons, Inc.]

2

 1905-1910   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 8-12, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 8: C-F, correspondence; includes years 1905-1908. Box 9: N-R, receipts; includes year 1909. Box 10: S-Z, receipts; includes year 1910. Box 11: S-Z, correspondence, and 1909 fire insurance inspection evaluation; includes years 1909-1910.]

3

 1909-1913   1.3 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 12: A-Z, receipts, copies of correspondence from R.L. Keeney to other businesses, correspondence to Somersville.]

2013.0173_1

 1907-1910   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 13-15, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 13: L-O, correspondence, including correspondence with Metcalf Brothers & Co.; includes years 1908-1910. Box 14: A-B, correspondence and building floor plans. Box 15: G-K, correspondence and certificate of inspection from  Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company (1907).]

4

 1907-1911   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 16-19, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 16: A-C, contains receipts; includes years 1909-1910. Box 17: I-M, contains receipts; includes years 1907-1910. Box 18 [not extant]. Box 19: L-O, correspondence with Metcalf Brothers & Co.; Cloth sample from  A.C. Loveland & Co.; ledger sheets; includes years 1910-1911.]

5

 1909-1912   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 20-26, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 20: C-F, correspondence, including help letters; years 1909-1911. Box 21: P-S, correspondence, years 1909-1911. Boxes 22-23 [see box 2013.0173_1]. Box 24 [not extant]. Box 25: A-C, correspondence, years 1911-1912. Box 26: S-Z, receipts, years 1909-1912.]

6

 1911   1.3 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 22: N-R index (unused), correspondence with Texas Orchard Development Company; handrwritten undated letter from  Raymond G. Keeney to  George E. Keeney. Box 23: I-M index (unused) 1911 correspondence from  George E. Keeney.]

2013.0173_1

 1910-1913   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 27-30, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 27: G-K, correspondence, including cloth sample from S. Klein & Co.; years 1910-1912. Box 28: L-O, correspondence. Box 29: A-C, receipts, 1910-1912. Box 30: P-S, correspondence, including cloth sample, year 1913.]

7

 1908-1913   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 31-34, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 31: T-Z, correspondence, including cloth sample from Sam'l Thompson's Nephew & Co., and photograph of yarn steaming machine from  Tillotson Humidifier Company; years 1910-1913. Box 32: D-H, receipts, from  Gordon Brothers Incorporated; years 1908-1913. Box 33: G-F, correspondence including help letters for carders and designers; years 1911-1913. Box 34: N-R, receipts, years 1909-1912.]

8

 1904, 1907-1908, 1911-1913   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 36-38, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 36: S-Z, receipts; years 1904, 1907-1908, 1912-1913. Box 37: L-O, correspondence with Metcalf Brothers & Co.; years 1912-1913. Box 38: I-M, receipts, from  Chas. C. Lewis Co.; years 1911-1913.]

9

 1912-1914   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 39-44, foldered.

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 39: G-K, correspondence, cloth sample from Harris & Stern; years 1912-1913; Box 40: A-B, correspondence, worsted samples from  Arlington Mills, including "list of the finger samples sent to the  Somersville Mfg. Co., Somersville Conn." (1912).; years 1912-1914. Box 4 [not extant]. Box 42 [see Box 2013.0173_1]. Box 43: L-O, correspondence, cloth sample from  Metcalf Brothers & Co.; years 1913-1914. Box 44: C-F, correspondence; years 1913-1914.]

10

 1913, 1915   1.3 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 42 (no alphabetical index), correspondence, materials pertaining to Chocolate Bayou,Texas; Correspondence from Bryan & Bryan law offices to Gen.  George E. Keeney; Houston Chronicle clipping "Judge Kittrell hands Down Opinion in Orchards Case" (undated); partial inventory list from donor.]

2013.0173_1

 1912-1915   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 45-49, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 45: A-C, receipts; years 1912-1914. Box 46: S-Z, receipts; years 1913-1914. Box 47: P-S, correspondence, including help letters for perching and spinning positions; years 1913-1914; Box 48: L-O, receipts and correspondence; years 1914-1915. Box 49 [not extant].]

11

 1914-1915   0.5 Linear feet Original box 50, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 50: A-B, receipts and correspondence; sales accounts and fire inspection reports; years 1914-1915.]

12

 1913-1916   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 51-54, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 51: G-K (1914-1915). Box 52: S-Z (1914-1915). Box 53: T-Z (1913). Box 54: L-O; contains correspondence with Metcalf Brothers & Co. (1916).]

13

 1914-1916   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 55-57, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 55: P-S, correspondence, 1914-1916. Box 56: G-K, correspondence with Arthur Joel & Co. Box 57: I-M, receipts and correspondence with the  Charles C. Lewis Company.]

14

 1903, 1905, 1909, 1913-1917   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 58-61, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 58: A-C, correspondence and receipts, 1909, 1913-1916. Box 59: C-F, correspondence with Crimmins & Peirce Co. Box 60: S-Z, receipts, including years 1903 and 1905. Box 61: L-O, correspondence with  Metcalf Brothers & Co., 1917.]

15

 1907, 1913-1918   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 62-65, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 62: N-R; includes years 1907, 1913-1917. Box 63: A-B. Box 64: G-K, correspondence with Arthur Joel & Co. Box 65: T-Z, includes year 1918.]

16

 1916-1918   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 66-69, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 66: P-S, Correspondence from years 1916-1918, including diagram, "Installation Sketch of Dye Vat Steam Control"; Correspondence with Mr. William H. Stewart. Box 67: S-Z. Box 68: [not extant]. Box 69: A-C, Correspondence from years 1917-1918; correspondence with  Amos D. Bridge's Sons, Inc.]

17

 1915-1918   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 70-72, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 70: D-H; includes years 1915-1918. Box 71: G-K, correspondence with Arthur Joel & Co.. Box 72: I-M.]

18

 1917-1919   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 73-76, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 73: C-F, correspondence with Crompton & Knowles Loom Works. Box 74: N-R, receipts from the  Oliver & Howland Co. Box 75: L-O; financial accounting; wool cloth sample. Box 76: S-Z.]

19

 1913, 1916-1920   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 77-79, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 77: A-B; Correspondence with Aetna Life Insurance Co. Box 78: P-S; Correspondence with Mr.  William H. Stewart. Box 79: T-Z; includes  Travelers Insurance Co. Census Sheets of Somersville employees (1913).]

20

 1918-1920   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 80-83, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 80: A-C. Box 81: L-O, correspondence with Metcalf Brothers & Co., including cloth sample. Box 82: P-S, correspondence with  William H. Stewart. Box 83: L-O, correspondence with  Metcalf Brothers & Co. (1920).]

21

 1918-1920   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 84-87, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 84: G-K. Box 85: S-Z. Box 86: D-H, receipts from the Fairbanks Company and  New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. Box 87: I-M, receipts from  Monument Mills.]

22

 1919-1921   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 88-91, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 88: C-F. Box 89: L-O, correspondence with Metcalf Brothers & Co., including fabric sample. Box 90: N-R, receipts from  National Aniline & Chemical Co., and  Packard Motor Car Co. of New York. Box 91: A-C, receipts from  Crimmins & Peirce Co.]

23

 1920-1922   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 92-94, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 92: P-S, correspondence with William H. Stewart. Box 93: S-Z. Box 94: L-O, correspondence with  Metcalf Brothers & Co., including cloth sample.]

24

 1920-1922   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 95-98, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 95: T-Z; Correspondence, including Travelers Insurance Co. Census Sheets. Box 96: A-B. Box 97: G-K, correspondence with  Harris & Stern Co., and  Indian Orchard Co. Box 98: D-H, receipts from the  Hartford & New York Transportation Co.]

25

 1919-1922   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 99-102, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 99: P-S, correspondence with Shartenberg & Robinson Co., including fabric sample; correspondence with  W.H. Stewart, including fabric sample; includes years 1921-1922. Box 100: A-C. Box 101: I-M; includes years 1919-1920. Box 102: S-Z, years 1920-1922.]

26

 1922-1923   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 103-106, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 103: L-O, correspondence with Metcalf Brothers & Co., including fabric sample; correspondence with  New Bedford Dry Goods Co., including fabric sample; correspondence with  Nippon Yuseh Kaisha, including fabric sample; years 1922-1923. Box 104: C-F, correspondence with  Crompton & Knowles Loom Works; Fire hazard report; includes year 1923. Box 105: D-H. Box 106: A-B.]

27

 1921-1924   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 107-110, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 107: S-Z, years 1922-1924. Box 108: N-R, receipts from the Oliver & Howland Co. (1921). Box 109: G-K, "help" letters, individuals seeking work. Box 110: P-S, Correspondence with  W.H. Stewart.]

28

 1922-1924   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 111-114, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 111: L-O; Correspondence from 1923-1924, including cloth samples from the R.A. McWaite Company and  Metcalf Brothers & Co. Box 112: A-C; Includes year 1922. Box 113: D-H. Box 114: P-S.]

29

 1923-1925   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 115-118, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 115: S-Z; Includes years 1923-1924. Box 116: L-O; Includes year 1925. Box 117: A-B; Includes correspondence with American Mutual Liability Insurance Co., on medical compensation for Somersville employees. Box 118: C-F.]

30

 1922-1925, 1927   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 119-123, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 119 T-Z, years 1922-1925, includes correspondence with Travelers Insurance Co., and sheets containing employee information; annual statement for  What Cheer and Hope Mutual Fire Insurance Companies (1924). Box 120: [not extant]. Box 121: D-H. Box 122: N-R; includes year 1927. Box 123: D-H.]

31

 1924-1925   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 124-126, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 124: N-R, receipts from the Oliver & Howland Co., and records of "Petty Cash" expenditures. Box 125: S-Z, Receipts from  Standard Oil Co. of New York. Box 126: A-C.]

32

 1925-1927   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 127-129, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 127: D-H, includes year 1926. Box 128: D-H, includes year 1927. Box 129: S-Z, includes year 1925.]

33

 1924-1927   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 130-133, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 130: I-M, includes years 1924-1926. Box 131: A-C, includes receipts from Amos D. Bridge's Sons, Inc. Box 132: N-R, includes Receipts from the  Oliver & Howland Co.; Petty cash vouchers and records of expenditures; correspondence with  W.H. Stewart. Includes year 1927. Box 133: A-C.]

34

 1924-1927, 1932, 1934, 1942-1945, 1947   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 134-138, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 134: D-H, includes years 1926-1927, in addition to Weaving and Finishing Reports, 1942-1945, 1947. Box 135: I-M, includes personal correspondence from "Tom," 1942; Correspondence to R.D. Keeney 1932, 1934; 1927 receipts. Box 136: [not extant] Box 137: S-Z, includes year 1927. Box 138: A-B, includes years 1924-1925.]

35

 1924-1925   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 139-143, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Receipts and Correspondence, alphabetized by original box: Box 139: C-F, includes year 1925. Box 140: G-K, includes year 1924; correspondence includes "help," people seeking employment. Box 141: L-O, includes Correspondence with Metcalf Brothers & Co. Box 142: P-S, includes correspondence with  W.H. Stewart.. Box 143: T-Z.]

36

 1917-1925   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 3-6, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Ralph D. Keeney receipts and correspondence, boxes 3-6, alphabetized by box: Box 3: A-Z, correspondence and receipts; years 1919-1920. Box 4: A-Z, correspondence and receipts; correspondence with  What Cheer Mutual Fire Insurance Co. and  Fales & Jenks Machine Co., with blueprint for National Standard Relay Fire Pump, Type B (1921); publication "Bulletin No. 38,  Textile Alliance Inc., Containing a List of German Dyes" (1920); R.D. Keeney's Draft registration card (1918); 1918 and 1919 driver's licenses; Aetna Life Insurance cards 1919 and 1920; YMCA registration card, 1921; letter to  Julia Allen Keeney from  Sunnyside Mines Company,  Drunzell, Idaho (1917); diagram of "Proposed Steel Water Tower;"  Travelers Insurance Co., life insurance certification for R.D. Keeney; flier from  The General Specialty Co. on "Demon" machine tube cleaners. Box 5: A-Z, receipts and correspondence; correspondence with  American Blaugas Corp.; years 1918, 1921. Box 6: A-Z, correspondence and receipts; insurance company receipts; years 1923-1925.]

37

 1929-1936   1.3 Linear feet Original boxes 9-12, foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Ralph D. Keeney receipts and correspondence, boxes "miscellaneous correspondence, 1929," and 9-12: Miscellaneous correspondence: A-Z, 1929. Box 9: A-Z, correspondence and receipts, financial account sheets; year 1929. Box 10: A-Z, receipts and correspondence; January 1929-December 1933. Box 11: A-Z, receipts and correspondence; College Entrance Examination Board Certification Card for  Normand Allen Keeney (1932); January 1932-December 1933. Box 12: A-Z, receipts, correspondence, financial accounts; January 1934-November 1936.]

38

 1920-1922   1.3 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: R.L. Keeney Personal correspondence up to May 1922, in A-Z index; includes receipts.]

2013.0173_1

 1922-1926   0.5 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: R.L. Keeney Correspondence June 1922 - January 1926, in A-Z index: Correspondence to and from R.L. Keeney, including Mr. W.L. Ellwood (Texas) and "Uncle Perry" Ellwood.]

2013.0173_2

 1926-1933   0.5 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: R.L. Keeney correspondence, bills paid, January 1926 - 1933: Contains bills and receipts.]

2013.0173_3

Subseries B: Company Matters and Reports, 1911-1964 

Box

Publications, correspondence, legal documents, administrative records, fabric samples, 1911-1912, 1931, 1946-1952, 1955, 1959-1964   1.3 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Somersville Manufacturing Company administrative records: "Crouse-Hinds Catalogue No. 13472; Publications "New England Textiles and the New England Economy" (1958) and "Inventories in the Textile Cycle" (1961) by  U.S. Department of Commerce. Folder "American Wool Council," correspondence with  Robert L. Keeney; "Vogue: Special Section: America's Great Designers Choose Natural Wool Loomed in America." Folder "National Federation of Independent Business," National Federation ballots; Flier "The Federation: Its Purposes and its Program;" Correspondence from the Federation to  Robert L. Keeney, appointed as District Chairman. Folder "Woolens and Worsteds of America," publication "Miss Wool of America;" Woolens and Worsteds of America press releases, 1963-1964; Woolens and Worsteds "Activity Report for April 1961." Publication "Woolens and Worsteds of America, Inc., Activity Report, Annual Meeting 1960." Mixing Pickers Reports (1955). Folder of receipts from  Amicale Trading Company, Inc. Binder "Misc. Reports Etc." (1948-1950) (payroll information, inventory, etc.). Folder "  State of Connecticut Development Commission," report "Industrial Growth Problems Facing Connecticut of Interest to Both Labor and Management New London-Norwich Willimantic-Danielson" by the Connecticut Development Commission. Folder of business correspondence (1911-1912) and stock records (1946-1948). Correspondence with  O'Donnell and Ellis, Selling Agents, including fabric samples (1931).]

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Correspondence, publications, administrative records, 1930, 1932-1935, 1937-1938, 1942, 1946-1948, 1952-1955   0.5 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Piece Goods Records 1954-1955; "Report of Operators #21 & 10a Case #1207," report on striking workers in Somersville (1934); Federal Standard Stock Catalogue publications on machinery Specifications, 1930, 1937, 1946, 1947, 1953. Notebook (1914); Time books of office payroll, nos. 1,2,4 (1932-1934; 1934-1935; 1937-1938); Somersville Mill Sales Room Report (1952); Weaving and Finishing Reports, 1942, 1947-1948. Publications on federal and military standards for shipping, packaging, and testing textile goods.]

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Correspondence, administrative records, 1911, 1921, 1925-1927,1930, 1932, 1934-1935, 1936, 1939-1941   0.5 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Meeting minutes and voting records (1921, 1930, 1936); Keeney Family life insurance policies; Correspondence with Bristol Bank & Trust Co. and  Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York about life insurance (1939); Photocopies of strike report; Correspondence with  Crompton & Knowles Loom Works (1925-1927); Correspondence with  Metcalf Brothers & Co. (1911); Correspondence with  O'Donnell and Ellis, including cloth samples (1930, 1932, 1934-1935, 1941).]

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Administrative records, correspondence, audio recordings, transcripts, 1931, 1934-1940, 1949, 1955-1957, 1959-1960   0.5 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: "Reference to Old Files" (alphabetical and numeric reference to original file boxes); Book of "State of Connecticut Labor Laws" (1937); Correspondence on workers' strike (1935); Correspondence against Wagner Bill (1934); Anonymous letter to R.L. Keeney on how to end the strike; R.D. Keeney's correspondence to Judge  Nathan A. Schatz (1940); Correspondence with  Morgan R. Mooney, State Labor Board (1938). Lawsuit from  Glenerry Woolen Co., including court transcript of interview with  R.D. Keeney; transcript of conversation between  R.L. Keeney and  Allen L. Goldfine; R.L. Keeney's statement on Goldfine's fabric; Reports on the  Somersville Manufacturing Company, 1938, 1949, 1960; Finishing records (1931). Somersville Christmas Pageant, Articles of association of  Somersville Christmas Pageant, Inc. (1957); Cards from  Western Massachusetts Electric Company; Christmas Pageant letterhead; 45 RPM Record, "The Bright Star" by The Harmonizers; 1955 Somersville Christmas Pageant Membership List.]

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Administrative records, 1949-1961   0.25 Linear feet Reports

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Somersville Mill Sales Room, Inc. reports, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961.]

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Original Record Book / By Laws & Records of the Somersville Mfg. Co., 1884-1887, volume with note from donor, 1884-1887   0.25 Linear feet Foldered in box

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"Eastern Connecticut for Industry" folder from the state of Connecticut Development Commission, containing business publications promoting Connecticut to new businesses, 1956   0.25 Linear feet in box

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"Connecticut Reference Manual of Industrial Location Factors" by State of Connecticut Development Commission, and Robert L. Keeney, Jr., containing maps, undated   0.25 Linear feet in box

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Subseries C: Accession 2014-0042: 

Box

Items in George E. Keeney's desk, including correspondence, administrative records, legal documents, ephemera, 1880, 1889, 1913-1915, 1918-1920, 1924-1925, 1934, 1937-1939, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1963-1965   0.5 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Box contains: Correspondence with Metcalf Brothers & Co. (1918); 1924-1925; Unsorted correspondence, including to company workers and administration, from and to R.D. Keeney and R.L. Keeney; Letter to  Schuyler Merritt (1920); Correspondence and informational publications on supplying wool goods to War Department (1918); Typewritten list of national wool product manufacturers, Dec. 15, 1914 (three copies); Handwritten lists and notes of sales of wool goods (undated, 1914-1915, 1939); Manufacturing cost lists (1913, 1919, 1920); "Sundry inventory papers & commercial reports:" handwritten and typewritten documents (1916-1917); "Figures on Blankets, etc. 1914:" documents on blanket costs and profits; Financial documents: bills, lists of debts, cancelled checks; Legal documents: "Agreement between Lafayette Keeney and R. Leland Keeney," "  Allen L. Goldfine, etc. Against  Somersville Manufacturing Company," proposals and organization rules; unsorted handwritten fragments and printed ephemera; Clippings on wool industry and Somersville; Wooden item with needle point, possibly used for woolen manufacturing.]

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Series II: Financial Volumes, undated, 1867-1969 

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Financial volumes: Payroll books 1867-1883, 1875-1920, 1922-1930; Journals 1871-1872, 1884-1911, 1895-1904, 1913-1915; Day Book 1871-1885; Cash Books 1879-1906, 1896-1902, 1913-1918; Ledgers 1880-1889, 1893-1911, 1919-1920; Invoices 1888-1893; Cost Books 1910-1912; Finishing Reports 1929-1931, 1932-1934; Weave Room Records 1934; Stock Sold and Picked 1944-1956; Bags and Bale Covers Returned, 1953-1954; Lots Out 1960-1968; Receiving Books 1954-1968; Copy book [no date].]

Subseries A: Payroll, 1867-1930 

Volume

 1867-1883 

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 1875-1903 

45

 1903-1912 

46

 1912-1920 

47

 1922-1924 

48

 1925-1930 

49

Subseries B: Journals, 1871-1915 

Volume

 1871-1872 

50

 1884-1888 

51

 1888-1892 

52

 1892-1896 

53

 1896-1900 

54

 1900-1904 

55

 1904-1907 

56

 1907-1909 

57

 1910-1911 

58

 1913-1915 

59

 1895-1904 

60

Subseries C: Day Book, 1871-1885 

Volume
61

Subseries D: Cash, 1879-1918 

Volume

 1879-1888 

62

 1888-1893 

63

 1894-1899 

64

 1896-1900 

65

 1899-1902 

66

 1903-1906 

67

 1913-1915 

68

 1915-1918 

69

Subseries E: Ledgers, 1880-1920 

Volume

 1880-1885 

70

 1885-1889 

71

 1893-1898 

72

 1898-1904 

73

 1904-1907 

74

 1907-1909 

75

 1910-1911 

76

 1919-1920 

77

Subseries F: Invoices, 1888-1893 

Volume

 1888-1890 

78

 1890-1893 

79

Subseries G: Cost Books, 1910-1912 

Volume

 1910-1911 

80

 1911-1912 

81

Subseries H: Finishing Reports, 1929-1934   1.3 Linear feet Unfoldered

Box
82

 1929-1930 

 1930-1931 

 1932-1933 

 1933-1934 

Subseries I: Weave Room Record, 1934 

Volume
83

Subseries J: Stock Sold and Picked, 1944-1956   0.5 Linear feet

Box
84

 1944-1955 

 1955-1956 

Subseries K: Bags and Bale Covers Returned 1953-1954   0.5 Linear feet

Box
84

Subseries L: Lots Out, 1960-1968   0.5 Linear feet

Box
84

Subseries M: Receiving Books, 1954-1969 

Box

 1954 February 3 - May 14   0.5 Linear feet

84

 1954 May 14 - September 7   0.5 Linear feet

84

 1954 September 7 - 1955 January 11   0.5 Linear feet

84

 1955 January 13 - April 28   0.5 Linear feet

84

 1955 April 29 - October 25   0.5 Linear feet

84

 1955 October 25 - 1956 March 12   0.5 Linear feet

84

 1956 March 13 - 1957 February 6   0.5 Linear feet

84

 1957 February 8 - December 17   0.5 Linear feet

84

 1957 December 17 - 1958 September 29   0.5 Linear feet

84

 1958 September 29 - 1960 April 29   0.5 Linear feet

84

 1960 May 2 - 1961 August 23   0.25 Linear feet

85

 1961 August 24 - November 6   0.25 Linear feet

85

 1962 November 7 - 1963 October 10   0.25 Linear feet

85

 1965 February 17 - 1966 August 11   0.25 Linear feet

85

 1966 August 16 - 1968 March 6   0.25 Linear feet

85

 Dec. 4, 1968 - 1969 January 31   0.25 Linear feet

85

Subseries N: Picked Hard Ends, 1965-1967   0.25 Linear feet

Box
85

Subseries O: Small Volumes, 1883-1918   Two volumes, boxed

Box
86

Subseries P: Copying Book, undated 

Volume
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Series III: Marketing, undated, 1947-1948, 1951-1952, 1955-1956   oversized box

Box

Publications, ephemera, realia, clippings, undated, 1947-1948, 1951-1952, 1955   Oversized box

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Marketing material: Sample books and advertising, Sample book from J.J. O'Donnell & Co., featuring "Martinique by Somersville"; Sample book "Country Tweeds Presents Wide-Wide World Colors"; Sample book "Somersville Woollens" (also containing loose fabric samples); Sample book "Spring 1948"; Sample Book #0376; Large sample book containing sample card "Style 0376--Shag" and "Colors by Somersville"; Newsclipping of Somersville "In and Out of Town" column (1952); "The Somersville Story" foreword, with "Fabric Sheets," accompanied by samples (9); Sample sheet from  J.J. O'Donnell & Co.; Bundle of fabric samples; Mailing advertisement "Something New. . . In Fine Woollens"; Sample book "Town & Country Colors by Somersville"; Sample book "Passport to Fashion"; Publication "Vogue" magazine (1951); Advertisement for "Somersville Fine Woollens for Gentlemen"; Advertising portfolio "How You Can Use Somersville Woollens to Increase Your Sales"; Sample sheet featuring Somersville "Duchess Chinchilla"; Advertisement with photograph, reading "Editorially Featured by the Fashion Bureau"; Sample book "Spring 1947 Woollens by Somersville"; Sample book "Somersville Woolens: Preview to Spring 1955"; Magazine advertisements for Somersville products (1947).]

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Item

Framed advertisement: "This goat needs no pedigree..." (a magazine ad for Forte cashmere), 1956 

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Series IV: Photographs and Scrapbooks, undated, 1926, 1940, 1947, 1984, 1950-1954, 1993   oversized box

Box

Books, photographs, clippings, undated, 1940, 1947, 1984, 1950-1954, 1993   Oversized box

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Photographs, scrapbooks, clippings on Somersville history: Scrapbook of news clippings about Somersville Manufacturing Company supplying woolen fabric for army uniforms during  World War II; Clipping from The Thrifty Reporter on Somersville history (1984); Aerial photograph of Somersville mill (undated); Portraits of  Rockwell Keeney (2) (undated); Article from The Hartford Courant Town News Extra, "Remembering the Somersville Mill" (1993); Daily News Record excerpt "Woolens and Worsteds" (1947); Photographic prints of fabric samples; Optical disc of Somersville photographs; Scrapbook of clippings (articles and advertisements), fabric tags and correspondence; recent prints of old photographs, including picture of  Rockwell Keeney (1898), Portrait of  George E. Keeney, and photograph of Somersville mill; Scrapbook of clippings 1950-1954.]

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Item

Framed photograph: 4th Annual Connecticut Wool Outing, Oct. 7, 1926, Putnam County Club, Putnam, Connecticut, 1926 October 7 

91

Mounted portrait photograph: George Keeney, ca. 1920   foldered

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Series V: Keeney Family, 1888, 1935-1945, 2013 

Subseries A: Correspondence, 

Box

 1888, 1935, 1939-1945   0.5 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Correspondence mostly from Robert Leland Keeney, Sr. (better known as Leland), to other members of the Keeney family, including to  Elise Keeney, Leland's wife;  Raymond Keeney, his son (Raymond was killed in a plane accident on April 4,1942);  Robert Leland Keeney Jr., his son, and his wife Jane; Chris, wife of Raymond;  William Elwood Keeney, oldest son of Leland, who married Chris after Ray's death; and John ("Jack") Henry Keeney, Leland's youngest son.

Includes information on William Elwood Keeney's automobile accident in Texas (1940).

Also includes a transcript of diary entries of Eudora Denison Keeney (1855-1918, wife of Lafayette), 1888. Includes information about the Blizzard of 1888.]

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R.L. Keeney Correspondence (1) 1932-1934, 1936-1937, 1939, 1943-1949   1.3 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: R.L. Keeney correspondence, alphabetized A-P, including donor's list "Letters from Robert Leland keeney "Leland" from 1927-1948;" Correspondence on Hereford Cattle, including photographs and pedigree papers; Correspondence on Ellwood Estates (Texas); Legal correspondence on the estate of Mary C. Keeney; Correspondence on  William E. Keeney's injury in automobile accident (1932); Personal correspondence to Private  Richard D. Henkels; Dr.  Elliott P. Joslin (1943, 1945, 1947); Mabel and Theodore Moser; New York Military Academy, on son John Keeney (1943-1944).]

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R.L. Keeney Correspondence (2) 1934-1948   1.3 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: R.L. Keeney Correspondence, A-V: to people including Senator Raymond E. Baldwin, as wool industry lobbyist, appointed also to board of  Mansfield State Training School and Connecticut War Council by Baldwin; Major John Buckley; personal correspondence to Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Chappell (1937-1944); to  Lex F. Henderson (1935-1948); Dudley D. Homer (1934); Keeney family members Mr. and Mrs.  Ralph D. Keeney, Lt.  Raymond Keeney,  Rockwell Keeney; Correspondence with Senator  Francis Maloney (1938-1940); Senator  Brien McMahon (1948); Governor  James L. McConaughy (1947-1948);  Frank Parizek (1938-1948); Hon.  Oliver C. Pease (1937-1948);  Philip L. Reed (1934-1947); Congressman  Horace Seely-Brown, Jr. (1947-1948);  C. Wilder Smith (1945); Extensive correspondence wiht Dorothea K. Stedman (1939-1948); to Rachael K. Thompson (1935-1948). Connecticut War Council materials (1943): Budget Committee; Committee on Awards; Minutes. Correspondence to Yale University on Keeney sons' education and expenses.]

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R.L. Keeney Correspondence (3) 

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: R.L. Keeney correspondence W-Z, including to the Connecticut War Council during World War II]

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Subseries B: Personal and non-company business 

Box

Mansfield State Training School (  R.L. Keeney as trustee);  Lafayette Keeney Estate, 1946-1950   0.5 Linear feet Foldered

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: R.L. Keeney as Mansfield State Training School Trustee, with documents: 1948  Mansfield State Training School & Hospital annual report; correspondence with  Neil A. Dayton, M.D.; 1949 Audit report; Report on Functions of Boards of Trustees of Humane and Welfare Institutions by "Miss Little" (1950); Publication "MSTS News," Jan-Feb 1947; Folder "Minutes:  Mansfield State Training School and Hospital; Folder "Agenda of Trustees Meetings." Family business correspondence on  Lafayette Keeney Estate and  Eugene E. Estey.]

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Accession 2014-0199, undated, 1905   0.1 Linear feet

Scope and Content Note

[Four page typescript writing: "Somersville Manufacturing Co., Reminiscences by J. F. Wood." Written by James Francis Wood who died at 100 in 1994; his grandfather (William Wood), father (James W. Wood) and he were employees of SMC. J.F.M. worked for the company for 42 years, some of that time as a foreman, and was a friend of Leland Keeney. J.F.W.'s son, James P. Wood, also worked for the company. The history focuses on the Keeney family,  Lafayette Keeney, fabrics manufactured, particularly during the world wars, and circumstances that led to the demise of the company.

Also includes a copy of a few pages from the Atlantic Reporter, Vol. 61, pp. 519-522, of a court case decided upon by the Supreme Court of Errors of Connecticut on July 14, 1905, of Hazard Powder Co. v. Somersville Mfg. Co., about rights to the use of water in the  Scantic River.]

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Subseries C: Lists of Keeney family members and their service in Somers town or Connecticut state politics (lists compiled by  Timothy Keeney), 2013 

90

Subseries D: List of "Descendants of Rockwell Keeney who lived in  Somersville, Connecticut and served in the Connecticut Legislature representing Somers as House members or in the 35th District in the Senate," provided by donor, 2013   1.3 Linear feet foldered in box

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