A Guide to the International Silver Company Records, 1853-1921

International Silver Company Records

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the International Silver Company Records
Creator
International Silver Company.
Inclusive Dates
1853-1921
Extent
48 Linear Feet
Abstract
The International Silver Company was organized under the laws of the State of New Jersey on November 19, 1898. Within the next year, seventeen companies were purchased. By the early 1900s, it had become a large industrial corporation. Its operations centered at Meriden, Connecticut, would prove to be the major producer of silver products in the United States.
Call Number
1980.0008
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
James W. Campbell.
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1205 archives@uconn.edu URL:

Preferred Citation

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

Return to Table of Contents »


Access and Use

Acquisition Information

The collection was transferred to the University of Connecticut from  Yale University in three shipments that were completed on January 15, 1980.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

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

Return to Table of Contents »


Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Lyons (N.Y.)
  • International Silver Company.

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Financial Records
  • Administrative records
  • Fliers [printed matter]
  • Catalogs
  • Advertisements

Return to Table of Contents »


History

The International Silver Company was organized under the laws of the State of  New Jersey on 19 November 1898. Immediately upon organization, the company bought the total capital stock of the following companies:  Barbour Silver Company (Hartford), * Holmes & Edwards Silver Company (Bridgeport), * Manhattan Silver Plate, ( Lyons, New York), * Meriden Britannia Company (Meriden), * Norwich Cutlery (Norwich), * William Rogers Manufacturing Company (Hartford),  Rogers Cutlery (Hartford),  Rogers and Brothers (Waterbury),  Rogers and Hamilton (Waterbury),  Wilcox Silver Plate (Meriden),  Watrous Manufacturing Company (Wallingford),  Standard Silver Company, Ltd. ( Toronto, Canada).

During the first six months of 1899, an additional four companies were purchased. Derby Silver Company (Derby),  Simpson, Hall, Miller & Company (Wallingford),  Simpson Nickel Company (Wallingford),  Middletown Plate Company (Middletown).

In January of 1903, the stock of the United States Silver Corporation was acquired, thereby gaining indirect ownership of: * C. Rogers & Brothers (Meriden).

Thus, in the space of a few years, there came into being a large industrial corporation, worth $20,000,000 at organization, which, with its operations centered at Meriden, Connecticut, would prove to be the major producer of silver products in the  United States.

(*) indicates companies represented in this collection.

Return to Table of Contents »


Scope and Content

With only a few exceptions, the collection consists of bound volumes of financial records and other materials relating to the business of silver products manufacturing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The record is by no means complete. In addition to financial matters, researchers may find materials of interest to broader social history in the Rogers Manufacturing Company correspondence volumes, and the time records and advertisements of the  Meriden Britannia Company.

Return to Table of Contents »


General note

[The majority of the collection is shelved by volume number, only the volumes with a box number indicated are located in boxes.]

Return to Table of Contents »


Collection Inventory

Series I: Meriden Britannia Company, undated, 1853-1899 

Blotters, 1860-1872 

#16, 1860-1863 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   1:1

#[18], 1868-1869 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   1:2

#20, 1870-1871 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   1:3

#21, 1872 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   1:4

Cash Books, 1853-1899 

 1853 January 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   1:5

volume

 1853 - 1857 July 

6-11

 1865 August - 1868 November 

12-17

 1869 May - October 

18

 1870 March - September 

19

 1871 September - 1872 February 

20

 1874 April - December 

21-22

 1893 January -1899 April 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   2:23

Ledgers, undated, 1854-1862 

volume

 1855-1857 

24

 1860-1862 

25

Supply Purchase—Machinery, undated 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   2:26

volume

Early financial volume, 1854-1856 

27

Indices to Financial Volumes undated 

volume

Index to Ledgers EE and FF 

28

Index N-W 

29

Index P 

30

Index U-X 

31

Index Y-Z 

32

Time Records, 1869-1884 

volume

Time Book (includes unbound materials), 1869-1884 

33

Machine Room Employees, 1872-1878 

34

Advertisements/Catalogues, 1889-1916 

volume

Catalogue List, 1889-1897 

35

National Advertisements, 1890 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   2:36

volume

Contracts for advertising, 1893-1916 

37

Memoranda, undated 

volume

Consignment to Chicago store, undated 

38

Order Books, 1906-1931 

 1906 January - 1922 September 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   3:39

 1909 January - 1931 December 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   3:40

Return to Table of Contents »


Series II: Rogers Manufacturing Company, undated, 1885-1900 

Financial Records, 1881-1899 

Expenditures (includes unbound materials), 1881-1882 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   4:41

Purchase Ledger, 1893 


    othertypevolume
Mixed Materials   OS42

Sales & Purchase Ledger (with index), 1898-1899 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   4:43

Sales Ledger, 1898-1899 


    othertypevolume
Mixed Materials   OS44-45

volume

Journal, 1893-1899 

46

Account Ledgers, 1893-1899 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   3:47-48

New York Store, 1865-1894 

Financial Records (includes unbound materials), 1865-1894 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   4:49

Correspondence, 

“W.H.W.” [W.H. Watrous], 1887-1888 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   4:50

F. William Rogers, Secretary, 1885-1886 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   5:51

William Rogers Manufacturing Company, 1890 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   4:52

William Rogers Manufacturing Company, 1894 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   5:53

William Rogers Manufacturing Company, 1897-1898 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   5:54

William Rogers Manufacturing Company, 1898-1899 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   4:55-56

William Rogers Manufacturing Company, 1899-1900 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   4:57

Electrotypes 

volume

Illustrations of Rogers products, undated 

58

Sales Price Books 

Price Book (includes unbound materials), undated 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   3:59

Return to Table of Contents »


Series III: Other ISC Predecessors, ca. 1880-1901 

Manhattan Silver Plate Company 

Cash Book, 1885-1888 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   7:60

Holmes and Edwards Silver Company 

Scrapbook, undated, 1891 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   7:61

Norwich Cutlery Company 

volume

Cash Book, 1890-1895 

62

Day Book, 1894-1896 

63

C. Rogers and Brothers 

Private Ledger, 1899-1901 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   7:64

Return to Table of Contents »


Series IV: International Silver Company, undated, 1899-1931 

Order Books 

volume

 1901 September -1902 January 

65

“Foreign”, 1908 January - 1909 January 

66

Circulars 

#1-I through #218-I, 1899-1931 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   6:67

Letters #599 - #741, 1917-1921 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   6:68

Return to Table of Contents »


Series V: Unidentified Volumes, undated, 1875-1906 

Journals 

volume

 1863 January - 1868 November 

69

 1872 March - 1874 September 

70

 1890 December - 1899 April 

71

Time Records 

volume

 1894-1900 

72

Cash Books 

volume

“EE”, 1875-1876 

73

Bills Payable 

volume

 1869-1871 

74

Index 

volume

Index volume, undated 

75

Inventories 

General inventory of machinery, 1906 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   3:76

Return to Table of Contents »


Series VI: Non-ISC Volumes, undated, 1899-1916 

Oneida Community Silver Company 

volume

Scrapbook of advertisements, 1907-1916 

77

Scrapbook of advertisements, 1907-1916 

78

Maltby Henley Company 

Cashbook, 1900-1903 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   7:79

Financial records, 1899-1903 


    boxvolume
Mixed Materials   7:80

E.G. Webster & Sons 

volume

Electrotypes, undated 

81

Return to Table of Contents »