Collection ID: M.1

Collection context

Summary

Date:
1874-1895 and 1909-1957
Abstract:
The records document the Plume and Atwood Company, which made sheet brass, wire, lamp parts, rivets, fasteners, and other small brass goods. The collection is largely of composed of correspondence to the Boston office. Ledgers are from the Waterbury office. Ephemera is included at the end of the collection dating through 1957. Additionally, the Lewis J Atwood obituary from 1909 is included in the collection.
Extent:
6 Linear Feet and 8 manuscript boxes, 10 volumes of oversized ledgers
Language:
English , Spanish; Castilian .

Background

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

The records of the Plume and Atwood Manufacturing Company document the inner workings of the company and span a time period of 1874-1895, and 1909-1957. The collection is naturally arranged in 3 series: Correspondence, Ledgers, and Ephemera. One document is written in Spanish, the rest are in English.

The largest series is Correspondence (1894-1895). Most of the correspondence appears to have originated from offices outside of Waterbury. Of special interest are the Walter Grose letters are inserted after Box 3, Folder V (Gri – Gry). Grose was a middleman or agent. His letters are arranged alphabetically according to the company for whom the orders were intended. The last folder (Box 4, Folder H), is marked "Double Orders." That designation simply means that the letter contained orders for two or more companies, and thus could not be alphabetized. Grose was based in Montreal, and all the companies he served seem to have been Canadian.

Ledgers is the second series and it spans a time period of 1874-1894. The ledgers, unlike the letters, seem to come from Plume and Atwood's main office in Waterbury. There are 10 in all. They are numbered consecutively with the rest of the collection. Thus the first ledger, which follows Box #8, is called Ledger #9. Ledgers 9 – 19 involve outlays of cash for labor, supplies and raw materials. Ledger 20, a balance book, records both receipts and expenditures. The last two are daily records of orders for brass goods, and thus provide a kind of record of sales. Ledgers 11, 11a, 12, 13, 13a, and 14 were discarded due to moderate to severe water damage – they were payroll books from the 1880s.

Lastly, Ephemera spans 1867-1957 and includes items such as an obituary, a sample board of pins, a patent, product catalogues, etc.

Biographical / Historical:

Plume and Atwood Manufacturing Company was organized in 1869 by Israel Holmes, John C. Booth, Lewis J. Atwood, David S. Plume, Aaron Thomas, George W. Welton, Burr Tucker, and others. The company made sheet brass, wire, lamp parts, rivets, fasteners, other small brass goods. Main office was in Waterbury, rolling mill in Thomaston, stores in Boston, New York, Chicago. Canadian business was done through Montreal agent Walter Grose.

Indexed Terms

Subjects:
Brass industry and trade
Places:
Waterbury, Connecticut

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
63 Prospect St
Waterbury, CT, USA
CONTACT:
(203) 753-0381
scrawford@mattmuseum.org