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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:442 1951 L513

Robert George Layer charts of financial data

Scope and Contents

Consists of handwritten charts of financial data abstracted from the records of five cotton textile manufacturers held at Baker Library. The five firms were Nashua Manufacturing Company (1827-1914), Boston Manufacturing Company (1825-1865), Lawrence Manufacturing Company (1833-1891), Hamilton Manufacturing Company (1826-1886), Dwight Manufacturing Company (1865-1914), and Lyman Mills (1886-1914).

The data includes statistics on company assets and liabilities, income and expense accounts, and payroll expenses. The payroll summaries include detailed information on women employees, from 1828 to 1891.


  • 1951


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Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information regarding access procedures.


3 linear feet (2 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Robert G. Layer earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1952. As part of the research for his doctoral dissertation, Layer closely examined the financial and production records of several nineteenth century New England textile manufacturers held at Baker Library. Layer used this statistical data in his 1952 thesis "Wages, Earnings, and Output in Four Cotton Textile Companies in New England, 1825-1860" and later in a 1955 book "Earnings of cotton mill operatives, 1825-1914." (Cambridge, Mass., Committee on Research in Economic History; distributed by the Harvard University Press, 1955.)

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Processed: November 2020 By: Baker Library Special Collections Staff

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Collection title revised by archivist. Original title: Robert George Layer papers

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Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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