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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:495 c.1929-1945 W585

J.J. White Paper Company records

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, orders, and bills (sampled), of a firm which produced waterproof paper for use in building, packing of perishable products, and bleaching. The firm was founded ca. 1919 and located in Canton, Mass. In 1963 it was sold to Phoenix Building Products of Philadelphia.

The collection contains three cartons of J.J. White Company correspondence. The letters date mostly from 1940 and contain the secretarial signature "/C" in the lower left hand corner. This likely indicates that they were typed and perhaps composed by Mary Cardarelli, although none of the letters were sent in her name.


  • circa 1929-1945

Conditions Governing Access

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


14 linear feet (9 cartons, 1 box)

Biographical / Historical

The J.J. White Paper Company manufactured specialty paper products in Canton, Massachusetts, from 1929 until 1963. Mary Cardarelli (b. 1911), who started as a secretary at J.J. White in 1929, assumed control of the business for White's estate in 1939, along with sales manager, Robert J. Kincade. In 1940, Cardarelli and Kincade purchased the business and operated it until it was sold in 1963 to Phoenix Building Products, also co-owned by a woman business manager, Mary A. Reynolds.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The J.J. White Company records were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a donation from the Dr. Charles V. Reynolds, Jr. in 1978.

J.J. White Paper Company. J.J. White Paper Company Records, circa 1929-1945
Baker Library Special Collections Staff
September 2017
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Repository Details

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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