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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:761 1853-1941

Allen-Lane Company records

Scope and Contents

A remarkably complete collection of the records of Allen-Lane and of the individual mills controlled by Allen-Lane. There are administrative records, general accounts, purchase and receiving records, sales and shipping records, letters, and unbound papers. Materials also include stock and dividend records as well as Lane Family materials including correspondence, Benjamin C. Lane's 1917 will establishing a trust for his wife, Florence, and information on church and civic matters, including the West Roxbury Citizens' Association in the 1920s and 1930s. The Allen-Lane Company sent yarn out to dry goods stores across northern New England, to be knitted into socks and mittens. The collection includes several folders of "Knitting Statements," letters to accompany or announce finished goods, or to request more yarn.

Some of the personal papers of Jonathan A. Lane and Benjamin C. Lane (cartons 25, 35, and 36) are included; the latter was active in the United Improvement Association, and some of its records are in the collection.


  • Creation: 1853-1941


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact for more information.


153 linear feet (696 volumes, 6 boxes, 47 cartons)

Biographical / Historical

Firm of wholesale wool commission merchants, Boston, Massachusetts. Organized in 1893 by Frederick D. Allen and Jonathan A. Lane. Earlier names were Allen, Whiting and Company and Allen, Lane and Washburn. Besides selling woolen goods on commission, this firm controlled several mills, among them the Georges River Mills at Warren, Maine.; Devonshire Mills, Goff's Falls, New Hampshire; Monadnock Blanket Mills, Marlboro, New Hampshire.; Rockfall Woolen Company, Middletown, Connecticut; and the Walker Mills, Wilton, Maine. The business ended in the 1930's.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alfred C. Lane, 1939, 1941.

Baker Library
March 2019
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Repository Details

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

Baker Library Special Collections and Archives 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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