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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:641 1867-1903 F948

J.A. Frye Shoe Company ledgers

Scope and Contents

Included are thirteen ledgers kept by the Marlboro leather shoe and boot manufacturer J.A. Frye Company from 1867-1903. The ledgers contain payment records of women shoe workers, a complete run of piecework accounts with individual workers, running balances of the company, accounts with suppliers, and accounts with shoe retailers. Perhaps as much as one third of the Frye workforce was made up of women. The ledgers of the 1860s and early 1870s separate accounts with cutters, lasters, and stitchers, some of which give evidence of exchange of goods for labor. One part of each ledger primarily contains accounts with single and married women, most likely home stitchers, who received needles as part of their pay.


  • 1867-1903

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2 linear feet (13 volumes)

Biographical / Historical

Leather shoe and boot manufacturer founded in Marlboro, Massachusetts in 1863 by John A. Frye.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John A. Frye, June 1953.
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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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