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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:463 1824-1966

Plymouth Cordage Company records

Scope and Contents

Accounting records, correspondence, photographs, recordings, printed matter, and historical materials. Much of this material was put in shape and recorded by the company at the time of 150th anniversary in 1949. Bourne Spooner, Caleb Loring, Augustus P. Loring, Francis C. Holmes, Gideon F. Holmes, Ellis W. Brewster, and William Phipps were among those actively connected with the company, and some of their papers may be found in the collection.


  • 1824-1966


Conditions Governing Access

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


58 linear feet (404 volumes, 5 boxes, 2 cartons)

Biographical / Historical

Ropemaking firm, Plymouth, Mass. Founded in 1824 by Bourne Spooner. A mill was opened in Welland, Ontario in 1905. In 1938 the firm purchased Consumers Cordage Company of Canada and in 1947 acquired Federal Fibre Mills of New Orleans. The company was merged into Emhart Corporation in 1965 and the cordage manufacturing plant was sold to Columbian Rope Company the same year.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Plymouth Cordage Company, 1966.
Baker Library
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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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