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COLLECTION Identifier: MSS:422 1834-1932

Nashua Manufacturing Company records

Overview

The Nashua Manufacturing Company records span the years 1834 to 1932 and document the operation of a cotton textile manufacturer in Nashua, New Hampshire. The collection is notable for a long run of wage receipts from 1828 to 1881, including those for women factory workers. It also contains other, more fragmentary, employment records, including payrolls and time books.

Dates

  • 1834-1932

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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

Extent

23 linear feet (189 volumes, 15 boxes, 3 cartons)
The Nashua Manufacturing Company records contains ear arly reports and letters, a long run of wage receipts (1828-1881), and much unbound material for later years of the company. Includes directors' records for the Indian Head factories (1825-1830) and for the Jackson Company (1830-1916). Treasurers' letters include those of Joseph H. Adams (1825), George Searle (1826), Thomas Searle (1826), James K. Mills (1832), and letters to Frederick Amory (1908 and later). Agents' letters include those of Ira Gay (1824), A. Benjamin (1824), George Searle (1832), and Robert Reed (1835).

The collection is notable for a long run of wage receipts from 1828 to 1881, including those for women factory workers. It also contains other, more fragmentary, employment records, including payrolls and time books.

Biographical / Historical

The Nashua Manufacturing Company was a cotton textile manufacturer in Nashua, New Hampshire, chartered in 1823. Over the next century, it acquired several other textile manufacturers, including Jackson Company, Indian Head Mills, and Tremont and Suffolk Mills. Acquired by Textron, Inc., in 1945, the Nashua Mills closed in 1948.

Physical Location

MANU

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Nashua Manufacturing Company records were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a donation from Textron, Inc. in 1949.

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Processing Information

Processed: January 2020 By: Baker Library Special Collections Staff
Link to catalog
Title
Nashua Manufacturing Company. Nashua Manufacturing Company Records, 1834-1932.
Author
Baker Library
Description rules
dacs
EAD ID
bak01045

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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