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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 1141

Golding Manufacturing Co. business records and other papers


Business records of the Golding Manufacturing Co., a Massachusetts firm which produced printing presses and related equipment from 1869 to 1918. Also included are some personal papers of the Golding family, especially concerning the firm's founder, William Hughson Golding, and his son, William H. Golding, Jr.


  • 1864-1944

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English,French, and German.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is restricted. Consult curator for further information.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


6 linear feet (12 boxes and 1 pf box)

Collection includes the business records of Golding & Co. including financial ledgers, legal documents, correspondence, and other miscellaneous papers concerning the business. Financial materials include account ledgers, finances of the branch offices in Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago, stockholder information and certificates, Massachusetts state income tax forms, business appraisals, and other material. Legal documents cover the areas of insurance, contracts, leases, etc..., and other papers including building plans, prospectus, sales documents and inventories, blueprints, and much more.

Design and manufacturing records consist of product documentation and technical drawings and blueprints for all products marketed by Golding & Co. There is a large series concerning patents filed in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany. Also included are photographs, cabinet photographs, prints, posters, awards (such as medals), and an extensive collection of product sales catalogs.

Finally there are items concerning the Golding family, including personal materials of founder William Hughson Golding and his son, William H. Golding, Jr. These papers include photographs, legal documents, business cards, wills, financial papers, correspondence, real estate records, certificates, as well as other items.

Biographical / Historical

Golding & Co., initially called the Printer Manufacturing Co., and later the Golding Manufacturing Company, was founded in 1869 by William Hughson Golding (1845-1916), in partnership with Edward H. Dennison (d.1903). They were a principal producer in the 19th and early 20th centuries of letter press equipment, manufacturing platen job presses and other printing equipment primarily in Boston, but later also in Franklin, Massachusetts. Their three basic printing presses were in production for fifty years: The Pearl Press, The Official Press, and The Golding Jobber, and they also marketed paper cutters, lead and rule cutters, inks, and a range of printers' supplies. Golding, Sr. died in 1916 and in 1918 the company was sold to the American Type Founders Co (ATF).

William Hughson Golding was born in St. John, New Brunswick on 24 May 1845. In 1848 the family settled in Boston. Golding worked for a time at the Chelsea Herald and later moved to a large printing house in Boston, where by age 19 he was a practical printer and foreman of the plant. After serving in an infantry company during the Civil War, he went to work for the Boston Daily Courier until 1869 when he began his business as the Printer Manufacturing Co. In 1880 Golding married Georgiana Evert Putnam Golding and they had one daughter and two sons. The sons, William H. Golding, Jr. and Gilbert Golding, both worked for the company.

Source: Steve Saxe, "A brief history of Golding & Co.," APHA Printing History No. 6 (1981).


Arranged into the following seven series:

  1. I. Golding & Co. general business records
  2. ___A. Business correspondence
  3. ___B. Financial records
  4. ___C. Legal documents
  5. ___D. Other business papers
  6. II. Golding & Co. design and manufacturing records
  7. ___A. Product documentation
  8. ___B. Technical drawings and blueprints
  9. ______1. Golding Jobber printing press
  10. ______2. Lead & rule tools
  11. ______3. Official printing press
  12. ______4. Paper cutters
  13. ______5. Pearl printing press
  14. ______6. Parts for several products
  15. III. Golding & Co. patents
  16. ___ A. United States Patent Office
  17. ___B. Great Britain Patent Office
  18. ______1. Complete patents (Great Britain)
  19. ______2. Incomplete patents (Great Britain)
  20. ___ C. Germany Kaiserliches Patentamt
  21. ___ D. Institut national de la propriété industrielle (France)
  22. IV. Golding & Co. photographs and other images
  23. V. Golding & Co. awards
  24. VI. Golding & Co. product sales catalogs
  25. ___A. General sales catalogs
  26. ___B. Product-specific sales catalogs
  27. ______1. Golding Jobber printing press
  28. ______2. Official printing press
  29. ______3. Owl Brand printing ink
  30. ______4. Paper cutters
  31. ______5. Pearl printing press
  32. ______6. Miscellaneous product-specific sales materials
  33. VII. Golding family papers

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2007MH-5. Purchased from The Veatches, Arts of the Book, P.O. Box 328, Northampton, Massachusetts 01061, with the Philip Hofer Charitable Trust, the Harmand Teplow Class of 1920 Book Fund, and the Bayard Livingston and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund; received: 2008 March 17.

Related Materials

See HOLLIS for additional Golding & Co. sales catalogs cataloged individually.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Much of the collection was received in good order and included text descriptions of many items. The order and description was retained when possible.

Golding Manufacturing Co. Golding Manufacturing Co. business records and other papers, 1864-1944: Guide.
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