Abstract

The Rodney Hunt Company Records document the operation of one of the region's major producers of textile machinery, water wheels, turbines, and other specialty industrial products. Founded in Orange, Massachusetts, in 1840, the company was incorporated in 1873. Still an active concern, it continues to sell its products in international markets.

Due to a fire in 1882 and several floods in later years, relatively few early records of the Rodney Hunt Company survive, but from the time of its incorporation in 1873, documentation improves, with nearly complete coverage from the period 1883-1914. The collection provides an excellent introduction to the history of technology and industry in 19th- and 20th-century Massachusetts. Of particular note is the incoming correspondence from 1876 to 1903, which is nearly complete. Other materials include company histories, correspondence, board minutes, blueprints, installation drawings, sketchbook drawings, patents, payroll ledgers, account books, price lists, sales books, brochures, catalogs, newsletters, subject files and photographs.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English
Rodney Hunt Company Records
1862-1987
316 boxes, 150 loose bound volumes 158 linear ft.
Call no.: MS 105

Historical Note

The Rodney Hunt Company, founded in Orange, Massachusetts in the 1840s, built textile machinery, water wheels, turbines, and other specialty industrial products. Although based in Orange, it competed in international markets in its specialties.

Historical Note

1810
Mr. Rodney Hunt born in Ashburnham (Town of Orange, Massachusetts incorporated) on July 10.
ca. 1840
Rodney Hunt begins working in a household furniture plant run by Reuben Harris.
1844-1858
Rodney Hunt moves permanently to a farm in Orange. He works as general millwright in different cotton-, woolen-, saw-, and grist-mills in the Orange area.
1846
David Flint begins working for Rodney Hunt.
1855
James Waite begins working for Rodney Hunt.
1859
Rodney Hunt builds his first textile machine, a fulling mill, and employs a few workmen. He also purchases a shop on Millers River.
1861-1865
During the Civil War the Rodney Hunt Company grows as the demand for textiles increases. Rodney Hunt begins to make finishing equipment for John Mills Wool Fulling Mills in Partridgeville and Athol, Massachusetts.
1865
Partnership is formed, "Hunt, Waite, & Flint."
1869
Rodney Hunt builds his first water turbine.
1873
Rodney Hunt Machine Company is incorporated.
1878
Work force of 34.
1879
Nelson Harris comes to Orange to work for Rodney Hunt.
1881
Roscoe White is hired by William Harris; he thereafter works for 18 years in the eastern part of the state setting up and installing water wheels for the many customers Rodney Hunt Company has in that area.
1882
A fire on January 24, 1882 destroys some company records (but not nearly as much as was expected, since most records were stored in an old iron safe which was salvaged after the fire) and nearly all of the company's buildings and equipment. A circular letter is sent March 1, 1882 to all customers stating the company's intention to remain in business. Focus of activity shifts to a new site (present day site) about one-half mile east of the former site. Nelson Harris designs a new foundry, machine shop, pattern shop and other buildings on this new site. Rodney Hunt Machine Company sells a small parcel of land, the remaining foundry shop and their interests in the water rights to the New Home Sewing Machine Company for 85,000.
1886
Nelson Harris receives patent on "Hunt Turbine."
1887
Nelson Harris becomes superintendent of the firm; the first of many floods which affect company operation occurs.
1888
Elbridge Harris moves to Malden, Massachusetts and establishes a "Boston office" at 70 Kirby Street.
1889
Rodney Hunt dies at the age of 78 on May 24, 1889; Elbridge Harris becomes president.
1891
The company employs about 125 men.
1892
Nelson Harris makes plans, for a new machine shop (east of old one) and additional machinery
1894
Nelson Harris arranges with the Jolly brothers, of Holyoke Machine Company, to purchase some of their turbine designs. By incorporating features they patent the Hunt-McCormick Turbine. William O. Harris follows his father, Elbridge Harris to Malden. William becomes the clerk of the company and works in the new Boston office.
1897
All boiler plate work for flumes, draft tubes and penstocks, which had been previously contracted to outside companies, is hereafter done at Rodney Hunt; another flood occurs.
1899
William "Billy" Baines starts working for the company as an apprentice, and by 1905 is the foreman of the assembly department, working on water wheel turbines, governors, rotary fire pumps, etc.
1900
A major flood causes some damage to the company.
ca. 1900
Miss Norcross is the first woman to work for the company, as a bookkeeper.
1903
Carl Harris begins working for company.
1906
Elbridge Harris dies, Nelson Harris becomes president.
1907
The company buys property with water rights at Partridgeville and renames the lake to Lake Rohunta.
1908
Lake Rohunta power station built.
1910-1913
Carl Harris commutes by train to work for the Simplex Time Recorder Company in Gardner, eventually patenting several designs for them.
1914
About 100 men work at the company.
1917
Carl Harris acquires controlling interest in the Rodney Hunt Company.
1919
Carl Harris makes floor plans and converts what is then a lumber shed to a roll manufacturing shop.
1924
Rebuilding and adding on to the office is carried out.
1929
Onset of depression and period of economic loss. Also Messrs. Riggs and Lombard, who had been engineers in the textile department, leave Rodney Hunt, taking with them various drawings and information. They establish a competitive company in Lowell, Massachusetts.
1930s
The development of the use of stainless steel for textile machinery is a great "first" for Rodney Hunt. The company is the first ever to erect a building specifically designed for stainless steel fabrication.
1932
The use of a time clock record of employees' time begins, and rates of all salaried employees are readjusted to approximate a 15% cut from October 11, 1931 rates.
1935
The Water Control Apparatus Division is formed.
1936
Fire destroys the boiler plate building. A major flood results in several feet of water and ice accumulating in the office which destroys records, furniture and equipment. Damage is greatest to the shops and foundry, where machinery had to be replaced or repaired.
1938
As a result of the "great" hurricane and flood, Rodney Hunt suffers severe losses, not, only to the main plant but also to Lake Rohunta where the dam and power station are washed away.
1940s
Economic stability resumes; company grows and prospers. During World War II the armed services once again call for a dramatic increase in uniform fabric. Rodney Hunt helps the war effort by keeping textile mills supplied with finishing machinery.
1947
Earl Harris starts working for company.
1950s
The company has five divisions: Textile Machinery, Water Wheels, Water Control Equipment, Industrial Rolls, and Process Equipment.
1955
Water wheel division is sold due to decreased demand for turbines, a special provision is made not to sell the Brook Water Wheel Division.
1956
Carl Harris retires; Earl Harris becomes president, pension plan established.
1960
Carl Harris dies.
1966
Name is changed to the Rodney Hunt Company.
1968
Process equipment division is sold.
1969
Establishment of five year building improvement plan.
1975
Textile machinery division is sold.
1976
Channing C. Harris writes "The History of Rodney Hunt Company, Orange Massachusetts." At this time the company employs about 300 people and has one of the most, modern foundries in the East.
1989
Continues to operate a large modern Plant at Orange.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Records document the administration, operation, production and labor of the Hunt Company from its early history as a machine shop to its eventual establishment, through economic depression, fire and floods, as an industrial manufacturer of textile machinery, water wheels, turbines, and water control equipment. Company histories, correspondence, board minutes, blueprints, installation drawings, sketchbook drawings, patents, payroll ledgers, account books, price lists, sales books, brochures, catalogs, newsletters, subject files and photographs comprise the collection.

All of the loose volumes have a separate corresponding inventory sheet summarizing physical characteristics, description, and content of each volume. These sheets are located in folders throughout the collection as dictated by the overall collection arrangement. The specific folder(s) should be consulted for a general overview of each volume. Each of the volumes has been assigned a control number which identifies its location in the 150 loose volumes physically grouped at the end of the collection.

Organization of the Collection
Series descriptions
1872-1942
6 volumes, 1 box, 0.25 linear ft.

The activities of the Rodney Hunt Company Board of Directors and Stock-Holders (1872-1942) are revealed in their stock certificates books and Stock-Holders meeting records contained in Sub-series 1. Records of legal and property transactions, found in Sub-series 2, are limited to copyright and patent information (1897-1909) and one proposal with Winthrop Mills Co. (1921).

1871-1979
55 volumes, 280 boxes, 113.25 linear ft.
Contents:

Sub-series 1 is comprised of a collection of general files including "Historic Records Inventory Project" (1979), "History of the Rodney Hunt Company"(1976), and miscellaneous items (1887-1979) such as insurance policies, newsletters, notes, reports, subject files and tax hills. By far the largest volume of records in the whole collection is contained in Sub-series 2: Correspondence, In/Out. The in-coming correspondence, dating from 1876 to 1903 is basically complete with only occasional gaps. Of special interest are boxes 226 and 227 which hold the correspondence of William O. Harris (1903-1907) from his Boston office to the Rodney Hunt Company main office in Orange. Only a sample selection of the 1917/1918 and 1926/1927 in-coming correspondence was taken because of the poor physical condition of the stored records. A large number (54) of letter copying books (1871-1903) containing duplicate out-going correspondence survived the several floods to which the records were exposed. Volumes 14 and 51 document settlements (1888-1893) between Rodney Hunt and outside companies. The remainder of this series consists of fragments of in/out correspondence files for the years 1911-1914.

Related material:

Additional correspondence, pertaining to sales, can be found in Series 5, Sub-series 3.

1869-1938, n.d.
56 volumes, 2 boxes, 1.25 linear ft.

The financial accounts (1869-1938), comprising 56 volumes and additional documentation, represent the most complete record in any series. This series ranges from accounts with the Orange National Bank to a ledger of entries for the Hydro-Electric Power Plant at Lake Rohunta. These daily, weekly and monthly accounts document the financial workings of this ever-changing company.

1887-1888
1 box, 0.25 linear ft.

This series is limited to bills and receipts for the years 1887-1888, documenting purchases of raw materials and services rendered.

1878-1978, n.d.
23 volumes, 6 boxes, 3 linear ft.

Sales records are divided into three major sub-series, as follows: Accounts, which consist principally of traveling salesmen's expense account books, express charges, orderbooks, price lists, sales books and journals; Advertising materials, which include articles about Rodney Hunt Co. (1947-1978), brochures (1960s), catalogues (1878-1903), newsletters (1940s-1960s), circulars, reference materials and miscellaneous items for gate/hoists, rolls, textile machinery, water wheels and miscellaneous production items; and Correspondence, comprised of address lists (including a 1969 export list), bills for woolen machinery, water wheels and mill work, reference information and subject files for parts and machinery (1912-1913).

1869-1943, n.d.
8 volumes, 10 boxes, 5.75 linear ft.

The records are divided into applications/benefits and payroll accounts. For the most part, the applications and benefits files center on the years 1910-1920. Especially interesting are the Liberty Loan (war bonds) records which detail the employees' and company's support of WWI. An excellent collection of payroll accounts has also survived. Payroll ledgers span the years 1869-1943 with only one gap for the years 1919-1927. Also noteworthy are the bills for work, expenses and installation of machinery (1880s and 1890s).

1873-1915, n.d.
2 volumes, 6 boxes, 2.75 linear ft.
Contents:

Blueprints and specifications (1873-1907) are very well represented in this series. These detailed drawings comprise the very heart and soul of the Rodney Hunt Company. Additional production records detail raw materials, stock inventory and sales inventory accounts.

Related material:

For photographic reproductions of the very early Sketch Book (18-14-717) see Series 11: Photos.

1907-1910, n.d.
2 boxes, 1 linear ft.

This interesting collection of Carl Harris' "side-line" undertakings consists of files from the Harris Register Company, other "Adder Companies", C.C. Harris & Co. (unigraph) and Rivet-O Manufacturing Co. Items included in this series range from advertisements to actual "working models". One piece of personal correspondence (folder 9) is between C.C. Harris and his uncle Ike for a loan of money to start up a company in 1909.

1889-1940
1 box, 0.25 linear ft.

Included are some personal papers of Mr. and Mrs. Carl C. Harris. It appears that Mr. Harris kept some of his private papers (1906-1909) interfiled with the Rodney Hunt Company records. This series was gathered from fragmented and routine correspondence files and could possibly represent only part of what is in the collection.

1840-1968, n.d.
6 boxes, 3 linear ft.
Contents:

This collection of miscellanea and published patents represents reference materials used by various individuals within the company in the daily performance of their jobs. Copies of labor publications and tax laws are also included in this series. The numerous patents, are unfortunately all from other companies or individuals. They are for the most part concerned with water wheels, turbines, tidal engines, rotary pumps, centrifugal pumps and paper mill machinery; also included is one file on time keeping devices.

Related material:

"Associated Industries of Massachusetts" booklets and bulletins (1918-1923) were separated and relocated in MS 155).

1874-1987, n.d.
1 box, 0.25 linear ft.

This final series contains 11 folders of miscellaneous photographs taken from the previous 10 series and from outside sources. Especially interesting is the article on the history of R.H.C., "A Bicentennial Salute: Rodney Hunt Co. Since 1840" done in 1979, and the photographic reproductions of the very early sketchbook (1874-1877) which is still in custody of the Rodney Hunt Company.

Collection inventory
Series 1. Organization and Administration
1872-1942
6 volumes, 1 box, 0.25 linear ft.
Board of Directors and Stockholders


Box
Stock Certificate Books (Vols. 30-32)
1873-1942

Box 1: 1
Stock-Holder Meeting - Order of Annual Meeting
c.1914

Box 1: 2
Stock-Holder Announcements and Power of Attorney
1908, 1909

Box 1: 3
Stock-Holders' Records (Vols. 27-29)
1872-1939

Box 1: 4
Legal and Property


Copyrights
1897

Box 1: 5
Patents, Correspondence Concerning
1912

Box 1: 6
Patents, Correspondence with Southgate & Southgate
1907-1909

Box 1: 7
Patents, Tool Post
(1906-1909)

Box 1: 8
Proposal - Winthrop Mills Co.
1921

Box 1: 9
Series 2. Executive
1871-1979
55 volumes, 280 boxes, 113.25 linear ft.
General Files


"Historic Records Inventory Project"
1979

Box 2: 1
"History of the Rodney Hunt Company" by Channing C. Harris
1976

Box 2: 2
"History of the Rodney Hunt Machine Co.
1962

Box 2: 2a
Insurance policies - Fire
(1900-1909)

Box 2: 3-4
Insurance policies - General
1902, 1905

Box 2: 5
Newsletter - "All. Hands"
1957-1958

Box 2: 6
Notes to "N.E.H."
1910-1911

Box 2: 7
Notes to "R.C.H."
1913

Box 2: 8
Reports - Customer Reports on Rodney Hunt
1940, 1950, 1951

Box 2: 9
Reports - Marketing Report, "HUE-Master"
c.1969

Box 2: 10
Subject Files - Christmas Announcements
1949,1958

Box 2: 11
Subject Files - Open House
1945, 1951, 1955

Box 2: 12
Subject Files - Prime Mover Control Museum
1965

Box 2: 13
Tax Bills
1887, 1890-1892

Box 2: 14
Correspondence, IN/OUT


Correspondence IN (Inventory of boxes 3-44, duplicate)
1876-1887

Box 2: 15
(Inventory of old arrangement, A-M)
1887-1907

Box 2: 16
(Inventory of new arrangement for boxes 45-225, duplicate)
1887-1907

Box 2: 17
Correspondence IN (A-Z)
1876-1887

Box 3-44
Correspondence IN (As-By)
1887-1902, 1903-1907

Box 45-72
Correspondence IN (Ca-Dy)
1887-1902, 1904-1907

Box 73-94
Correspondence IN (Ea-Gy)
1887-1907

Box 95-118
Correspondence IN (Haa-Jy)
1887-1907

Box 119-145
Correspondence IN (Kaa-Ly)
1889-1907

Box 146-155
Correspondence IN (Maa-My)
1887-1907

Box 156-166
Correspondence IN (Na-Q)
1887-1907

Box 167-182
Correspondence IN (Raa-Shy)
1887-1906

Box 183-194
Correspondence IN (Si-Ty)
1890-1901, 1904-1907

Box 195-207
Correspondence IN (U-Z)
1887-1907

Box 208-225
Correspondence IN-- Harris, W.O. (Boston office to Orange)
1903-1907

Box 226-227
Correspondence IN/OUT--Alpha Files: A-Z
1905, 1907-1914, 1918

Box 228
Correspondence IN/OUT--Subject Files: T
1914

Box 228
Correspondence IN (A-Z)
1917-1918

Box 229-246
Correspondence IN (A-Z)
1926-1927

Box 247-277
Correspondence OUT: Letter Copying Books(Vols. #25,26,48, 49,55-103)
1871, 1877, 1884-1903

Box 2: 18
Correspondence OUT: Letter Copying Books.
c. 1908-1909

Box 278
Correspondence OUT: Settlement Memos (Vols. #51,14)
1888-1893

Box 2: 19
Correspondence OUT: Alpa files: A-Z
1911-1913

Box 279-280
Correspondence IN/OUT (Feb.-Nov.)
1914

Box 280-281
Correspondence OUT: (A-Re)
1914

Box 281
Series 3. Financial
1869-1938, n.d.
56 volumes, 2 boxes, 1.25 linear ft.
Account Books


Account with Orange National Bank (Vol-20)
1886

Box 282: 1
Assets and Liabilities (Vol.12)
1869-1871

Box 282: 2
Cash Balance
1895-1897

Box 282: 3
(Vol.24)
1897-1899

Box 282: 4
Cash Books (Vols.104-116)
1872-1918

Box 282: 5
Day Book (Vol.23)
1876-1878

Box 282: 6
Journals (Vols.1, 7, 118-129)
1868-1918

Box 282: 7
Ledgers (Vols.18, 117, 132-150)
1862-1938

Box 282: 8
Ledger-Hydro Electric Power Plant, (Vol.44)
1907-1908

Box 282: 9
Petty Cash Book
1914

Box 282: 10
Trial Balance (over size box)
1879

Box 283
Trial Balance (vol.3)
1885

Box 282: 11
Trial Balance (over size box)
1905-1911, 1916, n.d.

Box 283
Trial Balance (vol.45)
1936-1938

Box 282: 12
Papers, Statements, etc.


Balance Sheets
1887

Box 282: 13
Bills or Accounts Payable/Receivable
1889

Box 282: 14
Cancelled Checks
1890

Box 282: 15
Cash Vouchers
1890

Box 282: 16
Check Register (vol.46)
1874-1881

Box 282: 17
Interest Inventory
1912-1913

Box 282: 18
Promissary Notes
1882, 1891

Box 282: 19
Statements - Assets and Liabilities
1894-1898

Box 282: 20
Series 4. Purchasing
1887-1888
1 box, 0.25 linear ft.
Bills
1887, 1888

Box 284: 1
Bills and Receipts (Feb.-Sep.)
1887

Box 284: 2
Series 5. Sales
1878-1978, n.d.
23 volumes, 6 boxes, 3 linear ft.
Accounts


Expense Account Books, Traveling Salesmens' (includes notes, confirmations, correspondence) H.C. Riggs E W.J. Simonds
1926-1927

Box 285: 1-2
Express (shipping charges)
1892-1896

Box 285: 3
Express (shipping charges)
1914-1816

Box 285: 4
Order Books (vols.9, 11, 21)
1869-1876

Box 285: 5
Order Books Water Wheels and Mill Work
1876-1879,

Box 285: 6
Order Books (vols. 33, 34, 41, 47, 50)
1895-1913

Box 285
Order Books Woolen Machinery (vols.35-40)
1880-1884, 1891-1897, 1902-1816

Box 285: 7
Order Books Miscellaneous
1883, 1886-1888, 1911-1914, n.d.

Box 285: 8
Price Lists (vol.13)
1921-1933

Box 285: 9
Sales Book (vol.10)
1874-1880

Box 285: 10
Sales Journal (vol.5)
1874-1875

Box 285: 11
Sales Journal (vol.130)
1877-1878

Box 285: 12
Sales Journal (wheels sold)
1886, 1890, 1891

Box 285: 13
Sales Journal (Apr.-Dec.)
1911

Box 286: 14-22
Sales Journal (unbound)
1927-1935

Box 285: 23
Travel and Expense Ledger (vol.42)
1887-1888

Box 285: 24
Advertising Materials


General


Advertising (in process)
c.1914

Box 287: 25
Advertising (postals - not printed)
1913, n.d.

Box 287: 26
Advertising (postals - W.H., sent)
1914

Box 287: 27
Articles about Rodney Hunt Co.
1947-1978

Box 287: 28
Brochures
c.1960s

Box 287: 29
Conferences and Exhibits
1947, 1957, 1958, 1965

Box 287: 30
Descriptive Catalogues
1878, 1881, 1885, 1887,n.d.

Box 287: 31
Descriptive Catalogues
1890, 1894, 1896, 1897

Box 287: 32
Descriptive Catalogues
1903

Box 287: 33
Newsletters: "Rodney Hunt News"
1942-1948

Box 287: 34
Newsletters: "Orange Peel"
1953-1958

Box 287: 35
Newsletters: "Orange Peel"
1960s

Box 287: 36
By Dept.


Gates and Hoists
1926

Box 288: 37
Gates and Hoists
1927, 1933, 1942, 1955,n.d.

Box 288: 38
Gates and Hoists
1952

Box 288: 39
Gates and Hoists
1960, 1962

Box 288: 40
Rolls
1920s

Box 288: 41
Rolls
1930s-1950s

Box 288: 42
Rolls -"Reports", 1-22
n.d.

Box 288: 43
Rolls -"Roll Turnings"
1923-1939, 1944

Box 288: 44
Textile Machinery- Brochures and circulars
1900-1930s

Box 289: 45
Textile Machinery- Brochures and circulars
1940s, 1950s

Box 289: 46
Textile Machinery- Brochures and circulars
1960s, 1970s

Box 289: 47
Textile Machinery- Brochures and circulars
n.d.

Box 289: 48
Textile Machinery- Catalog
1919

Box 289: 49
Textile Machinery- Catalog
1939

Box 289: 50
Textile Machinery- Catalog
1942

Box 289: 51
Textile Machinery- Catalog
1948

Box 289: 52
Textile Machinery - Data sheets and catalogs
1920s, 1930s

Box 289: 53
Textile Machinery - Data sheets
n.d.

Box 289: 54
Textile Machinery - "Modern Practice in Textile Wet Finishing"
1927

Box 289: 55
Textile Machinery- Newsletters
1930, 1964, n.d.

Box 289: 56
Textile Machinery - Reference Information
n.d.

Box 289: 57
Textile Machinery - Technical Data Bulletin
n.d.

Box 289: 58
Textile Machinery - "Tensitrol Development and Application"
1945

Box 289: 59
Textile Machinery - "Textile Record Hand-Book #2"
1886

Box 289: 60
Water Wheel- Brochures
1913, n.d.

Box 290: 61
Water Wheel - Book and Stream Power
1940

Box 290: 62
Water Wheel - Bulletins
1938-1941

Box 290: 63
Water Wheel - Catalogue (reprinted 1950)
c.1914

Box 290: 64
Water Wheel - Catalogues
1914

Box 290: 65
Water Wheel - Catalogues
1915

Box 290: 66
Water Wheel - Catalogues
1940

Box 290: 67
Water Wheel - Circulars
1913, 1926-1930, nd

Box 290: 68
Water Wheel - Questionnaire
n.d.

Box 290: 69
Miscellaneous


Rotary Fire Pump
1906, n.d.

Box 290: 70
Stainless Steel Tanks
1939

Box 290: 71
Turba-Film Evaporators
1952-1955

Box 290: 72
Correspondence


Address Lists
1908, 1909

Box 290: 73
Address Lists
n.d.

Box 290: 74
Address Lists, Export
1969

Box 290: 75
Bills-Woolen Machinery, Water Wheels and Mill Work, (letter press copy, vol. 53)
1886-1887

Box 290: 76
Bills-Woolen Machinery (letter press copy, vol. 52)
1902-1904

Box 290: 77
Reference Information (vol.2)
n.d.

Box 290: 78
Register of Correspondents (vol.22)
1875-1882

Box 290: 79
Subject Files - Ball Bearings (roller)
1912-1913

Box 290: 80
Subject Files - Bleaching Machine
1912-1913

Box 290: 81
Subject Files - Carbonizing Machine
1912-1913

Box 290: 82
Subject Files - Cork Inserts
1913

Box 290: 83
Subject Files - Crabbing Machine
1913

Box 290: 84
Subject Files - Dolly Washer
1912-1913

Box 290: 85
Subject Files - Dyeing Machine
1912-1913

Box 290: 86
Subject Files - Dyeing Machine, All Wood
1912

Box 290: 87
Subject Files - Extractors or Wringers
1913

Box 290: 88
Subject Files - Falling Stock
1913

Box 290: 89
Subject Files - Friction Clutches (simpler)
1912

Box 290: 90
Subject Files - Fulling Mill
1912-1913

Box 290: 91
Subject Files - Fulling Mills - Blue Prints


Box 290
Subject Files - Gear Data
1913

Box 290: 92
Subject Files - Hangers
1913

Box 290: 93
Subject Files - Reversing Gear Attachment
1913

Box 290: 94
Series 6. Labor
1869-1943, n.d.
8 volumes, 10 boxes, 5.75 linear ft.
Applications, Benefits, etc.


Apprenticeships
1910

Box 291: 1
Awards, Length of Service
1979

Box 291: 2
Insurance: Workmen's Compensation
1912-1914

Box 291: 3
Insurance: Workmen's Compensation (ref. materials)
c.1912

Box 291: 4
Insurance: Workmen's Compensation (talley sheets)
1911-1915

Box 291: 5
Insurance, Employees
1946

Box 291: 6
Job Applications, Recommendations, etc.
1912-1913

Box 291: 7
Job Descriptions
1950

Box 291: 8
Job Orientation Manual and Packet
1950, n.d.

Box 291: 9
Liberty Loan (War Bonds)
1917-1918

Box 292: 10
Liberty Loan
1918-1919

Box 292: 11
Liberty Loan, Applications
1917-1918

Box 292: 12
Liberty Loan, 4th applications
1918

Box 292: 13-14
Liberty Loan, 5th
1919-1920

Box 292: 15
Liberty Loan, Foundry
1918

Box 292: 16
Liberty Loan, (List of men who have left and company bought bonds)
1917

Box 292: 17
Liberty Loan, (List of men who have paid in full for bonds and have received them)
1918

Box 292: 18
Liberty Loan, Machinery Shop
1918

Box 292: 19
Liberty Loan, Tool Shop
1918

Box 292: 20
Liberty Loan, Total for Each Week
1917-1918

Box 292: 21
Payroll Accounts


Bills for Work and Expenses (including installation)
1887, 1890, 1896

Box 293: 22
Bills for Work and Expenses (including installation)
1897

Box 293: 23
Labor Ledgers, (Payroll Accounts) (vols. 6,15-17,43,54)
1869-1886

Box 293: 24
Payroll Ledgers
1889-1896

Box 294
Payroll Ledgers
1896-1904

Box 295
Payroll Ledgers
1904-1911

Box 296
Payroll Ledgers
1911-1918

Box 297
Payroll Ledgers
1928-1935

Box 298: 25-33
Payroll Ledgers
1936-1940

Box 299: 34-40
Payroll Ledgers
1941-1943

Box 300: 41-45
Time Book, (Machine Shop) (vol.19)
1874-1878

Box 300: 46
Time Book, (vol.4)
1883-1886

Box 300: 47
Time Sheets
1886-1888

Box 300: 48-50
Vouchers
1890

Box 300: 51
Series 7. Production
1873-1915, n.d.
2 volumes, 6 boxes, 2.75 linear ft.
Blueprints, Specs., Etc.


A-E
1873-1907

Box 301: 1-9
F-J
1873-1907

Box 302: 10-18
K-O
1873-1907

Box 303: 19-28
P-S
1873-1907

Box 304: 29-37
T-Z
1873-1907

Box 305: 38-49
Production Account (Vol.131)
1885-1886

Box 306: 50
Raw Materials Acct. and Sales Inventory Ledgers (Vol.8)
1912

Box 306: 51
Requisition to Stock Keeper
1915

Box 306: 52
Sketch Book Photos
1874-1877

Box 306
Stock Accounts
1885-1888

Box 306: 53
Stock Accounts
1891-1892, 1895-1898

Box 306: 54
Stock Accounts
1909

Box 306: 55
Stock Accounts
n.d.

Box 306: 56
Stock Accounts, List of Gears
1912-1913

Box 306: 57
Stock Inventory
1909

Box 306: 58
Stock Inventory
1912

Box 306: 59
Stock Inventory
1913

Box 306: 60
Series 8. Subsidiaries
1907-1910, n.d.
2 boxes, 1 linear ft.
Harris Register Company


Address Cards
1908, n.d.

Box 307: 1
Advertisements
n.d.

Box 307: 2
Advertising
1909-1910

Box 307: 3
Correspondence
1907-1909

Box 307: 4-6
Correspondence, Southgate & Southgate
1908-1909

Box 307: 7
Correspondence, Stimpson Co. (eyelets)
1908

Box 307: 8
Correspondence, Uncle Ike (loan of money)
1909

Box 307: 9
Correspondence, Whitehead & Hoag Co.
1908-1909

Box 307: 10
Drawings and Parts
n.d.

Box 307: 11
Express
n.d.

Box 307: 12
Patent Agreement (blueprint included)
1908-1909

Box 307: 13
Pocket Cash Register
n.d.

Box 307: 14
Pointers or Stylus
n.d.

Box 307: 15
Stationary
n.d.

Box 307: 16
Other Company Adders


Bassett Adder
1911

Box 308: 17
Borroughs Adder
1910

Box 308: 18
Calculating Devices
1910

Box 308: 19
Clark Adder
1909

Box 308: 20
Computograph
1911

Box 308: 21
Dalton Adder
1909

Box 308: 22
Dillworth Adder
n.d.

Box 308: 23
Ensign
n.d.

Box 308: 24
Felt and Tarrant
1911

Box 308: 25-26
Gem Automatic Adder
1908-1911

Box 308: 27
Greif (Imported)
n.d.

Box 308: 28
Locke Adder
1908-1909

Box 308: 29
Mechanical Accounting
1908-1911

Box 308: 30
Mercan Tile Adder
n.d.

Box 308: 31
Millionaire Calculating Machine
n.d.

Box 308: 32
Morse Adder
1909, 1911

Box 308: 33
Peerless (Imported)
n.d.

Box 308: 34
Radid Computer Co.
1909-1910

Box 308: 35
Register Manufacturers
1911

Box 308: 36
Wales Adder
n.d.

Box 308: 37
C. C. Harris & Co.


Unigraph (Individual Time Keeper)
n.d.

Box 308: 38
Rivet-O Manufacturing Co.


Brochure
n.d.

Box 308: 39
Series 9. Personal - (Mr. and Mrs. Carl C. Harris)
1889-1940
1 box, 0.25 linear ft.
Check Registers and Returned Vouchers
1906-1909

Box 309: 1
Correspondence
1906-1909

Box 309: 2
Correspondence, Mrs. Carl Harris
1908-1909

Box 309: 3
Correspondence, From Willis Porter
1907-1909

Box 309: 4
"Dams for Small Streams" and "Power Development of Small Streams"
1940

Box 309: 5
Miscellaneous Items
1907-1909

Box 309: 6
Petty Cash
1913

Box 309: 7
Voucher for Mrs. Carl Harris
1889

Box 309: 8
Series 10. Reference Materials
1840-1968, n.d.
6 boxes, 3 linear ft.
Miscellaneous


Associated Industries of Massachusetts


Box 310
Note:

(see MS 155) - Booklets and Bulletins, 1918-1923

Brochures, Catalogs, etc.
1906-1915, 1934, 1962, 1968, n.d.

Box 310: 1-2
Labor Publications
1901, 1906-1908, 1942

Box 310: 3
"Parks Piping Parables"
1911

Box 310: 4
Tax Laws
1917-1919

Box 310: 5
Patents


Patents, A-D
1840-1920

Box 311: 6-17
Patents, E-L
1840-1920

Box 312: 18-30
Patents, M-Stap
1840-1920

Box 313: 31-41
Patents, Star-Z
1840-1920

Box 314: 42-47
Subject Folders - Die Casting
1900s

Box 314: 48
Subject Folders - Pulp Machinery
1890s-1900s

Box 314: 49-51
Subject Folders - Pulp Machinery
1890s-1900s

Box 315: 52
Subject Folders - Pumps
1890s-1900s

Box 315: 53-58
Series 11. Photographs
1874-1987, n.d.
1 box, 0.25 linear ft.
"A Bicentennial Salute: Rodney Hunt Co. Since 1840"
1976

Box 316: 1
Dyeing Machine
c.1913

Box 316: 2
Exhibit
1965

Box 316: 3
Harris Register Co. "Adder"
c.1909

Box 316: 4
Portrait -(head and shoulders) (unidentified)
n.d.

Box 316: 5
Publicity Photos University Archives (R.H. 111. Co. collection)
1987

Box 316: 6
Rodney Hunt (head and shoulder)
n.d.

Box 316: 7
[Rodney Hunt Co., Plant Exterior Construction]
n.d.

Box 316: 8
Sketch Book
1874-1877, n.d.

Box 316: 9
Textile Machinery, New
1912

Box 316: 10
Note:

(taken from Series 2 Box 279, correspondence file of H.G. Mayer)

Textile Machinery, old
c.1960s

Box 316: 11
Administrative information
Provenance

Acquired from President Earl Harris of the Rodney Hunt Company, 1987

Processing Information

Processed by Mike Milewski and Kenneth Fones-Wolf, 1987, 1989.

Acknowledgments

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Rodney Hunt Company Records (MS 105). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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