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George & Kent

George and Kent Records, 1887-1890
1 box (0.25 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 888

Late in the nineteenth century, George and Kent was one among many firms in Barre, Vt., specializing in the supply of granite for grave markers and monuments. Under senior partner William L. George, the firm was located on Seminary Street in the 1880s, supplying a clientele that reached as far away as Iowa. Although the firm was listed in city directories from at least 1883 to 1890, further details are scant.

This small collection consists of receipts and correspondence relating to George and Kent’s trade in granite memorials. Concentrated in a narrow window, mostly 1887-1888, the collection includes three sketches for memorials to be produced by the firm.

Background on George and Kent

Late in the nineteenth century, George and Kent was one among many firms in Barre, Vt., specializing in the supply of granite for grave markers and monuments. Under senior partner William L. George, the firm was located on Seminary Street in the 1880s, supplying a clientele that reached as far away as Iowa. Although the firm was listed in city directories from at least 1883 to 1890, further details are scant.

Contents of Collection

This small collection consists of receipts and correspondence relating to George and Kent’s trade in granite memorials. Concentrated in a narrow window, mostly 1887-1888, the collection includes three sketches for memorials to be produced by the firm.

Collection inventory
Batchelder, J. W. (polishing, Barre, Vt.)
1887-1888
10 items
Box 1: 1
Charles H. More & Co. (Scotch and American granite, Boston, Mass.)
1887
4 items
Box 1: 2
Clements, Charles (dealer in marble and granite, Boston, Mass.)
1887-1888
6 items
Box 1: 3
Davidson & Sons Marble Co. (Chicago, Ill.)
1887
5 items
Box 1: 4

Includes sketches of monuments.

Donahue, Martin (manufacturer and importer of granite and marble monuments, Cincinnati, Ohio)
1887
1 item
Box 1: 5
Harts Marble Works (New Castle, Pa.)
1887
1 item
Box 1: 6
Hodges & McCarthy (granite monuments, St. Louis, Mo.)
1887-1888
2 items
Box 1: 7
Monumental Granite Co. (Barre, Vt.)
1887
1 item
Box 1: 8
Parsons, C. E. (granite and marble works, Fairfield, Iowa)
1890
1 item
Box 1: 9
Perkins, F. S. (dealer in granite and marble monuments, Vernon, Mich.)
1887
3 items
Box 1: 10
Swingle, J. S. (granite agent, Quincy, Mass.)
1887
1 item
Box 1: 11
Townsend, J. F. (importer and wholesaler of Scotch and American granite, etc., Boston, Mass.)
1887
1 item
Box 1: 12
Administrative information
Provenance

Gift of Association for Gravestone Studies, Dec. 1015.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Dec. 2015.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: George and Kent Records (MS 888). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Subjects
  • Granite industry and trade--Vermont
  • Gravestones--Vermont
Contributors
  • George, William L.
Types of material
  • Design drawings

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