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Sagendorph Woolen Co.

Sagendorph Woolen Company Daybook, 1885-1887.

1 vol. (0.25 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 430

Daybook contains daily transactions between the Sagendorph Woolen Company of East Brookfield, Massachusetts and other businesses, local residents, and the company’s labor force. These detailed entries present a dynamic picture of the company’s manufacturing operations ranging from the purchase of raw materials to the sales of finished products.

Historical Note

The Sagendorph Woolen Company of East Brookfield, located about sixty miles southwest of Boston in Worcester County, Massachusetts, maintained sixteen looms and specialized in the carding of shoddy and the manufacture of cashmeres, repellents, and suitings. There is some evidence that Sagendorph also spun raw materials for other companies and sold some textile goods on commission.

The mill transactions include other local businesses of historical interest such as the Boston and Albany Railroad Company, Putnam, Davis & Company, and J. Marble and Company.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The daybook contains daily transactions between the Sagendorph Woolen Company of East Brookfield, Massachusetts and other businesses, local residents, and the company’s labor force. These detailed entries present a dynamic picture of the company’s manufacturing operations ranging from the purchase of raw materials to the sales of finished products.

Also included are many of Sagendorph’s intermediate expenses including equipment purchase and repair and standard mill purchases such as stationery and boxes. There is some evidence that Sagendorph spun raw materials for other named companies and sold some goods on commission.

Although the extant records cover only a brief period of the mill’s history (November 1885- October 1887), this 400 page volume provides a detailed record of how textile mills operated during the late 19th century.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Sagendorph Woolen Company Daybook (MS 430). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Purchased in November 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Tonia Sutherland, 2005.


Additional Information

Language
English.


Subjects

  • Carding (textiles)
  • East Brookfield (Mass.)--History
  • Textile construction processes and techniques
  • Textile industry--Massachusetts--History
  • Textile manufacturers--Massachusetts
  • Textile materials
  • Yarn-making processes and techniques

Contributors

  • Sagendorph Woolen Company

Types of material

  • Daybooks
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