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Leopold Desk Company Records

Identifier: MsC0209

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Scope and Contents

The records of the Leopold Desk Company document the first eighty years of its history with annual reports, property accounts, minutes from stockholders and directors meetings, and time books. Their products are showcased in catalogs dating from 1888 to 1927.

The company was located at the 900 block of Osborn Street until 1972, when it moved to 2825 Mount Pleasant Street.


  • Creation: 1886-1964


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


1.75 Linear Feet

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Office furniture manufacturing firm in Burlington, IA. Company's history is documented with annual reports, minutes, time books, etc. Catalogs showcase their products.

Method of Acquisition

The Leopold Desk Company was an office furniture manufacturing firm which operated out of Burlington, Iowa, for 102 years before closing in 1990. Frederic Leopold donated in 1959 and 1981.

Existence and Location of Originals

2 oversized catalogs 5:22:2 2003 Addendum (rolled) 5:22:2

Related Materials

It is sometimes possible to date Leopold desks from the images that appear in the company catalogs. Special Collections staff, however, have no expertise whatsoever in estimating the possible fair market value of desks or other furniture; we're simply unable to offer any opinion. We suggest that you consult an antiques dealer or the manager of an antiques and collectibles mall. John Roth of Burlington, Iowa has a web page devoted to Leopold desks which provides additional information about the company and its history. You may contact Mr Roth for further information.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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