Curtis Companies Inc. Records
Scope and Contents
The bulk of the collection consists of financial ledgers, cashbooks, stock books, and similar detailed financial records. The following inventory of the ledgers is as they are arranged on the shelf. They are not in chronological or alphabetical order. The relatively small number of more general documents
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72.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
Founded in 1866 and dissolved in 1938, the Curtis Companies were a conglomerate of associated sash, door, and millwork companies that eventually consolidated into a single corporation. Includes correspondence, ledgers, journals, cashbooks, stockbooks, and minute books, with correspondence of U.S. Representative George M. Curtis.
This collection consists almost entirely of financial ledgers for a Clinton, IA company founded in 1886 that specialized in architectural woodworking. Over the years it absorbed many other, smaller companies.
Apart from financial records, there appears to be six indexed letter press books dating 1900-1904; one annual report with some text from the 1930s; an 1893 printed volume describing the company's products; and ditto drafts (the longest about 60 pages) of "The Evolution of Woodwork: A History of the Curtis Companies from Founding in 1886 to the 75th Anniversary in 1941."
Method of Acquisition
These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by George Curtis in 1959.
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