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Lake Mohonk Mountain House data file

Accession 2280

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Lake Mohonk Mountain House data file (Accession 2280), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Lake Mohonk Mountain House data file
Dates: 1915-1930
Accession Number: 2280
Creator: Smiley, Daniel, 1855-1930
Extent: 6.25 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: Lake Mohonk Mountain House, a noted summer resort hotel, is located on Lake Mohonk in the Shawangunk Mountains of Ulster County, northwest of New York City. The data file consists of tear sheets from the trade press, advertisements, trade literature, trade catalogs and other publications collected by Daniel Smiley, former manager of the Lake Mohonk Mountain House, in the course of planning and executing new projects, maintaining the building and grounds, and purchasing new furnishings and equipments.
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Historical Note

The Lake Mohonk Mountain House was a noted summer resort hotel located on Lake Mohonk in the Shawangunk Mountains of Ulster County, northwest of New York City. The hotel was begun in 1870 by Albert K. Smiley (d. 1912), but like most resort hotels it underwent a nearly continuous program of enlargement and modernization. The grounds eventually included a bungalow colony and a private water supply system. Albert's half-brother Daniel Smiley served as manager of the Lake Mohonk Mountain House from 1880 until his death in 1930.

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Scope and Content

The data file was kept by Daniel Smiley from about 1915 to 1930. It consists of tear sheets from the trade press, advertisements, trade literature, trade catalogs and other publications collected by Smiley in the course of planning and executing new projects, maintaining the building and grounds, and purchasing new furnishings and equipments. This material is accompanied by fairly routine letters of request and replies from sales representatives​. There are also some copies of hotel menus and programmes for social events.

The files can be used to trace the evolution of the hotel and its grounds, as many catalogs were solicited for specific projects, such as the concrete garage (1918), the bungalow colony, the reservoir (1926), and improved plumbing and heating systems.

However, the catalogs themselves, many in color, are a gold mine of information on domestic, and to a lesser extent commercial, architecture, its products, appliances, tools and accessories during the 1910s and 1920s. The span of the files coincides with the great boom in home-building during the 1920s, and there are countless examples of standardized or prefabricated house plans of all sizes and information on a wide range of interior and exterior finishes. The catalogs and advertisements are replete with images of idealized domestic life and illustrate changing tastes in both homes and furnishings and in the advertising and graphic styles of the period.

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Arrangement

Arranged by subject.

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Processing Notes

Many publications in the collection were transferred to the Published Collections Department and may be found in Hagley's library catalog.

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Access Points

Heating.
Hotel management.
Mohonk Mountain House
Plumbing.
Smiley, Albert K. (Albert Keith), 1828-1912
Summer resorts--New York (State).
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Building
Box
1 B-1: Architects & House Construction (Pre-fab Houses)
1 B-2: Brick
1 B-3: Concrete Construction
1 B-4: Concrete Construction
Box
2 B-5: Concrete Construction
2 B-6: Chimneys & Fireplaces
2 B-7: Metal Concrete Forms
2 B-8: Doors
2 B-9: Flooring
Box
3 B-9: Flooring
3 B-10: Hardware (Metalwork)
3 B-11: Hollow Tile
3 B-12: Lumber & Timber
3 B-13: Machinery & Tools (Woodworking)
Box
4 B-14: Concrete Mixers
4 B-15: Machinery
4 B-16: Metal Lath, etc.
4 B-17: Wallboard
Box
5 B-17a: Building Paper
5 B-18: Insulation
5 B-19: Roofs & Roofing
5 B-19a: Roofs & Roofing - Johns-Manville
5 B-19b: Roofs & Roofing - Metal
Box
6 B-20: Windows
6 B-21: Sundries (Weatherstripping, Screens, Housing in General)
6 B-22: Concrete Construction
6 B-23: Concrete Construction
Box
7 B-24: Stucco
7 B-25: Waterproofing
7 B-26: Shop Supplies (Woodworking Machinery)
7 B-27: Repairs
7 B-28: Ventilation, Fans
7 B-29: Tools, Construction Machinery, Sundries
Box
8 B-30: Tools & Machinery
8 B-31: Tools & Machinery
8 B-32: Fuel Oil
8 B-33: Sky Top (Water Supply)
8 B-34: Blowtorches
8 B-35: Sewerage & Sanitation. for Gateway, Sky Top
II. Conservation
Box
8 C-1: Baling Presses for Paper
8 C-2: Grease Plant (Slaughterhouse Equipment)
8 C-3: Salvage (Presses, Incinerators)
III. Electrical
Box
8 E-1:Electric Lamps
8 E-2: Electrical Appliances
Box
9 E-3: Electric Power Plants
9 E-4: Floodlights
9 E-5: Electric Lighting Fixtures
9 E-6: Power Plants & Furnaces
9 E-7: Power Plants (Heating Systems)
IV. Furnishings
Box
9 F-1: Office Equipment (Filing Cabinets)
Box
10 F-1: Office Equipment (Filing Cabinets)
V. Heating
Box
10 H-1: Heating systems
10 H-2: Heating, furnaces
VI. Miscellaneous
Box
10 M-1: Insurance
10 M-2: Stores & Supplies
10 M-3: Soap
10 M-4: Taxes
10 M-5: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Bulletins
Box
11 M-6: Sanitation (Flies, Vermin)
11 M-7: Sanitation (Flies, Vermin)
11 M-8: Exterminators (Flies, insects, ants, etc.)
11 M-9: Rats
VII. Plumbing
Box
11 P-1: Bathroom Fixtures (Tubs & Showers)
11 P-2: Plumbing Supplies
Box
12 P-3: Plumbing Supplies
12 P-4: Plumbing Sundries
12 P-5: Plumbing & Heating Sundries
12 P-6: Protection (Police)
VIII. Refrigeration
Box
13 R-1: Refrigerators & Ice Makers
13 R-1a: Refrigerators - Kelvinator
13 R-1b: Refrigerators - Frigidaire
13 R-2: Refrigerators - Electric
13 R-3: Refrigeration - General
13 R-4: Ice & Ice Houses
13 R-5: Natural Ice
IX. Steward's Department
Box
13 S-1: Salesrooms, Tea Room (Soda Fountains)
Box
14 S-2: Machinery (Dishwashers, etc.)
14 S-3: Kitchen Equipment (Ranges, etc.)
14 S-4: Print Shop (Hotel Publications, Menus, etc.)
14 S-5: Laundry
14 S-6: Sundries (Food Preparation, etc.)
14 S-7: Lunches
14 S-8: Menus
Box
15 S-9: Menu Planning (Gelatine)
15 S-10: Recipes
15 S-11: Coffee Room
15 S-12: Meat
15 S-13: Milk & Cream
15 S-14: Fruits & Vegetables
15 S-15: Oranges
15 S-16: Record forms
15 S-17: Sundries
15 S-18: Laundry Machines
15 S-19: Toasters