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Horace Holden Thayer, Jr. business records

1907-1964
 Collection
Accession: 0645

Abstract

Horace Holden Thayer, Jr. (1878-1959) was a naval architect, mechinical engineer, and businessman. Between 1909 and 1914 Thayer worked for the Delaware Construction Company which was a building company, and a subsidary of the National Real Estate Trust Company, which provided loans and financing for the properties. This small collection consists of papers relating to Thayer's early work with the National Real Estate Trust Company and the Delaware Construction Co. These materials document the formation of the National Real Estate Trust Company and building specifications for the Delaware Construction Co. There is a small amount of papers related to the businesses of his father-in-law Thomas H. Savery (1837-1910), specifically the Harpers Ferry Paper Company and the Shanandeoah Pulp Company.

Dates

  • 1907-1964

Creator

Extent

89 item(s)

Biographical Note

Horace Holden Thayer, Jr. (1878-1959) was a naval architect, mechinical engineer, and businessman. Thayer was born on 11 March 1878 in Yonkers, New York to Horace Holden Thayer (1847-1924) and Frances Ella Barry Thayer (1855-1931). He attended Cornell University, graduating in 1900 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation he was employed by three shipyards in the drafting room and eventually as a naval architect.

Thayer married Anna Pim Savery Thayer (1876-1960) in 1904. She was the daughter of Thomas H. Savery (1837-1910) and Sarah Pim Savery (1837-1928). Thomas H. Savery was president of Pusey, Jones and Company, a major shipbuilding company in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The couple had one daughter and made their home in Haverford, Pennsylvania

In 1907 Thayer went into business as a naval architect and marine surveyor. Between 1909 and 1914 Thayer worked for the Delaware Construction Company which was a building company, constructing residential houses in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. Thayer was company treasurer from the company's founding in 1909. The Delaware Construction Co. was a subsidary of the National Real Estate Trust Company, which provided loans and financing for the properties.

In 1917 he joined the United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation as an assistant to the Naval Architect and eventually as head of the Technical Department. Subsequent to his service there, Thayer was a naval architect and ship surveyor in Delaware and Pensylvania. Thayer died on 18 February 1959 in Pennsylvania.

Scope and Contents

This small collection consists of papers relating to Horace Holden Thayer's early work with the National Real Estate Trust Company and the Delaware Construction Co. These materials document the formation of the National Real Estate Trust Company and building specifications for the Delaware Construction Co.

The National Real Estate Trust Company materials consist of founding documents such as the Certificate of Incorporation and the By-laws. There are also loan applications for buildings and homes in Wilmington, Delaware. Delaware Construction Co. materials include building specifications and an agreement with a contractor.

There is a portion of materials related to a device for the manufacture of ice, the process of freezing ice and the prevention of smoke from such a device. These materials include letters, articles, and reports, mostly related the Cornell Economizer and the Centerfreze process.

There is a small amount of papers related to the businesses of his father-in-law Thomas H. Savery, specifically the Harpers Ferry Paper Company and the Shanandeoah Pulp Company. The materials are a list of bond payments and a letter to Savery about bonds. There are some additional financial notices of Savery's from the Interstate Railways Company related to bonds.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Horace Holden Thayer, Jr. business records
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400