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Allied Kid Company records

1937-1951
 Collection
Identifier: 2218

Abstract

The Allied Kid Company was a major manufacturer of kid leather and suede; it was one of the most important specialty leather firms in Wilmington. The records are a miscellaneous collection of Allied Kid Company materials preserved by Alexander Ulin of the Specialty Division of the company in Wilmington. The bulk of the records consist of laboratory and production notebooks giving chemical formulae and instructions for tanning and dyeing batches of hides, including calfskin, goatskin, and suede.

Dates

  • 1937-1951

Creator

Extent

4 Linear Feet

Historical Note

The Allied Kid Company was a major manufacturer of kid leather and suede; it was one of the most important specialty leather firms in Wilmington. The Allied Kid Company was incorporated in Massachusetts on May 24, 1929, by the merger of the McNeely Company, the Quaker City Morocco Company, the Standard Kid Company, and the Standard Kid Manufacturing Company. From the latter it inherited a plant at 4th and Monroe Streets in Wilmington, Delaware, and in 1937 it purchased the nearby factory of the New Castle Leather Company at 11th and Poplar streets.

Scope and Contents

The records are a miscellaneous collection of Allied Kid Company materials preserved by Alexander Ulin of the company's Specialty Division in Wilmington.

The bulk of the records consist of laboratory and production notebooks giving chemical formulae and instructions for tanning and dyeing batches of hides, including calfskin, goatskin, and suede. There are further loose notes and tables on the same subject, along with figures on production costs. The collection also includes leather samples, company trade catalogs, a copy of a company magazine, and trade literature. There are some pieces relating to work in the factory, including a CIO organizing handbill, lists of workers by department with wage rates, employee and benefit handbooks, a letter concerning morale in the plant, list of suggestions from the suggestion plan, and memos and forms for job instructor training under the War Manpower Commission.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. Materials are in remote storage; please request 24 hours in advance of your research visit.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Allied Kid Company records
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2020: Laurie Sather

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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