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Harper's Ferry Paper Co. and Shenandoah Pulp Co. papers

1886-1924
 Collection
Accession: 0344

Abstract

Harpers Ferry Paper Company and Shenandoah Pulp Company were established in the late nineteenth century by Thomas H. Savery (1837-1910) along the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. The papers contain certificates of incorporation, financial notes, reports and charts on operation costs, statistical data on wood and pulp, inventories of material on hand at the mill, and correspondence with Horace H. Thayer Jr. (1878-1959), Savery's son-in-law.

Dates

  • 1886-1924

Extent

4 item(s)

Historical Note

Harpers Ferry Paper Company and Shenandoah Pulp Company were established in the late nineteenth century by Thomas H. Savery (1837-1910) along the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. With several associates, Savery bought multiple properties on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in 1884, including the site of the famous armory. He first established paper mills on these sites and, in the mid-1890s, began building electric power generating facilities. He organized the Harpers Ferry Electric Light & Power Company.

Savery's son, William H. Savery (1865-1949), served as president of the three companies. By the 1920s, the mills had the capacity to produce fifteen tons of groundwood pulp daily for the paper industry. After several unprofitable years, the Shenandoah Pulp Company closed in 1935, and a year later, the building was destroyed in a record flood.

Scope and Contents

The Harper's Ferry Paper Company and Shenandoah Pulp Company papers contain certificates of incorporation, financial notes, reports and charts on operation costs, statistical data on wood and pulp, inventories of material on hand at the mill, and correspondence with Horace H. Thayer Jr. (1878-1959). Thayer was a naval architect, mechanical engineer, and businessman. He married Thomas H. Savery's daughter Anna Pim Savery Thayer (1876-1960) in 1904.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Related Materials

Harpers Ferry Paper Co. and Shenandoah Pulp Co. financial blueprints (Accession 0651), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Savery family papers (Accession 1534), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

William H. Savery papers (Accession 0915), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Harper's Ferry Paper Co. and Shenandoah Pulp Co. papers
Status:
Author:
John Beverly Riggs
Date:
1970
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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