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Lucius F. Ellsworth papers on the tanning and leather industry

1812-1989
 Collection
Accession: 1959

Abstract

Dr. Lucius F. Ellsworth (1941-) was a Hagley graduate fellow and was employed by Hagley as a research assistant in the history of technology from 1963 to 1967. The papers in this collection consist of a combination of research notes and original documents collected by Dr. Ellsworth during his research on the American tanning and leather industries.

Dates

  • 1812-1989

Creator

Extent

0.33 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

Dr. Lucius F. Ellsworth (1941-) was a Hagley graduate fellow and was employed by Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation as a research assistant in the history of technology from 1963 to 1967. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. He has been a college professor and administrator and was the first president of the Appalachian School of Law. Ellsworth was appointed to the Virginia Commission for the Arts in 2001, serving as chair from 2003 to 2009, and he received the 2010 Distinguished Public Service Award from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

Scope and Contents

The papers in this collection consist of a combination of research notes and original documents collected by Dr. Ellsworth during his research on the American tanning and leather industries. The notes include a list of patents in the boot and shoe making industry (1865-1880); leather production statistics (1922-1966); notes on the Amalgamated Leather Companies (1967); and an outline of a paper on "The American Tanning Industry in the 19th century". There is also a speech by Norman B. Wilkinson of the Hagley Museum on the "Industrial Heritage of the Brandywine River Valley" (1965).

Original materials include data on leather equipment produced by the American Tool & Machine Company (1901-1968); the text of an interview with leather company executive J. Edgar Rhoads (undated); a valuation report, and 125th anniversary material on the William Amer Company (1951); bylaws and rules of the Keystone Glue Company (1927); a glossary of tanning terms (undated); an article on "Stream Pollution and the Leather Industry" by E. B. Thorstensen (1950); a speech by Mieth Maeser on "The Vacuum Drying of Leather" (1964); a copy of an 1812 leather patent awarded to W. Edwards; tear sheets from a trade catalog of the G.W. Baker Machine Company (undated); bylaws of the Tanners' Council of America (1962); and miscellaneous notes and information on the United Shoe Machinery Company, the Turner Tanning Machinery Company, the Allied Kid Company, and the Baker-Layton finishing machine. The notes include a list of patents in the boot and shoe making industry (1865-1880); leather production statistics (1922-1966); notes on the Amalgamated Leather Companies (1967); and an outline of a paper on "The American Tanning Industry in the 19th century". There is also a speech by Norman B. Wilkinson of the Hagley Museum on the "Industrial Heritage of the Brandywine River Valley" (1965).

Access Restrictions

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

Related Materials

Several of Lucius F. Ellsworth's research reports are found in Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation research reports (Accession 1645), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Lucius F. Ellsworth papers on the tanning and leather industry
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2022: Angela Schad

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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