J.E. Rhoads & Sons, Inc. records1699-1969
- J.E. Rhoads & Sons, Inc (Organization)
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Scope and Content
Administrative records include minutes of managers' meetings (1919-1958), of department heads meetings (1921-1944), notes of firm meetings (1939-1949), and minutes and correspondence of the general works council (1936-1954).
Accounts, though incomplete, include the oldest day book of the firm (1727-1738) and the general ledgers from 1851 to 1955. There are also auditor's reports (1928-1955), tax records (1937-1958), and cost accounting materials including statements and budgets (1928-1959). There is a chart of financial performance (1888-1909) and appraisals of property in Philadelphia, Wilmington, and at regional offices.
Purchasing and receiving records include a purchase register (1898-1901), inventories, and leather samples.
Production records include time books (1900-1908) and fragmentary wage records (1887-1932). Payrolls are available for the office staff and sales dept.
Sales records include consignment papers (1899-1902), trade catalogs, agreements with salesmen (1932-1963), sales analyses (1916-1960), graphs and charts, memos, notebooks with customers' addresses, and testimonials from customers. There is a large group of training literature salesmen and agent advertisers from the 1920s giving instructions in selling methods, now to write advertisements, and how to set up product displays.
Advertising records include scrapbooks of company advertising and advertisements from competitors.
The loose correspondence includes papers on the purchase of the Wilmington tannery, notes of visits to other tanneries, on expenses, the number of hides received, and tanning formulas. There is also a circular on employee relations (1903) and correspondence relating to the Leather Belting Exchange.
Labor and personnel records include employee personnel files for the main office staff (1904-1964). There is important coverage of negotiations with the United Fur and Leather Workers Union (CIO), union contracts, grievances, and records of collective bargaining from the 1940s and 1950s.
The miscellany includes material relating to the firm's 250th and 275th anniversaries, a ledger of the Darby Mill in Marple, Pa., recording the sale of scythe stones (1865-1870), and a list of leather dealers in New York, Boston, Newark, N.J., Hartford, Providence, and Pawtucket with credit ratings (1868). There is also a series of 44 lessons published by the Plastic Industries Technical Institute in 1941, an early primer on plastics theory and applications.
Printed material includes samples of trade catalogues, manuals, and technical papers on leather belting, footgear, shoelaces, and tanning. There are scattered issues of Rhoadside News, an employee magazine (1927-1937) and a testimonial and article from Admiral Richard E. Byrd regarding the use of tannate shoelaces on his polar expeditions.
The general office files are the main correspondence file from the Wilmington plant (1900-1950s) and are arranged alphabetically by subject. It covers most areas of management concern, including production, purchases, sales, labor relations, testing, patents, and the Rhoads Employees' Relief Association. There is a 1938 survey of the foreign leather industry. There is documentation on the activities of many trade associations, including the Leather Belting Exchange, the National Association of Leather Belting Manufacturers, the American Leather Belting Association, the Power Transmission Council, and the Tanners' Council of America.
The family materials cover the Rhoads family from 1699 to the 1950s. They include a will and deed of John Rhoads, estate papers of Joseph Rhoads (1751), notes on the Rhoads family in England, and letters of Jonathan E. Rhoads and his wife, Rebecca, to their children. There is correspondence covering both business and personal matters for the sons and grandsons of Jonathan E. Rhoads who were partners and officers in the firm.
Language of Materials
- American Leather Belting Association
- Belts and belting
- Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888-1957
- Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)
- Hides and skins industry
- J.E. Rhoads & Son
- J.E. Rhoads & Sons
- Leather -- Research
- Leather -- Sample books
- Leather Belting Exchange
- Leather industry and trade
- Leather workers
- Lincoln family
- Lincoln, Mordecai, 1686-1736
- McComb, Thomas
- National Association of Leather Belting Manufacturers
- Plastics industry and trade
- Rhoads & McComb
- Rhoads family
- Rhoads, George A. (George Ashbridge)
- Rhoads, George A. (George Ashbridge), 1860-1937
- Rhoads, J. Edgar (Joseph Edgar), 1883-1981
- Rhoads, John B. (John Biddle), 1865-1911
- Rhoads, John, 1639-1701
- Rhoads, Jonathan E. (Jonathan Evans), 1830-1914
- Rhoads, Joseph, 1680-1732
- Rhoads, Joseph, 1787-1861
- Rhoads, Philip G. (Philip Garrett)
- Rhoads, Rebecca Garrett, 1830-1905
- Rhoads, Richard H. (Richard Harlan), 1909-2005
- Rhoads, William E. (William Evans), 1870-1945
- Sales promotion
- Tanners' Council of America
- Trade associations
- United Fur and Leather Workers Union
- United States. National War Labor Board (1942-1945)
- Weden, Grace Rhoads
- J.E. Rhoads & Sons, Inc (Organization)
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