D.B. Jones Company records

Accession 1124

Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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Descriptive Summary

Title: D.B. Jones Company records
Dates: 1884-1956
Accession Number: 1124
Creator: D.B. Jones Company.
Creator: McConnell, Edith N.
Extent: 15 item(s)
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: The D.E. Jones Company, and its successor, Edith N. McConnell, were caterers and confectioners in Wilmington, Delaware. The records consist of recipe books, account books, and ledgers that identify individual and corporate customers, and describe types of food prepared for and purchased by clients, who were generally entertaining guests.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

The D.B. Jones Company, and its successor, Edith N. McConnell, were caterers and confectioners in Wilmington, Delaware. Davis E. Jones began his confectionery business at his home in 1880. His son, Davis G. Jones, joined the firm and eventually assumed the business after the death of his father, circa 1905.

Edith N. McConnell (1880-1968) was a confectioner and caterer in Wilmington, Delaware from the 1920s through the 1950s. Her catering business was located at 841 Market Street under the name "Miss McConnell Caterer, Confectioner." She took over the D.B. Jones Company in 1921 and left in 1957.

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Scope and Content

Records for the D.B. Jones Company include a recipe and daybook, 1879-1891, and customer account books, 1891-1914. Records for Edith N. McConnell include an address and birthday book, 1931-1956; and an employees' list containing social security numbers, and the amount of social security taxes with dates and amounts paid, 1940-1942. Additional records include recipe books and miscellaneous bills.

The records identify individual and corporate customers, and describe types of food prepared for and purchased by clients, who were generally entertaining guests.

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Access Points

Caterers and catering
Confectioners
Durham, Harriet
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box Folder
1 1 Recipe and day book, 1884 [Unidentified and incomplete.]
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1 2 Customer account books, pocket-sized, 1891-1896, 1896-1900, 1900-1904, 1902-1914 [Four books.]
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1 3 Household hint, recipe, and customer account book, 1894 [Household hints and recipes are newspaper clippings.]
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1 4 Miscellaneous papers, 1895, 1909, undated [2 showing D.B. Jones Co. heading, 1 bill, and 1 exhibit card.]
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1 5 Edith N. McConnell's address and birthday book, 1931-1956
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1 6 Edith N. McConnell's customer ledger, 1940-1942
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1 7 Recipe book, undated
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1 8 Miscellaneous papers, 1943, undated [2 bills for rugs, and a bill of sale.]