Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Sunflower County Chapter: Records, 1965-1967

Contents List

Container Title
U.S. Mss AI
Series: Background and Historical Information
Scope and Content Note: This series includes a scrapbook of obituaries about Singer, his controversial will, and the marriage of one of his twenty-four children; a ledger related in some way to Singer's assets in the company in 1876 and the D. Hawley register of payments made to Singer's heirs, 1878-1884; and some miscellaneous clippings concerning company history. Miscellaneous publications concerning Singer company history which are filed here were collected by researcher Robert Davies.
Box   1
Folder   1
Scrapbook regarding I.M. Singer, estate and family, 1875-1907
Box   1
Folder   2
Ledger regarding I. M. Singer estate, 1876
Box   200
“D. Hawley” ledger regarding Singer estate, 1878-1884
Box   1
Folder   3
Miscellaneous clippings regarding company history, 1895-1902
Box   1
Folder   4-5
Miscellaneous publications regarding company history, undated
Series: Incorporation and Stock Records
Scope and Content Note: Incorporation records consist only of a 1951 charter and incorporation papers. Minutes of the board of directors which might logically be grouped here were received from the company only in microfilm format and are listed, as a result, as a part of the Singer unprocessed 1987 Additions.
Incorporation Records
Box   2
Folder   1
Charter and by-laws, circa 1951
Note: Also incorporation papers, undated.
Stock Records
Box   2
Folder   2
Stock purchase receipt book, 1863-1896
Box   2
Folder   3-5
Stockholders, 1897-1898
Box   201
Stockholders, 1920
Box   2
Folder   6
Profitsharing plan ledger, 1926-1935
Box   178
Stockholder account index, circa 1900
Dividend record books
Box   202
Folder   1
Record book 2, 1885-1892
Box   202
Folder   2
Record book 3, 1892-1896
Box   202
Folder   3
Record book 4, 1896-1909
Box   3
Folder   1
Record book 5, 1909-1913
Box   3
Folder   2
Record book 6, 1913-1916
Box   3
Folder   3
Miscellaneous lists of stock prices, undated
Box   4
New York Management Committee minutes, 1885
Micro 2013
Series: Outgoing Correspondence
Scope and Content Note: The outgoing correspondence is subdivided into four subseries: executive correspondence, administrative correspondence, correspondence of miscellaneous employees, and letterbooks of related companies. Except for a few incidental pages, this entire section was converted to 35mm microfilm with the support of a preservation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the deteriorated originals destroyed.
Subseries: Executive Correspondence
Scope and Content Note

This section consists of letterbooks used by company presidents, vice-presidents, officers, and by others acting for them during their absences from the New York headquarters. Included are letterbooks of George McKenzie; miscellaneous pages from a series of early management correspondence; “management letterbooks” (a series apparently begun about the time of McKenzie's retirement), which incorporates letters from the presidencies of Bourne and Alexander; travelling letterbooks; special letterbooks; executive summaries; and personal letterbooks.

These letterbooks are indexed alphabetically by company, office, or individual name. Branch offices are usually designated in the indexes by city name. When they existed, indexes have been filmed preceding the volumes to which they relate. Access to this material is also facilitated by the fact that each letter was marked by Singer clerks to indicate the page numbers of the most recent and next letters addressed to the same correspondent. Within each category the volumes have been arranged by the volume number on the spine. In most cases this sequence reflected chronological order. If the volume number was missing because of deterioration of the binding, identification that was supplied by archivists based on internal evidence has been indicated in the list below by the use of brackets.

McKenzie correspondence
Scope and Content Note

For the period 1877-1885, McKenzie was vice-president. In the letterbooks of this period McKenzie articulated management decisions for domestic and foreign agents, commented on news from various offices, and gave directions and advice. S.A. Bennett, an attorney whose correspondence is also included here, handled legal and patent matters. (This correspondence is very similar to his activities documented in the LEGAL RECORDS described below.) Bennett also assumed McKenzie's correspondence when the latter was in Europe. Edward Clark, president of Singer during this time, appears only infrequently.

For the period 1885-1888, he was president. McKenzie appears infrequently in the correspondence of this period apparently because of the ill health which eventually resulted in his retirement in 1889. Instead, Bennett, Frederick G. Bourne, T.E. Hardenburgh, and Alexander McKenzie handled most of the correspondence with U.S. and foreign agents, offices, and factories. They also sent lengthy reports to McKenzie while he was traveling. The advice of U.S. agents common in this correspondence series includes suggestions on supervising branch managers, approval of proposed circulars, and settling of territorial disputes. McKenzie's final volume (only 45 pages) consists of letters of a more personal nature such as Christmas greetings and gifts. However, there is a detailed and relatively frank letter here discussing business with Vice-President William F. Procter and a letter to Edgar Allen expounding his personal philosophy.

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Vol. 1: , 1877 April-1878 November
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Vol. 2: , 1878 November-1879 April
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Vol. 3: , 1879 August-1880 June
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Vol. 4: , 1880 June-September
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Vol. 5: , 1880 September-1881 March
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Vol. 6: , 1881 March-September
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Vol. 7: , 1881 September-1882 January
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Vol. 8: , 1881 January-August
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Vol. 9: , 1882 August-December
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Vol. 10: , 1883 January-May
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Vol. [11]: , 1883 May-October
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Vol. [12]: , 1883 October-1884 February
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Vol. 13: , 1884 February-May
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Vol. 14: , 1884 May-November
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Vol. [15]: , 1884 November-1885 February
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Vol. 16: , 1885 February-July
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Vol. [17]: , 1886 August-1888 February
Early management correspondence
Scope and Content Note: Filed here are some loose pages removed from their respective letterbooks by an unidentified Singer employee prior to donation to the Historical Society. These pages confirm the existence of a series of letterbooks probably dating from the 1860s and 1870s which is probably no longer in existence. One volume of this type was received intact by the Historical Society. This volume contains 1864 correspondence of Julius Voight, apparently a New York clerk, regarding orders and shipments, outstanding debts, and corrections required on weekly reports. A few letters of Inslee Hopper concerning more important management matters are also included. The loose pages have not been filmed.
U.S. Mss AI
Box   5
Folder   1-11
Loose pages from missing letterbooks, 1860-1869
Micro 2013
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Voigt letterbook, 1863
Management Correspondence
Scope and Content Note

This correspondence is described below by chronological period.

Frederick G. Bourne, 1888-1893, President : This is Bourne's correspondence to U.S. and foreign agents, offices, and factories. S.A. Bennett again handled the correspondence while Bourne was on European trips, sending him detailed reports, while Charles Miller and T.E. Hardenburgh handled more routine matters.

Bourne, 1893-1899, President. (Douglas Alexander, second vice-president; Charles Miller, secretary; W.F. Procter, vice-president; E.W. Church and T.E. Hardenburgh, acting secretaries) : The correspondence of this period continues as above, except that it is increasingly directed to foreign agents and factories at Kilbowie, Glasgow, Podolsk, and Canada. Here Alexander handled executive correspondence while Bourne was abroad. After Bennett retired in 1894 Alexander assumed increasing responsibility for communication with American and foreign agents, offices, and factories.

Bourne, 1899-1905, President. (Alexander, second vice-president; Hardenburgh, treasurer; and Foster, personal secretary?) : This section is largely correspondence to foreign agents and offices containing executive decisions and advice on problems brought to the attention of the executive office via regular reports or other correspondence, with Foster signing routine matters.

Douglas Alexander, 1905-1924, President. (Foster and Hardenburgh, treasurer; Oscar Graham, assistant treasurer, eventually treasurer) : This is largely correspondence to foreign agents, offices, and factories. Alexander handles all correspondence pertaining to the direction of the branches abroad, and prior to 1915 his correspondence with Hamburg is especially detailed and extensive. There is evidence that the Hamburg office under W.S. Church supervised other European offices, a task which had earlier fallen to the London Office. In this section Foster handled brief acknowledgements, enclosures, and routine matters, while Hardenburgh and Graham answer inquiries regarding tax matters and other routine financial questions. These patterns of correspondence remain unchanged while Alexander was absent on European trips.

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Vol. [1]: , 1885 July-1886 January
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Vol. [2]: , 1886 January-August
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Vol. [3]: , 1886 August-1887 May
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Vol. [4]: , 1887 May-1888 May
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Vol. [5]: , 1888 May-1889 June
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Vol. [6]: , 1889 June-1891 May
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Vol. [7]: , 1891 May-1893 May
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Vol. [8]: , 1893 May-1895 December
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Vol. [9]: , 1895 December-1897 September
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Vol. [10]: , 1897 September-1898 Sept
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Vol. [11]: , 1898 Sept-October
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Vol. 12: , 1899 October-1900 July
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Vol. 13: , 1900 July-1901 January
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Vol. 14: , 1901 January-1901 November
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Vol. 15: , 1901 November-1902 August
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Vol. 16: , 1902 August-1903 January
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Vol. 17: , 1903 January-1903 September
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Vol. 18: , 1903 September-1904 January
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Vol. 19: , 1904 January-1904 September
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Vol. 20: , 1904 September-1905 February
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Vol. 21: , 1905 February-1905 August
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Vol. 22: , 1905 August-1906 January
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Vol. 23: , 1906 January-1906 July
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Vol. 24: , 1906 July-1906 December
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Vol. 25: , 1906 December-1907 June
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Vol. 26: , 1907 June-1907 October
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Vol. 27: , 1907 October-1908 May
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Vol. 28: , 1908 May-1908 November
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Vol. 29: , 1908 November-1909 May
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Vol. 30: , 1909 May-November
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Vol. 31: , 1909 November-1910 August
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Vol. 32: , 1910 August-1911 July
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Vol. 33: , 1911 July-1912 November
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Vol. 34: , 1912 November-1913 October
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Vol. 35: , 1913 October-1914 August
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Vol. 36: , 1914 August-1915 May
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Vol. 37: , 1915 May-1916 September
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Vol. 38: , 1916 September-1917 June
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Vol. 39: , 1917 June-1918 February
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Vol. 40: , 1918 February-December
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Vol. 42: , 1919 December-1921 February
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Vol. 43: , 1921 February-1922 July
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Vol. 44: , 1922 July-1923 June
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Vol. 45: , 1923 June-1924 June
Traveling Letterbooks
Scope and Content Note: This group of volumes consists of correspondence of Singer executives while abroad. Included are reports to New York offices and letters to various European agents and offices. During the period 1882-1884 McKenzie spent considerable time at Kilbowie, and his books contain references to construction of the new factory there. The volume dated August 29-September 22, 1885 contains four sets of minutes of the Kilbowie Factory. The traveling letterbooks of Douglas Alexander as second vice-president and F.G. Bourne as president (1896; 1897-1900) include pencil copies and drafts of outgoing correspondence. Some of Alexander's letters deal with periods when he was traveling in the United States.
McKenzie
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Vol. 1: , 1879 December-1880 January
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Vol. 2: , 1880 January-1880 February
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Vol. 3: , 1880 February-April
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Vol. [4]: , 1881 April-1881 May
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1882 March-1882 April
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1882 April-1882 June
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1883 January-1883 February
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1883 September-1883 October
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1883 October-1883 November
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Vol. 1: , 1884 May-1884 June
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Vol. 2: , 1884 June-1884 July
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Vol. 3: , 1884 July-1884 August
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Vol. [4]: , 1884 September
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Vol. 1: , 1885 June-1885 July
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Vol. 2: , 1885 July-1885 August
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Vol. 3: , 1885 August-1885 September
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Vol. [4]: , 1885 September
Alexander
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1896 May-October
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1896 October-November
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1897 May-June
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1897 July-1898 May
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1898 May-1899 April (pp. 101-149)
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1899 April-May (pp. 151-208)
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1899 May-1900,May (pp. 1-50)
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1900 May-June (pp. 51-73)
Special Letterbooks
Scope and Content Note: Arranged here is outgoing correspondence from Singer executives, including Bourne, Alexander, C.C. Foster, Oscar Graham, and T.E. Hardenburgh. Except for their distinctive binding it was unclear what distinguished these volumes from the regular Management series. These books contain advice to American and foreign agents that is similar to the management letterbooks, but they also contain more references to stocks and dividends. Also, about 1917, Foster and Alexander begin to sign the correspondence as officers of the International Securities Corporation. They also sign under the name of the International Fidelity Insurance Company, Bourne and Company, and Hexigon Sewing Machine Company. Much of this correspondence is routine. In the last volume, most of the International Securities Corporation correspondence of Alexander, Foster, and Graham concerns stocks, investments, and dividends.
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Vol. 1: , 1900 March-1902 September
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Vol. 2: , 1902 September-1905 September
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Vol. 3: , 1905 September-1907 July
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Vol. 4: , 1907 July-1910 November
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Vol. 5: , 1910 November-1917 May
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Vol. 6: , 1917 June-1924 June
Executive Summaries
Scope and Content Note: These useful volumes contain abstracts of correspondence, both foreign and domestic, circulated to Singer executives for their information. Between 1892 and 1906 the series was a single chronological run, although there are many gaps in the SHSW holdings. Later there is a single volume for Bennett and separate volumes for correspondence concerning Russia and Wittenberg.
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1892 October-1893 September
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1893 September-1894 May
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1894 May-December
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1894 December-1895 July
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1895 December-1896 May
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1898 November-1899 December
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1903 January-1904 January
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1904 November-1905 November
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1905 November-1906 December
Special summaries
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1909, Bennett
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1904-1914, Podolsk
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1907-1911, Wittenberge
Personal Letterbooks
Scope and Content Note: Filed here is correspondence of several Singer executives to family members, friends, and other business associates and vice-presidents. Two volumes (1893-1896) of Bourne's correspondence contain letters regarding personal business matters (real estate, investments, and a stable of horses, etc.). There are only a few letters to family members, and even these are not of a true personal nature. Also included is a nineteen-page volume containing balance statements and disbursements of the Clark Family trust. Douglas Alexander's personal correspondence as vice-president and president, 1900-1924, consists of letters to acquaintances, family members, and other Singer executives. Topics treated include real estate, stock, home improvements, employment of servants, and some matters relating to Singer Manufacturing Company.
Bourne, F.G.
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Vol. 135: , 1893 May-1896 July
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1898-1902, Clark Trust
Alexander
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Vol. 1: , 1900 January-1909 July
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Vol. 2: , 1909 September-1924 June
Subseries: Administrative Correspondence
General Correspondence
Scope and Content Note

This main section of the OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE consists of letters to domestic and foreign agents, factories, and others regarding invoices, payments, shipments of orders, territorial disputes between agents, accounting transactions between offices, prices, inventories, and business reports. Although similar to the executive correspondence, these letters are more routine and generally consist of matters handled by clerks and lower level company employees. This material is described below by chronological period.

1872-1876 : During this period J. Hewlett handled routine correspondence regarding shipments, orders, and monetary transactions, while Inslee Hopper appears only occasionally. George E. Bacon and S.F. Allen, who also appear in the correspondence, were Singer clerks.

1876-1885 : Here T.E. Hardenburgh replaced Hewlett and S.A. Bennett assumed Hopper's functions while Bennett also handled patent matters (as in the LEGAL RECORDS). C.S. Groesbeck handled correspondence concerning shipping details, including freight rates and routes. In general, the correspondence in these volumes is even more routine than in the previous set, and it includes whole sections of credit and debit notes and listings of lease accounts for the various regional offices. Much of the remaining correspondence consists of brief acknowledgments and statements. Other clerks whose functions are documented are Bacon and Hugh Cheyne.

1886-1889 : Letters from this period are missing.

1889-1901 : While the volumes of this period continue the routine correspondence to U.S. agents, offices, and factories regarding shipping, orders, invoices, credits, and debits, there are also more important matters such as general circulars, advice to agents, and decisions in disputes between offices. Hardenburgh and E.W. Church shared routine responsibilities here, while Alexander appears in some correspondence with agents in Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America. His correspondence with London is particularly extensive. After 1898, Alexander also commented on reports from European agents as well as those from Capetown, Paris, and Bombay, although he appears less frequently after 1900 when he took over the executive correspondence. S.A. Bennett appears in this section with regard to some general management and patent-related correspondence, although he does not appear after September, 1893.

1901-1905 : The content here is similar to the above material, with E.D. Cummings handling more important decisions, Mark Dunnell handling patent matters, and J. Laird Busk noting technical problems with reports.

1905-1911 : The emphasis during this period shifts to foreign offices regarding shipments, response to inquiries from outside individuals and companies, and matters of construction and building maintenance. There are also large amounts of correspondence between Charles P. Coleman and Ernest Flagg, chief architect of the Singer Building and subsequent additions and alterations to the building, regarding construction details. By 1908, this series is almost exclusively concerned with construction. Oscar Graham handled the tax matters that are documented here.

U.S. Mss AI
Box   6
Folder   1-4
Loose pages from missing letterbooks, 1869-1872
Micro 2013
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Vol. [51]: , 1872 December-1873 March
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Vol. [52]: , 1873 March-1873 June
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Vol. [53]: , 1873 June-1873 October
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Vol. [54]: , 1873 October-1873 December
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Vol. [55]: , 1874 January-1874 March
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Vol. 56: , 1874 March-1874 June
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Vol. [57]: , 1874 June-1874 September
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Vol. 58: , 1874 September-1874 December
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Vol. 59: , 1874 December-1875 March
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Vol. 60: , 1875 March-1875 May
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Vol. 61: , 1875 May-1875 August
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Vol. [62]: , 1875 August-1875 November
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Vol. 63: , 1875 November-1876 January
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Vol. 64: , 1876 January-1876 March
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Vol. 65: , 1876 March-1876 June
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Vol. 66: , 1876 June-1876 September
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Vol. 67: , 1876 September-1876 December
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Vol. 68: , 1876 December-1877 March
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Vol. 69: , 1877 March-1877 July
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Vol. 70: , 1877 July-1877 November
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Vol. [71]: , 1877 November-1878 February
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Vol. [72]: , 1878 February-1878 June
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Vol. [73]: , 1878 June-1878 November
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Vol. [74]: , 1878 November-1879 March
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Vol. [75]: , 1879 March-July
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Vol. [76]: , 1879 July-November
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Vol. [77]: , 1879 November-1880 January
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Vol. [78]: , 1880 February-April
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Vol. [79]: , 1880 April-July
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Vol. [80]: , 1880 July-October
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Vol. 81: , 1880 October-December
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Vol. 82: , 1880 December-1881 February
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Vol. 83: , 1881 February-May
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Vol. [84]: , 1881 May-July
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Vol. [85]: , 1881 July-September
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Vol. [86]: , 1881 September-December
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Vol. 87: , 1881 December-1882 February
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Vol. [88]: , 1882 February-May
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Vol. [89]: , 1882 May-July
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Vol. 90: , 1882 July-September
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Vol. [91]: , 1882 September-November
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Vol. 92: , 1882 November-1883 January
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Vol. 93: , 1883 January-April
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Vol. 94: , 1883 April-July
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Vol. 95: , 1883 July-October
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Vol. 96: , 1883 October-1884 January
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Vol. 97: , 1884 January-April
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Vol. 98: , 1884 April-June
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Vol. 99: , 1884 April-October
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Vol. 100: , 1884 October-1885 February
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Vol. 101: , 1885 March-July
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Vol. 102: , 1885 July-September
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, 1885 January-August (Groesbeck)
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1885 September-November
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1885 November-1886 January
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1886 January-February
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1890 March-April
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Vol. 126: , 1890 March-1891 June
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Vol. 127: , 1891 June-1892 March
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Vol. 128: , 1892 March-September
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Vol. 129: , 1892 September-1893 March
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Vol. 130: , 1893 March-September
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Vol. 131: , 1893 September-1894 February
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Vol. 132: , 1894 February-July
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Vol. 133: , 1894 July-December
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Vol. 134: , 1894 December-1895 May
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Vol. 135: , 1895 May-August
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Vol. 136: , 1895 August-December
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Vol. 137: , 1895 December-1896 March
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Vol. 138: , 1896 March-July
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Vol. 139: , 1896 July-November
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Vol. 140: , 1896 November-1897 March
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Vol. 141: , 1897 March-July
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Vol. 142: , 1897 July-December
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Vol. 143: , 1897 December-1898 April
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Vol. 144: , 1898 April-October
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Vol. 145: , 1898 October-1899 February
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Vol. 146: , 1899 February-July
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Vol. 147: , 1899 July-November
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Vol. 148: , 1899 November-1900 April
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Vol. 149: , 1900 April-October
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Vol. 150: , 1900 October-1901 March
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Vol. 151: , 1901 March-July
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Vol. 152: , 1901 July-November
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Vol. 153: , 1901 November-1902 April
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Vol. 154: , 1902 April-September
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Vol. 155: , 1902 September-1903 January
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Vol. 156: , 1903 January-May
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Vol. 157: , 1903 May-October
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Vol. 158: , 1903 October-1904 January
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Vol. 159: , 1904 January-July
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Vol. 160: , 1904 July-December
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Vol. 161: , 1904 December-1905 June
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Vol. 162: , 1905 June-1906 March
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Vol. 163: , 1906 March-October
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Vol. 164: , 1906 October-February
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Vol. 165: , 1907 February-March
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Vol. 166: , 1907 March-July
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Vol. 167: , 1907 July-October
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Vol. 168: , 1907 October-1908 January
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Vol. 169: , 1908 February-April
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Vol. 170: , 1908 April-July
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Vol. 171: , 1908 July-October
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Vol. 172: , 1908 October-1909 February
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Vol. 173: , 1909 February-1910 January
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Vol. 174: , 1910 January-1911 November
“A Series,” 1907-1915
Scope and Content Note: The purpose of this small section is not clear. It briefly parallels the administrative correspondence, but it also contains three volumes of different material--the cables of C.C. Foster. The cables, which are filmed in chronological order rather than according to the spine number, are coded and translated, and chiefly addressed to foreign offices. Most concern shipments; prices for machines and parts; acknowledgments of checks, reports, and orders; and international bank transfers.
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Vol. 166A: , 1907 March-December
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Vol. 167A: , 1907 December-1908 August
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Vol. 168A: , 1908 August-1909 August
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Vol. 170A: Cables 1, 1911 January-1915 August
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Vol. 169A: Cables 2, 1915 August-1919 September
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Vol. 176?: Cables 3, 1919 September-1924 July
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Vol. 171A: , 1917 February-1918 May
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Vol. 175?: , 1918 June-1924 May
Reports and Construction, 1890-1904
Scope and Content Note: This section of the OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE consists of correspondence from T.E. Hardenburgh and E.W. Church to Singer agents and offices in the U.S. regarding consignments and business reports. The content is extremely routine, chiefly concerning technical errors in reporting and problems with machines on consignment. The correspondence in this series was initially handled by Hardenburgh and then gradually assumed by Church. At the end of the section is a volume primarily consisting of correspondence with Bombay, Capetown, and Kilbowie and a volume similar to the general reports and construction series, but which was not part of the prevailing numbering sequence for that group.
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Vol. 125: , 1889 December-1890 September
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Vol. 126: , 1890 September-1891 February
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Vol. 127: , 1891 February-August
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Vol. 128: , 1891 August-December
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Vol. 129: , 1891 December-1892 March
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Vol. 130: , 1892 March-June
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Vol. 131: , 1892 June-November
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Vol. 132: , 1892 November-1893 March
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Vol. [133]: , 1893 March-July
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Vol. 134: , 1893 July-December
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Vol. 135: , 1893 December-1894 April
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Vol. 136: , 1894 April-October
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Vol. 137: , 1894 October-1895 April
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Vol. 138: , 1895 April-1896 February
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Vol. 139: , 1896 February-May
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Vol. 140: , 1896 May-September
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Vol. 141: , 1896 September-1897 February
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Vol. 142: , 1897 February-September
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Vol. 143: , 1897 September-1898 March
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Vol. 144: , 1898 March-August
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Vol. 145: , 1898 August-1899 April
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Vol. 146: , 1899 April-1900 February
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Vol. 147: , 1900 February-1901 April
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Vol. 148: , 1901 April-1902 January
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Vol. 149: , 1902 January-November
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Vol. 150: , 1902 November-1903 June
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Vol. 151: , 1903 June-1904 February
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1898-1903 (Bombay, Capetown, Kilbowie reports by Church/Hardenbaugh)
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1902 March 28-1904 January 27
Subseries: Letterbooks of Miscellaneous Employees
Scope and Content Note

This section of the OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE consists of letterbooks created by Singer employees which did not fit into the other series of outgoing correspondence. These volumes are arranged alphabetically by employee name.

Perhaps the most important are the travelling letterbooks of John Mitchell, the head of Singer's London office. These volumes consist of letters written while on inspection trips in Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Lyon, etc. Also notable is a volume which includes 1851 correspondence of Singer's little-known New York partner (Barzillan Ransom) and 1853-1854 correspondence of two employees (Richard and Burgess), whose precise positions within the company are not clear. This volume was greatly deteriorated due to water damage, and it was difficult to microfilm satisfactorily. Because of the rarity of correspondence from this period in company history this volume was not destroyed after filming. Also grouped here is a book of letters (1874-1878) of George E. Bacon sent to agents regarding discrepancies in sales, suggestions for better results, and general advice on improved management, and a letterbook of C.S. Groesbeck, another New York clerk. (The Bacon volume is similar to material in the INCOMING CORRESPONDENCE.)

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Bacon, George E., 1874 June-1878 December
Reel   195
Brown, George T., Letterbooks and loose pages, 1898-1905
Reel   196
Graham, Oscar R., 1890-1893 January
Mitchell, John
Reel   197
Synopses, 1894 September-1896 May
“Private letterbooks”
Reel   198
1894 May-September
Reel   199
1894 September-1895 July
Reel   200
1895 August-1896 January
Reel   201
1896 January-1897 May
Reel   202
New York, 1896 February-1897 October
Reel   203
“Home use,” 1896 January-1897 January
Ransom/Richard/Burgess New York letterbook, 1851-1854
U.S. Mss AI
Box   7
Original volume
Micro 2013
Reel   204
Microfilm copy
Subseries: Letterbooks of Related Companies
Scope and Content Note: This section of the OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE incorporates miscellaneous correspondence of Singer's subsidiary corporations and companies taken over by Singer. These volumes are arranged alphabetically by company name and chronologically thereunder.
Reel   205
Bourne & Co. Ltd. (South Africa), 1902 April-September
Scope and Content Note: The correspondence of Bourne and Company, Ltd., Singer's South African subsidiary, 1902-1920, consists of outgoing correspondence of Douglas Alexander, C.C. Foster, Coleman, and E.W. Church. These letters are primarily routine acknowledgements and routine financial inquiries. The final item in the volume is a report concerning business conditions in the Middle East in 1920.
Reel   206
Mathison Button Company (Boston), 1892? March-1894? May
National Sewing Machine Company
Scope and Content Note: The National Machine Company letters refer to a manufacturer of buttonhole machines which were mounted on Singer sewing machine heads and sold by Singer as the exclusive agent. The correspondence appears to relate almost entirely to the business this company did with Singer. Although the volumes may relate to two types of correspondence (one containing routine matters and the other containing letters of greater importance) the holdings are not sufficiently complete to establish the fact. As a result, the volumes are arranged together chronologically by beginning date.
Reel   207
Vol. 1: , 1887 February-1888 March
Reel   208
Vol. 2: , 1887 September-1889 March
Reel   209
Vol. 3: , 1888 November-1899 April
Reel   210
Vol. 4: , 1888 August-1899 December
Reel   211
Vol. 5: , 1889 December-1890 September
Reel   212
Vol. 6: , 1891 June-1892 December 2
Reel   213
Vol. 7: , 1892 August-1893 August
Reel   214
Vol. 8: , 1893 April-December
Reel   215
Singer Sewing Machine Company, Management letters Vol. 1, 1903 June-1924 January
Scope and Content Note: This volume of correspondence of the Singer Sewing Machine Company contains outgoing letters of Douglas Alexander, C.C. Foster, and Oscar Graham from the Singer office at New York to agents around the world and to other companies and individuals. Alexander signs these letters as president. The correspondence is weighted toward U.S. agents and primarily deals with prices, policies, shipments, and patents.
Wheeler & Wilson
Scope and Content Note: The Wheeler and Wilson Company correspondence consists of two volumes, 1905-1907, from the period after Singer had assumed control, together with one isolated volume from an earlier time. In the later volumes is outgoing correspondence of Douglas Alexander, circa Coleman, Oscar Graham, and C.C. Foster to Singer agents abroad, patent lawyers, and various other individuals and companies. Douglas Alexander signs these letters as president, with Coleman and Foster as secretary and Graham as treasurer of Wheeler and Wilson Company. The letters deal largely with patent and trademark matters, shipments, arrangements with agents abroad, and contracts with other companies.
Reel   216
1873 November-1874 May
Reel   217
1905 December-1906 July
Reel   218
1906 July-1907 August
Series: Incoming Correspondence
Scope and Content Note: The INCOMING CORRESPONDENCE, which consists entirely of material received in Singer's New York offices, is divided into unbound letters, bound letterbooks, and a few miscellaneous items. The letterbooks exist only on microfilm. The bound and unbound sections of the incoming correspondence contain similar material, and there is no evidence from either external or internal sources to explain the existence of the two apparently parallel files.
Subseries: Unbound correspondence
Scope and Content Note

Unbound correspondence is subdivided into domestic and foreign files, with the domestic portion further subdivided into agency files and general files. The agency files are then arranged alphabetically by office name, with the majority of the files pertaining to central branches. For New York City, there are separate files on the City Agency, the County Agency, the Art Department of the City Agency, and the Manufacturers' Agency. In addition, this section contains correspondence from the Elizabethport and South Bend factories. (The latter also contains some material concerning the establishment of a factory at Cairo, Illinois.)

For each agency the files document only the period from the 1880s to the early 1900s. In general, the correspondence of the 1880s deals with policy, while the later files concern more routine matters. (Weeded from the files were very routine correspondence concerning accounting, problems with individual machines, personnel matters, legal transfers, and office rentals; however, correspondence concerning personnel problems, general trade conditions, occasional labor difficulties, charitable contributions, salary increases, district boundary changes, sales statistics, local legal matters in which the company was involved, and legislation has been retained.) Unfortunately, material forwarded to the New York office (such as subagencies correspondence and reports) are generally not included. Taken as a whole, however, these files provide an excellent source for examining the domestic business climate in which Singer operated during the later part of the 19th century and the manner in which policy and fiscal information flowed within the corporate structure.

Domestic
Scope and Content Note: The unbound general domestic correspondence is arranged chronologically, and it covers the period 1851 to 1915 although the majority of the files cover the period from the late 1880s to the late 1890s. Although there is some overlap with other incoming correspondence elsewhere in the collection, the majority of these letters come from people who are not employees of the Singer Company.
U.S. Mss AI
Agencies
Box   8
Folder   1
Albany, 1875-1888, 1895, 1897
Box   8
Folder   2-5
Atlanta, 1875-1889, 1895, 1903-1904
Baltimore
Box   8
Folder   6
1851-1852, Office Account
Box   8
Folder   7-8
1875-1889, 1890, 1892
Box   9
Folder   1-6
1891-1898
Boston
Box   9
Folder   7-8
1876, 1879-1885
Box   10
Folder   1-5
1886-1895
Box   11
Folder   1-8
1898-1904
Box   12
Folder   1-5
Brooklyn, 1885-1894, 1896-1900
Box   12
Folder   6
Cairo, 1882, 1886-1887
Chicago
Box   12
Folder   7
1867-1872, Property
Box   12
Folder   8-10
1875-1886
Box   13
Folder   1-7
1887-1890
Box   14
Folder   1-3
1891-1892, III
Box   15
Folder   1-7
1892, IV-1894, III
Box   16
Folder   1-7
1895-1896, II
Box   17
Folder   1-4
1896, III-VI
Box   17
Folder   5-7
1897, I-III
Box   18
Folder   1-2
1897, IV-V
Box   18
Folder   3-8
1898-1899
Box   19
Folder   1-5
1900-1904
Cincinnati
Box   19
Folder   6-8
1875-1892
Box   20
Folder   1-8
1893-1896
Box   21
Folder   1-6
1897-1901
Box   21
Folder   7
Dallas, 1886-1896
Denver
Box   21
Folder   8
1880-1888
Box   22
Folder   1-8
1889-1894
Box   23
Folder   1-7
1895-1898, I
Box   24
Folder   1
1898, II
Box   24
Folder   2-4
1899-1901
Box   24
Folder   5
Detroit, 1876-1888, 1894
Elizabethport
Box   24
Folder   6-8
1874, 1879-1885, Minutes
Box   25
Folder   1-7
1885-1892, I
Box   26
Folder   1
1892, II
Box   26
Folder   2-7
1893-1895
Box   27
Folder   1-7
1896-1897, I
Box   28
Folder   1-4
1897, II
Box   28
Folder   5-6
1898, I-II
Box   29
Folder   1-3
1898, III-V
Box   29
Folder   4-7
1899, I-IV
Box   30
Folder   1-2
1899, V-VI
Box   30
Folder   3-6
1900-1904
Box   30
Folder   7
Galveston, 1874-1896
Box   30
Folder   8-9
Houston, 1873
Indianapolis
Box   31
Folder   1-7
1875-1897
Box   32
Folder   1-4
1898-1901
Box   32
Folder   5
Little Rock, 1880-1891
Box   32
Folder   6
Memphis, 1876
Milwaukee
Box   32
Folder   7-11
1875-1892
Box   33
Folder   1-7
1893-1898, I
Box   34
Folder   1
1898, II
Box   34
Folder   2-5
1899-1901
Box   34
Folder   6
Nashville, 1879-1890, 1895
Box   34
Folder   7
New Haven, 1880-1888
New Orleans
Box   34
Folder   8
1875-1887
Box   35
Folder   1-8
1888-1892, II
Box   36
Folder   1-7
1892, III-1896, I
Box   37
Folder   1-8
1896, II-1904
New York City
Box   38
Folder   1-9
1884-1901
Box   39
Folder   1-2
1890-1895, Art Department
Box   39
Folder   3
1895-1896, Weekly Lease Reports
Box   39
Folder   4-7
1890-1901, Manufacturers Agency
New York Country
Box   40
Folder   1-7
1888-1899, I
Box   41
Folder   1-2
1899, II-1900
Box   41
Folder   3
Newark, 1876
Box   41
Folder   4
Newburgh, 1880-1897
Box   41
Folder   5
Oakland, 1890
Philadelphia
Box   41
Folder   6-9
1874-1892
Box   42
Folder   1-8
1893-1898, I
Box   43
Folder   1-2
1898, II-1904
Pittsburgh
Box   43
Folder   3-9
1879-1892
Box   44
Folder   1-9
1893-1899
Box   45
Folder   1
1904
Box   45
Folder   2
Providence, 1883-1897
Richmond
Box   45
Folder   3-9
1879-1891, I
Box   46
Folder   1-7
1891, II-1895, I
Box   47
Folder   1-8
1895, II-1896 III
Box   48
Folder   1-8
1896, IV-1898
Box   49
Folder   1-8
1899-1904
Rochester
Box   49
Folder   9
1880-1885
Box   50
Folder   1-8
1886-1896, I
Box   51
Folder   1-5
1896, II-1898
Box   51
Folder   6-7
1895-1897, One Dollar Weekly Lease
St. Louis Reports
Box   52
Folder   1-6
1875-1892, I
Box   53
Folder   1-7
1892, II-1896, II
Box   54
Folder   1-7
1896, III-1900
Box   55
Folder   1
1901
Box   55
Folder   2-3
San Antonio, 1882-1897
San Francisco
Box   55
Folder   4-8
1880-1891
Box   56
Folder   1-7
1892-1896
Box   57
Folder   1-4
1898-1905
South Bend
Box   57
Folder   5-7
1881-1890
Box   58
Folder   1-5
1891-1912
Box   58
Folder   6
Syracuse, 1889
Box   58
Folder   7
Utica, 1880-1889
Box   58
Folder   8
Washington, D.C., 1881-1895
Miscellaneous subagents' correspondence
Box   58
Folder   9-11
1873-1887
Box   59
Folder   1-3
1888-1900
General Files
Box   59
Folder   4-5
1851-1869
Box   60
Folder   1-7
1870-1880
Box   61
Folder   1-7
1881-1883
Box   62
Folder   1-7
1884-1885
Box   63
Folder   1-7
1886
Box   64
Folder   1-8
1887-1888, III
Box   65
Folder   1-6
1888, IV-1890, II
Box   66
Folder   1-6
1890, III-1891
Box   67
Folder   1-5
1892
Box   68
Folder   1-5
1893
Box   69
Folder   1-5
1894, I-III
Box   70
Folder   1-6
1894, IV-1895
Box   71
Folder   1-6
1895-1897, I
Box   72
Folder   1-6
1897, II-1898
Box   73
Folder   1-6
1899-1903
Box   74
Folder   1
1904
Box   74
Folder   2-6
1904 World's Fair
Box   75
Folder   1-2
1904 World's Fair, continued
Box   75
Folder   3
1905-1914
Box   75
Folder   4
Undated
Foreign Correspondence
Scope and Content Note: The unbound foreign correspondence is arranged alphabetically by country or city. These files contain not only letters from employees but also letters from a few individuals who were not Singer employees who happened to reside in the country in question. Also included is some correspondence to or from Singer executives while visiting abroad. The files vary considerably in extent and completeness, but they generally represent the far-flung Singer empire. Correspondence is often more interesting during the earlier years when the nature of overseas relationships were being developed. By the 1890s the files include many more routine matters, although the most routine of the letters (generally those containing information eventually posted in the financial records) have been weeded. The most extensively documented foreign agencies include Australia, Canada, Hamburg, Germany, Scotland, London, Russia, and Spain. There is some overlap between this section and the type of material within the foreign files in the LEGAL RECORDS.
Box   76
Folder   1
Amsterdam, 1882-1892
Box   76
Folder   2-5
Argentina, 1879-1908
Australia
Box   76
Folder   6-10
1880-1883
Box   77
Folder   1-7
1884-1886
Box   78
Folder   1-6
1887-1894, II
Box   79
Folder   1-9
1894, III-1909
Belgium
Box   79
Folder   10
1881-1891
Box   80
Folder   1-2
, 1892-1898 (and monthly reports)
Box   80
Folder   3
1899-1909
Brazil
Box   80
Folder   4-6
1883-1892
Box   80
Folder   7
Letterbook pages, circa 1892-1893
Box   80
Folder   8
1893
Canada
Box   80
Folder   9
1864-1881
Box   81
Folder   1-8
1882-1888
Box   82
Folder   1
, 1888 Notes
Box   82
Folder   2-14
, 1889-1900 (and circular letters)
Box   82
Folder   15
1901-1904
Box   82
Folder   16
Chile, 1880-1886, 1904
Box   82
Folder   17
China (and Japan), 1884-1888
Box   82
Folder   18
Columbia, 1879-1888
Box   83
Folder   1
Cuba, 1863, 1880-1892
Box   83
Folder   2
Ecuador, 1879-1883
Box   83
Folder   3
Egypt, 1882-1898
Box   83
Folder   4-10
Geneva, 1880-1909
Hamburg, Germany
Box   83
Folder   11
1874-1877
Box   84
Folder   1-9
1880-1892
Box   85
Folder   1-9
1893-1895
Box   86
Folder   1-4
1896
Box   86
Folder   5
1896, Correspondence extracts
Box   87
Folder   1-7
1897-1899
Box   88
Folder   1-6
1900-1909
Box   88
Folder   7
Sample forms
India
Box   88
Folder   8
1881-1883
Box   89
Folder   1-7
1887-1909
Box   89
Folder   8
Dealers catalogues
Box   90
Folder   1
Ireland, 1880-1897
Box   90
Folder   2-9
Italy, 1860-1904
Kilbowie (and Glasgow)
Box   90
Folder   10-11
1868-1880
Box   91
Folder   1-3
1881-1883
Box   91
Folder   4-7
1884-1887
Box   92
Folder   1-9
1888-1899
Box   93
Folder   1
Extracts, 1899
Box   93
Folder   2-3
1900
Box   93
Folder   4
List of cabinet work, 1900
Box   93
Folder   5-6
1901
Box   93
Folder   7
1902-1915
Box   93
Folder   8
Strike clippings, 1909
London
Correspondence and reports
Box   93
Folder   9-10
1870-1880
Box   94
Folder   1-6
1881-1883, II
Box   95
Folder   1-7
1883, III-1885
Box   95
Folder   8
, 1885 Financial reports
Box   96
Folder   1-3
1886-1888
Box   97
Folder   1-7
1889-1891
Box   98
Folder   1-8
1892-1894, II
Box   99
Folder   1-8
1894, III-1896, II
Box   100
Folder   1-10
1896, III-1898, II
Box   101
Folder   1
1898, III
Box   101
Folder   2
, 1898 Form lb
Box   101
Folder   3-6
1899
Box   101
Folder   7
1899, Form lb
Box   101
Folder   8-13
1900-1911
Box   102
Folder   1-3
1900-1902, Form lb
Box   102
Folder   4-9
Minutes, London Managing Committee, 1882-1887
Box   103
Folder   1-4
Sample forms
Box   198
Folder   2
Lists of branches in Great Britain and Ireland
Mexico
Box   103
Folder   5-9
1879-1895
Box   104
Folder   1
1896-1904
Box   104
Folder   2
Para, 1881-1893
Paris
Box   104
Folder   3-9
1854-1890
Box   105
Folder   1-5
1891-1905
Box   105
Folder   6
Philippines, 1887
Russia (See also Hamburg)
Box   105
Folder   7-9
1897-1907
Box   106
Folder   1-2
1908-1913, undated
Box   106
Folder   3
South Africa, 1882-1905
Spain
Box   106
Folder   4-5
1879-1891
Box   106
Folder   6
, 1895 Agent information forms
Box   106
Folder   7
1898-1909
Box   106
Folder   8
Venezuela, 1883-1894
Box   107
Folder   1-2
Miscellaneous foreign correspondence
Box   107
Folder   3
Miscellaneous statistics for foreign activities
Micro 2014
Subseries: Bound Letterbooks
Scope and Content Note: All of the bound correspondence within the INCOMING CORRESPONDENCE has been microfilmed, and the originals destroyed. Each volume was filmed in its original order, which was arrangement by date of receipt in New York City rather than the date on which the letter was written. As a result, many volumes contain overlapping coverage. Where indexes existed, they have been filmed preceding the volume to which they relate. These letterbooks are arranged into general and foreign sections.
General
Scope and Content Note: The general category contains letters received in New York during the period December, 1861 to 1879. Prior to March, 1869 the files contain letters from both foreign and domestic sources; after that date the foreign letters were separately filed. The general section contains letters from agents, offices, factories, and customers concerning orders, shipments, repairs, prices, employment, and other financial matters. Most letters are routine in content, but there are occasional items of greater interest such as activity reports from agents and employees, discussions of local business conditions, and offers of new inventions. A few scattered letters addressed specifically to Inslee Hopper and Edward Clark may be found in this section.
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Vol. 1: , 1861 December 31-1862 January 21
Reel   1
Vol. 2: , 1862 January 21-February 7
Reel   2
Vol. 3: , 1862 February 7-March 4
Reel   2
Vol. 4: , 1862 March 4-22
Reel   3
Vol. 5: , 1862 March 22-May 5
Reel   3
Vol. 6: , 1862 May 5-June 11
Reel   4
Vol. 7: , 1862 June 11-July 14
Reel   4
Vol. 8: , 1862 July 14-August 27
Reel   5
Vol. 9: , 1862 August 27-October 8
Reel   5
Vol. 10: , 1862 September 20-November 5
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Vol. 11: , 1862 November 7-November 28
Reel   6
Vol. 12: , 1862 December 5-1863 January 8
Reel   7
Vol. 13: , 1863 January 5-February 16
Reel   7
Vol. 14: , 1863 February 9-March 21
Reel   8
Vol. 15: , 1863 March 11-April 29
Reel   8
Vol. 16: , 1863 April 21-May 27
Reel   9
Vol. 17: , 1863 May 20-June 22
Reel   9
Vol. 18: , 1863 June 21-July 30
Reel   10
Vol. 19: , 1863 July 29-September 9
Reel   10
Vol. 20: , 1863 September 1-October 5
Vol. 21: Missing
Reel   11
Vol. 22: , 1863 October 27-November 27
Reel   12
Vol. 23: , 1863 November 23-December 18
Reel   12
Vol. 24: , 1863 December 16-1864 January 20
Reel   13
Vol. 25: , 1864 January 21-February 15
Reel   13
Vol. 26: , 1864 February 6-March 8
Reel   14
Vol. 27: , 1864 March 7-April 7
Reel   14
Vol. 28: , 1864 April 5-25
Reel   15
Vol. 29: , 1864 April 19-May 31
Reel   15
Vol. 30: , 1864 May 23-June 28
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Vol. 31: , 1864 June 24-July 23
Reel   17
Vol. 32: , 1864 July 2-September 5
Reel   17
Vol. 33: , 1864 July 24-October 8
Reel   18
Vol. 34: , 1864 September 23-November 25
Reel   18
Vol. 35: , 1864 November 18-December 28
Reel   19
Vol. 36: , 1864 October 26-1865 February 3
Reel   19
Vol. 37: , 1865 February 1-March 13
Reel   19
Vol. 38: , 1865 February 11-April 21
Reel   20
Vol. 39: , 1865 April 22-May 17
Reel   20
Vol. 40: , 1865 May 20-June 25
Reel   21
Vol. 41: , 1865 June 22-July 29
Reel   21
Vol. 42: , 1865 July 25-August 17
Reel   22
Vol. 43: , 1865 July 29-September 8
Reel   23
Vol. 44: , 1865 September 7-October 10
Reel   24
Vol. 45: , 1865 October 13-November 4
Reel   25
Vol. 46: , 1865 November 8-25
Reel   26
Vol. 47: , 1865 November 25-December 12
Reel   27
Vol. 48: , 1865 November 18-1866 January 10
Reel   28
Vol. 49: , 1866 January 15-February 9
Reel   29
Vol. 50: , 1866 February 10-March 6
Reel   30
Vol. 51: , 1866 March 1-23
Reel   31
Vol. 52: , 1866 March 20-April 18
Reel   32
Vol. 53: , 1866 April 5-May 17
Reel   33
Vol. 54: , 1866 May 12-June 9
Reel   34
Vol. 55: , 1866 May 28-June 15
Reel   35
Vol. 56: , 1866 June 20-July 23
Reel   36
Vol. 57: , 1866 July 12-August 10
Reel   37
Vol. 58: , 1866 August 10-September 8
Reel   38
Vol. 59: , 1866 September 1-22
Reel   39
Vol. 60: , 1866 September 20-October 18
Reel   40
Vol. 61: , 1866 October 10-November 2
Reel   41
Vol. 62: , 1866 October 22-November 26
Reel   42
Vol. 63: , 1866 November 10-December 17
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Vol. 64: , 1866 December 15-1867 January 28
Reel   44
Vol. 65: , 1866 November 24-1867 January 18
Reel   45
Vol. 66: , 1867 February 11-18
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Vol. 67: , 1867 February 19-March 25
Reel   47
Vol. 68: , 1867 March 25-April 24
Reel   48
Vol. 69: , 1867 April 24-May 15
Reel   49
Vol. 70: , 1867 May 11-June 4
Reel   50
Vol. 71: , 1867 June 4- 27
Reel   51
Vol. 72: , 1867 June 20-July 26
Reel   52
Vol. 73: , 1867 August 8-21
Reel   53
Vol. 74: , 1867 August 23-September 13
Reel   54
Vol. 75: , 1867 September 13-October 16
Reel   55
Vol. 76: , 1867 October 17-26
Reel   56
Vol. 77: , 1867 October 25-December 3
Reel   57
Vol. 78: , 1867 December 3-23
Reel   58
Vol. 79: , 1867 December 21-1868 January 13
Reel   59
Vol. 80: , 1868 January 6-February 1
Reel   60
Vol. 81: , 1868 February 3-28
Reel   61
Vol. 82: , 1868 February 6-March 13
Reel   62
Vol. 83: , 1868 March 12-7
Reel   63
Vol. 84: , 1868 April 6-27
Reel   64
Vol. 85: , 1868 April 13-May 26?
Reel   65
Vol. 86: , 1868 May 9-June 16
Reel   66
Vol. 87: , 1868 June 2-30
Reel   67
Vol. 88: , 1868 June 27-July 15
Reel   68
Vol. 89: , 1868 July 14-August 11
Reel   69
Vol. 90: , 1868 August 14-September 7
Reel   70
Vol. 91: , 1868 September 10-check this
Reel   71
Vol. 92: , 1868 September 16-October 10
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Vol. 93: , 1868 October 16-November 9
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Vol. 94: , 1868 October 28-November ?check
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Vol. 95: , 1868 November 20-December 15
Reel   75
Vol. 96: , 1868 December 15-1869 January 8
Reel   76
Vol. 97: , 1869 January 12-February 8
Reel   77
Vol. 98: , 1869 February 20-March 4
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Vol. 99: , 1869 February 26-March 17
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Vol. 100: , 1869 March 12-April 6
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Vol. 101: , 1869 March 4-April 26
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Vol. 102: , 1869 April 26-May 17
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Vol. 103: , 1869 May 17-June 7
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Vol. 104: , 1869 June 8-July 2
Reel   84
Vol. 105: , 1869 July 2-23
Reel   85
Vol. 106: , 1869 June 29-1869 August 9
Reel   86
Vol. 107: , 1869 August 10-September 3
Reel   87
Vol. 108: , 1869 April 3-September 20
Reel   88
Vol. 109. 1869-September 15-October 11
Reel   89
Vol. 110: , 1869 August 12-October 30
Reel   90
Vol. 111: , 1869 November 1-15
Reel   91
Vol. 112: , 1869 November 19-December 4
Reel   92
Vol. 113: , 1869 December 4-18
Reel   93
Vol. 114: , 1869 December 24-1870 January 14
Reel   94
Vol. 115: , 1870 January 15-30
Reel   95
Vol. 116: , 1870 February 5-25
Reel   96
Vol. 117: , 1870 March 2-15
Reel   97
Vol. 118: , 1870 March 5-April 2
Reel   98
Vol. 119: , 1870 April 7-21
Reel   99
Vol. 120: , 1870 April 23-May 9
Reel   100
Vol. 121: , 1870 May 3-23
Reel   101
Vol. 122: , 1870 May 25-31
Reel   102
Vol. 123: , 1870 June 6-23
Reel   103
Vol. 124: , 1870 June 22-July 11
Reel   104
Vol. 125: , 1870 July 15-22
Reel   105
Vol. 126: , 1870 August 1-121
Reel   106
Vol. 127: , 1870 August 11-29
Reel   107
Vol. 128: , 1870 August 30-September 14
Reel   108
Vol. 129: , 1870 August 31-September 30
Reel   109
Vol. 130: , 1870 September 28-August 8
Reel   110
Vol. 131: , 1870 October 14-22
Reel   111
Vol. 132: , 1870 October 31-November 17
Reel   112
Vol. 133: , 1870 November 16-24
Reel   113
Vol. 134: , 1870 December 5-12
Reel   114
Vol. 135: , 1870 December 21-1871 January 11
Reel   115
Vol. 136: , 1871 January 9-31
Reel   116
Vol. 137: , 1871 January 28-February 15
Reel   117
Vol. 138: , 1871 February 17-25
Reel   118
Vol. 139: , 1871 March 4-20
Reel   119
Vol. 140: , 1871 March 20-31
Reel   120
Vol. 141: , 1871 April 3-15
Reel   121
Vol. 142: , 1871 April 22-May 8
Reel   122
Vol. 143: , 1871 May 6-17
Reel   123
Vol. 144: , 1871 May 24-June 7
Reel   124
Vol. 145: , 1871 June 7-21
Reel   125
Vol. 146: , 1871 June 20-July 6
Reel   126
Vol. 147: , 1871 July 3-18
Reel   127
Vol. 148: , 1871 July 13-19
Reel   128
Vol. 149: , 1871 July 31-August 10
Reel   129
Vol. 150: , 1871 August 10-24
Reel   130
Vol. 151: , 1871 August 23-September 6
Reel   131
Vol. 152: , 1871 September 7-21
Reel   132
Vol. 153: , 1871 September 22-October 10
Vol. 154: Missing
Reel   134
Vol. 155: , 1871 October 19-November 4
Reel   135
Vol. 156: , 1871 October 28-November 23
Reel   136
Vol. 157: , 1871 November 16-December 5
Reel   137
Vol. 158: , 1871 November 18-December 22
Reel   138
Vol. 159: , 1871 December 21-1872 January 8
Reel   139
Vol. 160: , 1872 January 12-27
Reel   140
Vol. 161: , 1872 January 22-February 8
Reel   141
Vol. 162: , 1872 February 8-28
Reel   142
Vol. 163: , 1872 February 21-March 12
Vol. 164: Missing
Reel   144
Vol. 165: , 1872 March 28-April 8?
Reel   145
Vol. 166: , 1872 April 3-23
Reel   146
Vol. 167: , 1872 April 11-May 4
Reel   147
Vol. 168: , 1872 May 6-17
Reel   148
Vol. 169: , 1872 April 1-June 6
Reel   149
Vol. 170: , 1872 June 5-18
Reel   150
Vol. 171: , 1872 June 18-29
Reel   151
Vol. 172: , 1872 July 5-13
Reel   152
Vol. 173: , 1872 July 13-18
Reel   153
Vol. 174: , 1872 August 2-17
Reel   154
Vol. 175: , 1872 August 15-27
Reel   155
Vol. 176: , 1872 August 20-September 10
Reel   156
Vol. 177: , 1872 September 12-25
Reel   157
Vol. 178: , 1872 September 18-October 8
Reel   158
Vol. 179: , 1872 October 8-26
Reel   159
Vol. 180: , 1872 October 26-November 7
Reel   160
Vol. 181: , 1872 November 12-26
Reel   161
Vol. 182: , 1872 November 29-December 16
Reel   162
Vol. 183: , 1872 December 13-1873 January 3
Reel   163
Vol. 184: , 1873 January 2-11
Reel   164
Vol. 185: , 1873 January 6-February 6
Reel   165
Vol. 186: , 1873 February 6-18
Reel   166
Vol. 187: , 1873 February 22-March 1
Reel   167
Vol. 188: , 1873 March 4-12
Reel   168
Vol. 189: , 1873 March 24-29
Vol. 190: Missing
Reel   170
Vol. 191: , 1873 April 26-May 9
Reel   171
Vol. 192: , 1873 May 9-27
Reel   172
Vol. 193: , 1873 May 29-June 9
Reel   173
Vol. 194: , 1873 June 14-27
Reel   174
Vol. 195: , 1873 July 2-17
Reel   175
Vol. 196: , 1873 July 31-August 14
Reel   176
Vol. 197: , 1873 August 20-September 2
Reel   177
Vol. 198: , 1873 September 2-16 check Lees note
Reel   178
Vol. 199: , 1873 September 17-20
Reel   179
Vol. 200: , 1873 October 1-15
Reel   180
Vol. 201: , 1873 October 17-November 4
Reel   181
Vol. 202: , 1873 November 4-26
Reel   182
Vol. 203: , 1873 November 25-December 2
Reel   183
Vol. 204: , 1873 December 15-1874 January 5
Reel   184
Vol. 205: , 1874 January 7-24
Reel   185
Vol. 206: , 1874 January 23-February 14
Reel   186
Vol. 207: , 1874 February 16-March 5
Reel   187
Vol. 208: , 1874 March 7-14
Reel   189
Vol. 209: , 1874 March 23-April 7
Reel   190
Vol. 210: , 1874 April 6-21
Reel   191
Vol. 211: , 1874 April 23-May 11
Reel   192
Vol. 212: , 1874 May 9-26
Reel   193
Vol. 213: , 1874 May 27-June 13
Reel   194
Vol. 214: , 1874 June 12-July 2
Reel   195
Vol. 215: , 1874 July 2-20
Reel   196
Vol. 216: , 1874 July 16-August 7
Reel   197
Vol. 217: , 1874 August 7-22
Reel   198
Vol. 218: , 1874 August 18-September 10
Reel   199
Vol. 219: , 1874 September 7-October 1
Reel   200
Vol. 220: , 1874 September 28-October 17
Reel   201
Vol. 221: , 1874 October 17-November 3
Vol. 222: Missing
Reel   203
Vol. 223: , 1874 December 2-14
Reel   204
Vol. 224: , 1874 December 17-1875 January 11
Reel   205
Vol. 225: , 1875 January 7-27
Reel   206
Vol. 226: , 1875 February 3-18
Reel   207
Vol. 227: , 1875 February 20-March 13
Reel   208
Vol. 228: , 1875 March 13-April 2
Reel   209
Vol. 229: , 1875 March 31-April 21
Reel   210
Vol. 230: , 1875 April 10-May 1
Reel   211
Vol. 231: , 1875 May 10-May 16
Reel   212
Vol. 232: , 1875 May 25-June 10
Reel   213
Vol. 233: , 1875 June 15-July 1
Reel   214
Vol. 234: , 1875 June 26-July 13
Reel   215
Vol. 235: , 1875 July 17-August 7
Reel   216
Vol. 236: , 1875 August 7-26
Reel   217
Vol. 237: , 1875 September 1-20
Reel   218
Vol. 238: , 1875 September 20-October 2
Reel   219
Vol. 239: , 1875 October 5-19
Reel   220
Vol. 240: , 1875 October 12-November 8
Reel   221
Vol. 241: , 1875 November 5-27
Reel   222
Vol. 242: , 1875 November 29-December 15
Reel   223
Vol. 243: , 1875 December 18-1876 January 5
Reel   224
Vol. 244: , 1875 December 30-1876 January 19
Reel   225
Vol. 245: , 1876 January 3-February 1
Reel   226
Vol. 246: , 1876 January 21-February 11
Reel   227
Vol. 247: , 1876 February 18-26
Reel   228
Vol. 248: , 1876 March 4-21
Reel   229
Vol. 249: , 1876 March 20-April 10
Reel   230
Vol. 250: , 1876 April 8-27
Reel   231
Vol. 251: , 1876 April 26-May 10
Reel   232
Vol. 252: , 1876 April 24-May 27
Reel   233
Vol. 253: , 1876 May 26-June 14
Reel   234
Vol. 254: , 1876 June 11-22
Reel   235
Vol. 255: , 1876 July 1-August 7
Reel   236
Vol. 256: , 1876 August 7-21
Reel   237
Vol. 257: , 1876 September 14-October 12
Reel   238
Vol. 258: , 1876 October 12-November 14
Reel   239
Vol. 259: , 1876 November 14-December 21
Reel   240
Vol. 260: , 1876 December 19-1877 February 19
Reel   241
Vol. 261: , 1877 February 26-May 8
Reel   242
Vol. 262: , 1877 May 22-July 31
Reel   243
Vol. 263: , 1877 August 6-September 24
Reel   244
Vol. 264: , 1877 October 1-November 24
Reel   245
Vol. 265: , 1877 December 8-1878 February 4
Reel   246
Vol. 266: , 1878 February 16-April 20
Reel   247
Vol. 267: , 1878 April 26-July 10
Reel   248
Vol. 268: , 1878 July 3-September 18
Reel   249
Vol. 269: , 1878 September 28-November 30
Reel   250
Vol. 270: , 1878 December 5-1879 February 7
Foreign
Scope and Content Note: This section tends to be more detailed than the domestic correspondence. This correspondence often includes information on business conditions and local events such as trademark suits and the activities of competitors.
Reel   251
Vol. 1: , 1869 March 8-November 22
Reel   252
Vol. 2: , 1869 December 11-1870 September 6
Reel   253
Vol. 3: , 1870 September 2-1871 April 4
Reel   254
Vol. 4: , 1871 April 7-1872 April 6
Reel   255
Vol. 5: , 1872 April 20-1873 March 8
Reel   256
Vol. 6: , 1873 February 18?-1873 November 25
Reel   257
Vol. 7: , 1873 December 10-1874 May 19
Vol. 8: Missing
Reel   258
Vol. 9: , 1874 September 16-1875 February 8
Reel   259
Vol. 10: , 1875 February 19-July 24
Reel   260
Vol. 11: , 1875 July 31-December 6
Reel   261
Vol. 12: , 1875 December 15-1876 April 27
Reel   262
Vol. 13: , 1876 May 26-1877 January 13
Reel   263
Vol. 14: , 1876 December 23-1878 March 19
Reel   264
Vol. 15: , 1878 April 3-May 14
Miscellaneous Volumes
Scope and Content Note: This section of the INCOMING CORRESPONDENCE consists of several special volumes of letters addressed to George McKenzie; a volume of letters addressed to L.B. Miller, the superintendent of the Elizabethport factory; and a volume of letters written by George E. Bacon while he was engaged in work as a traveling examiner for the company. Within McKenzie's material the third volume contains many letters written to him by J.W. Seymour, who appears to have been a traveling examiner for the company before this position was formally established by the company. Seymour's letters have been collected to reconstruct the letterbooks in which they were originally written.
Reel   284
Frame 1
G.E. Bacon, 1874-1876
Reel   284
Frame 183
Supt. L.B. Miller, 1881-1884
McKenzie letterbooks
Reel   284
Frame   421
1874-1876
Reel   284
Frame   684
1876-1877
Seymour, J.W., Jr.
Reel   285
Frame   1
1878-1879 August
Reel   285
Frame   301
Loose pages from four letterbooks, 1879-1880
Series: Advertising and Publications
Scope and Content Note

This section consists of bound records, which are available only on microfilm, and four boxes of loose advertising material and company publications. The loose materials are an artificial (and very incomplete) series of items selected from locations throughout the collection either because of their visual quality or because the material had been published. Included are advertising brochures, price lists, examples of early Singer logos and symbols, drawings of Singer buildings, examples of advertising and letterheads issued by competitors and by illegal users of the Singer name, publications issued for their salesmen by several Singer branches, examples of sewing and artwork produced by various Singer machines, instructions (including a sheet pertaining to use of Singer's 1851 machine), photographic portraits of salesmen (circa 1895), blank forms used by the company, and duplicate copies of some forms retained for exhibit purposes. The nine microfilmed volumes of advertising correspondence consist of letters from agents, newspapers, journals, publishers, and printers to Singer executive offices concerning the terms available for advertising space and proposals for advertisements. Also included are copies of agreements on costs.

The nine microfilmed volumes of advertising correspondence consist of letters from agents, newspapers, journals, publishers, and printers to Singer executive offices concerning the terms available for advertising space and proposals for advertisements. Also included are copies of agreements on costs.

Subseries: Bound Records
Reel   265
1868 April 20-October 15
Reel   266
1868 June 8-1869 January 13
Reel   267
1869 October 2-April 21
Reel   268
1870 April 30-October 28
Reel   269
1870 December 24-1871 July 19
Reel   270
1871 July 15-1872 May 22
Reel   271
1872 September 27-1873 November 12
Reel   272
1874 December 9-1875 November 2
Reel   273
1874 August 29-1876 June 1
U.S. Mss AI
Subseries: Loose Material
Box   108
Folder   1
British exhibit, 1887
Box   108
Folder   2
Broadsides
Box   198
Folder   3
Oversize
Box   108
Folder   3
Brochures and price lists
Box   108
Folder   4
Brochures for special machines
Box   108
Folder   5
Catalogue for machines for manufacturers, 1896
Box   108
Folder   6
Checks and Singer logos and symbols
Box   108
Folder   7
Competitors' letterheads
Box   108
Folder   8-9
Competitors' and users of Singer name, Advertising and publicity
Box   108
Folder   10
Delinquent Department Register, 1891
Box   109
Folder   1-2
Directories of central agencies and offices, 1901-1906
Box   109
Folder   3
Exhibit material and duplicate items
Box   204
Artifacts not wanted by museum
Box   198
Folder   4
Export agency ads
Forms, 1861-1901, undated
Box   109
Folder   4
Bonds and Agreements
Box   109
Folder   5
Canvassing salesmen agreements
Box   109
Folder   6
Chattel mortgages
Box   109
Folder   7
Collecting and selling
Box   109
Folder   8
Contracts
Box   109
Folder   9
Agreements for hiring
Box   109
Folder   10
Instructions and rules
Box   109
Folder   11
Leases
Box   109
Folder   12
Letters
Box   109
Folder   13
Orders and sales slips
Box   109
Folder   14
Reports, statements, and summaries of results
Box   109
Folder   15
Miscellany
Box   110
Folder   1
Instructions, 1851-1897
Box   110
Folder   2
Miscellaneous advertising for Singer
Box   110
Folder   3
Miscellaneous publications by Singer Company
Salesmen
Newsletters
Box   110
Folder   4
Miscellaneous newsletters
Box   110
Folder   5
Chicago Saturday Review, 1889-1891
Box   110
Folder   6
Chicago Skirmish Line, 1890-1891
Box   110
Folder   7
Chicago Weekly Hustler, 1891
Box   110
Folder   8
Chicago miscellany
Box   110
Folder   9
Cincinnati Review, 1891
Box   110
Folder   10
Pittsburgh Record, 1890
Box   110
Folder   11
St. Louis Salesman, 1889-1891
Box   110
Folder   12
Salesmen's rules and miscellaneous publications
Box   198
Folder   5
Oversize material
Box   198
Folder   6
Miscellaneous district maps
Box   110
Folder   13
Sewing machine products and services
Box   110
Folder   14
Sewing samples
Box   110
Folder   15
Singer Company buildings
Box   110
Folder   16
Thread
Box   110
Folder   17
World's Fair exhibit, 1904
Box   198
Folder   1
Exhibit booth blueprint
Series: Subject Files
Scope and Content Note: These files, which include correspondence, reports, and documents of many types, are arranged alphabetically by topic. Included are application for positions letters, circular letters, examiners' reports, letter register, traveling notebooks, and war loss files.
Subseries: Application Letters
Box   110
Folder   18-19
1896
Box   111
Folder   1-3
1897-1899
Subseries: Circular letters
Scope and Content Note: The Circular Letters are mimeographed form letters sent by the New York office to the company's agents and local offices concerning policies and procedures. They cover the period from 1882 to 1904 and are arranged chronologically and sometimes numerically thereunder. Also included are similar files of circular letters issued by several branches for the years 1895, 1898, and 1900, all arranged alphabetically by branch. This section also includes a file, 1893-1901, of replies from local representatives.
Box   112
Folder   1-7
1872-1894, New York circular
1895
Box   113
Folder   1
New York
Box   113
Folder   2-5
Branch circulars
Box   113
Folder   6
1896-1900, New York circulars
Box   114
Folder   1-6
1896, Branch circulars
1898
Box   114
Folder   7
Baltimore-Chicago
Box   115
Folder   1-4
Cincinnati-San Francisco
Box   115
Folder   5-6
1900, Branch circulars
1901-1904, New York circulars
Box   115
Folder   7
Index
Box   115
Folder   8-10
Circulars
Replies to circular letters
Box   116
Folder   1-6
1880-1897, I
Box   117
Folder   1-6
1897, II-1899, 1901
Subseries: Examiners' Reports
Scope and Content Note: The Examiners' Reports consist of chronologically-arranged narrative reports, 1881-1891, from travelling representatives concerning accounting and operational conditions and problems at various branches and factories.
Box   118
Folder   1-7
1881-1886
Box   119
Folder   1-6
1887-1888
Box   120
Folder   1-5
1888
Box   121
Folder   1-6
1890-1891
Box   122
Folder   1-6
1891
Box   123
Folder   1-6
1894
Box   124
Folder   1-6
1895
Box   125
Folder   1-7
1896
Box   126
Folder   1-6
1897
Box   127
Folder   1-6
1897
Box   128
Folder   1-7
1898
Box   129
Folder   1-4
1900
Subseries: Letter Registers
Scope and Content Note: The Letter Registers are an incomplete run of volumes in which correspondence (primarily concerning orders) was logged. In the register is the letter number, correspondent, subject, and remittance amount; the 1878 volumes contain summaries of orders. The correspondence to which these volumes refer appears not to have been received by the Historical Society.
Box   131
Folder   1
1878 January-May
Box   131
Folder   2
1878 May-November
Box   130
Folder   1
Register #14, 1900, February-1901 March
Box   130
Folder   2
Register [#16], 1902 September-1904 May
Box   130
Folder   3
Register #17, 1904 May-1907 April
Subseries: Traveling Notebooks
Scope and Content Note: The Traveling Notebooks contain notations made by Singer executives while visiting various European branches during the early twentieth century. Although the writer or writers of this material is not identified, the office referred to is clearly indicated.
Box   131
Folder   3-6
1898-1906
Box   132
Folder   1-4
1908-1928
Box   132
Folder   5
Undated
Box   132
Folder   6
Legal and financial notes, 1910-1938
Subseries: War Loss Files
Scope and Content Note: The War Loss Files constitute the large quantity of twentieth century documentation in the collection. These records document Singer's interests in Central Europe during the 1930s and 1940s, in Russia prior to and immediately following the Bolshevik Revolution, and in Japan and Germany during World War II. The provenance of these files is uncertain, but it is presumed they were used in attempts to recoup company losses as a result of wars and nationalization. The papers detail the political and economic situation of each nation at the time of the losses, and they are arranged alphabetically by country or geographic area. Substantial portions of the papers included with the Czech and Eastern European categories appear to be files which were originally part of the complicated recordkeeping system of the Paris Supervisory Office, which had significant responsibilities for local European agencies. These files were apparently transported to New York for use in the war claims litigation. The war losses files also include three folders of architectural drawings, elevations, and blueprints for construction and remodeling of company facilities in Prague, Warsaw, and Riga. Evidence suggests these files may also have been part of the Paris Supervisory Office files.
Czechoslovakia Files
Scope and Content Note: The Czechoslovakian Files, which consist of correspondence, legal records, and financial records, are subdivided into Paris and New York sections, with the former arranged into pre- and post-war categories. Within each category the material is arranged by file number. The pre-war records on the Singer Manufacturing Company's agency in Prague are dominated by the 1938 transfer of Sudeten territories to German control, annexation of the remaining Bohemia-Moravia provinces by Germany in 1939, and the transfer of Slovakia to Hungary. Three files of correspondence and legal material relate to the Aryan verifications to which the directors of the Prague agency had to submit and to the ways in which normal business was disrupted while other aspects of the business continued normally. The post-war Czech files document Singer's difficulties in a period of political upheaval with operations of some kind continuing despite nationalization. Correspondents of this period regularly complain about new laws that created work and employee councils, supply problems, and controls on capital.
Paris Office Files
Pre-War Files
Box   133
Folder   1
A-41, Sales records and agency accounts, 1938-1939
Box   133
Folder   2
A-41a, Cession of territories, 1938-1939
Box   133
Folder   3
A-71, Year-end statements and inventories, 1938-1941
Box   133
Folder   4
A-168, Miscellaneous invoices, inventories, and estimates, 1938-1939
Box   133
Folder   5
A-231, Inventory and non-moving stocks, 1938
Box   133
Folder   6
G-7, Trademark and patent business, 1938-1939
Box   133
Folder   7
G-18, Transfers, deliveries, and complaints, 1937-1939
Box   133
Folder   8
G-33, Re-organisation of agency, 1938-1939
Box   133
Folder   9-11
G-33a, Transfer of Sudeten Territory to Germany, Hungary, and Poland, 1938-1939
Box   133
Folder   12
G-55, Insurance, 1938-1939
Box   134
Folder   1
G-64, Audits, 1938-1939
Box   134
Folder   2
G-llla, Relations with Bata Shoe Company, 1938-1939
Box   134
Folder   3
G-169, Real estate management, 1938-1939
Box   134
Folder   4-6
G-204, Orders and shipments, 1938-1939
Box   134
Folder   7
G-390, Singer service repairs, 1938-1939
Box   134
Folder   8
G-390a, Singer service reports, 1937-1939
Box   134
Folder   9
S-57, Competition, 1938-1939
Box   134
Folder   10
S-66, Income taxes, 1937-1940
Box   134
Folder   11
S-81, Prices and credit policies, 1938-1939
Box   134
Folder   12
S-98, Legal matters, 1938-1939
Post-war files
Box   135
Folder   1-2
A-6, Bookkeeping, reports, and remittances, 1947-1953
Box   135
Folder   3
G-61, Organization, 1947-1951
Box   135
Folder   4
G-62, Audits, 1947-1950
Box   135
Folder   5
G-63, Orders, shipments, and stocks, 1947-1954
Box   135
Folder   6
G-64, Manufacturing Trade Department, 1947-1949
Box   135
Folder   7
G-65, Parts, needles, and accessories repairs, 1948, 1954
Box   135
Folder   8
G-66, Trademarks and patents, 1947-1955
Box   135
Folder   9
G-67, Buildings, 1947-1952
Box   135
Folder   10
S-60, Prices and sales conditions, 1947-1950
Box   135
Folder   11-12
S-62, Staff correspondence, 1947-1955
Miscellaneous correspondence
Box   135
Folder   13-14
1940-1944
Box   136
Folder   1-2
1945-1954
New York Office Files
Box   136
Folder   3
Plans for new purchases of real estate, 1940
Box   136
Folder   4,7
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1940-1941, 1951-1962
Box   136
Folder   5
Correspondence of O. Myslik, (vice president), 1945
Box   136
Folder   6
Prague real estate, 1946-1951
Eastern Europe Files
Scope and Content Note: The files on Eastern Europe are the most thorough of the war loss materials. These files encompass Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, all countries in which Singer had opened agencies following World War I. In 1937 the Baltic countries were annexed by the Soviet Union, all industry was nationalized, and Singer was deprived of its assets and bank deposits. These records include voluminous correspondence between Singer and their managers in Eastern Europe which describe political and financial conditions. A large number of folders contain information used in claims filed against the Soviet Union. The Eastern European files are divided into files originally created in Paris and New York City.
Paris Office Files
Scope and Content Note: The Paris files appear to be part of the same complex filing system reflected in the Czech materials described above. These files are arranged by file number and are followed by several folders of financial reports. Taken together, the Paris files contain extensive general correspondence and detailed information on financial losses. The folders entitled “Organization” best describes the political situation and its effect on normal operating procedures.
Box   137
Folder   1
A-16, Estonian miscellany, 1940
Box   137
Folder   2
A-29, Bookkeeping, reports, and remittances, 1947-1950
Box   137
Folder   3
A-47, Estonian comments and instructions on return statistics, 1937-1940
Box   137
Folder   4
A-53, Latvian comments and instructions on return statistics, 1938-1940
Box   137
Folder   5
A-54, Lithuania comments and instructions on return statistics, 1939
Box   137
Folder   6
A-77, Estonian inventories and final reports, 1937-1940
Box   137
Folder   7
A-83, Latvian inventories and final reports, 1938-1940
Box   137
Folder   8
A-84, Lithuanian inventories and final reports, 1937-1940
Box   137
Folder   9
A-87, Polish inventories and final reports, 1938-1940
Box   137
Folder   10
A-98, Estonian stock debts and credit notes, 1938-1940
Box   137
Folder   11
A-117, Estonian remittances, 1938-1940
Box   137
Folder   12
A-123, Latvian remittances, 1938-1940
Box   137
Folder   13
A-124, Lithuanian remittances, 1938-1940
Box   137
Folder   14
A-178, Latvian stock debts and credit notes, 1938-1940
Box   137
Folder   15
A-197, Lithuanian invoice returns, 1938-1939
Box   137
Folder   16
E-15, Lithuanian general correspondence, 1935-1940
Box   137
Folder   17
G-9, Lithuanian audits, 1938-1939
Box   138
Folder   1-3
G-26, Polish audits, 1938-1939
Box   138
Folder   4
G-67, Estonian insurance, 1938-1939
Box   138
Folder   5
G-84, Latvian organization, 1938-1940
Box   138
Folder   6
G-91, Lithuanian transfers, deliveries, and complaints, 1938-1939
Box   138
Folder   7-8
G-117, Poland, Manufacturing Trade Department, 1938-1939
Box   138
Folder   9
G-161, Polish correspondence, 1938-1939
Box   138
Folder   10
G-166, Latvian trademarks and patents, 1938-1940
Box   139
Folder   1-2
G-174, Lithuanian organization, 1938-1940
Box   139
Folder   3
G-175, Estonian organization, 1940
Box   139
Folder   4
G-188, Estonian audits, 1938-1939
Box   139
Folder   5
G-199, Lithuanian trademarks and patents, 1938-1939
Box   139
Folder   6
G-207, Estonian orders and shipments, 1938-1940
Box   139
Folder   7
G-213, Latvian documents, 1923-1936
Box   139
Folder   8-9
G-213, Latvian orders and shipment, 1938-1940
Box   140
Folder   1
G-216, Polish orders and shipments, 1938-1939
Box   140
Folder   2
G-230, Estonian trademarks and patents, 1938-1940
Box   140
Folder   3
G-240, Latvian audits, 1938-1939
Box   140
Folder   4
G-245, Latvian canvassing cars, 1938-1939
Box   140
Folder   5
G-256, Lithuanian orders and shipments, 1938-1940
Box   140
Folder   6
G-284, Estonian canvassing cars, 1938-1939
Box   140
Folder   7
G-287, Estonian service reports, 1938-1939
Box   140
Folder   8
G-290, Poland, General, 1948
Box   140
Folder   9
G-291, Polish organization, 1948-1950
Box   140
Folder   10
G-292, Polish audits, 1948
Box   140
Folder   11
G-293, Polish orders and shipments, 1947-1950
Box   140
Folder   12
G-296, Polish trademarks and patents, 1947-1953
Box   140
Folder   13
G-297, Polish buildings, 1947-1953
Box   140
Folder   14
G-359, Lithuanian canvassing cars, 1938-1939
Box   140
Folder   15
G-361, Latvian business reports, 1940
Box   140
Folder   16
G-368, Latvian service reports, 1938-1939
Box   140
Folder   17
G-369, Lithuanian service reports, 1938-1940
Box   140
Folder   18
G-389, Latvia, Building in Riga, 1938-1939
Box   140
Folder   19
M-46, Estonia, Sundry goods for resale, 1938-1940
Box   140
Folder   20
M-59, Latvia, Thread and twist, 1938-1940
Box   140
Folder   21
M-68, Estonia, Thread and twist, 1938-1940
Box   140
Folder   22
M-71, Lithuania, Thread & twist, 1938-1940
Box   140
Folder   23
M-164, Latvia, Sundry goods for resale, 1938-1940
Box   140
Folder   24
M-184, Poland, Printed material, 1939
Box   141
Folder   1
M-184, Poland, Printed material, 1939, continued
Box   141
Folder   2-5
S-16, Lithuania, Legal correspondence, 1938-1940
Box   141
Folder   6
S-19, Lithuanian taxes, 1938-1940
Box   141
Folder   7
S-31, Lithuanian staff, 1938-1939
Box   141
Folder   8
S-32, Lithuanian competition, 1938-1939
Box   141
Folder   9-10
S-40, Latvian competition, 1938-1940
Box   141
Folder   11
S-43, Estonia, Prices and credit conditions, 1938-1940
Box   142
Folder   1
S-54, Lithuania, Prices and credit conditions, 1938-1940
Box   142
Folder   2
S-58, Polish staff, 1940
Box   142
Folder   3
S-60, Estonian competition, 1938-1940
Box   142
Folder   4
S-73, Latvia, Prices and credit conditions, 1938-1939
Box   142
Folder   5
S-78, Poland, Prices and credit conditions, 1938-1939
Box   142
Folder   6
S-83, Latvian taxes, 1938-1940
Box   142
Folder   7
S-113, Polish competition, 1938-1939
Box   142
Folder   8
S-124, Estonian taxes, 1938-1940
Box   142
Folder   9
S-139, Estonia, Legal correspondence, 1938-1939
Box   142
Folder   10
S-154, Latvia, Legal correspondence, 1938-1939
Box   142
Folder   11
S-290, Poland, Prices and sales conditions, 1947-1949
Box   142
Folder   12
S-293, Poland, Legal correspondence, 1947-1949
Reports
Box   142
Folder   13-14
Estonia, 1938-1940
Box   142
Folder   15-16
Latvia, 1938-1939
Box   142
Folder   17-19
Lithuania, 1938-1940
New York Office Files
Scope and Content Note: The New York City portion of these files is further divided into two parts. The first, which is arranged by country, contains information received in the president's office, a large portion of which deals with Poland and the status and use of Singer property there. The second part contains general correspondence concerning the Eastern European situation, as well as a file of President Lightner's correspondence with the U.S. State Department, 1940-1944.
Estonia
Box   143
Folder   1
Legal correspondence, 1927-1931, undated
Box   143
Folder   2
General correspondence, 1939-1941
Box   143
Folder   3
Registration, 1928, 1939-1940
Box   143
Folder   4
Sales merchandise, 1939-1940
Latvia
Box   143
Folder   5
General correspondence, 1940-1941
Box   143
Folder   6
Government control, 1940
Box   143
Folder   7
Powers of attorney, 1938
Box   143
Folder   8
Premises, 1934-1939
Box   143
Folder   9
Reports, 1939-1940
Lithuania
Box   143
Folder   10
General correspondence, 1939-1940
Box   143
Folder   11
Nationalization, undated
Box   143
Folder   12
Powers of attorney, 1929, undated
Box   143
Folder   13
Registration, 1920-1939
Box   143
Folder   14
Reports, 1940
Box   143
Folder   15
Sales expenses, 1940
Poland
Claims
Box   143
Folder   16-20
1940-1961
Box   144
Folder   1
1962-1963
Box   144
Folder   2
Correspondence, 1924-1947
Box   144
Folder   3
Educational courses, 1930
Box   144
Folder   4
Exchange rates, 1962
Box   144
Folder   5-7
Financial correspondence, 1948-1950
Box   144
Folder   8
Food parcels, 1948-1949
Box   144
Folder   9
General, 1958-1963
Box   144
Folder   10
Handlowy, 1938
Box   144
Folder   11-12
Nationalization, 1947-1960
Box   144
Folder   13
Power of attorney, 1929
Box   144
Folder   14
Profit and loss, 1948-1950
Box   145
Folder   1
Registration, 1934-1937
Box   145
Folder   2
Sales to schools, 1930-1931
Box   145
Folder   3-4
Settlements, 1921-1931
Box   145
Folder   5-6
Staff, 1946-1949
Box   145
Folder   7
Status, 1919-1948
Box   145
Folder   8
Taxes, 1938
Box   145
Folder   9
Trademarks and patents, 1929-1938
Box   145
Folder   10
General correspondence, 1953-1963
Box   145
Folder   11
M.G. Lightner file, 1940-1944
Box   203
Folder   1
Architectural drawings, elevations, and blueprints from Czechoslovakia (file 14), Poland (file 25), and Riga (file 31), 1927-1935
Box   203
Folder   2
Map of Wittenberge property (Mittel Breese and Klein-Breese), circa 1905
Germany
Scope and Content Note: The German files are separated into pre- and post-war files. The pre-war folders contain business, financial, and legal correspondence. The post-war folders also contain business correspondence not only concerning losses in East Germany, but also concerning conditions in West Germany where operations were renewed. These files mention problems with de-Nazification of former Singer executives; regaining control of Singer property from Allied forces; and repairing, retooling and resupplying for new production. Also included is information on restructuring of the German subsidiary company, sales records, and corporate reviews. Especially descriptive here is a 38-page memorial to the Secretary of State concerning Singer losses in Germany. The three folders entitled “Wittenberg” chronicle the Soviet seizure of Singer's factory in the Soviet zone at which time Singer lost securities in Berlin banks as well as machinery in the factory which was dismantled and sent to the USSR.
Pre-War files
Box   145
Folder   12
Business correspondence, 1938-1940
Financial records
Box   145
Folder   13
1938
Box   146
Folder   1
1939
Box   146
Folder   2
Interest accounts, 1900-1939
Box   146
Folder   3
Legal records, 1922-1940
Box   146
Folder   4
General correspondence, 1942-1945
Box   146
Folder   5-8
Business correspondence, 1945-1963
Correspondence with U.S. officials
Box   146
Folder   9
1945
Box   147
Folder   1
1946
Box   147
Folder   2
Corporation review reports, 1948-1949
Box   147
Folder   3
Decontrol of property, 1948
Box   147
Folder   4
Financial records, 1938-1945
Box   147
Folder   5
Financial losses, 1945
Box   147
Folder   6
Real estate records,
Box   147
Folder   7
Sales records, 1946-1947
Box   147
Folder   8
Settlement claim, 1960
Box   147
Folder   9-11
Wittenberg, 1945-1948
Japan
Scope and Content Note: The Japanese files contain correspondence, legal exhibits, and files on losses in Japan and Japanese-occupied territories. With the exhibits are inventories of parts and machines.
Correspondence
Box   148
Folder   1-8
1939-1952
Box   149
Folder   1-3
1953-1954
Exhibits for claim
Box   149
Folder   4
Allied Powers Property Compensation Law, 1952-1953
Box   151
Folder   1-2
General material, 1941-1953
Information and inventory report
Box   151
Folder   3
1941
Box   150
Folder   1
1947
Machines
Box   151
Folder   4
Pre-war
Box   151
Folder   5
1942, Kobe, Osaka, Tokyo, Yokohama
Needle stock
Box   151
Folder   6
Pre-war file
Box   151
Folder   7
1942, Osaka, Tokyo, Yokohama
Parts stock
Box   151
Folder   8
Pre-war file
Box   151
Folder   9-10
1942, Kobe, Osaka, Tokyo, Yokohama
Claims for Japanese-occupied territories
Box   152
Folder   1-2
China, 1923-1961
Box   152
Folder   3-4
Djakarta, 1946-1948
Box   152
Folder   5
Hong Kong, 1942-1953
Box   152
Folder   6
India, 1942-1953
Box   152
Folder   7
Korea, 1947-1948
Malaya
Box   152
Folder   8-10
1941-1949
Box   153
Folder   1-6
1950-1959
Box   153
Folder   7-9
Philippines, 1947-1957
Box   153
Folder   10-11
Siam, 1946-1949
Singapore
Box   153
Folder   12
1941-1948
Box   154
Folder   1-5
1951-1958
Box   154
Folder   6-7
Thailand, 1946-1948
Box   154
Folder   8-9
War loss recovery, 1947-1963
Russia
Scope and Content Note: Papers concerning Singer's losses following the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in the Soviet Union are separated into four categories: affidavits used in legal proceedings, other legal material, research used to supplement the legal documents, and general materials concerning company operations in Russia during the pre-Revolutionary era. The affidavits are from the period 1915 to 1930 and include letters from former employees, managers, and auditors explaining the situation at the time of the Bolshevik seizure of the Singer assets. The legal material contains one large folder of statements and exhibits. These statements address actions which precipitated the claim and contain descriptions of the property and the assessed value of properties and bank deposits. The research material consists of information used in preparing the case before the Foreign Claims Commission in 1959. Also located here is financial information concerning the construction of the factory in Podolsk in 1902, some general correspondence, and a log detailing of the history of Singer operations in the USSR. The final category contains background material on the formation of the Russian subsidiary in 1897, by-laws, 1917 demands of the workers, and correspondence concerning the Foreign Claims Commission in 1959 and after. Miscellaneous correspondence in this section, which is largely in Russian, was written by former employees during the 1920s. It discusses working conditions and the decreasing company success in Eastern Europe. Translations of some of the Russian materials are included.
Affidavits
Box   155
Folder   1
Affidavits and correspondence regarding 1915 seizure
Box   155
Folder   2-3
Affidavits, 1921, 1930
Box   155
Folder   4
Affidavits of C.C. Foster, 1930
Box   156
Folder   1
Legal, statement and exhibits of claim against USSR
Research
Box   155
Folder   5
Balance sheets, reports, and estimates, 1911-1916
Box   155
Folder   6
Russian bonds and bank deposit losses, undated
Box   155
Folder   7
Cash outlays for Podolsk, 1900-1902
Box   155
Folder   8-10
European trip documents, 1897-1933
Box   157
Folder   1
Final financial reports, 1912-1913
Box   157
Folder   2
Financial miscellany, 1914-1919
Box   157
Folder   3
Data for Foreign Claim Settlement Commission, 1958-1959
Box   157
Folder   4
Constantinople office, 1918-1919
Box   157
Folder   5
Miscellaneous material “not used for affidivits,” undated
General
Box   157
Folder   6
Formation of Russian subsidiary, undated
Box   157
Folder   7
By-laws and translation, 1909
Box   157
Folder   8
Demands of the All-Russian Conference of Delegates, 1917
Box   157
Folder   9
Blueprint of factory and timberlands, 1913
Correspondence
Box   157
Folder   10-12
1918-1958
Box   158
Folder   1-3
1959-1964
Box   158
Folder   4
Miscellany, 1921-1922, undated
Spain
Scope and Content Note: The Spanish files contain correspondence and reports on losses during the Spanish Civil War. Included are descriptions of fighting, arrests of Singer management, and damage to stock. The reports section is divided into reports received in the New York and Paris offices; both include detailed financial information.
Box   159
Folder   1-11
Correspondence, 1936-1953
Reports on losses
Box   160
Folder   1-6
New York Office file, 1936-1960
Paris Office files
Box   160
Folder   7
Seville, 1936-1937
Box   160
Folder   8-10
Zone I, 1936-1940
Box   160
Folder   9
Zone II, 1938-1939
Losses in Miscellaneous Countries
Scope and Content Note: Files on miscellaneous countries in which Singer experienced losses are generally small and fragmentary, containing financial reports and correspondence.
Box   161
Folder   1
Albania, 1933-1964
Box   161
Folder   2
Bulgaria, 1939-1963
Box   161
Folder   3-5
Italy, 1941-1951
Box   161
Folder   6-8
Mexico, 1923-1959
Box   161
Folder   9
Romania, 1944-1959
Box   162
Folder   1-3
Miscellaneous foreign claim correspondence, 1955-1968
Series: Legal Records
Scope and Content Note

Filed here are correspondence, legal documents, and patent files, with the correspondence further subdivided into bound and unbound categories. The difference between the bound and unbound legal correspondence is unclear, however.

The general domestic correspondence within the INCOMING CORRESPONDENCE contains some references to legal and patent matters which should also be consulted by researchers interested in Singer's legal history.

The material originally in the bound volumes is available only on microfilm. The filmed outgoing correspondence covers the periods 1866 to 1879 and 1885 to 1892. Filed here are letters from John Crow, S.A. Bennett, and Mark Dunnell to other attorneys, Singer factories (especially the Elizabethport patent department), and agents. These volumes are described below by period.

John Crow, 1866-1868 : This section consists of letters to Singer's U.S. agents, customers, insurance companies, and other individuals, regarding overdue accounts, rent for Singer properties, location of deeds, errors in weekly reports of agents (usually missing funds, etc.), local laws, powers of attorney, and prosecution of law suits. It is possible these are not records of Singer's Law Department, as there is little evidence of patent litigation in them, and patent litigation is the main concern of later volumes which are clearly marked “Law Dept.”

S.A. Bennett and Mark Dunnell, 1885-1892 : This section consists of letters to Singer agents, factories (especially Elizabethport), law firms, lawyers, inventors, insurance companies, the commissioner of patents, and others regarding registration of new patents, patent infringement suits, solicitation of new inventions, management of Singer properties (leases, mortgages, rent, etc.), and powers of attorney. By 1890, Dunnell had taken responsibility for these matters with the help of Edgar Davidson, both of whom sign for S.A. Bennett throughout the series.

Construction letters, 1898-1906 : This section consists of outgoing correspondence of Dunnell and Charles Miller (company secretary) to building contractors, suppliers of building materials, building inspectors, renters, and suppliers of coal, regarding construction, and lease of Singer properties in New York.

Subseries: Correspondence
Unbound
Scope and Content Note: The unfilmed, unbound legal correspondence consists of foreign and domestic letters dating from the 1890s, with the foreign correspondence being made up primarily of letters from the London solicitor Gilbert Wansbrough.
Domestic
Box   163
Folder   1-8
1867-1896, I
Box   164
Folder   1-7
1896, II-1899
Box   165
Folder   1-5
1900-1904, undated
Foreign
Box   165
Folder   6-8
1891-1897, I
Box   166
Folder   1-4
1897, II-1901
Letterbooks
Micro 2014
Incoming
Scope and Content Note: The microfilmed incoming legal letterbooks consists of ten volumes covering the period from 1866 to 1880. They include letters from domestic and foreign agents, offices, factories, customers, competitors, and attorneys concerning legal matters. Typical topics include outstanding debts, correspondence with debtors, errors in business reports, damage claims, patent infringements, and Singer property and leases. The majority of these letters are addressed to the corporate office in New York City, although a few items are personally addressed to John Crow and S.A. Bennett.
Reel   274
Vol. [1]: , 1866 May 26-1868 April 29
Reel   275
Vol. 2: , 1868 April 9-1870 February 28
Reel   276
Vol. [3]: , 1870 January 24-July 20
Reel   277
Vol. 4: , 1870 July 20-May 15
Reel   278
Vol. 5: , 1871 May 13-July 10
Reel   279
Vol. [6]: , 1872 July 13-1873 December 31
Reel   280
Vol. [7]: , 1874 January 2-1875 August 18
Reel   281
Vol. 8: , 1875 August 19-1877 July 3
Reel   282
Vol. [9]: , 1877 July 3-1879 August 29
Reel   283
Vol. 10: , 1879 January 25-1880 July 29
Micro 2013
Outgoing
Reel   219
Vol. 1: , 1866 May-1868 December
Reel   220
Vol. 2: , 1868 December-1870 May
Reel   221
Vol. 3: , 1870 June-1871 April
Reel   222
Vol. 4: , 1871 April-1872 June
Reel   223
Vol. 5: , 1872 June-1873 October
Reel   224
Vol. 6: , 1873 October-1874 November
Reel   225
Vol. 7: , 1874 November-1876 September
Reel   226
Vol. [8]: , 1876 September-1877 November
Vol. [9]: , 1877 November-1879 October (missing)
Reel   227
Vol. 16: , 1884 February-1885 July
Reel   228
Vol. 17: , 1885 July-1886 April
Reel   229
Vol. 18: , 1886 April-1887 May
Reel   230
Vol. [19]: , 1887 May-1888 April
Reel   231
Vol. [20]: , 1888 April-1889 May
Reel   232
Vol. [21]: , 1889 May-1890 September
Reel   233
Vol. 22: , 1890 September-1891 December
Reel   234
Vol. [23]: , 1891 December-1892 November
Reel   235
, 1896 March-1906 (Dunnell construction correspondence)
U.S. Mss AI
Subseries: Legal Documents
Scope and Content Note: The legal documents file is a chronological arrangement of agreements, contracts, indentures, mortgages, some financial papers, and other legal material. Also included within the file are several handwritten transcripts of court proceedings related to patent litigation. The most extensive of these are transcripts of the 1896 Wamsley suit.
Box   167
Folder   1-10
1846-1855
Box   168
Folder   1-9
1856-1959
1860, Singer and Clarke vs. Walmsley
Box   169
Folder   1-4
Volumes 279-282
Box   170
Folder   1-3
Volumes 283-285
Box   171
Folder   1-3
Volumes 286-288
Box   172
Folder   1-3
Volumes 289-291
Box   173
Folder   1-3
Volumes 292-294
Box   174
Folder   1-7
1860-1866, I
Box   175
Folder   1-7
1866, II-1869
Box   176
Folder   1-8
1869, II-1879
Box   177
Folder   1-7
1880-1896, 1908, 1912
Subseries: Patent Files
Scope and Content Note: The patent files, which are probably only a small portion of the reference materials of this type which once existed in company hands, consist of information on sewing machine patents held by Singer and its competitors. These records are arranged by patent number. Oversize materials such as patent drawings are filed in a parallel sequence. One additional box that has been arranged here contains letters of agreement, correspondence, and reports of returned machines prepared by George Gifford, receiver for the sewing machine patent combination. The agreements identify companies licensed to manufacture sewing machines under patents held by Singer, Wheeler & Wilcox, Grover & Baker, and John Bachelder, and the return forms detail all machines returned at the expiration of the license.
Miscellaneous patent finding aids
Box   178
Patent index (Guarantees & defenses, 1-115), 1871-1909
Box   179
Folder   1
Alphabetical index to patents, suits, laws, and other patent material, undated
Box   179
Folder   2
List of expired patents, 1872
Published legal decisions and rulings regarding patents
Box   179
Folder   3-8
1841-1860, I
Box   180
Folder   1-4
1860, II-1861
Box   181
Folder   1-9
1862-1869
Box   182
Folder   1-9
1870-1880
Box   183
Folder   1-2
1940, undated
Box   183
Folder   3
Notes regarding patents
Published patents for sewing machines
Box   183
Folder   4-6
United States
Box   183
Folder   7
England
Box   183
Folder   8
Miscellany
Oversize letters patent and drawings
Box   199
Folder   1
Oversize U.S. patents, by patent number
Box   199
Folder   2
Oversize French patents
Box   199
Folder   3
Miscellaneous oversize material regarding patents
Box   184
Folder   1-15
Subseries: Gifford receivership, 1867-1877
Subseries: Property Files
Box   185
Folder   1
Abstract of Liberty Street property, 1897
Box   185
Folder   2
Abstract of Liberty Street property, 1906X
Box   186
Folder   1
Deeds for property transferred from SMF Company, New York to SMF Company, New Jersey, 1863-1910
Box   186
Folder   2
Rental account book, 1877-1887
Box   186
Folder   3
Rentals and litigation account books, 1876-1889
Box   186
Folder   4-5
Rental vouchers, 1895-1901
Box   186
Folder   6
Rentals in Singer Building, 1914
Box   187
Folder   1
History of the Singer Building Construction, 1908
Box   187
Folder   2
Singer addition/Bourne addition account book, 1906-1907
Box   187
Folder   3
Singer addition account book, 1908-1909
Box   187
Folder   4-6
Typed summaries of construction accounts, undated
Series: Financial Records
Scope and Content Note

The financial records consist of bound volumes (now available only on microfilm) and loose records. Together these records constitute an important source for examining the company's early history. The volumes are arranged into three groups: records kept in the New York office, records kept at the factory in Elizabethport, and records of related companies. A few records for which the provenance could not be identified were placed with the New York records.

Within the two groups of records pertaining to Singer itself, the materials are arranged alphabetically by record type or title and chronologically thereunder. In most cases, the title used for arrangement purposes was the title which appeared on the spine. When the binding was missing due to physical deterioration, titles were supplied based on internal evidence. (So that researchers may better understand the physical appearance of the volumes prior to microfilming, supplied titles or supplied portions of titles are designated by the use of brackets.)

Subseries: Volumes
New York
Micro 2002
Account transfer volumes
Reel   1
1851 February 24-1855 November 1
Reel   2
1879 April-1885 July
Reel   3
1885 August-1890 November
Reel   4
Segment   1
Accounts payable & receivable, 1851-1857
Reel   4
Segment   2
Agents statements (Monthly), 1872 April-1876 September
Reel   4
Segment   3
[Cash journal], 1859 January 31-1860 May
[Comparative cash statistics]
Reel   4
Segment   4
Great Britain, 1899-1900
Micro 703
Reel   1
Segment   1
European, 1890-1899
Micro 2002
Reel   4
Segment   5
European offices, 1900-1904
Daybooks
Reel   4
Segment   6
Vol. A: , 1852 February 2-1853 July 19
Reel   5
Segment   1
Vol. B: , 1853 July 19-1856 April 3
Reel   5
Segment   2
Vol. 1: , 1856 April 4-1857
Reel   6
Segment   1
Vol. 2: , 1858 January-1859 February 25
Reel   6
Segment   2
Vol. 3: , 1859 February 26-December
Reel   7
Segment   1
Vol. 4: , 1860 January 3-July 23
Reel   7
Segment   2
Vol. 5: , 1860 August 1-1861 March 23
Reel   7
Segment   3
Vol. 6: , 1861 March 26-1861 November 30
Reel   8
Segment   1
Vol. 7: , 1861 December 2-1862 June 17
Reel   8
Segment   2
Vol. 8: , 1862 June 18-November 15
Reel   8
Segment   3
Vol. 9: , 1862 November 15-1863 March 31
Reel   9
Segment   1
Vol. [10]: , 1863 April 1-August 31
Reel   9
Segment   2
Inventory, 1872-1875
Journals
Reel   10
Vol. E: , 1860 June-1863 March
Reel   11
Vol. F: , 1863 April-1868 May
Reel   12
Vol. G: , 1868 June-1873 May
Reel   13
Vol. H: , 1873 June-1879 March
Reel   14
Segment   1
Vol. 1A: , 1892 January 2-1893 April 28
Micro 703
Ledgers
Reel   1
Segment   2
Vol. A: 1850-1855,
Note: See also unprocessed additions, Source Project.
Micro 2002
Reel   15
Segment   1
Balances by account number, 1914-1922
Reel   15
Segment   2
Balances by account number, 1923-1934
Reel   15
Segment   3
Balances, 1892-1898
Reel   15
Segment   4
[London credit and debit transfers], 1886
Reel   15
Segment   5
[Order book], 1856 January 30-1856 December 29
Reel   16
Segment   1
[Orders], Weekly statements 2, 1869-1876 January
Reel   16
Segment   2
Payroll index
Reel   16
Segment   3
[Payroll] time ledger A-2, 1868 December-1873
Reel   16
Segment   4
[Payroll (time journal)] A-1, 1868 July 11-1871 December 29
Reel   16
Segment   5
Results of business (branches), Annual, 1867-1873
Reel   17
Segment   1
Results of business (branches), Annual, (Schedule B), 1874-1883
Reel   17
Segment   2
Results of business (branches), 1879
Trial balances
Reel   17
Segment   3
1863 November-1865 April
Reel   17
Segment   4
Vol. 2: , 1865 May-1867 June
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Segment   5
Vol. 6: , 1876 November-1879 December
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Segment   1
1894-1895
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Segment   2
1895-1897
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Segment   3
1898-1899
Reel   18
Segment   4
1900
Reel   18
Segment   5
1901
Elizabethport records
Account transfer volumes
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1877-1884
Reel   20
1894-1898
Reel   21
Segment   1
1899-1903 Oct.
Note: Alternating months only.
Reel   21
Segment   2
1908-1909 August
Note: Alternating months only.
Cashbooks
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Segment   3
1882 June 14-1884 March 3
Reel   21
Segment   4
1884 March 3-1886 June 30
Reel   22
Vol. 5: , 1887 August 1-1888 October 30
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Segment   1
Vol. [7]: , 1890 May-1891 August
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Segment   2
Vol. 6 [new sequence]: , 1891 September-1893 April
Reel   23
Segment   3
Vol. 7: , 1893 May-1896 February
Reel   23
Segment   4
Vol. 8: , 1896 March-1898 December
Reel   23
Segment   5
Vol. 9: , 1899 January-1901 June
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Segment   1
Vol. 10: , 1901 July-1903 March
Reel   24
Segment   2
Vol. 11: , 1903 April-1904 November
Reel   24
Segment   3
Vol. 12: , 1904 December-1906 July
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Segment   1
Vol. 13: , 1906 August-1907 October
Reel   25
Segment   2
Vol. 14: , 1907 November-1909 September
Reel   25
Segment   3
Vol. 15: , 1909 October-1911 April
Reel   26
Segment   1
Vol. 16: , 1911 May-1912 August
Reel   26
Segment   2
Vol. 17: , 1912 September-1913 November
Reel   26
Segment   3
Vol. 18: , 1913 December-1915 March
Reel   27
Segment   1
Vol. 19: , 1915 April-1916 May
Reel   27
Segment   2
Vol. 20: , 1916 June-1917 February
Reel   27
Segment   3
Vol. 21: , 1917 March-August
Reel   28
Segment   1
Vol. 22: , 1917 September-1918 August
Note: See unprocessed accession M87-277 for continuation.
Cashiers Payroll Advances
Reel   28
Segment   2
Vol. 1: , 1918 January-1920 February
Reel   28
Segment   3
Vol. 2: , 1920 March-1924 September 27
Reel   28
Segment   4
Vol. 3: , 1924 September 29-1933 June 1
Cashiers Record
Reel   29
Segment   1
Vol. 23: , 1918 January-July; 1918 September-1920 November
Note: Alternating months only.
Reel   29
Segment   2
Vol. 24: , 1918 August-1920 December
Reel   29
Segment   3
Vol. 25: , 1921 January-1923 November
Reel   30
Segment   1
Vol. 26: , 1921 February-1923 October
Reel   30
Segment   2
Vol. 28: , 1923 December-1926 June
Reel   30
Segment   3
Vol. 27: , 1924 January-1926 September
Reel   30
Segment   4
Vol. 30: , 1926 August-1929 February
Reel   31
Segment   1
Vol. 29: , 1926 November-1929 July
Reel   31
Segment   2
Vol. 32: , 1929 April-1931 October
Reel   31
Segment   3
Vol. 31: , 1929 September-1932 March
Reel   31
Segment   4
Vol. 34: , 1931 December-1934 August
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Segment   1
Vol. 33: , 1932 May-1935 January
Reel   32
Segment   2
Vol. 36: , 1934 October-1937 April
Reel   32
Segment   3
Vol. 35: , 1935 March-1937 September
Reel   32
Segment   4
Vol. 38: , 1937 June-1939 June
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Segment   1
Vol. 37: , 1937 November-1939 November
Reel   33
Segment   2
Vol. 39: , 1940 January-1941 September
Reel   33
Segment   3
Vol. 40: , 1939 August-1941 June
Reel   33
Segment   4
Vol. 41: , 1941 August-1943 June
Reel   34
Segment   1
Vol. 42: , 1941 November-1943 July
Check Registers
Reel   34
Segment   2
Vol. 1: , 1921 January-1922 March
Reel   34
Segment   3
Vol. 2: , 1922 April-1923 June
Reel   34
Segment   4
Vol. 3: , 1923 July-1924 September
Reel   34
Segment   5
Vol. 4: , 1924 October-1925 December
Reel   34
Segment   6
Vol. 5: , 1926 January-1927 February
Reel   35
Segment   1
Vol. 6: , 1927 March-1928 May
Reel   35
Segment   2
Vol. 7: , 1928 June-1929 August
Reel   35
Segment   3
Vol. 8: , 1929 September-1930 November
Reel   35
Segment   4
Vol. 9: , 1930 December-1933 March
Reel   35
Segment   5
Vol. 10: , 1933 March-1936 March
Reel   35
Segment   6
Vol. 11: , 1936 April-1938 October
Reel   35
Segment   7
Vol. 12: , 1938 November-1940 November
Reel   35
Segment   8
Vol. 13: , 1940 December-1942 September
Reel   36
Inventory by departments, 1892 January
Ledgers, Account Balances
Reel   37
Segment   1
1871 March-1876
Reel   37
Segment   2
1872-1875
Reel   38
Segment   1
1876-1880
Reel   38
Segment   2
1881-1883
Reel   39
1884-1886
Reel   40
Vol. 7: , 1887-1889
Reel   41
Vol. 8 (7): , 1890 April?-1892 December
Reel   42
Vol. 9 (8): , 1893-1895
Reel   43
Vol. [10]: , 1896-1898 September
Payroll recaps
Reel   44
Segment   1
Weekly, 1904-1913
Reel   44
Segment   2
1914-1916
Reel   44
Segment   3
1917-1918
Reel   45
Segment   1
1919-1921
Reel   45
Segment   2
1922-1923
Reel   45
Segment   3
1924-1926
Reel   46
Segment   1
1931-1935
Payroll of beneficiaries
Reel   46
Segment   2
1931 June-1933 February
Reel   47
Segment   1
1934 March-1936
Reel   47
Segment   2
1937-1940 May
Related companies
Scope and Content Note: Records of the related companies are arranged alphabetically by company name and then alphabetically by type and chronologically thereunder. The relation of the Singer Company to the Morley Company, which is extensively documented here, is not clear, although it is known that for the period documented in the Singer Records, Morley did extensive business with Singer. For the other two represented firms, the Philadelphia Barring Machine Company and the Sullivan Attachment Company, there is only a single volume for each.
Morley
Cashbooks
Reel   48
Segment   1
Vol. [4]: , 1886 July 1-1889 January 7
Reel   48
Segment   2
Vol. [5]: , 1889 January 8-1891 March 26
Reel   48
Segment   3
Vol. [6]: , 1891 March 27-1892 October 15
Reel   48
Segment   4
Vol. [7]: , 1892 October 15-1894 April 26
Reel   49
Segment   1
Vol. [8]: , 1894 April 27-1895 October 15
Reel   49
Segment   2
Vol. [9]: , 1895 October 15-1896 November 31
Reel   49
Segment   3
Vol. [10]: , 1895 November 2-1897 March 27
Reel   49
Segment   4
Vol. 11: , 1897 March 27-1898 December 31
Reel   50
Segment   1
Vol. 12: , 1899 January 2-1900 December 31
Reel   50
Segment   2
Vol. 13: , 1901 February 1-1903 June 24
Journals
Reel   50
Segment   3
Vol. 4: , 1881 February 11-1888 May 22
Reel   51
Segment   1
1895 September 3-1898 October 21
Note: Becomes monthly.
Reel   51
Segment   2
Vol. 5: , 1895 November-1899 August
Ledgers
Reel   51
Segment   3
1881 November 22-Dec. 30
Reel   51
Segment   4
Vol. [B]: , 1883 September-1884 December
Reel   51
Segment   5
Vol. C: , 1885 January-1886 December
Reel   52
Segment   1
Vol. D: 1887, January-1888 December
Reel   52
Segment   2
Vol. E: , 1889 January-1890 December
Reel   53
Segment   1
Vol. F: , 1891 January-1892 December
Reel   53
Segment   2
Vol. G: , 1893 January-1894 December
Reel   53
Segment   3
Vol. H: , 1895 January-December
Sales Journals
Reel   54
Segment   1
Vol. [15]: , 1896 December-1897 September
Reel   54
Segment   2
Vol. 16: , 1897 September 9-1898 August
Reel   55
Segment   1
Vol. 18: , 1899 August 17-1901 March 9
Reel   55
Segment   2
Stock dividend check stubs, (1-8, 10-11), 1890-1898
Reel   56
Segment   1
Philadelphia Barring Machine Company, Cash Book 2, 1894 June 1-1899 June 10
Reel   56
Segment   2
Sullivan, Ledger, 1883 April-1888 September
U.S. Mss AI
Subseries: Loose Records
Scope and Content Note: For the most part, the unbound financial records consist of source documents used in accounting. These were retained only for the 1850s because of the importance of documenting the company's earliest years and because of the scarcity of other documentation for this period. Included are paid bills, cash vouchers, monthly statements from companies with whom Singer did business, and occasional monthly accounts from agents. Also included is a separate file of accounts from the Philadelphia agent, some payroll sheets (undated, but probably from the 1850s), some promissory notes, and accounting sheets apparently concerning bills receivable at the Gloversville office.
Accounting source documents, circa 1850s
Box   188
Folder   1-10
1850-1853
Box   189
Folder   1-7
1854-1855 March
Box   190
Folder   1-8
1855 April-1856 March
Box   191
Folder   1-10
1856 April-1857 August
Box   192
Folder   1-10
1857 October-1858 November
Box   193
Folder   1-12
1858 December-1859 April
Box   194
Folder   1-11
1859 May-August
Box   195
Folder   1-12
1859 September-1860 February
Box   196
Folder   1-12
1860 February-December, undated
Box   196
Folder   13
Chemical bank bills, 1859, 1890-1893
Box   196
Folder   14-15
Philadelphia agency accounts, 1851-1855
Promissory notes, 1850s-1860s
Box   197
Folder   1
Payroll sheets, circa 1850s
Box   197
Folder   2
Miscellaneous payroll sheets, undated
Box   197
Folder   3
Union Button Hole Company bills, 1868-1869
Box   197
Folder   4
Bills receivable, circa 1855-1960 (Gloverville notes)
Box   5
Folder   1
Diehl Manufacturing Company statements, 1903-1910