American Federation of Labor Records, 1888-1955

 
Contents List
Container Title
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