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Wood and Brooks Company Records

Creator:
Wood & Brooks Company  Search this
Names:
International Association of Machinists  Search this
Pratt, Read and Company  Search this
United Furniture Workers of America  Search this
Extent:
3 Cubic feet (10 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Business records
Correspondence
Specifications
Date:
1889-1959
Summary:
Collection documents the activities of Wood & Brooks, a manufacturer of piano keys and actions.
Scope and Contents:
The collection conists primarily of correspondence Charles R. Wood, M.S. Brooks and Hilton C. Brooks, financal and sales records, and some photographs documenting the company's work as manufacturer's of ivory piano keys and piano actions.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into six series.

Series 1: Executive Records, 1889-1949 Series 2: Correspondence, 1890-1932 Series 3: Financial Records, 1891-1932

Series 4: Photographs, 1902-1959 Series 5: Piano Action and Specification Materials, 1927-1959

Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1958
Biographical / Historical:
Charles Raymond Wood founded Wood and Brooks Company in 1901, in North Tonawanda, New York with financial help from Connecticut entrepreneur, M.S. Brooks. The company manufactured piano keys and piano actions. In 1905, Wood and Brooks acquired Seavern Piano Action Company of Cambridge, Massachusettts and in 1910 purchased Kurtz Action Company of Rockford, Illinois.

Source

Dolge, Alfred. Pianos and Their Makers. Development of the piano, Volume II, 1913.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Pratt, Read and Corporation Records (NMAH.AC.0320)

Warshaw Colletion of Business American, Series: Ivory (NMAH.AC.0060)

Warshaw Colletion of Business American, Series: Pianos (NMAH.AC.0060)

Ernest D. Moore Papers (NMAH.AC.0321)

Otto Gerdau Collection (NMAH.AC.0363)

Sohmer & Co. Records (NMAH.AC.0349)

Steinway & Sons Records and Family Papers (NMAH.AC.0178)

Chickering & Sons Piano Company Collection (NMAH.AC.0264)
Provenance:
Collection donated by Lawrence G. Brady, 1994.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Collective labor agreements  Search this
Factory workers  Search this
Factories  Search this
Ivory  Search this
Ivory industry  Search this
Keyboard instruments  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Piano  Search this
pianos  Search this
stock certificates  Search this
Genre/Form:
Business records
Correspondence -- 19th-20th century
Specifications
Specifications
Citation:
Wood and Brooks Company Records, 1925-1966, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0457
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Wood and Brooks Company Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8efc6d2ed-bdae-4a1f-8b48-9d43344e70e0
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0457

Agreements with United Furniture Workers of America

Collection Creator:
Wood & Brooks Company  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957-1959
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Wood and Brooks Company Records, 1925-1966, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Wood and Brooks Company Records
Wood and Brooks Company Records / Series 2: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82de3929b-1346-41c9-856e-bbb42a825b5a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0457-ref593

Personnel Records

Collection Donor:
Nickse, Hugo  Search this
Johnson, Hanford  Search this
Steinway, Henry Ziegler  Search this
Collection Creator:
Comstock, Cheney and Co.  Search this
Pratt, Read and Company  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1890 - 1983
Scope and Contents:
PERSONNEL RECORDS, 1890-1983, primarily date from the mid 1940s to the late 1970s. Notable exceptions, however, include a photocopy of the West Factory time book from 1890 1900, a company payroll from February 1894, and three piece rate books from the period 1926-1939. The piece rate books, arranged by factory department, show employee name and amount earned per piece completed. Many of the records in this subseries set forth personnel practices and policy, through instructions, memoranda, and employee handbooks. Details of Pratt, Read's organization and structure can be found in various organization manuals, charts, and evaluation program records. The company's dealings with the local chapter of the United Furniture Workers of America union are represented by correspondence, 1945-1946; agreements, 1947-1982; a union publicity scrapbook, 1948 1952; and three scrapbooks of news clippings about strikes in 1947 and 1974. This subseries also includes a complete run of Harmony Magazine, the employee newsmagazine, from 1953-1981.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Pratt, Read Corporation Records, 1839-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0320, Subseries 3.7
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Pratt, Read Corporation Records
Pratt, Read Corporation Records / Series 3: Pratt, Read and Company, Pratt, Read and Company, Inc., and Pratt-Read Corporation
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c47b8f62-49e6-4ee0-9226-82e952704479
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0320-ref258

Becoming a mighty voice : conflict and change in the United Furniture Workers of America / Daniel B. Cornfield

Author:
Cornfield, Daniel B  Search this
Subject:
United Furniture Workers of America History  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 292 p. : tables ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1989
C1989
Call number:
HD6515.F92U53 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_412510

Industrial unionism and the Los Angeles furniture industry, 1918-1954 / by Luis Leobardo Arroyo

Author:
Arroyo, Luis Leobardo  Search this
Subject:
United Furniture Workers of America History  Search this
Physical description:
x, 291 leaves ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Date:
2001
1979
C1979
Topic:
Furniture workers--Labor unions--History  Search this
Furniture industry and trade--History  Search this
Call number:
HD6515.F92 A77 1979a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_629385

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