A. F. Purdy & Co. Letter Copy Book
Scope and Contents
The A. F. Purdy & Co. Letter Copy Book contains copies of outgoing business correspondence regarding the sale and delivery of silica sand to glass factories. Most of the correspondence is to their glass factory clients and the railroads and shipping operations that transported the sand. These letters discuss the price of the sand, the amount to be shipped, and other workings of the silica sand mining business. Researchers will also find business correspondence regarding the sale and shipment of logs to a regional paper mill and personal correspondence of Frank Lee Marsden.
- A.F. Purdy & Co. (Organization)
- Marsden, Frank Lee (1857 (date of birth) - 1923 (date of death)) (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for public research. Researchers must make an appointment to view the collection.
Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
A. F. Purdy & Co. of Bernhard's Bay, Oswego County, New York, mined and sold silica sand to glass factories in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Clients of A. F. Purdy & Co. were located in New York and Pennsylvania and included Ithaca Glass Works, Washington Glass Co. (Ithaca, New York), Canastota Glass Co., Dunbarton Glass Works, United Glass Works (Syracuse, New York), and Scranton Glass Works. Frank Lee Marsden, employed by A. F. Purdy & Co. in the 1890s, was the son of Linus P. Marsden, a Bernhard's Bay businessman with interest in the glass factory Potter & Marsden.
0.2 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box)
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Researchers should handle the letter book carefully. Binding is loose and spine is largely chipped away. Some text has faded to illegibility, but most is legible.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Dan Casavant Rare Books in 2019. Accession 2019.023
Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2020.
- A.F. Purdy & Co. -- Archives
- A. F. Purdy & Co. Letter Copy Book, 1886-1895
- A Guide to the Collection
- Colleen McFarland Rademaker
- January 8, 2020
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
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