Associated Gas And Electric Company Records,1902-1954.

Collection Number: 4261

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Associated Gas and Electric Company records, 1902-1954.
Collection Number:
4261
Creator:
Associated Gas and Electric Company.
Quantity:
151 cubic ft.; 4 reels microfilm.
Forms of Material:
Financial Records, Legal Documents
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Records of AGEC include articles of incorporation; contract agreements between AGEC and its subsidiaries and banks regarding corporate stock, bonds, and debentures, mergers, real estate and facilities transactions, and electricity distribution; annual financial reports to securities holders; Federal Trade Commission accounting reports; 211 volumes of stock and bond ownership certificates; AGEC audits, 1906-1939; indentures; Board of Directors and Executive Committee minute books of operating companies, service companies, holding companies, and trusts; 88 volumes of scrapbooks, including letters, circulars, sales brochures, clippings, and reports; U.S. District Court records of litigation concerning the reorganization of AGEC, including testimony, proceedings, judges' opinions and rulings, and reports of court-appointed trustees, 1930s; histories of AGEC and its associated properties, and biographical information on Howard C. Hopson; lists of companies and mergers, 1919-1933; Securities and Exchange Commission legal forms and hearings, 1941-1944; copies of and AGEC company magazine, 1927-1938; and related records. Also included are journals, ledgers, cashbooks, payroll vouchers, stock certificate books, and other items concerning Howard C. Hopson's business interests, including trusts, service companies, and investment and management firms; also, records concerning the Rural Electrification Administration. Includes Manila Electric Company records on microfilm.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Associated Gas and Electric Company (AGEC) was a utility holding company which went bankrupt in the 1930s. It was reorganized under the supervision of the courts and was broken down into smaller companies by government order. The company originated as the Ithaca Gas Light Company of Ithaca, N.Y. in 1852. Soon after 1900, its owners began securing control of surrounding properties and the company was incorporated in 1906. There were fourteen subsidiary companies, all but two of which were located in New York; the largest and most important were the Ithaca Gas Light Company and the Homer and Cortland Gas Light Company. Through mergers among its operating companies, the numbers were reduced to four - the Homer and Cortland Gas Light Company, the Ithaca Gas Light Company, the Ithaca Electric Light and Power Company, and the Norwich Gas and Electric Company. These companies were consolidated in 1916 under the name of the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Records of AGEC include articles of incorporation; contract agreements between AGEC and its subsidiaries and banks regarding corporate stock, bonds, and debentures, mergers, real estate and facilities transactions, and electricity distribution; annual financial reports to securities holders; Federal Trade Commission accounting reports; 211 volumes of stock and bond ownership certificates; AGEC audits, 1906-1939; indentures; Board of Directors and Executive Committee minute books of operating companies, service companies, holding companies, and trusts; 88 volumes of scrapbooks, including letters, circulars, sales brochures, clippings, and reports; U.S. District Court records of litigation concerning the reorganization of AGEC, including testimony, proceedings, judges' opinions and rulings, and reports of court-appointed trustees, 1930s; histories of AGEC and its associated properties, and biographical information on Howard C. Hopson; lists of companies and mergers, 1919-1933; Securities and Exchange Commission legal forms and hearings, 1941-1944; copies of and AGEC company magazine, 1927-1938; and related records. Also included are journals, ledgers, cashbooks, payroll vouchers, stock certificate books, and other items concerning Howard C. Hopson's business interests, including trusts, service companies, and investment and management firms; also, records concerning the Rural Electrification Administration. Includes Manila Electric Company records on microfilm.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Associated Gas and Electric Company.
Hopson, Howard C.
Homer and Cortland Gas Light Company (N.Y.)
Ithaca Electric Light and Power Company (N.Y.)
Ithaca Gas Light Company (N.Y.)
Manila Electric Company.
Meralco (Firm)
New York State Electric and Gas Corporation.
Norwich Gas and Electric Company (N.Y.)
Philippine Electric Company.
United States.Federal Trade Commission.
United States.Securities and Exchange Commission.

Subjects:
Advertising--Public utilities.
Bonds.
Consolidation and merger of corporations.
Electric power distribution.
Electric utilities.
Gas companies.
Mutual funds.
Investments.
Monopolies.
Public utilities--Finance.
Public utilities--Law and legislation.
Public utility holding companies.
Real property, Exchange of.
Rural electrification.
Stocks.
Mutual funds.

Form and Genre Terms:
Ledgers (account books)
Indentures.
Scrapbooks.
Stock certificates.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Restrictions on use:
Collection may not be photocopied.
Cite As:
Associated Gas and Electric Company records, #4261. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

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