Gonic Manufacturing Records

Collection Number: 6669

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Gonic Manufacturing Records,
Collection Number:
6669
Creator:
Gonic Manufacturing Company
Quantity:
0.2 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, minutes (administrative records) .
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor- Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Includes records of incorporation & minutes of stockholders' meetings, 1859-1884; minutes of Directors' meetings, 1877-1903; ledger, indexed, with cash and credit information, 1859-1867; records of dividends paid, 1882-1912; correspondence about dividends, 1905-1906, & notes on company history, n.d., 1954.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Gonic Manufacturing was founded in 1859 by Nicholas Varney Whitehouse, after his previous business venture in Gonic, N.H., had failed. During the Civil War the high demand for wool uniforms and blankets by the Union Army meant that business was good for the company, which used some of their profits to improve the mill's water power and add steam engines. In 1861 a large addition was added to the west end of the mill.
The 1870s saw a drop in the demand for wool, and a warehouse fire destroy much of Gonic's finished material. After Whitehouse's retirement in 1877 and a weavers' strike the mill closed in 1878. After economic conditions improved the mill reopened in 1880.
By the 1890s a residence for the mill agent and 30 tenements for workers were included in the company's holdings. Although the mill stayed in operation through the Depression, it had to sell many of its tenements in 1935.
World War II saw Gonic Manufacturing fulfilling U.S. Navy orders for blankets and other material, earning it the a "Navy E" award.
During the 1940s and 1950s demand was such that the mill was expanded and improved. The 1960s, however, saw a decline in demand, due in part to the increased use of synthetic fibers.
Gonic Manufacturing Compnay ceased operations and closed in 1971.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Contains copy of records of incorporation and minutes of stockholders' meetings, 1859-1884; minutes of directors' meetings, 1877-1903; ledger listing cash and credit information, 1859- 1867, with ledger that indexes this volume; and record of dividends paid, 1882-1912. Also contains correspondence concerning dividends, 1905-1906; and notes on company history, n.d., 1954.

PROVENANCE:

American Textile History Museum Collection.
PROVENANCE:

American Textile History Museum Collection.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Whitehouse, Nicholas V.
Gonic Manufacturing Company.
Parker, Wilder & Company.

Subjects:
Articles of incorporation
Business records
Commission merchants
Manufacturers' agents
Textile industry
Woolen and worsted manufacture
Financial records
Selling - Textile industry

Geographic Subjects:
Gonic (Rochester, N.H.)
Rochester (N.H.)

Form and Genre Terms:
Correspondence
Minutes (administrative records)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Restrictions on Use:
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Cite As:
Gonic Manufacturing Records #6669. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
6669 P: Gonic Manufacturing Photographs

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Box 1 Folder 1
Box 1 Folder 2