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.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Collection Number:
4261
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.
Creator:
Associated Gas and Electric Company
Quanitities:
151 cubic feet.
4 microfilm reels.
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.

INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:

Associated Gas and Electric Company records, #4261. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
Restrictions on Use:

Collection may not be photocopied, since many of the items are bound volumes, but digital photography is permitted.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Hopson, Howard C.
United States. Federal Trade Commission
United States. Securities and Exchange Commission
New York State Electric and Gas Corporation
Philippine Electric Company
Manila Electric Company
Meralco (Firm)
Ithaca Gas Light Company (N.Y.)
Homer and Cortland Gas Light Company (N.Y.)
Ithaca Electric Light and Power Company (N.Y.)
Norwich Gas and Electric Company (N.Y.)
Subjects:
Mutual funds.
Stocks.
Rural electrification.
Real property, Exchange of.
Public utility holding companies.
Public utilities -- Law and legislation.
Public utilities -- Finance.
Monopolies.
Investments.
Gas companies.
Electric utilities.
Electric power distribution.
Consolidation and merger of corporations.
Bonds.
Advertising -- Public utilities.
Form and Genre Terms:
Stock certificates.
Scrapbooks.
Indentures.
Ledgers (account books)

CONTAINER LIST
Container
Description
Date
Contents
Scope and Contents
Page numbers below refer to the page number of the entire document and are not the number printed on the original page.
  1. Introduction and Company History - Pages 2-41
  2. Subject List - Pages 42-46
  3. Box List - Pages 47-48
  4. Item List - Pages 49-255