Finding aid created by: CAK
Date: Jun 1979
|25 Nov 2009||converted to EAD (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||E. E. Hilliard and Company.|
|Title:||E. E. Hilliard and Company Records|
|Quantity:||8.3 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Records of a Connecticut textile firm, including material on its branch operations, Charter Oak Company and Eagle Mill Company; correspondence and letter books (1843-1905); financial records, including bills and receipts, cash books, checkbooks, and time sheets (1837-1939); legal papers, including incorporation papers, 1893; references to a strike, 1934; and ledgers (1857-1937).|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
E. E. Hilliard & Company, a woollen goods manufacturer, was established in 1794 by Aaron Buckland. Elisha E. Hilliard became part owner of the mills in 1831 and became sole owner in 1842. Aaron Krock purchased the buildings in 1940 and the site was used to manufacture aircraft parts for Pratt and Whitney during World War II. In 1949 the site was purchased by the Bezzini family and became a manufacturing plant for their Old Colony Furniture Company.
The site was re-acquired by Hilliard Mills LLC in 2006 and renovated as a "premiere location for business," leasing office and business space. It is a nationally listed historic site (see their website at http://www.hilliardmills.com for more information).
The E. E. Hilliard & Company Records consist of correspondence, financial material, miscellaneous material, and ledgers.
The bulk of the Correspondence and Financial material (checkbooks, time books, bill and receipts) deals with the years 1850-1935, when the factory was at its peak production. Several papers also concern smaller branches of the company, including the Hilliard Mills, the Charter Oak Co., the Eagle Mill Co., and the Vernon Mills Co.
The Miscellaneous material includes notes on the history of E. E. Hillard & Co. as well as some specific notes on papers in the collection. Of particular interest is the sample book, containing swatches of different woollen goods with notations, dated 1884. There is also a set of dye formulas with representative samples, dated 1885.
Ledgers span more than eighty years of the company and include a few from the smaller branches.
Material is in alphabetical order by type of material; within that, most material is organized chronologically.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Charter Oak Company.
E. E. Hilliard and Company -- Archives.
Eagle Mill Company.
Manufactures -- United States.
Manufacturing industries -- Accounting.
Textile industry -- United States.
Textile workers -- Connecticut.
Connecticut -- Manufactures.
Genres and Forms
Ledgers (account books)
Receipts (financial records)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
E. E. Hilliard and Company Records
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
|Box 1||Business 1843-1896, 1904-1905 (2 folders)|
|Box 1||Letter books 1889-1891 (2 folders)|
|Oversize 1||Account book 1835-1847|
|Box 1||Batch book 1874-1876|
|Box 1||Cash books 1873-1882 (3 folders)|
|Box 1||Checkbooks (used) 1934-1938 (3 folders)|
|Box 1||Cloth book 1840-1846|
|Box 1||Company time book 1935-1938|
|Box 1||Contract and time book 1846-1851|
|Box 1||with Account book (in verso) 1864-1873|
|Oversize 1||Day book 1871-1886|
|Box 2||Departmental time books 1875-1877, 1914-1917, 1936-1938 (5 items)|
|Box 2||Bills and receipts 1837-1838, 1840-1888, undated (6 folders)|
|Box 2||Inventories 1869-1878|
|Box 2||Ledger pages 1857-1874|
|Box 2||Liquidation and taxes 1941-1942|
|Box 2||Notes and loans 1844-1887|
|Box 2||1906, 1914, 1934-1936 (6 folders)|
|Box 3||1936-1939 (4 folders)|
|Box 3||Catalog of assets from liquidation sale 18 Dec 1941|
|Box 3||Record book 1893-1942|
|Box 3||Sample book 1884-1886|
|Box 3||Secretary's book 1849-1882|
|Box 3||Bunce Mill 1852|
|Box 3||Charter Oak Co. 1849-1870|
|Box 3||Clark, Francis 1882|
|Box 3||Collection notes 1951|
|Box 3||Dye formula circa 1885|
|Box 3||Eagle Mill Co. 1849|
|Box 4||Easkett & Bishop 1882|
|Box 4||Eassins, Jo 1853|
|Box 4||Employee records 1895-1937|
|Box 4||Exchange Co. 1849|
|Box 4||Incorporation papers 1893|
|Box 4||Labor strike 1934|
|Box 4||Machinery 1931-1935|
|Box 4||Minow, Joseph 1862|
|Box 4||Miscellaneous (2 folders)|
|Box 4||Orders 1846-1847|
|Box 4||Otis, John L. 1856|
|Box 4||Personal business 1866|
|Box 4||Real estate 1893, 1939[?] (2 folders)|
|Box 4||Ridgely, David 1861|
|Oversize 1||Charter Oak Co. 1869-1879|
|Oversize 1||Eagle Mill Co. 1879-1880|
|Oversize 1||Charter Oak Co. 1880-1882|
|Oversize 1||1882-1911, 1913-1928, 1931-1937 (25 volumes)|