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Guide to the Dodd, Mead & Company Records
 MS 171

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Sydney Bebon & Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 10, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series I. Administrative Records, 1877-1972. 1.39 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

This series includes general administration records, including board minutes for Dodd, Mead and a subsidiary, International Encyclopedia Company. Other records relate to employees (e.g., attendance, compensation, lists), insurance, lease/rentals, and other matters. There is a small amount of correspondence, especially related to furnishings of a store at 35th Street and 5th Avenue (1899-1900) and letters of 1890 with directives from Edward Mead to employee Miles Nourse.


Arranged by format/subject.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 1-3 Dodd, Mead Board Minutes (3 volumes)
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 7 Transcript of Board Authorization for the President to have Purchase and Sale Power (concerning company holdings and stocks)
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 4-6 International Encyclopedia Company Minutes (3 volumes)
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 8 Attendance Records
1943-1944, 1951-1959
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 9-13 Salaries

Scope and Contents

Analysis and records by year consecutively, with some gaps. There are also bonus records from 1935-54 and an undated employee list.

Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 3 List of Officers and Employees

Scope and Contents

Two lists, both cumulative showing all employees beginning in 1876.

1924, 1928
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 37 Unexecuted Compensation Agreement between Stockholders and Management
Offsite-Box: 17 Insurance Policies and Related Material

Scope and Contents

Includes: Insurance Audit; Insurance Policy, 1963; Insurance Policy, 1960; Fire Insurance Correspondence; Insurance Policy, 1956; Insurance Policy, 1961; Insurance Policy, 1963; Insurance Policy, 1963.

Offsite-Box: 17 Lease Agreements, Correspondence, and Related Materials

Scope and Contents

Includes: Lease agreements, 1937, 1941, 1945 (office), 1946, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1965; Lease correspondence, 1953, 1954, and 1963; Window Cleaning Tenant Policy; Electrical Payment Record, 1964.

Many of the letters in this file are written by Fred Slota, the former treasurer of Dodd, Mead, concerning a dispute about their lease. Slota engages in a heated exchange with their landlord before convincing him to lower the lease price. Many of the leases and other records contain related correspondence.

Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 4 Correspondence re: Store and Office Construction & Furnishings

Scope and Contents

Most of the documents date from 1899-1900 and relate to furnishing Dodd, Mead's store at 35th Street & 5th Avenue. A few earlier documents relate primarily to rentals.

Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 27 Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Primarily includes letters written to Miles Nourse by Edward Mead while at Southampton or in Europe conveying various instructions. Also an 1879 arrangement for sales commissions with J.F. Smith and a 1935 letter to E.H. dodd from George Wharton Edwards recalling the meaning of the colophon.

1879, 1891-1892, 1935
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 28 General Releases and Related Materials

Scope and Contents

Defendants Leonard and Whipple among others.

Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 32 Correspondence of J. Carrell Leiper and Loan Agreement
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 33 Correspondence with the American Telephone and Telegraph Company

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs of the two telephone styles in use during the year of 1897.


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