Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey
Strater Brothers Tobacco Company records
University of Kentucky Special Collections
Organized into series by filing structure: Assorted files, Burley Tobacco Co. files, Classified business files, Employment records, Financial records, Government files,Insurance files, and Trademark records.
Housed with multiple collections.
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
76M17: [identification of item], Strater Brothers Tobacco Company records, 1891-1920, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
2.48 Cubic feet
The Strater Brothers Tobacco Company of Louisville manufactured several popular brands of chewing and smoking tobacco. The Burley Tobacco Company purchased Strater Brothers in 1912. Following the purchase, the company became known as the Strater Brothers branch of the Burley Tobacco Company.
The Strater Brothers Tobacco Company records comprise correspondence, contracts, trademark certificates, insurance policies, tax returns, account books, check stubs, deposit slips, vouchers, and bank statements, relating to the company's operations as an independent entity and as a branch of the Burley Tobacco Company. The records reflect the company's relationships with suppliers and distributors; the Burley Tobacco Company; the United States government, the Kentucky state government, and the City of Louisville; and trade associations such as the Trade Mark Association of Plug Tobacco Manufacturers. The collection is organized into eight series: Assorted files, Burley Tobacco Co. files, Classified business files, Employment records, Financial records, Government files,Insurance files, and Trademark records..
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.
47M62, Burley Tobacco Company records, 1904-1923, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
The Assorted files series includes tobacco stamps, alcohol stamps, advertisements, and empty envelopes. Additionally, the series contains instructions and combinations for the Strater Brothers Tobacco Company's safes.
The Burley Tobacco Co. files series consists of correspondence and legal documents, which illuminate the business connections between the Burley Tobacco Co. and Strater Brothers Tobacco Co.
The Classified business files series consists of business correspondence, bills, receipts, and contracts, which document the Strater Brothers' interactions with various companies. The series is arranged alphabetically by company. Some of the notable companies represented in the business files are: American Can Company, Banner Transfer Company, H. L. Boatwright and Company, Kentucky and Virginia Leaf Tobacco Company, J. B. Speed and Company, and J. W. Teasdale and Company.
The Employment records series includes several employment contracts and lists of workers.
The Financial records series forms the bulk of the collection and comprises account books, bank statements, check stubs, deposit slips, and vouchers. These records document the financial health of the company and include profit estimates, documentation of expenses, and ordering information.
The Government files series consists of tax documents and inventories indicating the extent of government involvement in the tobacco industry during the early 20th century.
The Insurance files series contains the Strater Brothers Tobacco Company's insurance policies and correspondence.
The Trademark records series includes correspondence and certificates. The series illustrates the relationship between independent tobacco companies and trade associations such as the Trade Mark Association of Plug Tobacco Manufacturers.
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