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Strater Brothers Tobacco Company records, 1891-1920

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Author

Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey

Title

Strater Brothers Tobacco Company records

Date

1891-1920

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

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.

Location note

Housed with multiple collections.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

76M17: [identification of item], Strater Brothers Tobacco Company records, 1891-1920, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

2.48 Cubic feet

7 boxes

Biography/History

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.

Scope and Content

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..

Subjects

  • American Can Company.
  • Banner Transfer Company.
  • Burley Tobacco Company.
  • H. L. Boatwright and Company.
  • J.B. Speed and Company.
  • J.W. Teasdale and Company.
  • Kentucky and Virginia Leaf Tobacco Company.
  • Trade Mark Association of Plug Tobacco Manufacturers.
  • Louisville (Ky.)--History.
  • Business records--Kentucky.
  • Tobacco industry--Kentucky.
  • Tobacco industry.

Related Material

47M62, Burley Tobacco Company records, 1904-1923, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

I Assorted files, 1915-1916
Scope and Content Note:

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.

Tobacco advertisements, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 3]
Tobacco stamps, 1915-1916
[Box: 7, Folder: 4]
Alcohol stamps, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 5]
Empty envelopes, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 6]
Safe instructions and combinations, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 7]
II Burley Tobacco Co. files, 1914-1919
Scope and Content Note:

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.

Correspondence, 1914-1919
[Box: 3, Folder: 4]
Bills and receipts, 1919
[Box: 3, Folder: 5]
III Classified business files, 1906-1919
Scope and Content Note:

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.

A, 1907
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
B, 1913-1919
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
C, 1913-1919
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
D-E, 1913-1919
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
F, 1911-1919
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
G-H, 1911-1919
[Box: 2, Folder: 6]
I-K, 1912-1919
[Box: 2, Folder: 7]
L-P, 1906-1919
[Box: 3, Folder: 1]
R-T, 1912-1919
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]
U-Z, 1912-1918
[Box: 3, Folder: 3]
IV Employment records, 1912-1914
Scope and Content Note:

The Employment records series includes several employment contracts and lists of workers.

1912, undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 14]
Employee contracts, 1912, 1914
[Box: 4, Folder: 15]
V Financial records, 1906-1919
Scope and Content Note:

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.

i General, 1906-1919
Expense accounts, 1913-1919
[Box: 4, Folder: 16]
Ordering, 1906-1916
[Box: 4, Folder: 17]
Tobacco purchases, 1919
[Box: 4, Folder: 18]
Assets, profits, sales, and expenses, 1913-1919
[Box: 4, Folder: 19]
Daily shipping list showing pounds by brands and total shipments by months, 1907 January 1 - 1911 December 31
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
Financial calculations, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 2]
ii Account books, 1912-1918
1912
[Box: 4, Folder: 20]
1916
[Box: 5, Folder: 1]
1916-1918
[Box: 5, Folder: 2]
iii Bank statements, 1916-1919
1916
[Box: 5, Folder: 3]
1917
[Box: 5, Folder: 4-5]
1918
[Box: 5, Folder: 6-7]
1919
[Box: 5, Folder: 8]
iv Check stubs, 1911-1916
1911
[Box: 6, Folder: 1]
1916
[Box: 6, Folder: 2]
v Deposit slips, 1918-1919
1918 - 1919 March
[Box: 6, Folder: 3]
April 1919
[Box: 6, Folder: 4]
May 1919
[Box: 6, Folder: 5]
June 1919
[Box: 6, Folder: 6]
July 1919
[Box: 6, Folder: 7]
August 1919
[Box: 6, Folder: 8]
vi Vouchers, 1917-1919
1917
[Box: 6, Folder: 9-10]
1918
[Box: 6, Folder: 11-12]
1919
[Box: 7, Folder: 1]
VI Government files, 1904-1920
Scope and Content Note:

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.

i Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce, 1912-1919
[Box: 4, Folder: 3]
ii United States Internal Revenue Service, 1911-1920
Correspondence, 1915-1916
[Box: 4, Folder: 4]
Tobacco manufacturer's monthly return, 1918-1919
[Box: 4, Folder: 5]
Return and inventory, 1917-1919
[Box: 4, Folder: 6]
Tobacco manufacturer's bond, 1911-1919
[Box: 4, Folder: 7]
Record of leaf tobacco purchased, 1919
[Box: 4, Folder: 8]
Certificates of registry, 1913-1920
[Box: 4, Folder: 9]
Blank forms, undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 10]
iii United States Department of Labor, 1916-1919
[Box: 4, Folder: 11]
iv State of Kentucky agencies, 1915-1916
[Box: 4, Folder: 12]
v City of Louisville, 1904-1919
[Box: 4, Folder: 13]
VII Insurance files, 1910-1919
Scope and Content Note:

The Insurance files series contains the Strater Brothers Tobacco Company's insurance policies and correspondence.

1910-1913
[Box: 4, Folder: 1]
Insurance record, 1919
[Box: 4, Folder: 2]
VIII Trademark records, 1891-1913
Scope and Content Note:

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.

1891-1893
[Box: 3, Folder: 6]
1893-1896
[Box: 3, Folder: 7]
1897-1898
[Box: 3, Folder: 8]
1900-1912
[Box: 3, Folder: 9]
1913
[Box: 3, Folder: 10]

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