A Guide to the

Trio Beauty Salon Collection, 1935-2007

SC 5029

Compiled by: Alicia Henneberry, June 2012
Revised by: Lindsey Wood, July 2015

 

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Trio Beauty Salon Collection, 1935-2007
Collection No.: SC 5029
Creator: Flora Evelyn Taylor, Mildred Bridges, Ava Gowl, Ruby Dove, Beulah Ruth Kerns
Extent: Four Hollinger boxes; 2 linear feet
Language: English
Abstract: The Trio Beauty Salon Collection, 1935-2007, consists of four Hollinger boxes containing various records and mementos related to the Trio Beauty Salon of Harrisonburg, VA including legal and financial documents, record books, and personal documents of the operators of the salon.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], Trio Beauty Salon Collection, 1935-2007, SC 5029, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: Donated to JMU Special Collections by Beulah Ruth K. Clatterbuck on April 13, 2012.

Bio/Historical Note: Trio Beauty Salon opened on July 15, 1941 at 14 Newman Ave, Harrisonburg, VA. It was known formerly as the Gay Lynn Beauty Shop. The three partners of the Trio Beauty Salon were Flora Evelyn Taylor, Mildred Bridges, and Ava Gowl, but also included Ruby Dove and Beulah Ruth Kerns as owners and operators. Beulah Ruth Kerns married and became Beulah Ruth Kerns Clatterbuck and Flora Evelyn Taylor married and became Flora Evelyn Lamb and both names are reflected in the records. The salon was opened for 35 years before closing in 1976. After closing the salon, the owners continued to work elsewhere in the Harrisonburg area, and kept records of where they went.

Scope and Content: The Trio Beauty Salon Collection consists of various documents and records pertaining to the Trio Beauty Salon and its owners and operators, including business, financial and personal documents. The collection consists of business records, leases and agreements, tax and financial documents, and personal records of Beulah Ruth Kerns.

Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Documents and Correspondence, 1937-1977, undated
Series 2: Financial Records, 1937-1976
Subseries 1: Tax Returns and Statements, 1937-1976
Subseries 2: Record Books, 1938-1976
Series 3: Personal Records, 1935-2007, undated

All series and subseries are arranged chronologically.

Location of Originals: Original documents relating to Beulah Ruth Kerns are retained by the owner. Original documents were photocopied for this collection.

Related Material: See Snell Grocery and Hardware Company ledger, SC 5017, Carrier Library Special Collection, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Contents:

Series 1: Documents and Correspondence, 1937-1977, undated

This series contains legal documents and correspondence for Trio Beauty Salon from the years 1937-1977, including business and financial records, letters from the U.S. Department of Labor, and one photograph of the owners and operators.

  Box : Folder
Partnership Agreements, 1937-1943
1:1
Property Leases, 1937-1972
1:2
Change of Business Name Document, 1941
1:3
Photograph, 1941
1:4
Helen Curtis Cold Wave Franchise, 1944
1:5
Correspondence, 1946-1970
1:6
Bank Account Records, 1955-1977
1:7
Withholding Exemption Certificates, 1962-1966
1:8
Virginia Hairdressing Regulations, 1963-1975
1:9
Advertising for Other Companies, 1968
1:10
Insurance, 1968
1:11
Application for Directory Advertising, 1975
1:12
Blueprint, undated 1:13

 

Series 2: Financial Records, 1937-1976

Arranged into two subseries: Tax Returns and Statements, 1937-1976 and Record Books, 1938-1976.

Subseries 1: Tax Returns and Statements, 1937-1976: contains both state and federal tax returns, Harrisonburg taxes, and tax related documents and financial statements. Folders labeled Tax Returns consists of only returns and folders labeled Tax Documents consists of returns and other tax related records.

Subseries 2: Record Books, 1938-1976: contains financial records documenting costs and expenses of operation of Trio Beauty Salon, including monthly expenses in terms of supplies, wages, taxes, rent, lighting, repairs, equipment and miscellaneous expenses. Record books are housed in Oversize Hollinger boxes.

Subseries 1: Tax Returns and Statements, 1937-1976 Box : Folder
Federal Tax Return, 1937-1939
1:14
Financial Statements, 1937-1953
1:15
Virginia Tax Return, 1937-1939
1:16
Federal Tax Return, 1940-1949
1:17
Virginia Tax Return, 1940-1949
1:18
Harrisonburg Taxes, 1944-1976
1:19
Federal Tax Return, 1951-1959
1:20
Virginia Tax Documents, 1951-1959
1:21
Federal Tax Return, 1960-1969
1:22
Virginia Tax Documents, 1960-1969
1:23
Federal Tax Documents, 1970-1976
2:1
Virginia Tax Documents, 1970-1976 2:2
Subseries 2: Record Books, 1938-1976  
Book 1, January 1938-December 1943
3:1
Book 2, January 1944-December 1949
3:2
Book 3, January 1950-December 1954
3:3
Book 4, August 1954-December 1958
3:4
Book 5, January 1959-December 1962
3:5
Book 6, January 1963-December 1966
3:6
Book 7, January 1967-December 1971
4:1
Book 8, January 1972-December 1976 4:2

 

Series 3: Personal Records, 1935-2007, undated

This series contains personal documents of Beulah Ruth Kerns Clatterbuck, including items related to the practice of cosmetology and a brief autobiography of her life.

  Box : Folder
Beauty School Notes of Beulah Ruth Kerns, 1935
2:3
Certificate to Use Frederic's Method, 1935
2:4
Diploma from Paulina's Beauty School, 1935
2:5
High School Diploma of Beulah Ruth Kerns, 1935
2:6
Certificate of Authorization to be a Practicing Hairdresser, 1962
2:7
Cosmetology Licenses for Beulah Ruth Kerns Clatterbuck, 1963-2004
2:8
Virginia Board of Cosmetology Rules, 1995
2:9
Obituary for Flora Evelyn Lamb, 2007
2:10
Brief Autobiography of Beulah Ruth Kerns, undated 2:11