Deford Company Letter, 1916

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Deford Company. Tanners of Oak Sole Leather and Belting
Title:
Deford Company Letter
Collection No.:
SC 0279
Date:
Extent:
1 folder, .06 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Deford Company Letter, 1916, is a business letter from the Deford Company (Tanners of Oak Sole Leather and Belting) to an undisclosed seller of bark requesting some product.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Deford Company Letter, 1916, SC 0279, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Administrative History

The Deford Company, established in 1882, was a local tannery located in Luray, Virginia. Its primary products were leather straps and gun holsters, but the company transitioned into creating sole leather for boots and finishing belt leather in the late 1990s. The Deford Company also underwent a name change in 1999, now being called the Virginia Oak Tannery (or V.O. Leather, Inc.).

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Scope and Content

The Deford Company Letter, 1916, is a business letter from the Deford Company (Tanners of Oak Sole Leather and Belting) to an undisclosed seller of tree bark. The Deford Company simply requests "the usual amount of Chestnut Oak Bark," with pricing at $10 per 2240 pounds. The company also discloses how much bark the Norfolk Western and Virginian Railway line can handle.

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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).

Acquisition Information

Donated to Special Collections by Kevin Borg, Professor of History, JMU.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Letters (correspondence)

Subject

  • Tanneries -- Virginia -- Luray
  • Leather industry and trade -- Virginia -- Luray
  • Luray (Va.) -- Economic conditions -- 20th century
  • Luray (Va.) -- History -- 20th century

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Bibliography

"About Us." LoadsofLeather, n.d. , http://www.loadsofleather.com/about_us. Accessed 7 December 2018.

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Deford Company Letter, 1916 box 1 folder 1