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Title: Hagan Brothers Carriage Works Account Books

Collection Date(s): 1882-1903

Extent and Forms of Material: 2.5 cubic feet, (9 boxes, 21 volumes)

Creator: Charles and Henry Hagan

Abstract: In 1882, brothers Charles and Henry Hagan established a carriage, coach, and wagon business in Frederick, Maryland. This collection represents approximately two decades of business transactions through 21 volumes of daybooks and ledgers.

Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.archivescenter@si.edu 202-633-3270 www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives

Collection Number: AC1154

Processing Note: Processed by Beatrice Kelly (intern), April, 2009; supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist.

 

INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation: Title and date of item, Hagan Brothers Carriage Works Account Books, dates, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX

 

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Administrative/Biographical History: In 1882, brothers Charles and Henry Hagan founded the Hagan Brothers, Carriage & Wagonmakers and Horseshoers Company with Charles A. Hagan as president. Horse-drawn vehicles were crucial to American transportation before railroads, and the industry that supplied these vehicles was a major factor in the economy. Most of these firms were never vertically integrated, although some later developed into the “accessory industry,” or specialized production of components. Major sources of revenue for businesses like the Hagan Brothers included general blacksmithing work, carriage and wagon repair, and manufacturing carriages to the customer’s specifications.

The later history of the company is not known. There are no directories for Frederick County between 1911 and 1922, and there is no listing for Hagan Brothers in the 1923 directory.

Scope and Content: This collection consists oftwenty-one manuscript account books documenting the company’s carriage, wagon and horseshoeing business. Three volumes are ledgers, the rest are daybooks. Volumes often contain overlapping dates or missing periods of time, and ledgers have varying dates for each customer. In some instances, the weather for Christmas Day is recorded.

System of Arrangement: Collection is arranged into one series.

Series 1, Account Books, 1882-1903

Acquisition Information: This collection was purchased from Carmen D. Valentino, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rare books and manuscripts dealer, by Craig Orr, archivist in April 2009.

Related Archival Materials: One account book covering the period from April 16, 1908 to November 23, 1908 is held at the Historical Society of Frederick County, Maryland. See website at: http://www.hsfcinfo.org/.

Access Points:

Subject/Names:
Hagan, Charles
Hagan, Henry

Subject/Topical:
Carriages & coaches–1880-1910.
Family-owned business enterprises – Maryland
Carriage and wagon making – 1880-1910 – Maryland
Horse-drawn vehicles – Maryland
Carriage industry – Maryland

Geographic:
Frederick (Mary.)

Form/Genre:
Daybooks – 1880-1910
Ledgers (account books) – 1880-1910

Occupations:
Carriage manufacturers and dealers
Carriage manufacturers and dealers--United States--History.

CONTAINER LISTING

Box

Folder

 

 

 

Series 1, Account Books, 1882-1903

7

 

Volume 18, Ledger
1882 January 2-1885 January 3

1

 

Volume 1, Day Book
1884 December 23 to 1887 June 22

 

 

Volume 2, Day Book
1885 January 6 to 1885 April 8
1887 June 22 to 1888 September 10

2

 

Volume 4, Day Book
1885 January 6 to 1885 January 22
1889 August 20 to 1890 January 15

8

 

Volume 19, Ledger
1887 July 9 to 1890 January 30

8

 

Volume 3, Day Book
1888 September 10 to 1889 August 20

2

 

Volume 5, Day Book
1890 January 2 to 1892 June 13

9

 

Volume 20, Ledger
1890 January 2 to 1895 February 22

2

 

Volume 6, Day Book
1892 June 13 to 1896 May 25
1893 January 2 to 1894 March 12

3

 

Volume 7, Day Book
1894 March 13 to 1895 July 22

9

 

Volume 21, Ledger
1896 January 1 to 1901 December 28

3

 

Volume 8, Day Book
1895 July 23 to 1896 February 5
1896 January 2 to 1896 September 14

4

 

Volume 9, Day Book
1896 September 15 to 1897 September 8

 

 

Volume 10, Day Book
1897 September 9 to 1898 August 31

5

 

Volume 11, Day Book
1898 September 1 to 1899 July 25

 

 

Volume 12, Day Book
1899 July 26 to 1900 June 19

6

 

Volume 13, Day Book
1900 June 20 to 1901 May 21

8

 

Volume 17, Day Book
1900 July 3 to 1901 November 25

6

 

Volume 14, Day Book
1901 May 22 to 1902 April 19

7

 

Volume 15, Day Book
1902 April 21 to 1903 February 28

 

 

Volume 16, Day Book
1903 March 2 to 1903 December 1

 

 

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