Smith Printing Company Papers

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John P. Smith Printing Company papers
Creator: John P. Smith Printing Company
Call Number: D.121
Dates: 1873-1949
Physical Description: 19 boxes, 16 Volumes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Content List
Series I: John P. Smith Printing Company business papers
Series II: Printing business
Series III: Frank Smith materials
Subseries I: Business and industry
Subseries II: Army Ordnance Association
Subseries III: Personal
Subseries IV: Rochester Centennial, 1934
Collection Overview
Title: John P. Smith Printing Company papers
Creator: John P. Smith Printing Company
Call Number: D.121
Dates: 1873-1949
Physical Description: 19 boxes, 16 Volumes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The John P. Smith Printing Company was begun in Rochester in 1873 as a part-time business by John Peter Smith, with a capital of $13.98. By 1875 it had become a full-time business, and thereafter grew rapidly. The first premises were at 271 Brown Street. In 1883 it moved to 66 State Street. In 1886, they also added a bindery operation and expanded to 76-84 State Street. In 1887, the business moved to the Mechanics Savings Bank Building on Aqueduct Street; but the sale of the building the following year led to the purchase of a building at 72-74 Exchange Street, at the corner of Aqueduct. After one attempt to incorporate the business in 1893, it was incorporated in 1903. The firm produced job printing, made blank books, and also printed books; printing was done in both German and English. John P. Smith died in 1922. He was succeeded in the company by his son, Frank John Smith. Frank J. Smith was born in 1886, and educated in parochial schools and the Mechanics Institute. He entered the business in 1902, worked in all areas, and was made treasurer in 1916. He was elected president of the firm in 1922 upon the death of his father.

Frank Smith was active in industry and community organizations. He was president of the United Typothetae of America in 1929-30 and again in 1933-35. He was also president and director of the Rochester Typothetae. He was U.S. and Canadian representative at the Congress of Printers of the World in London in 1929, and was chairman of the National Graphic Arts Association. He was active in the Rochester Centennial Exposition, the Rochester Automobile Club, and the dedications of the Bausch Memorial and Veterans' Memorial bridges. He was president of the Rochester Post of the Army Ordnance Association, a national network of manufacturers organized to support national defense in the event of war. During World War II he served as a civilian coordinator of army ordnance. Frank Smith married Alma Mock, daughter of J. Ernest Mock, the Rochester photographer, and they had three children: John Peter, Paul Francis, and Jacqueline Ann. Smith was a devout Catholic layman. He died on June 12, 1949.

Scope and Content
The collection consists of ledgers and labor records of the John P. Smith Printing Company during the period 1876-1891, and personal and business correspondence of Frank J. Smith. The non-personal pieces include material by or about the United Typothetae of America, N.Y. State Alcoholic Beverages Control Board, Army Ordnance Association, and the Rochester printing business. The personal pieces include material on Rochester clubs and charitable organizations, the Rochester Centennial of 1934, the Bausch Memorial Bridge dedication, and the Veterans' Memorial Bridge dedication.

The papers are arranged in file order as they were received.

New York (State)--Rochester
Printing industry
Records (Documents)
Smith, Frank J., 1886-1949
John P. Smith Printing Company
United Typothetae of America
New York (State). State Liquor Authority
Army Ordnance Association (U.S.)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, June 1977.Access
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Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Series I: John P. Smith Printing Company business papers
Box 1, Folder 1Order to Kelsey Printing Company for printing supplies, 1873
Box 1, Folder 2J.P. Smith Printing Company - stock prospectus, [1892]
Box 1, Folder 3Sales figures, 1892-1906
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence, 1904-1905
Box 1, Folder 5Labor agreement - J.P. Smith Company and International Typographical Union, Rochester, 1902
Box 1, Folder 6Arbitration agreement, 1904
Box 1, Folder 7Pressmen's contract, 1919
Box 1, Folder 8Bookbinders contract, 1919
Box 1, Folder 9Rochester Typothetae minutes, 1895-1918
Box 1, Folder 10Graphic Arts building proposal, 1913
Box 1, Folder 11Rochester Typothetae - meeting of employing printers, 1920
Box 1, Folder 12United Typothetae of America - resolution on death of John P. Smith, 1917
Box 1, Folder 13Accounts - John P. Smith illness, [1916-1917]
Box 1, Folder 14Reproduction drawing - Smith Printing Company building
Box 19, Folder 1-2Blank forms
Box 19, Folder 3Calling cards
Box 19, Folder 4Checks and receipts
Box 19, Folder 5Circulars
Box 19, Folder 6-7Color printing and demonstrations
Box 19, Folder 8Commercial circulars
Box 19, Folder 9Dance programs
Box 19, Folder 10Envelopes
Box 19, Folder 11Handbills and small broadsides
Box 19, Folder 12Labels
Box 19, Folder 13Menus
Box 19, Folder 14Miscellaneous
Box 19, Folder 15Programs and invitations
Box 19, Folder 16Ribbons
Box 19, Folder 17John P. Smith dummy for advertising brochure
Box 19, Folder 18John P. Smith emblem, billheads, etc.
Box 19, Folder 19Tickets
Box 19, Folder 20Trade catalog
Box 19, Folder 21Price lists
Box 19, Folder 22Wedding announcement
Box 19, Volume 1John P. Smith: Accounts day book, 1876-1880
Box 19, Volume 2-3John P. Smith: Accounts ledger
Box 19, Volume 4John P. Smith: Cash book, 1879-1887
Box 19, Volume 5John P. Smith: Cash book - railroad work, 1884-1887
Box 19, Volume 6-9John P. Smith: Job accounts, 1883-1891
Box 19, Volume 10John P. Smith: Journal, 1884-1886
Box 19, Volume 11-12John P. Smith: Letter press book, 1885, 1889
Series II: Printing business
Box 2, Folder 1-2American Institute of Graphic Arts
Box 2, Folder 3Announcements
Box 2, Folder 4-5Applications - Miscellaneous
Box 2, Folder 6-7Benjamin Franklin
Box 2, Folder 8-9Books - Miscellaneous
Box 2, Folder 10Bound telephone books
Box 2, Folder 11-13Claybourne, Incorporated
Box 2, Folder 14Color
Box 2, Folder 15Copyright
Box 2, Folder 16-22Correspondence: B-Ht
Box 2, Folder 23-24Cottrell and Sons
Box 2, Folder 25Educational programs
Box 2, Folder 26English visitors
Box 2, Folder 27Graphic arts
Box 2, Folder 28Labor
Box 3, Folder 1United Typothetae of America - Bulletins
Box 3, Folder 2United Typothetae of America - Finances
Box 3, Folder 3United Typothetae of America - General
Box 3, Folder 4United Typothetae of America - Proposed plan
Box 3, Folder 5War printing
Box 3, Folder 6Warren Company
Box 3, Folder 7Washington
Box 3, Folder 8Williamson - idea for selling printing
Series III: Frank Smith materials
Subseries I: Business and industry
Box 4, Folder 1-2Alcoholic Beverages Control Board
Box 4, Folder 3Alcoholic Beverages Control Board - Applications
Box 4, Folder 4-5Associated Industries of New York State
Box 4, Folder 6Associated Industries - Annual meeting
Box 4, Folder 7Bausch and Lomb Optical Company
Box 4, Folder 8Beer Reduction Order
Box 4, Folder 9-10Better Business Bureau - Miscellaneous solicitations
Box 4, Folder 11Central Trust Company
Box 5, Folder 1Central Trust Company statements
Box 5, Folder 2-3Eastman Kodak Company
Box 5, Folder 4Genesee Brewing Company
Box 5, Folder 5Industrial Management Council
Box 5, Folder 6Insurance - Compulsory sickness
Box 5, Folder 7Legislature
Box 5, Folder 8Republican campaign
Box 5, Folder 9Writers - Copy, etc.
Subseries II: Army Ordnance Association
Box 6, Folder 1Anniversary luncheon, May 18, 1942
Box 6, Folder 2Annual dinner, 1938
Box 6, Folder 3Annual dinner, May 18, 1944
Box 6, Folder 4-5Annual meetings, 1941, 1943
Box 6, Folder 6Assurance fund
Box 7, Folder 1Assurance fund lists
Box 7, Folder 2Assurance fund replies
Box 7, Folder 3-4Dinner, 1941, 1943
Box 7, Folder 5Endowment
Box 7, Folder 6Membership
Box 7, Folder 7Membership data
Box 7, Folder 8Membership lists
Box 7, Folder 9-10Memoranda - Colonel Atwood
Box 8, Folder 1Plaque plan - Pre lists
Box 8, Folder 2Plaque plan - Replies
Box 8, Folder 3-8Rochester chapter, 1938-1943
Box 8, Folder 9Souvenir - Dinner, May 7, 1941
Subseries III: Personal
Box 9, Folder 1Acknowledgments
Box 9, Folder 2Acknowledgments "Adam and Eve"
Box 9, Folder 3-4Addresses - Memos
Box 9, Folder 5American Airlines
Box 9, Folder 6-7American Automobile Association
Box 9, Folder 8-9American Automobile Association Bulletins
Box 9, Folder 10Announcements
Box 9, Folder 11-12Atlantic City
Box 10, Folder 1-2Automobile Club of Rochester
Box 10, Folder 3Basketball schedule, 1947, 1948, 1949
Box 10, Folder 4Boats
Box 10, Folder 5-6Broderick, Thomas E.
Box 10, Folder 7-8Catalogs
Box 10, Folder 9Colleges and universities
Box 10, Folder 10Columbus Youth Association
Box 10, Folder 11-12Condolence letters
Box 10, Folder 13Congratulatory letters
Box 10, Folder 14-32;
Box 11, Folder 1-42
Box 11, Folder 43Cramwell Preparatory School
Box 11, Folder 44Daily Memo
Box 11, Folder 45-46Diocese of Rochester
Box 11, Folder 47-48Eastman concerts
Box 11, Folder 49Election - Miscellaneous data
Box 11, Folder 50-51Elks Club
Box 11, Folder 52"Entertainment" - Lectures, etc.
Box 12, Folder 1Federal Bureau of Investigation
Box 12, Folder 2-3Football, baseball, etc.
Box 12, Folder 4-5Garden catalogs and correspondence
Box 12, Folder 6-7Genesee Valley Club
Box 12, Folder 8Golden, Jay - Luncheon, May 16, 1947
Box 12, Folder 9Hallauer, Carl S.
Box 12, Folder 10Hospital
Box 12, Folder 11Hotel Commodore
Box 12, Folder 12Hotels - Miscellaneous
Box 12, Folder 13Hotel Waldorf-Astoria
Box 12, Folder 14Invitations - General
Box 12, Folder 15Invitations - Special
Box 12, Folder 16Knights of Columbus
Box 12, Folder 17-18Lake Placid Club
Box 12, Folder 19Lists
Box 12, Folder 20Oak Hill Country Club - Attendance at meetings, 1944
Box 12, Folder 21Oak Hill Country Club - Correspondence, 1946-1947
Box 12, Folder 22Oak Hill Country Club - Financial reports, 1946
Box 13, Folder 1Oak Hill Country Club - Minutes, 1946-1947
Box 13, Folder 2Oak Hill Country Club Annual Meeting - Reports, etc.
Box 13, Folder 3Oak Hill Country Club - Resignations, 1946
Box 13, Folder 4Ponte Vedra Club - Ponte Vedra, Florida
Box 13, Folder 5-6Rochester Ad Club
Box 13, Folder 7-8Rochester Chamber of Commerce
Box 13, Folder 9-10Rochester Civic Music Association
Box 13, Folder 11-12The Rochester Club
Box 13, Folder 13-14Rochester Convention and Publicity Bureau
Box 13, Folder 15Rochester Firemen's Benefit, 1940
Box 13, Folder 16-18Rochester Firemen's benefit fund, 1946-1947
Box 13, Folder 19Rochester Firemen's emergency fund
Box 13, Folder 20Rochester Firemen's letters
Box 14, Folder 1-3Rochester Rotary Club, 1943-1947, undated
Box 14, Folder 4-5Rochester Yacht Club
Box 14, Folder 6-7Seigniory Club
Box 14, Folder 8Republican campaign, 1947
Box 14, Folder 9War bond correspondence, etc.
Box 14, Folder 10War committees
Box 14, Folder 11U.S. Damera Annual, 1945
Box 14, Folder 12Vacuum cleaner
Box 14, Folder 13Washington - Miscellaneous correspondence
Box 17, Folder 1Frank J. Smith - Family photos
Box 17, Folder 2Frank J. Smith - Portrait
Box 17, Folder 3Group photos with Frank J. Smith
Box 17, Folder 4John P. Smith - Portrait
Box 17, Folder 5Lake Placid Olympics, 1932
Box 17, Folder 6-7Miscellaneous clippings
Box 17, Folder 8Old printing equipment
Box 17, Folder 9Personal letters
Box 17, Folder 10Photographs - John P. Smith Company interior of plant, 1927-1928
Box 17, Folder 11Photographs- Printing exhibit, Chicago Fair, 1933
Box 17, Folder 13Photographs - Rochester Typothetae menu, 1896
Box 17, Folder 14Photographs - Smith Printing Company building
Box 17, Folder 15Photographs - Smith Printing Company employees
Box 17, Folder 16Photographs - Smith Printing Company office interior, circa 1890
Box 18, Folder 1Group photographs
Box 18, Folder 2Framed photographs
Box 18, Folder 3United Typothetae of America medal
Box 19, Volume 13Frank Smith: Charity football, 1932
Box 19, Volume 14-15Frank Smith: Christmas fund, 1930-1931
Box 19, Volume 16Frank Smith: Identification committee
Subseries IV: Rochester Centennial, 1934
Box 15, Folder 1Amusement
Box 15, Folder 2Booklets and programs
Box 15, Folder 3Centennial book - Advertising correspondence
Box 15, Folder 4Centennial book - Bedford comes
Box 15, Folder 5Centennial book - Solicitors
Box 15, Folder 6-7Estimates
Box 15, Folder 8French dinner
Box 15, Folder 9Graphic arts
Box 15, Folder 10Lists
Box 15, Folder 11Material from other cities
Box 16, Folder 1-3Miscellaneous correspondence
Box 16, Folder 4Photographs
Box 17, Folder 12Photographs - Rochester Centennial
Box 16, Folder 5Reports

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