Rand Place Papers

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Rand-Place papers
Creator: Rand, Daniel Curtis
Call Number: D.357
Dates: 1909-1932
Physical Description: 3 boxes
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
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Correspondence and bills
Series II: Financial materials
Series III: Family materials
Collection Overview
Title: Rand-Place papers
Creator: Rand, Daniel Curtis
Call Number: D.357
Dates: 1909-1932
Physical Description: 3 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Daniel Curtis Rand came from New England in 1863. He settled in Pittsford and opened the powder mill, where he manufactured blasting powder used in western New York stone quarries and the coal mines in northern Pennsylvania. Gun powder, which played an important part in the Civil War, was also manufactured at the powder mill. A native of New Hampshire, Rand had learned the business in a mill owned by his sister, Lucia Rand, in Middleton, Connecticut.

Ready to open his own business, Rand traveled to western NY. One evening, he met Mortimer Wadhams, who operated a grist mill at Railroad Mills. Rand knew exactly what the site of the business should contain: it must have water, readily available shipping facilities, and most importantly, a secluded location due to potential accidents and explosions. He wanted some hills, too, and upon seeing that particular section of Irondequoit Creek, not far from Wadhams mill, his search ended.

Wadhams joined Rand, and their business became known as Rand and Wadhams Manufacturing of Mining, Blasting and Sporting Powder. In 1900, the business was renamed the D.C. Rand Powder Co.

Rand had learned much about the dangers of explosions at the Middleton plant, and his plan was to build several mills, one for each step in the process, a good distance from each other. Wooden pegs were used in the construction to lessen the chance of sparks which might ignite dangerous explosives. A little wooden railroad connected the buildings, and wooden wheels were used on a flat car to carry materials from one building to another.

A machine shop was built high on a hill to keep the forge far away from the explosives. It was here, also, that Rand built his homestead for his bride - the daughter of his partner - Stella Wadhams. The couple had four sons, C. Mortimer, Robert, Samuel, and Phillip, and three daughters, Lucia, Lucy, and Stella.

Daniel Rand died when his son, Phillip, was 14. Phillip and his mother took over the business, which continued to operate until about 1910 after a series of unfortunate explosions. The Rand homestead was called "Oakridge." The powder mill property was sold to Monroe County around 1930 for the development of a county park, and at that time, the homestead was torn down.

Scope and Content
This collection is comprised of 3 archival boxes which contain business and legal correspondence of the D.C. Powder Co., household inventory lists, two nineteenth century Valentines, a copy of a Rand family hand written newspaper, and a lithograph print of "Rochester Powder Mill," ca. 1876.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Pittsford
Powder mills
Correspondence
Valentines
Invoices
Rand, Daniel Curtis
D.C. Powder Company
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This material was given to the University of Rochester, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, in March and April, 2002. It was donated by Mr. Robert Place, descendant of Daniel Curtis Rand.Access
The Rand-Place papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Rand-Place papers, D.357, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence and bills
Box 1, Folder 1-8Correspondence and bills, 1909-1912
Box 1, Folder 9Correspondence and bills, 1917
Box 2, Folder 1-7Correspondence and bills, 1926-1932
Series II: Financial materials
Box 2, Folder 8Abstract of title to parts of North Lake Eloise Unit, Eloise Unit as shown by Caption, Polk County, Florida
Box 3, Folder 1Bank books - Union Trust Co.
Box 3, Folder 2Checking account bank book
Box 3, Folder 3D.C. Rand Powder Co. invoices with billheads, unused
Fifteen invoices

Box 3, Folder 4Miscellaneous envelopes, letters, receipts, bills related to the D.C. Rand Powder Co.
Series III: Family materials
Box 3, Folder 5Contemporary copy of a Rand Family newspaper, "The Oakridge Times," Spring number 1913
Box 3, Folder 6Hand-colored wood engraved Valentine print, addressed to Miss Sarah Rand, circa 1850
4 pages, 8vo

Box 3, Folder 7Hand-colored wood engraved Valentine print, addressed to Miss Sarah, signed "George", circa 1845
Showing a British sailor in naval dress, 4 pages, folio



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