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Major business record collections at the Virginia Historical Society

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Arvonia-Buckingham Slate Company, Inc., records, , 1913–1990

Finding aid online

 

William J. Barrow papers, 1928–1974 (document restoration; W. J. Barrow Research Lab, Inc., Richmond, Va.)

Finding aid online

3.0

W. J. Barrow Research Laboratory, Inc., Richmond, Va., records, 1932–1978 (paper research and restoration)

Finding aid online

16.0

Baskervill & Son, Richmond, Va., records, 1896–1950 (architects)

Finding aid online

30.0

Best Products Company, Inc., Richmond, Va. (headquarters) records, 1957–1999 (catalog showroom retailers)

 

78.0

Branch & Company, Richmond, Va., records, 1837–1976 (including records of Merchants National Bank of Virginia; Kingsland Land Corporation; Thomas Branch & Sons, Richmond; Arvonia-Buckingham Slate Company, Arvonia, Va.; Dominion Securities Corporation; Southern Stove Works; and West View Land & Development Company)

 

540.0

Robert S. Bristow & Son, Inc., Urbanna, Va., records, 1888–1962 (mercantile)

 

9.0

Central Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Inc., Richmond, Va., c. 1907–2001

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108.0

Charlotte Banking & Insurance Company, Charlotte Court House, Va., records, 1872–1882

 

1.0

Commonwealth Lumber Corporation, Richmond, Va., records, 1911–1917

 

0.5

Couper Marble Works, Norfolk, Va., records, 1848–1942 (stone works, cemetery monuments)

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40.0

William Cuninghame & Co., Glasgow, Scot., records, 1753–1863 (operations of Scottish factors in Falmouth, Va.)

 

2.0

Cussons, May & Company, Inc., Glen Allen, Va., records, 1881–1933 (printing firm)

 

1.0

Danville and New River Railroad Company, papers, 1887–1890

 

0.5

C. W. Dickinson & Co., Cartersville, Va., records,
1876–1930 (pharmacists)

 

7.0

The Donegal Company, Inc., Richmond, Va., records, 1908–1959 (land acquisition and development in Minnesota)

 

1.0

Exchange Hotel and Ballard House, Richmond, Va., records, 1865–1890

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32.0

Farmers Bank of Virginia, records, 1812–1853

 

4.0

Fauquier Savings Institution, Warrenton, Va., records, 1835–1839

 

0.5

Foster Studio, Inc., Richmond, Va., records, 1890–1937 (photography)

 

7.0

Friedman-Marks Clothing Company, Richmond, Va., records, 1915–2003 (manufacturing)

 

0.5

General Products Company, Fredericksburg, Va., records, 1945–2003 (manufacturing)

 

3.0

P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., & Co., Smithfield, Va., account books, 1876–1896 (mercantile)

 

4.0

Hollywood Cemetery Company, Richmond, Va., records, 1847–1963

 

16.0

Hopkins & Bro., Onancock, Va., records, 1838–1964 (mercantile)

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75.0

Hopkins & Bro., Onancock, Va., records, 1868–1964

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24.0

James River Corporation, minute books, 1969–1985

 

3.0

James River Corporation, records, 1969–1996 (paper manufacture)

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27.0

Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, Va., records, 1896–1910

 

0.5

Kidd, Peirce and Company, New York, N.Y., records, 1857–1973

 

2.0

Kingsland Land Corporation, Richmond, Va., records, 1912–1992 (investments in stocks, bonds, and real estate)

 

48.0

James A. Kline papers, 1901–1952 (Kline Kar Corp.), Richmond, Va.; Richmond Automotive Trade Assoc.)

 

3.0

James A. Kline papers, c. 1894–1923 (Kline Kar Corp.), Richmond, Va. View Kline Kar advertisement

 

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Lane & Gordon, Louisa, Va., records, 1842–1881 (law practice)

 

1.0

Lane Company, Inc., Altavista, Va., records, ca. 1916–1990 (furniture manufacture) (in process)
Learn more about Lane cedar chests

 

150.0

Lane Company, Inc., Altavista, Va., oral history recordings of family members and former employees

 

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Larus & Brother Company, Richmond, Va., records, 1877–1974 (tobacco manufacture; also includes Larus Investing Company; Reed Tobacco Company; House of Edgeworth; WRVA-Radio; Richmond Television Corporation; etc.)
Learn more about Larus & Brother advertisements

Finding aid online

42.0

Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation records1800–2004

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18.0

Leach, Calkins & Scott, Richmond, Va., scrapbooks, 1928–1965 (accounting)

 

1.0

LeSueur-Richmond Slate Corporation records1834–1998

Finding aid online

21.0

Life Insurance Company of Virginia records1871–1920

Finding aid online

13 volumes

Jno. C. Mansfield & Co., Holladay's Mills, Va., records, 1865–1890 (mercantile)

 

1.0

Marine Insurance Company of Alexandria, Va., insurance policies, 1807–1810

 

0.5

Roy M. Martin Papers, 1978–1996

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2.0

Miller & Rhoads, Richmond, Va., records, 1899–1985 (department store)

 

4.0

Overnite Transportation Company, Richmond, Va., records, 1941–1998

 

3.0

E. F. Pearsall Company, Richmond, Va., records, 1896–1959 (furniture and household goods)

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24.0

Peck, Wellford & Co., Fredericksburg, Va., papers, 1834–1844 (stagecoach line and mail routes)

 

0.5

Peninsula Enterprise, Accomac, Va., subscription books, 1906–1972 (newspaper)

 

0.5

Pollard & Bagby, Inc., Richmond, Va., records, 1891–1920 (real estate management)

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23.0

Quality Dairy Farms Corporation, Colonial Heights, Va., records, 1949–1980

 

2.0

Reynolds Metals Company, Richmond, Va., records, c. 1923–2001 (in process)

 

660.0

Reynolds Metals Company, Richmond, Va., oral history recordings and transcripts

 

10.0

Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Company, records, 1833–1909

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173.0

Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Company, records, 1837–1983

Finding aid online

279.0

Richmond Printers Association, records, 1919–1935

 

2.0

Richmond Railway and Electric Company, Richmond, Va., records, 1897–1900

 

0.5

A. H. Robins Company, Richmond, Va., records (pharmaceuticals)
includes oral history recordings and transcripts

Finding aid online

46.0

Signet Banking Corporation, records, 1795–1996 (include Bank of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth Bankshares)

Finding aid online

75.0

Edward F. Sinnott, Jr., papers, 1920–1998
(include office files, project files, drawings and plans of the architectural firm of Edward F. Sinnott, and its successor, Edward F. Sinnott & Son, Richmond, Va.)

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125.0

Smith-Courtney Company, Inc., Richmond, Va., records, 1913–1945 (industrial supplies and machine tools)

 

1.5

Thomas J. Spencer & Co., Charlotte Court House, Va., records, 1845–1864 (mercantile)

 

1.0

Talbott & Brother, Richmond, Va., records, 1831–1880 (iron manufacture)

 

0.5

Thalhimer Brothers, Inc., Richmond, Va., records, 1862–1992 (department store) (in papers of William B. Thalhimer, Jr.)

Finding aid online

45.0

John H. Thomas & Co., Charlotte Court House, Va., records, 1849–1856 (mercantile and railroad construction)

 

0.5

Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc., historical papers, 1908–1994

Finding aid online

9.0

Upper Appomattox Company, records, 1796–1935 (internal improvements)

 

3.0

Virginia Dairy Company, Incorporated, Richmond, Va., records, 1912–1983

 

14.0

Virginia Environmental Endowment, part of The Robert R. Merhige, Jr., Environmental History Archive, records, 1977–2011

Finding aid online

91.0

Virginia Pipe & Foundry Company, Incorporated, Richmond, Va., records, 1906–1909

 

1.0

Women's Bank, Richmond, Va., records, 1976–2020

 

3.0

Yellow Cab Company of Virginia, Incorporated, Richmond, Va., records, 1925–1966

 

1.0

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