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Danvers Carpet Company (1845-1879) Records

Danvers Carpet Company (1845-1879) Records

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DANVERS CARPET COMPANY (1845-1879) RECORDS, 1846-1881

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Processing and rehousing of this collection were funded by a grant from Essex Institute corporate member Landry & Acari.





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Danvers Carpet Company (Danvers, Mass.)
Title:Danvers Carpet Company (1845-1879) Records
Dates:1846/1881
Quantity:2.5 linear feet (3 boxes, 11 volumes)
Abstract:The Danvers Carpet Company records document the business of a carpet factory in the Tapleyville district of Danvers, Massachusetts, from when they Tapley family rebuilt the business in 1846, through its incorporation, until shortly before its replacement by a morocco factory.
Collection Number:MSS 223

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Scope and Content Note

The Danvers Carpet Company records document the business of a carpet factory in the Tapleyville district of Danvers, Massachusetts, from when they Tapley family rebuilt the business in 1846, through its incorporation, until shortly before its replacement by a morocco factory. The collection contains stock records, financial accounts of sales and purchases in the Danvers, Newburyport, and Boston stores, stock inventories, and wage records. The factory operated under the names Tapleyville Carpet Company, Danvers Carpet Company and Eagle Carpet Company. Of special note in the collection is the wage account book, 1872-1879, which records the amount of carpet produced by each employee.


Historical Sketch

"'During its first year of business [1845] the [Tapleyville] carpet factory was burn, but another was immediately erected. It is probable that the Tapleys owned the factory itself and at the time had no interest in the business, but after the fire they took over the business and erected immediately another building…This factory was operated by a 25-horse-power engine, had about 30 looms in use, employed 60 hands, used about 100,000 pounds of wool annually, and wove about 60,000 yards of carpeting each year…From 1847 to 1866 the owners were Gilbert Tapley and his son [Gilbert A. Tapley], the product being ingrain and stair carpets, later making ingrain only. The Salem Gazette of Dec. 18, 1860, says that …100,000 yards of carpeting were turned out annually. In February, 1865, the Danvers Carpet Company was formed,… Gilbert A. Tapley, president, the principal owners being residents of Newburyport. In May 1875, it changed hands again and became the Eagle Carpet Company, employing 100 hands and producing annually 150,000 yards of woolen ingrain carpet…Gilbert Augustus Tapley, son of the original owner, was the treasurer and agent, and he continued to manage it until the business was discontinued…" (Tapley, 140-141) By 1879 the carpet factory had been replaced my Poor, Milton and Tapley, a morocco [leather] manufacturer.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Tapley, Gilbert
Tapley, Gilbert Augustus
Eagle Carpet Company (Danvers, Mass.)
Tapleyville Carpet Company (Danvers, Mass.)
Factories
Rug and carpet industry
Account books

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Danvers Carpet Company (1845-1879) Records, MSS 223, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material is from an unknown source. Removed from the collection were a Poor, Milton, & Tapley inventory book, 1879-1882, and an invoice book, 1879-1882.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Prudence K. Backman, March 1987. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, September 2015.


Related Material

Tapley, Harriet Silvester. Chronicles of Danvers. Danvers: Danvers Historical Society, 1923. 140- 141.


Tapley Family Papers, 1787-1827, Fam. Mss. 994


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