MsC 100

 

Manuscript Register

 

THE MORRELL MEAT PACKING COMPANY COLLECTION

 

Collection Dates: 1850 -- ca. 1953

(Bulk Dates: 1850 to 1932)

21.5 linear ft.

 

This document describes a collection of materials held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900
e-mail: lib-spec@uiowa.edu

 

Posted to Internet: June 2002

 

 

 

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

 

Photographs: Boxes 30, 31

 

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Box List

 

Box 1

America-England correspondence, 1868 -- 1879:

T.D. Foster to Liverpool, 1874 -- 1879

Alfred Illingworth to Thomas Dove Foster, 1878 -- 1885

John Morrell to Thomas Dove Foster, 1879 -- 1885

George Morrell to Thomas Dove Foster, 1879 --1883

W.A. Venables, indenture, 1879

Box 2

America-England correspondence, 1880 -- 1884:

Thomas Dove Foster to George Morrell, 1880 -- 1883

Thomas Dove Foster to Alfred Illingworth, 1881 -- 1907

Thomas Dove Foster to John Morrell, 1881, 1885

Memoranda of agreement, 1882 -- 1883

Thomas Dove Foster and Alfred Morrell, 1883 -- 1912

Box 3

America-England correspondence, 1885 -- 1902:

Fire, 1893

Semiannual and annual reports, 1896 -- 1902

C.E.L. Gregson, 1897 -- 1899

Jackson case, 1897 -- 1899

Finances, 1897 -- 1909

New York branches, 1898 -- 1899

Advertising, 1899

Thomas Dove Foster and John Morrell, 1902 -- 1905

Box 4

America-England correspondence, 1903 -- 1909

Box 5

America-England correspondence, 1910 -- 1916

Box 6

America-England correspondence, 1917 -- 1919

Box 7

America-England correspondence, 1920 -- 1928:

Financing, 1922 -- 1941

Box 8

American papers and correspondence, 1878 -- 1900:

Canton, Illinois, business, 1878 -- 1929

Box 9

American papers and correspondence, 1901 -- 1910:

American Fine Art Company, 1903 -- 1925

Wells, 1904 -- 1917

Lists of shareholders, 1905 -- 1911

Box 10

American papers and correspondence, 1911 -- 1913:

Collins Bros. General Contractors, 1910 -- 1911

Brooks case, 1912

Sulzberger & Sons Company, 1913

Income tax returns, 1913 -- 1915

Box 11

American papers and correspondence, 1914 -- 1915:

Financing, Chicago-Ottumwa, 1914 -- 1919

John Morrell & Company, Delaware, 1915

John Morrell & Company, Maine, 1915

Robert Morris Trust Company, 1915 -- 1921

Banking connections, 1915 -- 1922

Box 12

American papers and correspondence, 1916 -- 1917:

New York Produce Exchange, 1916

Tax papers, 1917

Box 13

American papers and correspondence, 1918 -- 1924:

Construction, 1918 -- 1924

Davies & Company, 1919

Allied Packers, 1919

Ottumwa Serum Company, 1924

Box 14

American papers and correspondence, 1925 -- 1949:

Mayer, Meyer, Austrian, and Platt, 1926 -- 1928

Sales territories, 1933 -- 1934

Robinson -- Patman Law, 1936

Working conditions, 1939

Government seizure and fact-finding files, January -- May, 1946

Box 15

Sioux Falls-Ottumwa correspondence, 1909 -- 1932

Box 16

Board of Directors meetings, minutes, 1882 -- 1927

Box 17

Closing papers, 1903 -- 1914

Box 18

Statements of assets and liabilities, 1879 -- 1930

Box 19

Settlements (employees accidents), 1906 -- 1912

Box 20

Co-partnership papers:

Agreements dated 1904, 1909, and 1914

Box 21

Hog receipts, 1878 -- 1945:

Four books

Several papers

Box 22

Kittery Realty Company, 1878 -- 1932:

Deeds, agreements, leases, and minutes of meetings

Morrell Refrigerator Car Company, 1893 -- 1911

Box 23

Yorkshire Land and Cattle Company, Yorkshire Creamery Company, 1902 -- 1914:

Deeds, correspondence, by-laws, etc.

Codes, 1871? -- 1911?:

With cables, 1883 -- 1885

Diagrams and recipes:

Meat-hanger, 1908

Report of examination of ham, n.d.

Singeing equipment, July 22, 1905

Formula for Devonshire Cream, May 27, 1903

Two sketches for an office building

Mode of refining, n.d.

Memoranda and Articles of Association, 1880 -- 1887

Box 24

Miscellaneous notebooks:

Employees' time books, five, 1892 -- 1912

Tests books, two, 1893 -- 1944 and 1915 -- 1923

Unidentifiable business notebooks, six, 1861 -- 1914

Box 25

Miscellaneous notebooks:

Recipe book, 1908 -- 1913

Orders issued from director's desk, 1907 -- 1912

Account book, 1906 -- 1915

Breakfast Bacon Special, October 3 -- 15, 1910

Box 26

Miscellaneous notebooks:

Hog kill, Ottumwa, 1920 -- 1940, five books

Private ledger journal from Sioux Falls, November 30, 1909; March 31, 1916

Liverpool papers, December 13, 1893 -- April 1, 1898

Liverpool papers, April 1, 1898 -- April 1, 1904

Box 27

Miscellaneous pamphlets, business cards, calendars, announcements, recipe booklets, handbooks, stationery, Christmas greetings, Mutual Aid Association, resolutions, notices, tags, buttons, price lists, etc.

Box 28

Newspaper clippings:

Sioux Falls buildings, 1949

Topeka, 1931

Assessment, Ottumwa, 1910

Advertisements

Livestock, meat packing, etc.

Ottumwa strikes, 1921, 1935, and 1948

Topeka strike, 1948

Box 29

Businesses other than Morrell Meat Packing Company and Affiliates:

George A. Hormel & Company, 1902 -- 1928, correspondence

Dakota Plow and Wagon Company, 1911 -- 1913, stock papers

Lever Brothers Limited, 1907, correspondence

Hygrade food Products Corporation, 1931, minutes of Board of Directors

Bradford American Corporation, 1929 -- 1930, correspondence

Bannatyne and Company, Limited, statements, 1923 -- 1931

Victoria Cold Storage Company, Limited, statements, minutes, memoranda, 1908 -- 1931

Map of electric railway, Ottumwa -- Oskaloosa, 1909

Box 29a

Miscellaneous publications of businesses other than Morrell Meat Packing Company and Affiliates

Box 30

Photographs and drawings:

Buildings, Ottumwa, 1939

Buildings, Brooklyn, 1933

Buildings, Ireland, 1850

Buildings, Liverpool, 1859

Buildings, Bradford, 1928

Packing plants, 1926

Plant views, interior, Ottumwa, n.d.

Trucks and cars, 1915 -- 1935

Signs, 1917

Picnics, 1920s

Women employees, n.d.

First building, 1878

Ottumwa office force, R.N. Morrell included, 1889

MRX car and paint crew, 1898

Export department, 1898

Main buildings before fire of 1893

Fire, 1893

Fairs and parades, 1904 -- 1923

Ottumwa plant, 1895

Henry Seiter

F.J. Bullock

Miscellaneous unidentified

Box 31

Photographs and drawings:

Buildings, Bardney, 1904

Buildings, Boston, 1895 and 1897

Buildings, Topeka, 1893

Centennial celebration, 1927

Salesmen, 1898 and 1919

Fire, 1893

Flood, 1903

Sioux Falls Plant, 1925

Employees, 1894, 1874, etc.

Directors, Morrell, Foster, outside of either family

Box 32

Correspondence, bills, newspapers about the portraits of:

Thomas Dove Foster

John H. Morrell

Major P.T. Spilman

Alfred Morrell

John Morrell

Morgan T. McClelland

Box 33

John Morrell & Company history:

Correspondence, short history

Reminiscences, 1907 -- 1948

Boston, 1943

Morrell and Isitt, 1926

London, Canada directory, 1872 -- 1873

Biographical data concerning:

John Morrell, will dispute, 1881 -- 1946

George F. Morrell

George Morrell

Alfred Morrell

John H. Morrell

George McClelland Foster

W.H.T. Foster

William Foster as trustee for George Corless's will

Morrell genealogy

Foster genealogy

Memorial cards and pamphlets

Correspondence, John Morrell to George Morrell, 1883 -- 1884

Box 34

Thomas Dove Foster personal items:

Four diaries, 1873 -- 1912

Diary of voyages 1 and 2, 1868 and 1871

Account book, 1908

ALS to Father and Mother, nine pages

Will, 1915

Mary Morrell to Foster, 1884

Letters to Foster concerning his wife's death, 1879

Short biography, marriage certificate, reminiscences

Historical notes by Foster, 1878

The Armory Company of Ottumwa, bonds, n.d.

TLS about Budgett and Company

Box 35

Correspondence, William Foster to Thomas Dove Foster, 1878 -- 1884
Also correspondence of John Morrell Jr., Pollie, Josephine, and Lizzie

Box 36

Correspondence concerning biography of Thomas Dove Foster, 1913 -- 1929

Box 37

Thomas Henry Foster personal items:

Checkbook, 1916

Correspondence concerning Foster's opinion on war, 1914

Personal correspondence with relatives, friends, employees, 1913 -- 1914

Correspondence concerning Foster's donations to charity and needy organizations, 1914

Biographical sketch, 1926

Box 38

Thomas Henry Foster personal items, continued:

Literary correspondence, 1945 -- 1946

Thomas Henry Foster articles and speeches:

Untitled article concerning "spend less; save more." Typescript/carbon, 2 leaves, 2 May 1941

Untitled article concerning war bonds, typescript/carbon, 8 leaves, 12 April 1943

"Agriculture and the Meat Packing Industry." Typescript/carbon, 6 leaves, August 1945

"Agriculture -- Industry." Typescript/carbon, 12 leaves

American Meat Institute. Chicago, October 30th, 1945. Corrected typescript with two carbons, 91, 15L, 154

"America's Most Famous Book." Privately printed 1947. AMS, 46 leaves

"Animal Health in War-Time." State Veterinary Convention, Des Moines, 27 January 1943. Typescript with carbon, 15 leaves

"At the Gateway." Ottumwa plant, 13 October 1942. Typescript/carbon, 2 leaves

"Beadles, Bibles and Bibliophiles." Privately printed 1948. Corrected typescript/carbon, 30 leaves

"The Bible." August 1910. Typescript with carbon, 12 leaves

"Book Collecting." Typescript, 12 leaves

["The Business Man in the Church"]. AMS, 19 leaves

"A Businessman Looks at Books and Literature." Three typescripts with carbon, 18 leaves, 11 leaves, 27 leaves, 18 leaves, with reprint in The Daily Iowan, 19 January 1945

"Dear Sir." 17 November 1951, AMS and typescript, 56 leaves, carbon, 58 leaves

"Dear Sir." Privately printed 1951, proofs, 17 leaves, 73 leaves

"The Dime Novel." AMS, 59 leaves, corrected typescript, 31 leaves

Box 39

Thomas Henry Foster Articles and Speeches, continued:

"Food in Two World Wars." Typescript, 13 leaves, typescript, 18 leaves, carbon, 18 leaves

"The Humanities in a World of Uncertainties." Reprint in Vital Speeches of the Day, 1 September 1945. Newspaper clippings, correspondence, AMS, 28 leaves, notes, typescript, 13 leaves, mimeographed copy, 6 leaves

Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa. 4 February typescript/carbon, 16 leaves

Kenyon, Hon. W. S. Open letters by Foster to Kenyon concerning Federal control of the packing and livestock industries, 31 January 1921, two copies; Gronna bill S.3944, 31 January 1921; Kenyon bill S. 2202, 17 September 1919

"A Little Journey to the Chateaux of the Loire." Typescript, 9 leaves, carbon, 9 leaves, correspondence, proofs, 29 leaves, corrected typescript entitled "Garden Memories." 8 leaves

"Maintaining Cooperation Between Related Industries." Reprints, 3 leaves. In Executives Service Bulletin, 28 August 1945

"The Ottumwa Courier 1848 -- 1948." AMS of poem, 2 leaves, carbon typescript, 1 leaf, reprint, 1 leaf

"Outlook For the Packing Industry." AMS incomplete, 12 November 1945, 121

"The Meat Packing Industry's Service to the Live Stock Producer." 18 July 1939, copy, 3 leaves

"The Packing Industry in War Time." Typescript, 28 March 1944, 16 leaves; copy, 4 February 1942; copy, 1 leaf, May 1942

"Parsons College Library." January 1949, AMS , 6 leaves

[Rath Packing Company]. 11 August 1941. Typescript signed, 7 leaves

"Shakespeare -- Man of Mystery." Typescript, 26 leaves

A short history of the house of Morrell, typescript corrected, 13 leaves; typescript/carbon, 14 leaves; typescript/carbon, 20 leaves, reprint in "Morrell's Pride," 1 October 1923

"Speak Well of Your Home Town." Reprint in Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce pamphlet, v.1, no. 4

South Dakota Bankers' Association. Talk given to in June 1942, corrected AMS and typescript, 11 leaves

"The Tale of a Tub." Two mimeographed copies, 7 June 1947, 4 leaves

"The Traveling Salesman and Reconstruction Problems." Address to Traveling Salesmen's Bureau at Ottumwa Commercial Club, 1918, 1 leaf

"The Unbought Grace of Life." AMS corrected, 32 leaves, corrected typescript, 11 leaves

"Wapello County 's Duty and the Meat Supply." Reprint in newspaper. "Would Waken Ottumwa Up," reprint in newspaper

Box 40

The House of Morrell. Cheever, Lawrence Oakley. The Torch Press, 1947:

Correspondence, proofs, sketches, notes concerned with early, preliminary drafts. 1946 -- 1947

Final drafts, carbon copies of each section

Correspondence, notes, carbon copies of sections concerned with writing. 1946 -- 1947

Box 41

Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa:

Correspondence, Thomas Henry Foster to College, 1903 -- 1922

Indenture between College Board of Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and Parsons College, 4 March 1913

By-Laws of Parsons College, n. d.

Parsons, Lewis B., will, 21 July 1856, copy

Board of Trustees meetings, minutes, 1911 -- 1914

Box 42

Presbyterian Church work:

Correspondence, 1899 -- 1925

Correspondence of Thomas Henry Foster and Richard Paul Graebel, 1946 -- 1951

Box 43

YMCA work:

Correspondence, Thomas Dove Foster, 1892 -- 1914

Ottumwa YMCA building, correspondence, J. W. Mock and Thomas Henry Foster, 1901 -- 1923

YMCA War Work Council, notes and correspondence of J. W. Mock, 1917

President's yearly reports, Thomas Dove Foster, 1892 -- 1913

Financial and statistical reports, 1897 -- 1914
Unboxed
Weekly Sales Record Book, jobbing and wholesale. January 1, 1904 -- December 31, 1920

2002 Addendum

History and genealogy of Eliza Jane McClelland, wife of Thomas D. Foster.

Obituary of John Morrell Foster, 1895 -- 1958; President of John Morrell & Co., 1952 -- 1953; Vice President, 1953 -- 1957

Newspaper clipping, 1993

Cheever, Lawrence O. "John Morrell & Co." The Palimpsest, 47:4 (1966).

 

 

 

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