Fonds F2664 - A. Davis & Son Limited fonds

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A. Davis & Son Limited fonds

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  • 1903-1991 (Creation)
    A. Davis & Son Ltd.

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4.16 m of textual records and other material

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A. Davis and Son was established by Andrew Davis in 1872. The third generation of the Davis family to be involved in the tanning industry, the company was not officially incorporated under this name until 1903. E. J. Davis took over the company from Andrew Davis in 1884. In April of that year the building burned down and was rebuilt at Kinghorn, north of Toronto. In 1903 the tannery burned again and it was at this point that the company relocated to Kingston, Ontario purchasing the Cannington plant already in operation.The tannery itself had been very successful in its day but was closed in November 1973 when C.S. Riley, president of Dominion Tanners of Winnipeg, and Mr. Davis, president of A. Davis and Son Ltd., announced the merger of the Kingston firm with the much larger Winnipeg one.

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The fonds predominantly consists of records pertaining to the A. Davis and Son tannery operations in Kingston, Ontario from 1903 to 1980. There is a small amount of material pertaining to Davis Leather Company tannery operations in other locations, as well as some personal family record. The records are both administrative and operational in nature and range in topic from equipment, tanning formulae and processes to financial accounts and employee agreements and arrangements. The fonds has been arranged by the archivist into two series: Operational records and Administrative records; there are subseries within each.

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Mary Davis Little, Philip Davis and Diana Davis Duerkop - 2012


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  • English

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(302) Map 160
(404) Map 3

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Public domain

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  • Shelf: 2319.2
  • Map cabinet: (302) Map 160
  • Map cabinet: (404) Map 3