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Deford Company Letter

 Collection
Identifier: SC 0279

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Scope and Content

The Deford Company Letter, 1916, is a business letter from the Deford Company (Tanners of Oak Sole Leather and Belting) to an undisclosed seller of tree bark. The Deford Company simply requests “the usual amount of Chestnut Oak Bark,” with pricing at $10 per 2240 pounds. The company also discloses how much bark the Norfolk Western and Virginian Railway line can handle.

Dates

  • 1916

Creator

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Administrative History

The Deford Company, established in 1882, was a local tannery located in Luray, Virginia. Its primary products were leather straps and gun holsters, but the company transitioned into creating sole leather for boots and finishing belt leather in the late 1990s. The Deford Company also underwent a name change in 1999, now being called the Virginia Oak Tannery (or V.O. Leather, Inc.).

Extent

0.06 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Deford Company Letter, 1916, is a business letter from the Deford Company (Tanners of Oak Sole Leather and Belting) to an undisclosed seller of bark requesting some product.

Acquisition Information

Donated to Special Collections by Kevin Borg, Professor of History, JMU.

Bibliography

  • “About Us.” LoadsofLeather, n.d. , http://www.loadsofleather.com/about_us. Accessed 7 December 2018.
Title
A Guide to the Deford Company Letter, 1916
Status
Completed
Author
Phillip Wong
Date
January 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

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