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Manufacturers' Association of Montgomery County (Pa.) Records

Collection ID

URB 45

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Description

Collection Summary

Title
Manufacturers' Association of Montgomery County (Pa.) Records

Dates
1908-1972

Collection ID
URB 45

Creator
Manufacturers' Association of Montgomery County (Pa.)

Quantity
8 linear feet (16 boxes)          

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.        

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

In 1908 a group of businessmen, hoping to create a "mutual interest" of employers against proposed state legislation, formed the Manufacturers' Association of Montgomery County. The immediate object of the MAMC was to create a lobbying interest against the state child labor law. By 1912, however, the Association was also aligned against new tax proposals and workmen's compensation legislation. Later activities included providing liability insurance and factory safety advice.

By the 1920s, the MAMC was in the forefront of promoting new managerial practices. Corporate welfare programs, including industrial recreation, plant safety, worker housing, community development and public relations, show the varied responses of MAMC members to new industrial conditions. The Association, led for over four decades by Secretary Walter A. Knerr, however, never modified its opposition to state interference in the economy. In its later years, the MAMC moved toward closer cooperation with the Manufacturers' Association of Greater Philadelphia, eventually merging to form the Manufacturers' Association of the Delaware Valley in 1971.

Description of Collection

The records of the MAMC document many of the major activities of the organization. In particular, the minutes of MAMC meetings, as well as the Secretary's minute book, provide insight into the Association's policies and decision-making processes. The correspondence chronicles the MAMC's activities in its first decade, and the subject file covers specific topics such as safety and labor turnover. Financial records included in the papers contain information on dues, expenses, payrolls and taxes, as well as some financial correspondence, ledgers and auditor's reports.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 4 series as follows:

Series 1: Administration, 1908-1971
Series 2: Correspondence, 1908-1970
Series 3: Subject Files, 1925-1972
Series 4: Finances, 1929-1971

Series 1. Administration, includes administrative documents, such as the Constitution, By-Laws and History as well as minutes of the meetings, the secretary's minute books, and reports. These reports provide the best overview of the Association's activities, and are chronologically arranged.

Series 2. Correspondence, generally dates from 1908 to 1917 and details much of the early legislative lobbying of the Montgomery County Manufacturers. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Series 3. Subject Files, primarily concerns the Association's safety contests and the merger with the Manufacturers' Association of Greater Philadelphia, which occurred in 1971. Some folders provide information on topics such as labor turnover, the National Metal Trades' Association and the MAMC's sponsorship of an annual science fair. The records in the subject file are alphabetically arranged.

Series 4. Finances, contains information on the Association's property, taxes, dues, expenses and payroll. The files are alphabetically arranged.

Patron Information

Research Access

Collection is open for research.                                                  

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Manufacturers' Association of Montgomery County (Pa.) Records are in custody of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Manufacturers' Association of Montgomery County (Pa.) Records, URB 45, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Bob Hollenbach, Executive Director, Manufacturers' Association of the Delaware Valley, July 7, 1981. Accession 463. 

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in June 2015.

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Corporate Names:
Manufacturers' Association of Montgomery County (Pa.)

Subjects:
Industrialists -- Pennsylvania

Places:
Montgomery County (Pa.)

Material Types:
Administrative records
Articles of incorporation
Bylaws (administrative records)
Clippings
Correspondence
Financial records
Ledgers (account books)
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Photographs
Reports

Inventory

Series 1: Administration, 1908-1971

Series 1. Administration, includes administrative documents, such as the Constitution, By-Laws and History as well as minutes of the meetings, the secretary's minute books, and reports. These reports provide the best overview of the Association's activities, and are chronologically arranged.

1          1          Application for Charter          1944, 1971

1          2          Constitution          1944

1          3          Bylaws          1945

1          4-5          History          1908-1958

1          6          Incorporation Papers          1932-1945

1          7-11          Secretary's Report          1920, 1923, 1926, 1940, undated

1          12-18          MAMC Meetings: Minutes          1908-1910, 1914-1940

1          19-28          Secretary's Minute book          1927-1953

2          29-39          Secretary's Minute book          1954-1971

Series 2: Correspondence, 1908-1970

Series 2. Correspondence, generally dates from 1908 to 1917 and details much of the early legislative lobbying of the Montgomery County Manufacturers. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

2          1-5          Correspondence          1908-1912

3          6-16          Correspondence          1913-1917

3          17          Robert Scott Correspondence          1969-1970

Series 3: Subject Files, 1925-1972

Series 3. Subject Files, primarily concerns the Association's safety contests and the merger with the Manufacturers' Association of Greater Philadelphia, which occurred in 1971. Some folders provide information on topics such as labor turnover, the National Metal Trades' Association and the MAMC's sponsorship of an annual science fair. The records in the subject file are alphabetically arranged.

4          1-9          Accident and Labor Turnover Reports          1950-1972

4          10          Foremen's Club          1941

4          11          Labor Turnover Reports          1928-1931

4          12-14          MAGP/NMTA          1956-1965

4          15          Membership          1957-1970

4          16          Merger: MAGP          1971

4          17          Merger Background          1969-1970

4          18          Merger Bylaws Committee          1970

4          19          Merger Committee Assignments          1970

5          20-22          Merger Correspondence          1969-1971

5          23-25          Merger Meeting          1970-1971

5          26          Merger Organization and Operation          1970-1971

5          27-30          Merger Staff          1970-1971

5          31          Merger Study          1970-1971

5          32          Miscellaneous Banquets and Dinners          1938-1947

6          33          National Metal Trades' Association          1925

6          34-35          Other Area Organizations          1964-1968

6          36          Personnel          1966-1971

6          37-38          Resolutions and Honorariums          1925-1971

6          39-52          Safety Contest Records          1929-1941

7          53-67          Safety Contest Records          1942-1956

8          68-81          Safety Dinner          1931-1951

9          82-89          Safety Dinner          1952-1972

9          90-94          Science Fair          1966-1970

10          95-96          Science Fair          1971

10          97          Science Fair--Annual Report          1968-1971

10          98-99          Science Fair Disbursements          1970-1971

10          100          Standard Salary Survey           Undated

Series 4: Finances, 1929-1971

Series 4. Finances, contains information on the Association's property, taxes, dues, expenses and payroll. The files are alphabetically arranged.

10          1-6          Auditor's Report          1948-1966

10          7-11          Banking Matters          1931-1969

10          12          Budget          1964-1971

11          13-14          Building Information          1967-1969

11          15          Building Purchase          1951

11          16          Continental Bank and Trust          1968-1970

11          17          Dues          1928-1954

11          18          Expenses          1966

11          19          Finances          1966-1968

11          20-25          Financial Correspondence          1942-1962

12          26-31          Financial Correspondence          1962-1970

12          32          First Pennsylvania B & T Co.          1971

12          33          Furniture          1968-1969

12          34          General Ledger          1937-1955

13          35-37          General Ledger          1960-1971

13          38-41          Insurance          1957-1971

14          42          Insurance Reports          1960-1970

14          43          IRS Inspection          1967-1968

14          44          Loan Resolution          1969

14          45          Payroll Record          1956-1958

14          46-53          Payroll Sheets          1959-1968

15          54-58          Payroll Sheets          1969-1971

15          59          PENNTAP          1970-1971

15          60          Stock          1948

15          61-62          Tax Exempt Status          1940-1971

15          63          Taxes          1952-1968

15          64          Taxes: VFIF Building          1968-1971

15          65          Taxes: Occupational Privilege          1940-1970

15          66          VFIF Mortgage          1967-1970

16          67-68          Clippings          1929-1931