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San-KNIT-ary Textile Mills Records

Collection ID

Acc. 915

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Description

Collection Summary

Title
San-KNIT-ary Textile Mills Records

Dates
1879-1989      

Collection ID
Acc. 915

Creator
San-KNIT-ary Textile Mills

Quantity
3.5 linear feet (7 boxes)         

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English          

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

Simon Muhr started the small Philadelphia family business that would eventually be called San-KNIT-ary Texile Mills under an unknown name.  The first reference in the collection to the company is the sale of 30 shares for $3,000 cash by Simon Muhr on February 3, 1879 in the Philadelphia Straw Braid Sewing Machine Company.  By the early years of the century, the company was known as Unique Textile Mills.  On June 6, 1907, Unique Textile Mills’ name was officially changed to San-KNIT-ary Textile Mills.

Muhr had borrowed so much money from his sister that she became the chief stockholder upon his death in 1935.  The company then passed to her son, Paul Dalsimer, in the 1940s.  When Paul died in 1987, his sons Walter and Jean Paul inherited the controlling shares.  Jean Paul Dalsimer became active in the company in 1982 and continued as president until its liquidation in 1988.

The company produced many textiles such as washcloths, towels, razor wipes, filters, camouflage materials during World War II, pajama girdles, and shoe cleaners in its factory on Lena Street in northern Philadelphia.  Shoe cleaners, personalized with a company logo, were sold to hotels and motels.  From mid-1970s until mid-1980s San-KNIT-ary had an exclusive arrangement with the Marriott chain of hotels. The business was liquidated in 1988.

Description of Collection

This collection covers the years 1879 to 1989, with the bulk of material dating from the late 1930s through the 1980s. Financial records comprise over one-half of the collection, and include financial statements, federal, state, and city tax returns, and client and general ledgers. Administrative records contain the company’s by-laws and minutes of the Board of Directors and Stockholders’ meetings, as well as records related to the company’s sale and liquidation in 1988.  Also included are several photographs of the interior of the textile mill in 1985. Absent from the collection are any significant correspondence files with clients or vendors. 

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 4 series as follows:

Series 1: Financial, 1937-1938
Series 2: Administration, 1895-1988
Series 3: Memorabilia, undated
Series 4: Photographs, 1895

Series 1:  Financial, 1937-1938, includes monthly cash disbursements; monthly accounts receivable; investment statements (includes Advest); quarterly balance sheets and general ledger, organized by fiscal year; input to financial statements, organized by fiscal year; journal entries (July 1987-liquidation); Philadelphia tax returns; federal tax returns; Pennsylvania tax returns (many tax return folders include correspondence pertaining to tax filing problems); preferred stock certificates (bound); common stock certificates (bound); client ledger (arranged alphabetically by client name, date coverage for each client varies); inventory report (bound); price lists; general ledger (bound); and fiscal year financial reports.  

Series 2:  Administration, 1895-1988, includes deeds (which also includes one lease between San-KNIT-ary and Andrews, Inc. in 1988); liquidation documents (1983-1988); bylaws (missing 1977-78, 1980-81, 1983, and 1987), board of director minutes and annual shareholder meeting minutes; sale of Lena Street building; buildings; study for the use of a personal computer; sale of business to Sherman Manufacturing (includes contract for sale of business and related correspondence). Bylaws, Board of Director Minutes and Annual Shareholder meeting minutes are grouped together, rather than foldered separately according to activity, to preserve original order: these items were removed from three-ring binders where they were grouped together and arranged chronologically.  This subseries ranges from 1938-1988 but is not complete.  Study for the Use of a Personal Computer includes a succinct but useful history of the company and provides an overview of the finances, operations and systems of San-KNIT-ary circa 1984.

Series 3:  Memorabilia, is Comprised of shoe cleaner samples from the Plaza Towers, the Red Apple Inn and Executive Conference Center, and the Navigator Inn.

Series 4:  Photographs, 1895, includes six photographs, two copies each, of the San-KNIT-ary factory interior, including workers.  The photographs are dated 1985.  Photographs have been removed to the Miscellaneous Photograph Collection (PC-49).

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 San-KNIT-ary Texile Mills Records are the physical property 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 right holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated. 

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], San-KNIT-ary Texile Mills Records, Accession 915, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by John Dalsimer in October 1999.

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the Miscellaneous Photograph Collection (PC-49).

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:
San-KNIT-ary Texile Mills

Subjects:
Commerce -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Textile industry -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

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

Inventory

Series 1: Financial, 1937-1938

Series 1 includes monthly cash disbursements; monthly accounts receivable; investment statements (includes Advest); quarterly balance sheets and general ledger, organized by fiscal year; input to financial statements, organized by fiscal year; journal entries (July 1987-liquidation); Philadelphia tax returns; federal tax returns; Pennsylvania tax returns (many tax return folders include correspondence pertaining to tax filing problems); preferred stock certificates (bound); common stock certificates (bound); client ledger (arranged alphabetically by client name, date coverage for each client varies); inventory report (bound); price lists; general ledger (bound); and fiscal year financial reports.  

1          1          Quarterly Balance Sheets and General Ledger          1983

1          2          Quarterly Balance Sheets and General Ledger          1984

1          3          Quarterly Balance Sheets and General Ledger          1985

1          4          Quarterly Balance Sheets and General Ledger          1986

1          5          Quarterly Balance Sheets and General Ledger          1987

1          6          Quarterly Balance Sheets and General Ledger          1988

1          7          Input to Financial Statements          1982-1983

1          8          Input to Financial Statements          1983-1984

1          9          Input to Financial Statements          1984-1985

1          10          Input to Financial Statements          1985-1986

1          11          Input to Financial Statements          1986-1987

1          12          Monthly Cash Disbursements          1982-1983

1          13          Monthly Cash Disbursements          1983-1984

1          14          Monthly Cash Disbursements          1984-1985

1          15          Monthly Cash Disbursements          1985-1986

1          16          Monthly Cash Disbursements          1986-1987

1          17          Monthly Cash Disbursements          1987-1988

1          18          Monthly Accounts Receivable          1982-1983

1          19          Monthly Accounts Receivable          1983-1984

1          20          Monthly Accounts Receivable          1984-1985

1          21          Monthly Accounts Receivable          1985-1986

1          22          Monthly Accounts Receivable          1986-1987

1          23          Monthly Accounts Receivable          1987-1988

1          24          Investment Statements          1982-1983

1          25          Investment Statements          1983-1984

1          26          Investment Statements          1984-1985

1          27          Investment Statements          1985-1986

1          28          Investment Statements          1986-1987

1          29          Investment Statements          1987-1989

1          30          Journal Entries          1987-1988

2          1          Philadelphia Tax Returns          1983-1990

2          2          Pennsylvania Tax Returns          1970-1974

2          3          Pennsylvania Tax Returns          1974-1979

2          4          Pennsylvania Tax Returns          1980-1984

2          5          Pennsylvania Tax Returns          1984-1985

2          6          Pennsylvania Tax Returns          1986-1988

2          7          Federal Tax Returns          1936-1939

2          8          Federal Tax Returns          1940-44

2          9          Federal Tax Returns          1945-49

2          10          Federal Tax Returns          1960-64

2          11          Federal Tax Returns          1965-69

2          12          Federal Tax Returns          1970-74

2          13          Federal Tax Returns          1975-79

2          14          Federal Tax Returns          1980-84

2          15          Federal Tax Returns          1985-89

3          1          Client Ledger          1969-1988

3          2          Inventory Book          1938-1988

3          3          Stock Certificates, Common          1936-1956

3          4          Stock Certificates, Preferred          1936-1956

4          1          Price Lists          1983-1987

4          2          General Ledger          1937-1976

4          3          General Ledger          1976-1981

5          1          Financial Reports          1937-1939

5          2          Financial Reports          1941-1945

5          3          Financial Reports          1946-1949

5          4          Financial Reports          1950-1954

5          5          Financial Reports          1955-1959

5          6          Financial Reports          1960-1964

5          7          Financial Reports          1965-1969

5          8          Financial Reports          1970-1974

5          9          Financial Reports          1975-1979

5          10          Financial Reports          1980-1982

Series 2: Administration, 1895-1988

Series 2 includes deeds (which also includes one lease between San-KNIT-ary and Andrews, Inc. in 1988); liquidation documents (1983-1988); bylaws (missing 1977-78, 1980-81, 1983, and 1987), board of director minutes and annual shareholder meeting minutes; sale of Lena Street building; buildings; study for the use of a personal computer; sale of business to Sherman Manufacturing (includes contract for sale of business and related correspondence). Bylaws, Board of Director Minutes and Annual Shareholder meeting minutes are grouped together, rather than foldered separately according to activity, to preserve original order: these items were removed from three-ring binders where they were grouped together and arranged chronologically.  This subseries ranges from 1938-1988 but is not complete.  Study for the Use of a Personal Computer includes a succinct but useful history of the company and provides an overview of the finances, operations and systems of San-KNIT-ary circa 1984.

2          16          Deeds          1895-1988

2          17          Bylaws, Board of Directors Minutes, Annual Shareholders Minutes          1938-1951

2          18          Bylaws, Board of Directors Minutes, Annual Shareholders Minutes          1949-1988

2          19          Buildings          1941-1988

2          20          Study for the Use of the Personal Computer          1983-1984

2          21          Liquidation          1983-1988

2          22          Liquidation          1988-1990

2          23          Sale of Lena Street Building          1951-1988

2          24          Sale of Business to Sherman Manufacturing          1988

Series 3:  Memorabilia

Series 3 is Comprised of shoe cleaner samples from the Plaza Towers, the Red Apple Inn and Executive Conference Center, and the Navigator Inn.

2          25          Shoe Cleaners          undated

Series 4:  Photographs, 1895

Series 4 includes six photographs, two copies each, of the San-KNIT-ary factory interior, including workers.  The photographs are dated 1985.  Photographs have been removed to the Miscellaneous Photograph Collection (PC-49).

Factory Interior          1985