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Burt and Brabb Lumber Company records, 1890-1939

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Processed by Beth Eifler; machine-readable finding aid created by Beth Eifler

Title

Burt and Brabb Lumber Company records

Date

1890-1939

Repository

University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Burt and Brabb Lumber Company records, 1890-1939, 73W4, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington

Extent

10 cubic ft.

Abstract

Incorporated in Michigan, the Burt and Brabb Lumber Company maintained operations in the small community of Ford in Clark County, Kentucky . In addition to its Clark County properties, the company maintained several booms on the Kentucky River and its tributaries and owned property and timber rights in Madison, Leslie, Harlan, Letcher, Perry, Knott, Bell, Clay, and Breathitt Counties. This collection includes minutes of the company's Board of Directors and Stockholders, maps, instructions to a lumber foreman, rate tables, account books, check registers, sharebooks, ledgers, journals, legal papers, correspondence, and other miscellaneous materials.

Biography/History

This collection is a partial record of the Burt and Brabb Lumber Company from 1890-1912. While incorporated in Michigan, the company maintained operations in Ford, Kentucky in Clark County. This small community, located where the Cincinnati-Knoxville division of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad crosses the Kentucky River, had approximately 2,500 inhabitants during this period. The Burt and Brabb Lumber Company operated two saw mills, a planing mill, a box factory, dry kilns, and a yard at the Ford site. In addition to its Clark County properties, the company maintained several booms on the Kentucky River and its tributaries and owned property and timber rights in Madison, Leslie, Harlan, Letcher, Perry, Knott, Bell, Clay, and Breathitt Counties.

Formed in 1890 as the Asher Lumber Company, the corporation subsequently changed its name in 1896 to the Burt and Brabb Lumber Company when Marvil I. Brabb and the Wellington R. Burt family assumed control. W.R. Burt, the company's largest stockholder, was at one time a receiver for the Toledo, Ann Arbor, and Northern Michigan Railroad and in 1888 was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the office of governor of Michigan. The company ceased business gradually and liquidated itself around 1906 when it became clear that its timber holdings had become depleted. Much of the company's lumber was marketed in Great Britain.

Scope and Content

The collection includes minutes of the company's Board of Directors and Stockholders, maps, instructions to a lumber foreman, rate tables, account books, check registers, sharebooks, ledgers, journals, legal papers, correspondence and other miscellaneous materials. The correspondence is chiefly that between Charles W. Burt, the company's general manager, and other stockholders, company officials, and relatives. It treats matters of routine business, finance, foreign transactions, and family affairs.

Subjects

  • Burt, Charles W.
  • Burt, Wellington M.
  • Brabb, Marvil I.
  • Wilson, Samuel M.. (Samuel Mackay), 1871-1946.
  • Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company (Ky.)
  • Asher Lumber Company (Ky.)
  • Land tenure -- Kentucky.
  • Lumbering -- Kentucky.
  • Forests and forestry -- Kentucky.
  • Timber -- Kentucky.
  • Business records -- Kentucky -- Floyd County.
  • Lexington (Ky.) -- History.
  • Clark County (Ky.) -- Economic conditions.
  • Kentucky River -- Power utilization.
  • Appalachian Region.

Related Material

Photographs from this collection can be found in Audio-Visual Archives (PA73W4).

Collection Inventory

BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL PAPERS, 1890-1912
MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS
Articles of Association of the Asher Lumber Company, 1890
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
By-laws of the Asher Lumber Company and Minutes of Directors and Stockholders Meetings, 1890-1906
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Proxies and Minutes pertaining to Annual Stockholders Meetings, 1899-1903
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
Proxies and Minutes pertaining to Annual Stockholders Meetings, 1904-1906
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
Ice Order Book, 1899-1903
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
Scope and Content Note:

Contains misc. production records

Hardwood Manufacturer's booklets, 1892-1911
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
Asher Lumber Company - Foreman's instructions and Abstracts of Land Tracts, pt.1, n.d
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
Asher Lumber Company - Foreman's instructions and Abstracts of Land Tracts, pt. 2, n.d
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
Miscellaneous checks, contract, patent, and receipts, 1898-1912
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
Notebook, author and date unknown
[Box: 1, Folder: 10]
Weights and price schedules
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
Price and weight tables for shipments to Great Britain
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
ACCOUNT BOOKS, LEDGERS, AND JOURNALS
Account Book, 1890-1911, marked "suspended"
[Box: 3, Folder: 1]
Notes and Bills Receivable Book, 1902-1912
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]
Account book of C. W. Burt, inscribed "original" and dated July 1, 1905
[Box: 3, Folder: 3]
Scope and Content Note:

Contains 1903-1905 figures

Account book of C. W. Burt, dated January 1, 1911
[Box: 3, Folder: 4]
Scope and Content Note:

Contains 1908-1911 figures

Account Book, inscribed "C Miscellaneous Book," July 1, 1909-May 1, 1912
[Box: 3, Folder: 5]
Check Register, December 1907-July 1909
[Box: 4, Folder: 1]
Return of Annual Net Income, 1910
[Box: 4, Folder: 2]
Scope and Content Note:

Includes "Explanatory notes showing how costs of goods and gross income were arrived at"

C.W. Burt Transaction Letterbook, August 4, 1904- February 16, 1911
[Box: 4, Folder: 3]
Index to unidentified volume (1)
[Box: 5, Folder: 1]
Index to unidentified volume (2)
[Box: 5, Folder: 2]
ACCOUNT BOOKS, LEDGERS, AND JOURNALS [WRAPPED VOLUMES]
Account Book, July 1909-January 1912
[Item: 6]
Check Register, February 1899-December 1902
[Item: 7]
Sharebook of the Asher Lumber Company, September 1, 1892-January 10, 1896
[Item: 8]
Sharebook of the Randall Lumber Company
[Item: 9]
Ledger A, Asher Lumber Company, 1890-1897
[Item: 10]
Index to Ledger A
[Item: 11]
Journal No.2, Asher Lumber Company, December 1892-December 1897
[Item: 12]
Journal A, Burt and Brabb Lumber Company, January 1898-December 1902
[Item: 13]
Journal B, Burt and Brabb Lumber Company, January 1903-June 1909
[Item: 14]
LEGAL PAPERS, 1894-1939
MISCELLANEOUS
Misc. Legal Papers, Abstracts of Title, and Deeds, 1894-1908, n.d
[Box: 15, Folder: 1]
John L. Turner, et al. vs. Burt and Brabb Lumber Company, et al., 1904-1906
[Box: 15, Folder: 2]
Correspondence between Samuel Wilson and C. W. Burt Family, 1906-1939
[Box: 15, Folder: 3]
A. B. Cornett Litigation, 1908-1910
[Box: 15, Folder: 4]
Index to Patents in University Composition Book, n.d. [pre-1906]
[Box: 15, Folder: 5]
Index to Patents, July 1906-November 15, 1907
[Box: 15, Folder: 6]
Opinion as to Burt and Brabb Lumber Company's Land Titles, n.d. (copy 1)
[Box: 16, Folder: 1]
Opinion as to Burt and Brabb Lumber Company's Land Titles, n.d. (copy 2 - includes handwritten notes)
[Box: 16, Folder: 2]
Opinion as to Burt and Brabb Lumber Company's Land Titles, n.d. (copy 3 - includes handwritten notes)
[Box: 16, Folder: 3]
Abstracts of Title of the Burt and Brabb Lumber Company's Eastern Kentucky Lands, with handwritten notes, dated March 8, 1906 (copy 1)
[Box: 17, Folder: 1]
Miscellaneous papers removed from copy 1
[Box: 17, Folder: 2]
Abstracts of Title of the Burt and Brabb Lumber Company's Eastern Kentucky Lands, n.d. (copy 2)
[Box: 17, Folder: 3]
Abstracts of Title of the Burt and Brabb Lumber Company's Eastern Kentucky Lands, n.d. (copy 3)
[Box: 18, Folder: 1]
Abstracts of Title of the Burt and Brabb Lumber Company's Eastern Kentucky Lands, n.d. (copy 4)
[Box: 18, Folder: 2]
SURVEYS, MAPS, AND LAND RECORDS
Survey, January 25, 1889
[Folder: 19, Item: 1]
Map indicating company holdings, ca. 1890's
[Folder: 19, Item: 2]
Records of Land Grants and Warrants, 1906
[Folder: 19, Item: 3]
CORRESPONDENCE, 1895-1911
Scope and Content Note:

This series contains the correspondence of Charles W. Burt.

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1895-1911
Barton-Shreve, 1895-1904
[Box: 20, Folder: 1]
Simpson-Swift, 1897-1904
[Box: 20, Folder: 2]
1910-1911 [RESTRICTED]
[Box: 20, Folder: 3]
Scope and Content Note:

The materials in this folder have been restricted due to their poor condition. Photocopies of the materials have been made available for patron use in box 20, folder 4. Patrons must receive permission before looking at the original documents.

1910-1911
[Box: 20, Folder: 4]
Scope and Content Note:

This folder contains photocopies of the damaged materials in Box 20, Folder 3, as well as other (original) correspondence from this period.

CORRESPONDENCE WITH MARVIL I. BRABB, 1895-1900
Scope and Content Note:

Marvil I. Brabb was a Romeo, Michigan bank executive and President of the Burt and Brabb Lumber Company from 1896-1902.

July 3, 1895-June 15, 1896
[Box: 21, Folder: 1]
July 8, 1896-December 10, 1897
[Box: 21, Folder: 2]
January 21-December 28, 1898
[Box: 21, Folder: 3]
January 2-December 22, 1899
[Box: 21, Folder: 4]
January 5 - December 11, 1900
[Box: 21, Folder: 5]
January 10-December 31, 1901
[Box: 22, Folder: 1]
January 7, December 30, 1902
[Box: 22, Folder: 2]
CORRESPONDENCE WITH LOUIS C. HAY, 1895-1907
Scope and Content Note:

Louis C. Hay was Charles W. Burt's brother-in-law and the London Agent for the Burt and Brabb Lumber Company.

February 27, 1895-December 20, 1897
[Box: 23, Folder: 1]
January 6- March 31, 1898
[Box: 23, Folder: 2]
April 5-June 23, 1898
[Box: 23, Folder: 3]
July 1-Septmber 24, 1898
[Box: 23, Folder: 4]
October 26-December 31, 1898
[Box: 23, Folder: 5]
Jan 2-December 31, 1903
[Box: 23, Folder: 6]
January 20-December 15, 1904
[Box: 24, Folder: 1]
January 3-December 18, 1905
[Box: 24, Folder: 2]
January 2, 1906-April 27, 1907
[Box: 24, Folder: 3]
CORRESPONDENCE WITH WELLINGTON R. BURT, 1898-1900
Scope and Content Note:

Wellington R. Burt was Charles W. Burt's Father.

January 8-December 31, 1898
[Box: 25, Folder: 1]
January 2-June 20, 1899
[Box: 25, Folder: 2]
July 21-December 27, 1899
[Box: 25, Folder: 3]
January 5-December 10, 1900
[Box: 25, Folder: 4]