Strater Brothers Tobacco Company records

Descriptive Summary

Title
Strater Brothers Tobacco Company records
Date
1891-1920
Extent
2.48 Cubic feet
Subjects
Business records--Kentucky.
Tobacco industry--Kentucky.
Tobacco industry.
Arrangement
Organized into series by filing structure: Assorted files, Burley Tobacco Co. files, Classified business files, Employment records, Financial records, Government files,Insurance files, and Trademark records.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
76M17: [identification of item], Strater Brothers Tobacco Company records, 1891-1920, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Strater Brothers Tobacco Company of Louisville manufactured several popular brands of chewing and smoking tobacco. The Burley Tobacco Company purchased Strater Brothers in 1912. Following the purchase, the company became known as the Strater Brothers branch of the Burley Tobacco Company.
Scope and Content
The Strater Brothers Tobacco Company records comprise correspondence, contracts, trademark certificates, insurance policies, tax returns, account books, check stubs, deposit slips, vouchers, and bank statements, relating to the company's operations as an independent entity and as a branch of the Burley Tobacco Company. The records reflect the company's relationships with suppliers and distributors; the Burley Tobacco Company; the United States government, the Kentucky state government, and the City of Louisville; and trade associations such as the Trade Mark Association of Plug Tobacco Manufacturers. The collection is organized into eight series: Assorted files, Burley Tobacco Co. files, Classified business files, Employment records, Financial records, Government files,Insurance files, and Trademark records..

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Assorted files, 1915-1916

Scope and Contents note

The Assorted files series includes tobacco stamps, alcohol stamps, advertisements, and empty envelopes. Additionally, the series contains instructions and combinations for the Strater Brothers Tobacco Company's safes.

Tobacco advertisements, undated

  • Box 7, Folder 3
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Tobacco stamps, 1915-1916

  • Box 7, Folder 4
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Alcohol stamps, undated

  • Box 7, Folder 5
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Empty envelopes, undated

  • Box 7, Folder 6
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Safe instructions and combinations, undated

  • Box 7, Folder 7
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Burley Tobacco Co. files, 1914-1919

Scope and Contents note

The Burley Tobacco Co. files series consists of correspondence and legal documents, which illuminate the business connections between the Burley Tobacco Co. and Strater Brothers Tobacco Co.

Correspondence, 1914-1919

  • Box 3, Folder 4
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Bills and receipts, 1919

  • Box 3, Folder 5
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Classified business files, 1906-1919

Scope and Contents note

The Classified business files series consists of business correspondence, bills, receipts, and contracts, which document the Strater Brothers' interactions with various companies. The series is arranged alphabetically by company. Some of the notable companies represented in the business files are: American Can Company, Banner Transfer Company, H. L. Boatwright and Company, Kentucky and Virginia Leaf Tobacco Company, J. B. Speed and Company, and J. W. Teasdale and Company.

A, 1907

  • Box 2, Folder 1
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B, 1913-1919

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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C, 1913-1919

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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D-E, 1913-1919

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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F, 1911-1919

  • Box 2, Folder 5
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G-H, 1911-1919

  • Box 2, Folder 6
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I-K, 1912-1919

  • Box 2, Folder 7
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L-P, 1906-1919

  • Box 3, Folder 1
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R-T, 1912-1919

  • Box 3, Folder 2
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U-Z, 1912-1918

  • Box 3, Folder 3
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Employment records, 1912-1914

Scope and Contents note

The Employment records series includes several employment contracts and lists of workers.

, 1912, undated

  • Box 4, Folder 14
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Employee contracts, 1912, 1914

  • Box 4, Folder 15
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Financial records, 1906-1919

Scope and Contents note

The Financial records series forms the bulk of the collection and comprises account books, bank statements, check stubs, deposit slips, and vouchers. These records document the financial health of the company and include profit estimates, documentation of expenses, and ordering information.

General, 1906-1919

Expense accounts, 1913-1919

  • Box 4, Folder 16
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Ordering, 1906-1916

  • Box 4, Folder 17
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Tobacco purchases, 1919

  • Box 4, Folder 18
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Assets, profits, sales, and expenses, 1913-1919

  • Box 4, Folder 19
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Daily shipping list showing pounds by brands and total shipments by months, 1907 January 1 - 1911 December 31

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Financial calculations, undated

  • Box 7, Folder 2
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Account books, 1912-1918

, 1912

  • Box 4, Folder 20
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, 1916

  • Box 5, Folder 1
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, 1916-1918

  • Box 5, Folder 2
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Bank statements, 1916-1919

, 1916

  • Box 5, Folder 3
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, 1917

  • Box 5, Folder 4-5
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, 1918

  • Box 5, Folder 6-7
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, 1919

  • Box 5, Folder 8
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Check stubs, 1911-1916

, 1911

  • Box 6, Folder 1
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, 1916

  • Box 6, Folder 2
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Deposit slips, 1918-1919

, 1918 - 1919 March

  • Box 6, Folder 3
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, April 1919

  • Box 6, Folder 4
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, May 1919

  • Box 6, Folder 5
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, June 1919

  • Box 6, Folder 6
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, July 1919

  • Box 6, Folder 7
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, August 1919

  • Box 6, Folder 8
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Vouchers, 1917-1919

, 1917

  • Box 6, Folder 9-10
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, 1918

  • Box 6, Folder 11-12
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, 1919

  • Box 7, Folder 1
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Government files, 1904-1920

Scope and Contents note

The Government files series consists of tax documents and inventories indicating the extent of government involvement in the tobacco industry during the early 20th century.

Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce, 1912-1919

  • Box 4, Folder 3
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United States Internal Revenue Service, 1911-1920

Correspondence, 1915-1916

  • Box 4, Folder 4
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Tobacco manufacturer's monthly return, 1918-1919

  • Box 4, Folder 5
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Return and inventory, 1917-1919

  • Box 4, Folder 6
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Tobacco manufacturer's bond, 1911-1919

  • Box 4, Folder 7
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Record of leaf tobacco purchased, 1919

  • Box 4, Folder 8
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Certificates of registry, 1913-1920

  • Box 4, Folder 9
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Blank forms, undated

  • Box 4, Folder 10
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United States Department of Labor, 1916-1919

  • Box 4, Folder 11
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State of Kentucky agencies, 1915-1916

  • Box 4, Folder 12
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City of Louisville, 1904-1919

  • Box 4, Folder 13
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Insurance files, 1910-1919

Scope and Contents note

The Insurance files series contains the Strater Brothers Tobacco Company's insurance policies and correspondence.

, 1910-1913

  • Box 4, Folder 1
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Insurance record, 1919

  • Box 4, Folder 2
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Trademark records, 1891-1913

Scope and Contents note

The Trademark records series includes correspondence and certificates. The series illustrates the relationship between independent tobacco companies and trade associations such as the Trade Mark Association of Plug Tobacco Manufacturers.

, 1891-1893

  • Box 3, Folder 6
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, 1893-1896

  • Box 3, Folder 7
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, 1897-1898

  • Box 3, Folder 8
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, 1900-1912

  • Box 3, Folder 9
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, 1913

  • Box 3, Folder 10
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