|Title:||Imperial Tobacco Company Records|
|Creator:||Imperial Tobacco Company|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|Abstract:||Record (1902-1967) consisting of correspondence, tobacco records, financial and business papers, ledger, etc.|
|Extent:||25.98 Cubic feet, 3000 items , consisting of correspondence, tobacco records, financial and business papers, ledgers, and miscellaneous.|
March 25, 1974, 5 cu. ft. and ca. 120 volumes; Records (1906-1966) of Greenville, N.C., office and scattered records of Farmville, Washington, Williamston, and Robersonville, N.C., branches, including cash journals, payroll and labor records, stemming records, invoices, etc. Gift of the Imperial Tobacco Group, Ltd., Wilson, N.C., Mr. V. E. Brooks, President
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Imperial Tobacco Company Records (#260), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Processed by A. Fouts, April 1989
Encoded by Apex Data Services
The Imperial Tobacco Company (est. 1901) with American headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, operates branches throughout the southeastern United States. The home office of the firm is in Great Britain with branches also located in Ireland.
This collection is mainly concerned with the Greenville, N.C., office of the Eastern North Carolina Branch, although there are limited records included for offices located in Farmville, Washington, Williamston, and Robersonville.
Correspondence in the collection details branch office and inter-office business transactions (1928-1957). Most of the correspondence is between Richmond and Greenville. Records of the office describe the day-to-day transactions of a major tobacco company. Sales by local warehouses to the company, the purchase and shipment of tobacco, handling procedures in the warehouse, and the different grades of tobacco are topics reflected throughout the collection. Other records describe the jobs performed in the warehouses and the kinds of equipment and materials needed to run the operation.
Ledgers detail the financial dealings of the company, the movement and processing of tobacco leaf, equipment used in the operation of the company, and the amounts and kinds of tobacco purchased and sold.
Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.