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Elizabeth City Iron Works and Supply Company Records, 1938-1953

(Manuscript Collection #444)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Elizabeth City Iron Works and Supply Company Records
Creator: Elizabeth City Iron Works and Supply Company
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Records (1938-1953) including correspondence, minutes of stockholders' and directors' meetings, and related documents.
Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, 3 volumes (dismantled into folders) of financial records, interspersed correspondence, minutes of stockholders' and directors' meetings, and related documents. items.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

April 29, 1982, 3 volumes; Correspondence and minutes of directors' meetings (1939-1952) and minutes of stockholders' meetings (1939-1945). Loaned by Capt. Ernest Sanders, Elizabeth City, N.C.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Elizabeth City Iron Works and Supply Company Records (#444), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Thorpe Sanders, May 25, 2011
  • Loaned by Capt. Ernest Sanders, April 29, 1982

Processing Information

  • Processed by A. Cavenaugh, March 1983

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

This company was founded in 1875 and was primarily a shipbuilding and boat-building operation. The repair of ships and boats and the sale of marine supplies and related material were other important facets of the business. In 1939 the company was divided into three divisions: Iron Works Division, Mill and Marine Supply Division, and Shipyard Division.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Financial records reflect company activities for the period from 1938 through 1940. Following the parent company's balance sheets and profit and loss statements (1938, Jan. - Mar., 1939), financial records of each division are arranged separately. Mill and Marine Supply Division records consist of monthly statements of income and balance sheets (Mar.-Dec., 1939), summary statements of income (Jan.-Sept., 1940), a statement of income (1940), an expense sheet (1940), and balance sheets (June, Sept., Dec., 1940). Iron works Division records consist of monthly income statements and balance sheets (Mar.-Dec., 1939), summary statements of income (Jan.-Sept., 1940), and balance sheets (June, Sept., 1940). Elizabeth City Shipyard records consist of monthly statements of income and balance sheets (Mar.-Dec., 1939), statements of income (Jan.-Sept., 1940), and balance sheets (June, Sept., 1940).

Additional material includes minutes of stockholders' meetings (Feb. 28, 1939-Dec. 5, 1953) and minutes of directors' meetings (Feb. 28, 1939 - Dec. 30, 1949). The minutes, which are fairly routine in nature, reflect the company's dealings with financial institutions and clients, including the United States government. During World War II,government contracts called for the construction of harbor tugs and submarine chasers for the Navy and aircraft rescue boats and oil barges for the Army. The stockholders' meeting minutes are interspersed with correspondence, proxies, bylaws (Jan., 1942), an annual report (1943), an account of shares (1945), and related documents. Of particular interest are minutes that pertain to the division of the company (Feb. 28, 1939), financial troubles, bankruptcy, and reorganization (Nov. 24, Dec. 5, 1953). Minutes of directors' meetings are interspersed with resolutions, reports, and legal documents. Of particular interest in the minutes is a discussion of the disclosure that the Navy had given the company an ultimatum either to stop work on Army projects or have its Navy contracts canceled (Mar. 6, 1943). This topic is also reflected in a file of correspondence (1943).

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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.

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