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 Providence Warehouse Company

 Storage company, Providence, R.I.

 Records, 1882-1931

 Size: 1.5 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 483 sg 39

 Processed by: Steve Dalpe and Rick Stattler, August 1998

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            The American Horse Nail Company was incorporated as a manufacturing company by an act of the Rhode Island General Assembly in May of 1859. It disappears from the Providence directories after 1867, and sold off all its assets in 1874. In January of 1882, the General Assembly amended its charter to change the name to the Providence Warehouse Company, with a new slate of directors, James H. Coggeshall being the only one to carry over. There seems to have been no real connection between the two companies; even the location was different. The company's new purpose was "a general warehouse and storage business". Its original building was bounded by Cove Street, Mason Street and Aborn Street, and was purchased from stockholder Amos Barstow and others. As downtown changed, the lot's address became the corner of Mason and West Exchange Streets. An additional warehouse was built on the same lot in 1883. In March of 1888, after lengthy deliberations, the board's Committee on Cold Storage decided to install "the Weeks system of refrigeration on one floor at an expense not exceeding $3000", and the company expanded into the cold storage business.

            The majority of the company's stock was initially held by the Barstow family. By 1917, the Hazard family had acquired the majority. That year, the R. Hazard Estate Company was formed, and became the majority stockholder. In 1925, the company's land and two buildings in Providence were sold to the U.S. Ring Traveler Company for $60,000. The company was liquidated and dissolved in 1928. The Providence Civic Center has since been built on the land on which the warehouse once stood.

The following men served as presidents of the company:

Amos C. Barstow (1813-1894)                    1882-1894

Rowland Hazard II (1829-1898)                 1896-1898

Amos C. Barstow Jr. (1848-1903)               1898-1903

Rowland G. Hazard II (1855-1918)            1904-1918

Rowland Hazard III (1881-1945)               1918-1928

The following men served as secretary:

George E. Barstow                                       1882-1885

C.R. Weeden                                                 1885-1887

Ozias C. Goodwin (1850-1921)                  1887-1921

John R. Carpenter (1874-1950)                   1921-1928

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Scope and content:

            This collection includes minute books, financial records, correspondence and various corporate papers.

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            These papers were donated by the Hazard family as part of the Hazard Family Papers in 1985. They had been deposited in 1975.

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Processing note:

            This collection is part of the Hazard Family Papers, which were processed with support from the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, the Beinecke Foundation, and the extended Hazard Family.

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Series 1: Administrative records

Series 1, subseries 1: Corporate papers

Box 1, folder 1. Minute book, 1882-1927 (stockholders and directors)

Box 1, folder 2. Incorporation and by-laws, 1882, with 1921 revision

Box 1, folder 3. Agreements, 1882-1928

Series 1, subseries 2: Correspondence

Most of the correspondence is with the treasurer unless noted. The bulk deals with stock transfers, meeting notices and the dissolution of the company, and there is very little relating to the daily operation of the warehouse.

Box 1, folder 4. 1883-1888, 1899

Box 1, folder 5. 1908-1923

Box 1, folder 6. 1924-1925

Box 1, folder 7. 1926

Box 1, folder 8. 1926-1927 (president Rowland Hazard III's file)

Box 1, folder 9. 1927

Box 1, folder 10. 1928

Box 1, folder 11. 1929-1931

Oversized volume 1. Outgoing letter book, 1921-1929

Series 1, subseries 3: Stock data

Box 1, folder 12. American Horse Nail Company stock transfer and certificates, 1882

Box 1, folder 13. Stock transfer book, 1882-1926

Box 1, folder 14. Stock certificates, 1882-1926

Box 1, folder 15. Lists of stockholders and officers, 1908-1925

Box 1, folder 16. Stock Correspondence Re.: Transfers

Series 2: Financial records

Box 1, folder 17. Accrued storage lists, 1909-1926. Accounts with customers.

Box 1, folder 18. Bank account book (R.I. Hospital Trust), 1899-1924

Box 1, folder 19. Bank account book (R.I. Hospital Trust), 1925-1928

Box 1, folder 20. Cash book, 1882-1887

Box 1, folder 21. Financial statements, 1900-1926

Box 1, folder 22. Journal, 1886-1896

Box 1, folder 23. Journal, 1896-1920

Box 1, folder 24. Journal, 1922-1927

Box 1, folder 25. Ledger, 1882-1896

Box 1, folder 26. Ledger, 1896-1910

Box 2, folder 1. Ledger, 1922-1927

Box 2, folder 2. Mortgage payments, 1882-1925

Oversized box 5, folder 3. Taxes - Corporation returns, 1918-1927

Box 2, folder 3. Taxes - Capital stock, 1918-1926

Box 2, folder 4. Tax memoranda and correspondence, 1919-1928

Oversized volume 2. Trial balance book, 1899-1904

Oversized volume 3. Trial balance book, 1905-1915

Oversized volume 4. Trial balance book, 1915-1925

Oversized volume 5. Trial balance book, 1925-1927

Oversized box 5, folder 4. Trial balance sheets, 1883-1927

Series 3: Property records

Box 2, folder 5. Building specifications, 1883

Box 2, folder 6. Deeds and leases, 1882, 1918-1924

Box 2, folder 7. Sprinkler system contracts and bills, 1915-1922

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American Horse Nail Company (Providence, R.I.)

Barstow, Amos C. (1813-1894)

Goodwin, Ozias C. (1850-1921)

Hazard, Rowland G. II (1855-1918)

Hazard, Rowland III (1881-1945)

Providence, R.I. - Commerce

Refrigeration and refrigerating machinery - Rhode Island - Providence

Warehouses - Rhode Island - Providence

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