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Collection TitleCL 29 Barker, Rose, Kimball CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKim Richards
Date Completed:4/4/2008
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Rick and Marcia Kimball in 2007.
Terms:Business; Elmira (N.Y.); Hardware stores; Photographs; Sales personnel

Rose, Kimball & Baxter, Inc.- On June 25, 1864 Miles Ayrault and Stephen Rose founded Ayrault & Rose at 14 Lake Street in Elmira, NY.  There they sold hardware and mill supplies.  In 1867, they changed the name to Ayrault, Rose & Co.  During the 1860's the company struggled through recession and a series of fires, but still expanded the business into the wholesale hardware trade in addition retail.  In 1872, Ayrault and Rose were joined by Irvin D. Booth and and Dounce to form the Booth, Dounce, Rose & Co..  By 1875, Booth had left the partnership while Fred Barker joined, leaving the company as Barker, Dounce, Rose & Co.   In 1888, the company became Barker, Rose & Gray and, in 1898, Arthur Clinton replaced Gray making it the Barker, Rose & Clinton Co.  In 1928 Howard Kimball joined the partnership and the company became Barker, Rose & Kimball, Inc.  In 1952, the name changed again to Rose, Kimball & Baxter, Inc.  

Scope:The Barker, Rose & Kimball Collection contains photographs, booklets, documents, correspondence and newspaper clippings about the company and its various incarnations.  The bulk of the collection consists of photographs dating from 1890 to 1986.  The various documents range in date from 1857 to 1964 and include invoices, internal memos and booklets.  The correspondence dates primarily from the 1940's and 1950's. 
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1857-1986

This collection contains documents, booklets, newspaper clippings and photographs concerning Rose, Kimball & Baxter, Inc. and its various incarnations. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Folder contains letters to RKB from the National Wholesale Hardware Association, 1957; The Associated Fishing Tackle Manufacturers, 1957 and Girard Trust Corn Exchange Bank, 1957.LettersB05
Folder contains letters from the magazine Hardware Age.LettersB06
Letter from Sagenkahn's Paint & Hardware dated November 26, 1958.LetterB0701
Letter from Thrifty Hardware Corp dated October 24, 1958.LetterB0702
Letter from Thrifty Hardware dated February 27, 1959.LetterB0703
Letter from Schlatter Hardware Co. dated June 24, 1958LetterB0704
Letter from Treman, King & Co Hardware dated December 14, 1931.LetterB0705
Envelope to Barker Rose & Gray stamped 1897.EnvelopeB0801
Envelope to Barker Rose & Gray stamped 1898.EnvelopeB0802
Envelope to Barker Rose & Clinton stamped 1898.EnvelopeB0803
Postcard for Rose, Kimball & Baxter, Inc.PostcardB0804
50th Anniversary for Barker, Rose & Clinton at Federation Hall, November 20, 1914.ProgramB0805
Eighty-Fifth Annual Banquet of the Mid-Atlantic Hardware Association, January 28, 1971.ProgramB0806
Rose, Kimball & Baxter, Inc., 1864-1964 the First Century, January 25, 1964.ProgramB0807
Rose, Kimball & Baxter, Inc., 1864-1964 the First Century, January 25, 1964.ProgramB0808
Seventy-fifth Anniversary, Barker, Rose & Kimball, Inc.ProgramB0809
Sliding scale for price mark-ups.DocumentB0810
RKB since 1864. A pin to mark the 125th Anniversary of Barker, Rose & Kimball.PinB0811
RKB since 1864. A pin to mark the 125th Anniversary of Barker, Rose & Kimball.PinB0812
1887 Advertisement for Barker, Dounce, Rose & Co.AdvertisementB0813
Album contains photographs of employees and owners of the company. Many of the photographs are labeled.Photograph AlbumB09
Album contains photographs of employees and owners of the company. Many of the photographs are labeled.Photograph AlbumB10
Framed photograph of the Annual Meeting Profit Maker Dealers of Rose, Kimball & Baxter, Inc., January 20, 1958. PhotographC0001
Group of Barker, Rose & Kimball salesmen, circa 1935.PhotographC0002
Sunbeam Toaster employee demonstrates his wears at the Banker's Showboat, May 3-5, 1949.PhotographC0003
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