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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
Three men inspect sink and dishwasher, no date.PhotographC0004
Group photo of the employees of Barker, Rose & Kimball at the company's 75th Anniversary, 1939.PhotographC0005
Misters Hobler, Peterson, Atwater, Spence, Bean, Wilder, Rose, Deister and Loomis, retail staff at Barker, Rose & Clinton, 1908. PhotographC0006
Barker, Rose & Clinton employees at the company picnic at Rorick's Glen, 1904.PhotographC0007
Photograph of the fire damage at Barker, Rose & Gray, corner of Lake and Water Street, June 30, 1890. PhotographC0008
Speaker at the Mount Airy Lodge, no date. PhotographC0009
Speaker at the Mount Airy Lodge, no date. PhotographC0010
Speaker at the Mount Airy Lodge, no date. PhotographC0011
Barker, Rose & Kimball employees at the company Christmas Dinner, December 1943. PhotographC0013
Rose, Kimball & Baxter employees at an event, no date. PhotographC0014
5 Rose, Kimball & Baxter employees at a meeting, no date. PhotographC0015
5 Rose, Kimball & Baxter employees at a meeting, no date. PhotographC0016
Rick Kimball representing Rose, Kimball & Baxter at the Pro Hardware conference, no date. PhotographC0017
Old sales office at Barker, Rose & Clinton Co., 1925. PhotographC0018
Charles Waters, Gloyd Kimball and Ralph Waterhouse at a meeting of the Elmira Area Sales Executives Association, no date.PhotographC0020
Barker, Rose & Kimball, Inc. sales meeting, November 1949. PhotographC0021
Barker, Rose & Kimball, Inc. annual sales meeting, December 1952. (2 copies)PhotographC0022
Barker, Rose & Clinton Co. employees Ralph Abell, Robert Huntington, Les Lamoreaux, Frank Brydges, Seymour Staples, Gene Stowell, Ed Deister, Charles Atwater, Charles Gardner, Guy Griswold, Howard Fox, Tracy Kraus, Don Blanding, H.H. Kimball, Herman Rosencrants, Bill McCreight adn Alex Buchanan, 1920. PhotographC0023
Group photo of Barker, Rose & Kimball Inc. salesmen, 1938. PhotographC0025
Portrait of S.E. Rose, no date. PhotographC0027
Photograph of Donald Campbell on the Barker, Rose & Clinton Co. float, circa 1910. PhotographC0028
Rose, Kimball & Baxter Inc. employees on the steps outside the RKB building, May 15, 1986. PhotographC0029
Photograph of Gloyd Kimball and an unidentified man, no date. PhotographC0030
Hardware convention at the Elmira Armory, July 22, 1947.PhotographC0031
Hardware convention at the Elmira Armory, July 22, 1947.PhotographC0032
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