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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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Collection TitleCL 56 Hygeia Refrigerating Co. CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin, Debra Maloney
Date Completed:January 2009
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library in 1982 by Garth Shoemaker.

 Elmira (N.Y.); Business enterprises;  Corporate meetings - Stockholder's meetings;  Corporate meetings - Corporate minutes; Flood control;  Refrigeration and refrigerating machinery - cold-storage lockers.

Historical:Hygeia Refrigerating Company- The Hygeia Refrigerating Company was created on September 1, 1896 to provide refrigeration services to grocers, shippers and citizens.   On March 5, 1921, an off-shoot, Hygeia Ice Cream Company, was created. Corning-Hygeia, Inc. was then founded on February 21, 1930.  The company provided cold storage for produce, furs, and wholesale distribution of ice and ice cream until 1976.  Major officers were Clayton S. Shoemaker, Floyd M. Shoemaker, Guy S. Shoemaker, J. Raymond Shoemaker, David Shoemaker and Garth Shoemaker, who was the last president.  The company was heavily involved in making improvements to the south dike of the Chemung River.  David Shoemaker's wife, Eleanor, founded the Eleanor Shoemaker Real Estate Company in 1962.    
Scope:The collection includes stock ledgers and certificates books from 1896-1904; stock certificates from 1921 and 1924-1927; by-laws of Corning-Hygeia, Inc. from 1930; diagrams of at-grade crossing elimination projects from 1932; architectural drawings, blueprints and correspondence regarding flood control projects from 1936-1946; promotional photographs of the company taken by Fred Loomis and Steiner Studios, from 1924-1954; and the 1954 summary appraisal.
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1896-1954
AbstractThis collection contains material relating to the Hygeia Refrigerating Company of Elmira, N.Y. and its subsidiaries. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Photographs of exterior of Hygeia Refrigerating Company, taken by Steiner Studio, undatedPhotograph020606
Aerial photographs of Hygeia Refrigerating Company, taken by Steiner Studio, undatedPhotograph020607
Photographs of interior of cold storage inside Hygeia Refrigerating Company showing various products being stored, taken by Steiner Studio, undatedPhotograph020608
Photographs of interior of Hygeia Refrigerating Company, taken by Steiner Studio, undated Photograph020609
Envelope labeled Hygeia Refrigeration Co. Photos with return address of Office for Emergency Management, Office of Defense TransportationDocument020701
Photograph of employee pointing at clock in front of key closet, undatedPhotograph020702
Photograph taken by Steiner of refrigerating equipmentPhotograph020703
Photograph taken by Steiner of refrigerating equipment, undatedPhotograph020703
Photograph of engine room and pipes of Hygeia Refrigerating Plant, undatedPhotograph020704
Photographs (14) of interior storage at Hygeia Refrigerating Co., Steiner Studios, undatedPhotograph020705
Photographs (4) of interior storage in Hygeia Refrigerating Company, taken by Fred Loomis, undatedPhotograph020706
Photograph of celery storage area inside Hygeia Refrigerating Company, taken by Fred Loomis, October 1934Photograph020707
Twp (2) photographs of interior storage areas inside Hygeia Refrigerating Company, undatedPhotograph020708
Summary appraisal of the Hygeia Refrigerating Co. by the Manufacturers' Appraisal Company, 1954.Manuscript020801
Hygeia Refrigerating Company Summaries, 1954Document020801
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