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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
Toy show at the Elmira Armory, June 15, 1948. PhotographC0033
Rose, Kimball & Baxter parade float, June 13, 1964. PhotographC0034
Barker, Rose & Kimball, Inc. annual sales meeting, December 1952. PhotographC0037
Artistic Card Co. building at 1575 Lake Street, Christmas 1961. PhotographC0038
Portrait of Fred Barker. PhotographC0050
Photograph of "road-men," circa 1910. PhotographC0051
Carver House, May 1950. PhotographC0062
Interior of a hardware store, circa 1900. PhotographC0063
New York State Jobbers, circa 1920.PhotographC0064
Barker, Rose & Kimball Inc. employees at the company's 75th anniversary, 1939. PhotographC0065
Photograph of the construction of the extension of the Barker, Rose & Kimball building on Baldwin St.PhotographC0070
New York State Jobbers, circa 1920. PhotographC0071
Group photograph od the Weibschen & Accordian Admirers, no date. PhotographC0073
Portrait of an unidentified businessman. PhotographC0080
Photograph of Barker, Rose & Clinton Co. employees Deister, Buchanon, Atwater, Howell, Kimball, Converse, Ford, Bolt, Borden and Foster, 1910. PhotographC0087
Photograph album containing pictures and newspaper clippings of Rose, Kimball & Baxter buildings, 1865-1978. Photograph AlbumC0101
This folder contains the following photographs of company buildings: fire damage at Barker, Rose & Gray, corner of Lake & Water Streets, June 30, 1890; Barker, Rose & Clinton Storehouse No. 1, 1910; (2)Barker, Rose & Kimball, Inc. warehouse interior, 1951; addition to Clinton St. building, ca. 1960s; 1575 Lake Street, 1961; Rose, Kimball & Baxter Inc., 507-513 Baldwin Street, 1972. PhotographsC0201
This folder contains the following images of the 1972 Flood: Rose, Kimball and Baxter building (509-513 Baldwin Street) under water; damage to RKB offices and warehouse; flooding on Madison Ave.; Flooding on 5th Street; clean-up on Water Street; flooding on unidentified streets. PhotographC0301
(28) Slides of the remodeling of the new Rose, Kimball & Baxter building at 1575 Lake Street, 1977. SlidesC0401
This folder contains the following photographs: Irving D. Booth; Barker, Rose & Clinton Co. retail team, 1898; Mike Green in delivery wagon, 1898; company picnic at Rorick's Glen, 1904; Barker, Rose & Clinton Co. retail team, 1908.PhotographsC0501
This folder contains the following images: Annual Pro Dealer meeting at the Mark Twain Hotel, October 21-22, 1962; (10) Rose, Kimball & Baxter Inc. company picnic, 1968; Gloyd Kimball, Gene Kimball, Bob Luden & Rick Kimball deer hunting, 1968; employees Bob Rose, Gloyd Kimball, Bernie Burn, Tom Kimball, Rex Baxter, Gordon Carver and Chuck Malcolm, 1969; unidentified employees.PhotographsC0901
Newsletter - RKB Reporter, Rose, Kimball & Baxter: December 7, 1978-February 24, 1983. NewsletterD0000
Scrapbook of Barker, Rose & Kimball, Inc., and Rose, Kimball & Baxter, Inc. company history, including clippings, photographs and booklets, 1925-1964. ScrapbookE0101
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