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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 127 Kertscher & Co. CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByBecky Rudnicki
Date Completed:3/20/2008
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Michael Manzari in August of 2004.
Terms:Business; Cabinetmakers; Elmira (N.Y.); Furniture industry and trade; Furniture making; Furniture workers; Photographs

Kertscher & Company, a cabinet and furniture manufacturer, was founded in 1899.  Its president was Edward Kertscher, its vice-president was Theodore Markthaler, and treasurer was Theodore Kertscher.  Initially, the company's factory was located at 108 Reformatory Road, but in the years between 1899 and 1907 the company expanded to take over the whole block.  In 1907, the factory moved to 100-110 Thurston Road.  They remained there until the company went out of business in 1938.

Scope:This collection contains images of Kertscher & Company employees, buildings and products. 
Extent1 box
Date Span1899-1938
AbstractThe Kertscher & Co. Collection contains photographs of Kertscher & Company's building, employees, and various items made by the company.

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Photograph of a detailed mantel of a fireplace. Photograph11
Photograph of a dressing table with mirror labelled no.813. Photograph110
Photograph of an ornate bed frame labelled no.803. Photograph111
Photograph of a bed frame labelled 813. Photograph112
Photograph of a chest of drawers with large attached mirror labelled 813. Photograph113
Photograph of a set of two chest of drawers one smaller then the other both labelled no.826. Photograph114
Photograph of a ornatly detailed end table. Photograph115
Photograph of the outside of a building, most likely Kertscher & Company Hardwood Cabinet Makers. Has a man walking buy the outside of the building, (three copies). Photograph116
Photograph the corner of the outside of a building. Photograph117
Photograph of the outside of a building most likely of the Kertscher and Company cabinet buisness. Photograph118
Photograph of the outside of Kertscher and Company Hardwood Cabinet Makers building. Photograph119
Photograph of a chest of drawers with attached mirror labelled no.813. (two copies)Photograph12
Photograph of some men moving wood in the Kertscher and Company Building.Photograph120
Photograph of men moving some wood off of some type of tram into the Kertscher and Company Building. Photograph121
Photograph men making blueprints for cabinets. Photograph122
Photograph of the stores of wood for the Kerscher and Company Cabinet Making Company. Photograph123
Photograph of men moving wood and wooden frames. Photograph124
Photograph of men working in the warehouse. Photograph125
Photograph of men working with some type of large machine in the warehouse. Photograph126
Photograph of a man working with a machine while the other man shovels sawdust and scrap wood. Photograph127
Photograph of men working with machines in the warehouse. Photograph128
Photograph of men sitting and standing by the back end of a train most likely bringing wood to the warehouse.Photograph129
Photograph of a chest of drawers with attached mirror labelled No.803. Photograph13
Photograph of a man using some type of large machine to create cabinets. Photograph130
Photograph of men making parts of different pieces of cabinets. Photograph130
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