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Central New York Trade Catalogs and Business Ephemera

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 11 Jun 2007

Biographical History

Central New York has been the home of many companies that went on to become known nationwide, among them Smith Bros. Cough Drops, L.C. Smith Typewriter Company (which later became Smith Corona), Oneida Silverware, Clark Music Company and the Franklin Automobile.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Central New York Trade Catalogs and Business Ephemera consists of correspondence, photographs, printed material and miscellany related to businesses and industries in and around Central New York.

Arrangement of the Collection

Material is divided alphabetically by type. Larger sections, such as trade catalogs and correspondence, are further ordered alphabetically by company name.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the Central New York Local History Collection and Central New York Cultural Ephemera. There are also separate collections for a number of businesses and companies, such as Oneida Silverware (Oneida Community Collection), Endicott-Johnson (Charles F. Johnson and related collections), and Clark Music Company (Melville Clark); please refer to the SCRC Subject Index under "Business and Industry" or under "New York State" for a full listing.

For full descriptions of the merchants' scrip, see New York State scrip and private issues by Gordon L. Harris (S.l. : G.L. Harris, c2001), call no. New York HG627 .N4 2001 (refer to the Classic Catalog to locate).

Subject Headings


Akin, John W.
Chace, A. Frank B.
Evans, Mary Elizabeth.
Osborne family.

Corporate Bodies

J.R. Clancy.
American Seating Company.
Baker Dash Works.
Birdsall Engine company.
Candy Kitchen.
Elmwood Stud.
National Banker's Express Company.
Perry Seed Store.
Protectall Safes.
Syracuse Cart Company.

Associated Titles

Boyd's Syracuse Guide.


Business enterprises -- New York (State) -- History.
Commercial catalogs.
License system -- New York (State)
Liquor laws -- New York (State)
Retail trade -- Law and legislation -- New York (State)


Cayuga County (N.Y.) -- Commerce.
Elbridge (N.Y.) -- Commerce.
Syracuse (N.Y.) -- Commerce.
Utica (N.Y.) -- Commerce.

Genres and Forms

Fliers (printed matter)
Printed ephemera.
Receipts (financial records)
Trade cards.
Trade catalogs.


Commercial businesses.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Central New York Trade Catalogs and Business Ephemera,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Scrip gift of Gordon L. Harris, July 2003. Other material purchased with funds from the Library Associates.

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Printed material