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Elmira Nobles Manufacturing Company collection

 Collection — Folder: S2143
Identifier: S2143

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence ranging from 1876 to 1884 that was sent by Indiana businesses to the Elmira Nobles Manufacturing Company and later to Gillett and Company regarding order requests, payments, and complaints. The correspondents were hardware dealers and other businesses from Indianapolis, Union City, Marion, Frederick, Terre Haute, Logansport, South Bend, Jeffersonville, Goshen, Madison, Perrysville, and Richmond.


  • 1876-1884


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Nobles Manufacturing Company was organized in 1866 and produced carpenter's braces and other specialty carpentry tools. The company sold out and the Elmira Nobles Manufacturing Company was formed on March 1, 1871. In April 1877, Solomon L. Gillett and Robert T. Turner took over the business and operated the firm under the name of Gillet and Company. The company continued to manufacture augers, bits, and other tools until it was sold to Connecticut capitalists in 1886 and the business in Elmira was abandoned.


History of Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins, and Schuyler Counties, New York. Philadelphia: Everts and Ensign, 1879.

"Robert Tifft Turner Passes Away. Was One of Elmira's Prominent Men. Elmira Star-Gazette (NY), November 8, 1915.

"Solomon L. Gillett. The Death of One of Elmira's Foremost Citizens." Elmira Daily Gazette and Free Press (NY), January 29, 1894.


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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Chemung County HIstorical Society (New York) in 1975.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/01/22 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/01/22 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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