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Indiana Mirror Manufacturing Company collection

Identifier: L473

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records of the Indiana Mirror Manufacturing Company. These records include inventories (1935-1953), trial balance/accounts receivable reports (1941-1954), and profit/loss statements (1935-1954). Also included are the biannual "Census of Manufacturers" (1927-1947) and reports related to the shipment of alcohol (1920-1947). There are also payroll records (1948-1952) which include information about the company’s employees, including birth dates and job descriptions. More information about employees can be found in their employee withholding exemption certificates (1943-1952). There is extensive paperwork related to one employee, Ralph LaGrotta (also spelled LaGrotta or LaGrotte), including tax returns (1943-1946) and immigration information about him and wife Anna and son Joseph. The collection also includes sales figure charts (1932-1953), business reports, correspondence, and price guides for other companies in similar fields.

There is also an oversize folder containing 16 ledger sheets related to various aspects of the business, including machinery and office furniture (OB085).


  • 1911-1954

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 Indiana Mirror Manufacturing Company began business in Indianapolis, Indiana in January 1904. The original president of the company was A. Lehman. The company was purchased by James Franklin Failey for his son, Robert B. Failey, in 1911. Robert Failey eventually became both president and treasurer. The company’s main purpose was to make mirrors for wholesale to other companies. The glass used in the mirrors was sometimes purchased from other businesses such as the Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Company in Toledo, Ohio. The company was dissolved in 1954.


Items withint the collection.

Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Indiana, 1904.

Interview with Laura E. Williams, June 18, 2012.


1.05 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript box, 1 oversize folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OB085: Indiana Mirror Manufacturing Company ledger sheets

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2003/10 by Amy C. Belcher. Collection reprocessed 2012/06 by Laura E. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2003/10 by Amy C. Belcher. EAD finding aid revised 2012/06 by Laura E. Williams. EAD finding aid revised 2021/09/30 by Lauren Patton.
Indiana Mirror Manufacturing Company collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.