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    The Salem China Company Collection, 1930s-1981.
     
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    Creator: 
    Salem China Company (creator).
    Title: 
    The Salem China Company Collection, 1930s-1981.
    Phy. Description: 
    10.15 cu. ft.
    25 boxes.
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding aid
    Bio / His Notes: 
    The Salem China Company of Salem, Ohio was founded in 1898 by Pat and John McNichol, Dan Cronin, and William Smith, all from East Liverpool, Ohio. From 1898-1960 the company was engaged in both manufacturing and distribution. Since 1960, its function has been distribution only. In addition to the manufacture and distribution of dinnerware, novelty, and souvenirware, the Salem China Co. distributed flatware, crystal, and Corningware and was the American distributor for the James Sadler Company, English manufacturers of teapots. The company supplemented its sales to retail outlets by heavy reliance on bank, movie, drugstore, and supermarket promotions.
    Scope and Content: 
    Includes records of the Salem China Company relating to the administration of the company, its sales and art department, and other material relating to plant operations prior to 1960, when the company ceased manufacturing and became a distributor only. Includes photographs of various promotions, Salem China patterns, factory buildings, sales staff, show rooms, etc. as well as extensive advertising material of the Salem China Co. and its competitors. Another series contains blueprints and drawings of the Salem China Company's plant and equipment. Another series contains bulletins issued by the Associated Industries of Cleveland from 1977 to 1981.
    Organization: 
    Divided into 8 series: (1) General Administration; (2) Associated Industries of Cleveland Bulletins; (3) Sales Department Records; (4) Promotional Photographs; (5) Art Department, Patterns, Cake Sets, Service Plates, Souvenir Plates, Misc. Records; (6) Competitors' Advertising; (7) Plant Operations; (8) Blueprints of Plant Operation & Equipment.
    Provenance: 
    McKee, Floyd; Sebrings, F. A.; McNichol, Pat; McNichol, John; Keller, J. Harrison; Keller, Gary (?).
    Finding aids: 
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    Cite as: 
    The Salem China China Company Collection, 1930s-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
    Restrictions: 
    Unrestricted research use on site, by appointment.
    There are no usage or copyright restrictions on material in this collection. Rights were conveyed to the Archives Center through a Deed of Gift signed by the donor.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Porcelain
    Potters
    Subject - Geographical: 
    Ohio
    Subject-Name: 
    James Sadler Company
    Form / Genre: 
    Blueprints -- 20th century.
    Clippings
    Bulletins
    Records
    Drawings -- 20th century
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
    Item Information
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    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0325Add Copy to MyList

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