Fonds F56 - Matthews-Wells Company fonds

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Matthews-Wells Company fonds

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    CA ON00126 F56

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    • [193-?] - [196-?] (Creation)

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    ca 5 cm of textual records
    15 photographs : b&w and col prints
    9 photographs : b&w negatives

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    Administrative history

    The Matthews Wells Company was established in 1931. The founders of the company included James Matthews, Arthur Wells, Jim Dunlop and Howard Matthews. The company produced jams and was well known for their Rose Brand of pickles. The Company occupied the former Dominion Linens plant on Victorian Road, but expanded to a Twelve acres site by the 1960s. The floor area of the plant also increased during this time to about 80, 000 square feet. The company started with 12 employees, and by 1962, it employed about 160 people. In 1959 the company became a part of the Nabisco Food Division of Nabisco Ltd and was later purchased by Robin Hood Flour Mills Ltd in July 1968. In October of that year the plant was closed.

    Custodial history

    Prior to their transfer to Guelph Public Library Archives, Stephen Lewis had unbroken custody of these records.

    Scope and content

    This fonds consists of photographs and textual records created and or received by the Matthew Wells Company in Guelph, Ontario during the course of their business activities. The photographs include aerial shots of the plant in Guelph and of one based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. There is also a photograph of the plant’s employees, a woman’s sport team and of the company’s products such as bottles of jams and jellies likely used for promotional or advertisement purposes. The textual components consist of the company’s stationary, examples of labels for use on their products, payment vouchers and a booklet entitled, NPPA Sponsored Fundamental Research Unraveling the Mysteries of Pickling, 70 Years of Progress: The Pickle Fair. There is no further arrangement to these records

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    Some photographs in this fonds are in poor condition and require care in their handling and use.

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        The majority of photographs in this fonds are available electronically.

        Restrictions on access

        Access to these records is restricted for conservation reasons. Please contact the Guelph Public Library archivist to gain access to these records.

        Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

        Donor-held copyright in these records has been transferred to the Guelph Public Library. Permission of the Guelph Public Library is required for publication.

        Finding aids

        To access these records, order box 1 (Row 4, Bay 3, Shelf 3), Matthews-Wells Company fonds, from the Guelph Public Library Archivist. A listing is available for photographs in this fonds.

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        No further accruals of records are expected.

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