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Matthiessen-Hegeler Zinc Company Records (LaSalle)

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General Corporate Information

Financial Information

Property and Production Information

Employee Records

Stock Information

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Correspondence, Legal and Government Documents, Insurance

Sales and Contracts

Subsidiary Companies

Photos, Maps and Blueprints

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Collection Overview

Title: Matthiessen-Hegeler Zinc Company Records (LaSalle), 1858-1978

ID: RHC/RC/167

Extent: 68.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is organized into ten series: General Corporate Information; Financial Information; Property and Production Information; Employee Records; Stock Information; Tax and Banking Information; Correspondence, Legal and Government Documents, Insurance; Sales and Contracts; Subsidiary Companies; Photos, Maps and Blueprints.

The General Corporate Information series is divided into three subseries: Governance Papers; Minutes of Executive and Managing Committees; Minutes of Board of Directors.

Financial Information, the second series, is divided into four subseries: Corporate Accounts; Ledgers and Journals; Reports; Financial Statements.

The third series, Property and Production Information, is divided into four subseries: Property, Depreciation and Appraisal; Deeds and Leases; Production Ledgers and Statistics; Production Papers and Patents.

Employee Records, the fourth series,  is organized into three subseries: Salary and Wage Information; Safety and Accident Information; Union and Labor Information.

The Stock Information series contains two subseries: Stockholder’s Minutes and Certificates; Dividend and Transfer Information.

The Tax and Banking Information series is divided into three subseries: Tax Information; Bank Books, Notes and Bonds; Bankruptcy Information.

Correspondence, Legal and Government Documents, and Insurance is the seventh series. It is organized into four subseries, according to type cf record.

Date Acquired: 03/01/1984

Subjects: Chicago (Ill.), Exhibit, German Americans, Hegeler, Edward C., Labor unions, LaSalle (Ill.), Matthiessen, Frederick O., Matthiessen-Hegeler Zinc Company, Mineral industries, Peru (Ill.), Stock exchange, World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.), Zinc industry and trade

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Records in the Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc Company collection document the company’s activities from its founding in 1858 to its dissolution in 1978.The collection is organized into ten series:  General Corporate Information; Financial Information; Property and Production Information; Employee Records; Stock Information; Tax and Banking Information; Correspondence, Legal and Government Documents, Insurance; Sales and Contracts; Subsidiary Companies; Photos, Maps and Blueprints.  Some items are in German.

The General Corporate Information series is divided into three subseries:  Governance Papers; Minutes of Executive and Managing Committees; Minutes of Board of Directors.  This series documents the company’s organization in the Nineteenth Century and its reorganization after declaring bankruptcy in 1935.  Additional bankruptcy records are within the collection..  Two company histories are also in the collection.

Financial Information, the second series, contains the company’s financial records from 1863 to 1978.  This series is divided into four subseries: Corporate Accounts; Ledgers and Journals; Reports; Financial Statements.  Records in this series include cash books, sundry personal accounts, general ledgers and auditor’s reports.  In addition, some annual reports are located in the Reports subseries.

The third series, Property and Production Information, is divided into four subseries: Property, Depreciation and Appraisal; Deeds and Leases; Production Ledgers and Statistics; Production Papers and Patents.  Information contained in this series includes plant and equipment values, production levels and costs, reports on research and patents for production innovations.  The original deeds and leases to land in LaSalle, Illinois and other sites are in the Deeds and Leases subseries.

Employee Records, the fourth series, contains material on salaries, wages, benefits and unions.  This series is organized into three subseries: Salary and Wage Information; Safety and Accident Information; Union and Labor Information.  Accident reports, retirement trusts and labor costs are included in this series.

The Stock Information series contains stockholder’s minutes, registers, stock certificates and ledgers within two subseries:  Stockholder’s Minutes and Certificates; Dividend and Transfer Information.  It is followed by the Tax and Banking Information series which is divided into three subseries:  Tax Information; Bank Books, Notes and Bonds; Bankruptcy Information.  In addition to tax returns and bank books, the series contains bondholder lists and bond assignments that are related to the material in the Bankruptcy Information subseries.

Correspondence, Legal and Government Documents, and Insurance is the seventh series.  It is organized into four subseries, according to type cf record.  Some of the material in the Correspondence subseries is in German.  The Legal Documents subseries contains material on Matthiessen’ s estate and lawsuit decrees.  Most of the Government Documents subseries is composed of reports to and from Federal commissions.  The Insurance subseries includes policies covering employee liability and compensation in addition to fire and equipment insurance.

The eighth series contains Sales and Contracts.  A majority of the material in the Sales subseries dates from 1884 to 1902.  The Contracts subseries is composed of contracts with federal, state and city governments and also over 1,000 business contracts that date 1890-1970.  An index to the business contracts follows this inventory.

Records from sixteen Subsidiary Companies comprise the ninth series.  Subseries are composed of records from individual subsidiaries.  The information, which varies from company to company, includes incorporation papers, contracts, stock information and financial records.

The last series is composed of Photos, Maps and Blueprints.  The number of photographs is given in parentheses following the folder title.  Maps and Blueprints are in the oversize map cabinets.  Some of the maps are fragile and difficult to handle.  They outline coal veins, factory floor plans and the zinc smelting process.

Researchers are encouraged to consult related collections, especially those dealing with the industry and economy of LaSalle and Peru such as the Westclox Incorporated Records (RC 116) and the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Records (RC 156).

Collection Historical Note

The Matthiessen and Hegeler Zinc Company of LaSalle, Illinois, was founded in 1858 by Frederich W. Matthiessen and Edward C. Hegeler, two mining engineers who had emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1856.  The founders chose the site in LaSalle because of its central location to midwestern zinc ore deposits and the vast availability of coal on that site.  The company remained in business producing zinc and zinc products until its dissolution in 1978.

What began as a zinc smelting operation soon grew to include many other enterprises as well.  In 1865, Matthiessen and Hegeler Zinc opened America’s first rolling mill for the production of sheet zinc.  The need for coal in both the smelting and rolling operations caused the company to begin mining coal on the premises in 1874.  For this project, the company recruited miners from Silesia, Ireland, Wales, Austria and Germany.  These immigrants joined zinc engineers who had been recruited from mining academies throughout Europe.  In 1875, the company began operating its own rail line, the LaSalle and Bureau County Railroad, which linked the company to the junction of the Illinois Central and the Chicago, Peoria, and Quincy rail lines.  A technological breakthrough by Otto Proelss, a company engineer, caused Matthiessen and Hegeler to begin producing in 1881 sulferic and nitric acid from sulfur dioxide, a by-product of the zinc smelting process.

Technological innovation was responsible for other highlights of the company’s history.  In 1856, when Matthiessen and Hegeler invented a new smelting process, they were using the facilities of the Lehigh Zinc Company of Friedensville, Pennsylvania.  They took this process with them to LaSalle and built the Hegeler Retort Furnace which became standard in the zinc industry.  Matthiessen and Hegeler Zinc maintained its technological advantage over the competition by continually perfecting the process and being granted new patents until 1966.

Other major events in company history include the recapitalization of the company in 1925 through the sale of 6% gold bonds with a maturity date of 1935.  Its subsequent bankruptcy and reorganization occurred in 1935 because of the company’s inability to pay off the maturity value of tbe bonds.  The only strike in company history occurred in early 1937 when Local 80 of the Mine, Mill and Spelter Workers Union halted production in the plant for nearly four months until July of 1937.

Beginning in 1868 and continuing into the 1960’s, Matthiessen and Hegeler Zinc purchased companies which aided in the production and distribution of zinc and chemical products.  Among these companies were the Zinc Roofing and Ornamenting Company, Matthiessen and Hegeler Zinc of Missouri, Meadowbrook Corporation, and Sherbrooke Metallurgical Company, Canada.

The company celebrated its centennial in 1958 under the leadership of Herman D. Carus, grandson of Edward Hegeler.  Throughout its history, Matthiessen and Hegeler Zinc has been operated by decedents of Edward Hegeler and his daughter, Mary Hegeler Carus, who succeeded her father as president in 1903.  Company superintendent George Weerts oversaw daily operations of the company during most of Hegeler’s presidency and the presidency of Mary Carus as well.  Joseph Brennemann was the chief financial officer for the corporation from 1890 until 1920 and served as its president from 1920 to 1924 between the terms of office of Mary Carus.  He was the first non-family member to hold that office.  Though the company was dissolved in 1978, the premises are currently being utilized for zinc production by Hegeler’s great grandson Fred Carus and his wife, Cynthia.  The Caruss operate LaSalle Rolling Mills which produces zinc centers for copper pennies, and Zinco, Inc., which produces zinc wire for use in metallizing.

Subject/Index Terms

Chicago (Ill.)
Exhibit
German Americans
Hegeler, Edward C.
Labor unions
LaSalle (Ill.)
Matthiessen, Frederick O.
Matthiessen-Hegeler Zinc Company
Mineral industries
Peru (Ill.)
Stock exchange
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
Zinc industry and trade

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights to the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Cynthia and Frederick Carus

Acquisition Method: Cynthia and Frederick Carus, donated the Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc Company’s records to the Northen Illinois Regional History Center on March 1, March 15, and October 31, 1984. Additional records were added at a later date.

Related Materials: Researchers are encouraged to consult related collections, especially those dealing with the industry and economy of LaSalle and Peru such as the Westclox Incorporated Records (RC 116) and the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Records (RC 156).


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I.: General Corporate Information],
[Series II.: Financial Information],
[Series III.: Property and Production Information],
[Series IV.: Employee Records],
[Series V.: Stock Information],
[Series VI.: Tax and Banking Information],
[Series VII.: Correspondence, Legal and Government Documents, Insurance],
[Series VIII.: Sales and Contracts],
[Series IX.: Subsidiary Companies],
[Series X.: Photos, Maps and Blueprints],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],
[Addendum 3],
[All]

Series I.: General Corporate Information
Sub-Series A.: Governance Papers
Box 1
Folder 1: Histories, 1886, 1918, 1936, 1958
Folder 2: Excerpts from Minutes, 1896-1957
Folder 3: Reorganization Papers, 1925
Folder 4: LaSalle Development, 1957
Folder 5: Phone Directory, no date
Folder 6-7: Bylaws, 1857-1898
Folder 8: Changes of Method, 1886-1887
Box 2
Folder 1: Resolutions (German), 1884-1886
Folder 2: Corporate Records, 1871-1905
Folder 3: Business License, 1941-1942
Sub-Series B.: Minutes of the Executive and Managing Committees
Box 2
Volume  1-3: Executive Committee: #1-3 (German) (3 volumes), January 1883-April 1883
Box 3
Volume 1-5: Executive Committee:#4-8 (5 volumes), April 1883-August 1883
Box 4
Volume 1-5: Executive Committee:#9-13 (5 volumes), August 1883-May 1884
Box 5
Volume 1-5: Executive Committee:#14-18 (5 volumes), May 1884-April 1885
Box 6
Volume 1-5: Executive Committee:#19-24 (5 volumes), April 1885-June 1886
Box 7
Volume 1-5: Executive Committee:#25-29 (5 volumes), June 1886-July 1887
Box 8
Volume 1-5: Executive Committee:#30-34 (5 volumes), July 1887-September 1888
Box 9
Volume 1-5: Executive Committee:#35-39 (5 volumes), September 1888-November 1889
Box 10
Volume 1-5: Executive Committee:#40-44 (5 volumes), November 1889-May 1891
Box 11
Volume 1-8: Executive Committee:#45-52 (8 volumes), May 1891-August 1893
Box 12
Folder 1: Executive Committee: 1922-1923
Folder 2-5: Managing Committee: Minutes, September-December 1893, 1901-1917
Folder 6: Managing Committee: Index to Minutes, 1901-1916
Sub-Series C.: Minutes of the Board of Directors
Box 13
Volume  1-4: 1906-1925 (4 volume)
Box 14
Volume  1-4: 1932-1969 (4 volume)
Box 15
Folder 1-2: 1937-1948
Series II.: Financial Information
Sub-Series A.: Corporate Accounts
Box 15
Volume  1-3: Sundry Personal Accounts (3 volume): 1866-1873
Box 16
Volume  1-4: Sundry Personal Accounts (4 volume): 1874-1880
Box 17
Volume  1-4: Sundry Personal Accounts (4 volume): 1881-1884
Box 18
Volume  1-3: Sundry Personal Accounts (3 volume): 1885-1887
Box 19
Volume  1-2: Sundry Personal Accounts (2 volume): 1888-1889
Box 20
Volume  1-3: Sundry Personal Accounts (3 volume): 1890-1892
Box 21
Volume  1-2: Sundry Personal Accounts (2 volume): 1893-1894
Box 22
Volume  1-2: Sundry Personal Accounts (2 volume): 1895-1896
Box 23
Volume  1-2: Sundry Personal Accounts (2 volume): 1897-1898
Box 24
Volume  1-2: Sundry Personal Accounts (2 volume): 1899-1900
Box 25
Volume  1-2: Sundry Personal Accounts (2 volume): 1901-1902
Box 26
Volume  1-2: Sundry Personal Accounts (2 volume): 1903, 1906
Box 27
Volume  1-2: Sundry Personal Accounts (2 volume): 1907-1908
Box 28
Volume  1-2: Sundry Personal Accounts (2 volume): 1909-1910
Box 29
Volume  1-3: Sundry Personal Accounts (3 volume): 1911-1913
Box 30
Volume  1-5: Sundry Personal Accounts (5 volume): 1914-1939
Box 31
Volume 1-5: Sundry Personal Accounts: Balances (5 volume), 1874-1934
Volume 6: Expense Accounts: Monthly Expenses (1 volume), 1866-1869
Box 32
Volume  1-3: Expense Accounts: Monthly Expenses (3 volume), 1870-1892
Box 33
Volume  1-3: Expense Accounts: Monthly Expenses (3 volume), 1893-1923, 1970-1978
Box 34
Volume 1-2: Expense Accounts: Cash Out (2 volume), 1878-1879
Volume 3: Expense Accounts: Cash Daybook (1 volume), 1863-1864
Volume  4-5: Expense Accounts: Payments and Receipts (2 volume), 1883-1884
Volume 6: Expense Accounts: Appropriations (1 volume), 1898-1914
Volume 7: Expense Accounts: Creditor's Accounts (1 volume), 1921-1925
Volume 8: Expense Accounts: Railroad Accounts (1 volume), 1879-1880
Volume 9: Expense Accounts: Personal Property Ledger (1 volume), 1910-1923
Box 35
Volume 1: Expense Accounts: General Manager's Ledger (1 volume), 1922
Folder 1: Expense Accounts: Treasurer's Accounts, 1930-1935
Folder 2: Expense Accounts: Bills Receivable & Bills Payable, 1866-1685
Folder 3: Expense Accounts: Cash Received, 1961
Folder 4: Expense Accounts: Accounting Changes, 1924-1925, 1938
Folder 5: Expense Accounts: Sales Distribution, 1936-1938
Box 36
Volume 1: Expense Accounts: Letters and Bills, 1866-1879
Sub-Series B.: Ledgers and Journals
Box 37
Volume 1-5: Cash Balance Ledgers (5 volume): 1877-1881
Box 38
Volume  1-5: Cash Balance Ledgers (5 volume): 1882-1887
Box 39
Volume  1-7: Cash Balance Ledgers (7 volume): 1888-1894
Box 40
Volume  1-7: Cash Balance Ledgers (7 volume): 1895-1901
Box 41
Volume  1-7: Cash Balance Ledgers (7 volume): 1902-1908
Box 42
Volume  1-7: Cash Balance Ledgers (7 volume): 1909-1916
Box 43
Volume  1-7: Cash Balance Ledgers (7 volume): 1917-1923
Box 44
Volume 1-4: Cash Balance Ledgers (4 volume): 24-27
Folder Volume  5: General Ledgers and Journals (1 volume): 1874-1884
Box 45
Volume  1-4: General Ledgers and Journals (4 volume): 1932-1934
Box 46
Volume  1-3: General Ledgers and Journals: Balances (3 volume), 1894-1922
Volume 1-5: General Ledgers and Journals: General Ledgers (5 volume), 1865-1978
Volume 6-9: General Ledgers and Journals: General Jounrals (4 volume), 1923-1944, 1953-1963
Box 47
Folder 1-6: General Ledgers and Journals: 1970-1973
Box 48
Folder 1-6: 1973-1976
Sub-Series C.: Reports
Box 48
Folder 7: Annual Reports, 1938-1968
Box 49
Folder 1: Annual Reports, 1938-1968, 1971-1973
Folder 2-7: Auditor's Reports, 1909-1968
Box 50
Folder 1-3: Auditor's Reports, 1914-1919, 1966-1972
Sub-Series D.: Financial Statements
Box 50
Folder 4-6: Consolidated Financial Statements, 1928-1942, 1961-1972
Folder 7: Consolidated Earnings Statements, 1938-1962
Folder 8: Consolidated Balance Sheets, 1943-1962
Folder 9: Consolidated Earned and Capital Surplus, 1960
Folder 10: Earnings Statements, 1925-1962
Folder 11: Departmental Earnings Statements, 1955, 1960-1962
Folder 12: Balance Sheets, 1919-1943
Folder 13: Financial and Inventory Statements, 1925-1926, 1961-1962
Folder 14-20: General Financial Statements, 1920-1962
Volume 10-11: General Financial Statements (2 volume), 1943-1963
Box 51
Folder 1: Profit and Loss Information, 1924, 1943-1946
Folder 2: Cost Sheets, 1920
Folder 3: Financial Worksheets, 1942-1943
Series III.: Property and Production Information
Sub-Series A.: Property, Depreciation and Appraisal
Box 51
Volume 1-2: Property (2 volume), 1869-1877
Box 52
Volume  4-5: Depreciation and Appraisal (2 volume), 1919, 1924
Volume  1-3: Property (3 volume), 1891-1978
Volume 12-13: Depreciation (2 volume), 1925-1933, 1936-1944
Volume 14: Appraisal (1 volume), 1918
Box 53
Volume  1-3: Appraisal (3 volume), 1918, 1924
Sub-Series B.: Deeds and Leases
Box 54
Folder 1-7: Warranty Deeds, 1898-1960
Folder 8: Quit Claim Deeds, 1876-1958
Box 55
Folder 1-2: Coal Deeds, 1881-1893, 1906-1917
Folder 3: Mineral Point Deeds, 1858-1882, 1917
Folder 4: Illinois/Michigan Canal and Illinois Central Railroad Deeds, 1888, 1910, 1915
Folder 5: Edward H. Carus Deeds, 1929-1930
Folder 6-8: LaSalle General Deeds, 1857-1888, 1909-1926
Folder 9: Titles and Bills of Sale, 1872-1893
Folder 10: Releases of Property, 1893-1940)
Folder 11: Government Option Contracts, 1892-1893
Sub-Series C.: Production Ledgers and Statistics
Box 56
Volume 1-5: Ore Accounts (5 volume), 1866-1920
Box 57
Volume 1: Crusher Record (1 volume), 1912-1915
Volume  2-5: Furnace and Kiln Records (4 volume), 1871-1940
Volume 6-8: Spelter Production (3 volume), 1880-1921
Box 58
Volume 1: Spelter Production (1 volume), 1922
Volume  2-4: Rolling Mill Records (3 volume), 1875-1907
Volume 5: Rolling Mill Weekly Reports (3 volume), 1898-1905
Box 59
Volume  1-2: Acid Production (2 volume), 1893-1901
Volume  3-5: Spelter, Sheet Zinc and Acid Production (3 volume), 1893-1921
Volume 6: Production Costs (1 volume), 1877-1878
Volume 15-16: Furnace Records (2 volume), 1921
Volume 17: Sundry Factory Accounts (1 volume), 1870
Box 60
Volume  1-4: Sundry Factory Accounts (4 volume), 1875-1918
Volume  5: Analysis by E.E. Jones (1 volume), 1907
Volume 6-7: Scientific Calculations (2 volume), 1892-1901
Box 61
Volume  1: Procedure Form Manual (1 volume), 1950
Envelope 1: Titanalloy Description, no date
Volume 2: Engineering Report (1 volume), 1927
Volume 18: Total Production Expenses (1 volume), 1913-1922
Volume  19-21: Equipment Replacement, (3 volume), 1895-1906, 1910-1915
Volume  22: Statistical Ledger (1 volume), 1935-1940
Sub-Series D.: Production Papers and Patents
Box 61
Folder 1: Sheet Zinc Production, 1891-1926
Folder 2: Spelter and Sheet Zinc Production, 1922-1923
Folder 3: Raw Ore Allotments, 1924-1931
Folder 4: Ore Purchase Correspondence, 1882-1884
Folder 5: Ore and Coal Figures, 1926-1937
Folder 6: Coal Costs and Accident Settlements, 1929-1936
Folder 7: Department Costs, 1866-1881
Folder 8: Retort Costs, no date
Folder 9: Kiln Costs, 1925-1931
Folder 10: Tool and Equipment Costs, 1913-1918, 1923-1925
Folder 11-12: Construction and Replacement Costs, 1920-1922, 1937-1943
Folder 13: Construction Orders, 1926-1942
Folder 14: Power Costs, 1939, 1943-1944
Folder 15: Power Distribution, 1924-1939
Folder 16: Cost Control Program, November 29, 1969
Folder 17: Superintendent's Reports, 1888, 1893
Folder 18-19: Departmental Reports, 1904, 1963-1965
Folder 20: Acid Reports, 1942
Folder 21: Research Reports, 1918-1920, 1922
Folder 22: Zinc Blende Development and Land Survey, Port Arthur, 1885
Folder 23: American Zinc Institute Reports, 1921, 1936-1941
Folder 24: Report on Visit to European Zinc Plants, 1964
Folder 25: Building Market Report, 1972
Folder 26: Building Directory and Appraisal Classification, 1913-1941
Folder 27: Building and Equipment Specifications, 1883-1924
Folder 28: Westinghouse Equipment Proposal, 1924
Folder 29: Telegraph Code Book, 1870, 1937-1938
Folder 30: Time Lock Safe Information, 1893-1894, 1899-1900
Box 62
Folder 1: Price Lists, 1886-1889, 1931
Folder 2: Factor and Size Catalogue, no date
Folder 3: Production Correspondence (German), 1880-1881, 1885
Folder 4-5: U. S. Patents and Assignments, 1870-1968
Folder 6: Foreign Patents and Assignments, 1930-1933
Folder 7: Trademark for Zinode, 1954
Folder 8: Patent Office Gazette, July 31, 1877
Series IV.: Employee Records
Sub-Series A.: Salary and Wage Information
Box 62
Folder 9: Employee Lists, 1885, 1937-1953
Folder 10: Employee Contracts, 1859-1868
Folder 11: Salary Information, 1889-1919
Folder 12: Wage Information, 1930-1943
Folder 13: Newspaper Clipping - End of Strike, July 2, 1937
Folder 14: Social Security Information, 1935-1942
Folder 15: War Promotions, 1943-1945
Folder 16-17: Premiums, 1884-1890, 1927-1940
Box 63
Volume  1-7: Premiums (7 volume), 1864-1916
Volume  8-9: Salaries (2 volume), 1871-1921
Volume 10: Compensation (3 volume), 1921-1928
Box 64
Folder 1: Final Severance Payments, 1886-1890
Folder 2: Unemployment Compensation, 1930-1931
Volume 23-24: Premiums (2 volume), 1865, 1914-1919
Volume 25: Salaries (1 volume), 1910-1919
Volume 26: Employee Record Book (1 volume), 1881-1887
Volume 27: Employment Term Records (1 volume), 1862-1886
Sub-Series B.: Safety and Accident Information
Box 64
Folder 3: Disability Claim, 1930-1933
Volume 1: Debit/Credit Accounts Ledger (1 volume), 1875
Folder 1: Prepaid Insurance, 1920-1938
Volume  2-3: Accident Reports (2 volume), 1895-1899
Volume 28: Widow's Benevolences (1 volume), 1917-1934
Box 65
Volume  1-2: Accident Reports (2 volume), 1901-1963
Sub-Series C.: Union and Labor Information
Box 65
Folder 1: United Steelworkers of America, 1949-1971
Folder 2: United Mineworkers of America, 1933-1937
Folder 3: Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, 1929-1946
Folder 4: Marine and Shipbuilding Workers, 1947-1949
Folder 5: Report to National War Labor Board, 1942
Folder 6: Local 80 Union Records, 1944, 1946-1948
Folder 7: Union Dues Secretary, 1945,1947
Folder 8: Union Dues Book, 1946
Folder 9: Miner's Training Affidavits, 1936-1937
Folder 10: Miner's Competency Certificates, 1908-1935
Folder 11: Original Resignations, 1924-1925
Folder 12: Labor Board Cases: #111-883-D: Directive Order and Reports, 1942-1944
Folder 13: Labor Board Cases: #111-883-D: Evidence, 1942-1944
Folder 14: Labor Board Cases: #111-883-D: Correspondence, 1942-1944
Folder 15: Labor Board Cases: #111-7282-D: Directive Orders, 1944-1945
Folder 16: Labor Board Cases: #111-7282-D: Reports, 1944-1945
Folder 17: Labor Board Cases: #111-7282-D: Evidence, 1944-1945
Folder 18: Labor Board Cases: #111-7282-D: Correspondence, 1944-1945
Folder 19: Labor Costs by Department, January 1871-March 1872
Box 66
Folder 1-2: Labor Costs by Department, April 1872-April 1875
Folder 3: Labor Accounts, 1880-1890
Folder 4: Labor Book, 1936-1944
Folder 5: Zinc Worker's Manual, 1929
Folder 6: Employee Retirement Trusts and Plans: Employee Retirement Trust, 1953-1969
Folder 7: Employee Retirement Trusts and Plans: Maintenance Employees Retirement Trust Annual Reports, 1953-1969
Folder 8: Employee Retirement Trusts and Plans: Salaried Employees Retirement Plan Tax Reports, 1958, 1960
Folder 9: Employee Retirement Trusts and Plans: Hourly Paid Employees Retirement Plan Tax Reports, 1958-1965
Folder 10: Employee Retirement Trusts and Plans: Salaries Employees Retirement Plan Tax Reports, 1958, 1960
Folder 11: Employee Loans And Deductions, 1879-1884
Volume  29: Employee Loan Applications (1 volume), 1897-1923
Series V.: Stock Information
Sub-Series A.: Stockholder's Minutes and Certificates
Box 66
Folder 12: Stockholder's Meeting Minutes, 1920, 1927-1934
Folder 13: Proxies, 1901-1934)
Folder 14-17: Stock Registers, 1871-1944
Sub-Series B.: Dividend and Transfer Information
Box 66
Folder 18: Stock Transfers to Employees, 1932-1933
Folder 19: Cancellation of Preferred Stock, 1948
Folder 20: Stock Correspondence, 1911-1919, 1925
Folder 21: Change in Number of Directors, 1917, 1962
Folder 22: Corporate Name Change, 1925
Folder 23: Columbian Exposition Stock, 1891-1892, 1903
Volume  1-2: Dividends (2 volume), 1871-1923
Box 67
Volume 3: Stock Sales Account (1 volume), 1926-1928
Volume 1: Dividends (1 volume), 1925-1943
Volume 2: Stockholder's Private Account (1 volume), 1880-1884
Box 68
Volume 1: Capital Stock Ledger (1 volume), 1935-1936
Folder 1: Capital Stock Tax, 1917-1945
Series VI.: Tax and Banking Information
Sub-Series A.: Tax Information
Box 68
Folder 2: Tax Appraisal Report, 1913
Folder 3: Monthly Tax Returns, 1923-1925
Folder 4: Tax Correspondence, 1920-1929, 1940-1945
Folder 5-9: Consolidated Tax Returns, 1917-1936
Folder 10: Tax Assessment, 1880-1920
Folder 11: Income Tax Worksheets, 1913-1936
Folder 12: Franchise Tax, 1920-1962
Folder 13-14: Treasury Department:  Examination of Returns, 1920-1944
Folder 15: Treasury Department: Questionnaire, 1917-1919
Folder 16: Treasury Department: Schedules, 1927-1929
Folder 17: Treasury Department: Applications, 1941-1944
Box 69
Folder 1: Treasury Department: Licenses, 1917-1929, 1941-1946
Folder 2: Amortization, 1918-1922
Folder 3-4: Out of State Taxes, 1927-1931, 1937-1938
Folder 5: Tax Protest, 1939
Folder 6: Illinois Unemployment Compensation, 1939
Sub-Series B.: Bank Books, Notes and Bonds
Box 69
Folder 7: Savings Books, 1874, 1882-1886
Folder 8: Checkbook - LaSalle National Bank, 1893
Folder 9: Bank Notes, 1919-1970
Folder 10: Continental National Bank: Notes, 1958-1970
Folder 11: Continental National Bank: Mortgage, 1925
Folder 12: Continental National Bank: Agreements, 1935-1944
Folder 13: 1st National Bank of Chicago, 1873
Folder 14: LaSalle National Bank, 1953-1970
Folder 15: Montreal Bank, 1966-1969
Folder 16: Empire National Bank, 1968-1970
Folder 17: Settlement - A. J. McKay, 1935
Folder 18: Bonds Issued, 1934
Folder 19: Cancelled Bond Notes, 1941
Folder 20-21: Bondholders, 1925-1935
Folder 22: Bond Assignments, 1925
Folder 23: Bond Information, 1935
Folder 24: Bond Memorandum, 1935
Folder 25: 6% Gold Bond, 1925
Folder 26: Bondholder Form Letter, 1934-1935
Folder 27: Indemnity Bond List, 1885-1889
Sub-Series C.: Bankruptcy Information
Box 69
Folder 28: Bankruptcy Articles, 1935
Folder 29: Bankruptcy Suggestions, 1935
Folder 30: Reorganization Proceedings, 1935
Folder 31: Employee List at Time of Reorganization, 1935
Folder 32-33: Bankruptcy Decrees, 1935
Folder 34: National Carbon Coal Dissolution Papers, 1881-1938
Series VII.: Correspondence, Legal and Government Documents, Insurance
Sub-Series A.: Correspondence
Box 69
Folder 35: Salesmen's Correspondence, 1935
Folder 36: R. G. Dun Company, 1897
Folder 37: Standard Statistics and Moody's Investor's Service, 1935
Folder 38: Dun & Bradstreet, 1925-1941
Folder 39: Joseph Brennemann, 1920
Folder 40: Illinois Central Railroad, 1858-1868
Folder 41: Thompson Suit, 1872-1873
Folder 42: Matthiessen Diary Excerpts, 1857-1874
Folder 43: General Correspondence and Documents, circa  1860-1887
Box 70
Folder 1: General Correspondence and Documents (German), 1860-1882
Folder 2: Humboldt Booklets (German), 1875, 1905, 1910
Folder 3: Memoranda by G. Weerts (German), 1883
Folder 4: Tages (German), no date
Sub-Series B.: Legal Documents
Box 70
Folder 5: Powers of Attorney, 1877-1878
Folder 6: Matthiessen Estate, 1919-1927
Folder 7: Final Decrees in Lawsuits, 1876, 1938, 1950, 1953
Folder 8: Testimony in Pending Litigation, 1913-1914
Folder 9: Coal Survey, 1875
Folder 10: Grigg's Letter, 1898-1907, 1914-1915
Volume 30: Legal Papers: Garnishes, Attachments, Orders (1 volume), 1898-1915
Sub-Series C.: Government Documents
Box 70
Folder 11: Acid Report - Federal Trade Commission, 1918
Folder 12: Industrial Commission Report, 1893, 1895, 1939
Folder 13: National Recovery Act Code Books, 1933-1936
Folder 14: Census Reports, 1900-1914
Box 71
Folder 1: Securities and Exchange Commission Report, 1975
Folder 2: Anti-Trust Affidavits, 1941-1959
Sub-Series D.: Insurance
Box 71
Folder 3: Insurance Correspondence, 1880-1950
Folder 4: Equipment Insurance, 1881-1952
Folder 5: Forgery and Theft Insurance, 1920, 1949-1950
Folder 6: Liability Insurance, 1912-1919
Folder 7: Fire Insurance, 1910-1916
Folder 8: Compensation Insurance, 1891-1922
Series VIII.: Sales and Contracts
Sub-Series A.: Sales
Box 71
Folder 9-10: Sales, 1884-1890, 1897-1902
Folder 11: Coal Sales, 1894-1896
Box 72
Folder 1-3: Sales and Advertising Report, 1935
Sub-Series B.: Contracts
MATTHIESSEN & HEGELER ZINC COMPANY CONTRACT INDEX (.pdf)
Box 72
Folder 4-5: Government Contracts, 1932-1959
Folder 6: Illinois Contracts, 1918-1944
Folder 7: Wisconsin Contracts, 1898
Folder 8: Missouri Contracts, 1891
Folder 9: LaSalle City Contracts, 1955-1969
Box 73
Folder 1-127: Business Contracts:  A-F
Related Material: See Contract Index pdf
Box 74
Folder 1-148: Business Contracts:  G-R
Related Material: See Contract Index pdf
Box 75
Folder 1-47: Business Contracts:  S-7
Related Material: See Contract Index pdf
Box 76
Folder 1-33: Business Contracts:  U-Z
Related Material: See Contract Index pdf
Series IX.: Subsidiary Companies
Sub-Series A.: Barnes Metal Company
Box 77
Volume 6: Georgia Journal (1 volume), 1969-1973
Volume  1-2: Minutes (2 volume), 1928-1970
Volume 3: Comparative Balance Sheets (1 volume), 1933-1934
Volume 4: Appraisal Ledger (1 volume), 1951
Volume 5: Chicago Journal (1 volume), 1969-1977
Volume  31: Cash Disbursements(1 volume), 1969-1973
Box 78
Folder 1: General Ledger, 1971-1973
Folder 2-6: Auditor's Reports, 1930-1946, 1953-1972
Folder 7: Earnings Statements, 1943, 1960-1962
Folder 8: Contracts, 1926-1972
Folder 9: Income Tax Returns, 1928-1932
Sub-Series B.: New Castle Chemical Company
Box 78
Folder 10: Corporate Papers, 1950-1956
Folder 11: Minutes, 1950-1961
Box 79
Folder 1: Auditor's Reports, 1951-1961
Folder 2: Earnings Statements, 1960-1961
Folder 3: Income Tax Reports, 1958-1960
Folder 4: Retirement Information, 1957-1959
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1958
Folder 6: Contracts, 1950-1968
Folder 7: Maps, 1951-1953
Sub-Series C.: Meadowbrook Corporation
Box 80
Folder 1: Auditor's Reports, 1951-1960
Folder 2: Earnings Statements, 1955, 1960-1962
Folder 3: Departmental Earnings Statements, 1955, 1961-1962
Folder 4: Income Tax Reports, 1958-1959
Folder 5: Contracts, 1950-1970
Folder 6: Arbitration Award, 1966
Volume 1: General Ledger (1 volume), 1972-1973
Volume 2: Corporate Records (1 volume), 1950-1957
Box 81
Volume  1: Corporate Records (1 volume), 1958
Sub-Series D.: Sherbrooke Metallurgical
Box 81
Volume  2-3: Ledgers (2 volume), 1959-1973
Box 82
Folder 1-3: General Ledger, 1972-1973
Folder 4: Financial Statements, 1961-1962
Folder 5-6: Auditor's Reports, 1962-1972
Folder 7: Shareholder's Minutes, 1970-1971
Folder 8-11: Contracts, 1960-1972
Folder 12: Wage Agreement, 1963
Sub-Series E.: Matthiessen and Weickers Sugar
Box 82
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1869-1885, 1894
Box 83
Volume 1: Account Book (1 volume), 1872
Sub-Series F.: Walker Metal Company
Box 83
Volume  2: Corporate Records, 1970
Sub-Series G.: LaSalle and Peru Horse and Dummy Railroad
Box 83
Volume 4-5: Debit and Credit Ledgers (2 volume), 1877-1878
Volume  3: Cash Ledger (1 volume), 1876
Volume 32: Tax Receipts, 1898
Box 84
Volume 1: Director's Minutes (1 volume), 1876-1885
Volume 2: Stock Certificates (1 volume), 1875-1880
Volume 3: Railroad Cars Ledger(1 volume), 1874-1875
Folder 1: By-Laws, Agreements & Stock Information, 1874-1875, 1892
Folder 2: Financial Papers, 1874-1892
Sub-Series H.: LaSalle and Bureau County Railroad
Box 84
Folder 3: Corporate Information, 1903, 1911
Volume  4-7: Annual Reports (4 volume), 1894-1897
Folder 4: Financial & Inventory Statements, 1924, 1934
Folder 5: Financial Correspondence, 1935
Folder 6: Tax Information, 1917-1919
Folder 7: Treasury Department Questionnaires, 1917-1919
Folder 8: Stock Information, 1893, 1898-1908, 1923
Folder 9: Leases, 1911-1924, 1949, 1966, 1970
Folder 10: Contracts, 1887, 1914, 1938-1973
Folder 11: Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad, 1923
Folder 12: Maps of Tracks, no date
Volume 10: Carbons of Bills (1 volume), 1911-1923
Volume 8: Cash Book (1 volume), 1874
Volume 9: Locomotive Ledger (1 volume), 1909
Sub-Series I.: Matthiessen and Hegeler Zinc of Missouri
Box 84
Folder 13: Articles of Incorporation & By-Laws, 1913, 1914, 1957
Folder 14: Certificates of Registration, 1915-1920, 1923, 1939-1955
Folder 15: Financial Papers, 1915-1928
Folder 16-17: Director's Minutes, 1914-1961
Folder 18: Stockholder's Minutes, 1915-1961
Folder 19: Proxies, 1915-1961
Folder 20: Stock Certificates, 1914-1955
Folder 21: Increase in Capital Stock, 1928
Box 85
Folder 1: Capital Stock Tax Returns, 1928, 1937-1945
Folder 2-3: Corporate Tax Returns, 1920, 1937-1958
Folder 4: Property Taxes in Joplin, Missouri, 1941-1953
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1915-1949
Folder 6: Dissolution Papaers, 1961
Sub-Series J.: Zinc Roofing and Ornamenting Company
Box 85
Folder 7: Incorporation Papers, 1871
Volume 1: Director's & Stockholder's Minutes (1 volume), 1870-1871
Folder 8: Financial Papers, 1869-1872
Volume 2: Stock Certificates (2 volumes), 1871-1872
Folder 9: Chicago Business Correspondence and Agreements, 1869-1873
Folder 10: Matthiessen-Gateau Correspondence and Dispute (French and English), 1869-1873
Sub-Series K.: Additional Subsidiaries
Box 85
Folder 11: Zinc City Building Association of LaSalle, 1884
Folder 12: Canada Metal Company, 1944
Box 86
Folder 1: Canada Metal Company, 1945
Folder 2: Cathart and Moore, Limited, 1939
Folder 3: Red Star Cement, 1920
Folder 4: Mid-Continental Metals Company, 1925
Folder 5: Ketchum Sheet Metal Company, 1935, 1941
Folder 6: Carus Chemical, 1945
Series X.: Photos, Maps and Blueprints
Sub-Series A.: Photos
Box 86
Folder 7: Historical Photos and Centennial Material (6), 1958
Folder 8: Personnel (23), 1952-1958
Folder 9: Subsidiary Companies (34), 1924-1965
Folder 10: Manufacturing Facilities (89), 1923-1958
Box 87
Item 1: Zinc Products (9), 1958-1960
Item 2: Production and Equipment (72), 1900-1965
Sub-Series B.: Maps and Blueprints
Oversize Drawer 19
Folder 2
Item 1: Coal Maps: (9 total) County Coal Survey Maps (2), 1875
Item 2: Coal Maps: (9 total) Plat Showing Coal Rights, 1916
Item 3: Coal Maps: (9 total) Complete Mining Rights, 1922
Item 4: Coal Maps: (9 total)  Abandoned Second Vein, 1935
Item 5: Coal Maps: (9 total) Progress of 3rd Vein, 1936
Item 6: Coal Maps: (9 total)  Kansas-Oklahoma Ore Fields, 1925
Item 7: Coal Maps: (9 total) Location of Coal Works, no date
Item 8: Coal Maps: (9 total) Remodeling Map, no date
Folder 3
Item 1: Factory Maps: (11 total): Assessor Maps (2), 1870
Item 2: Factory Maps: (11 total): Map of Peru, 1874
Item 3: Factory Maps: (11 total): Plant Spacing Maps, 1885
Item 4: Factory Maps: (11 total): Altitude Maps (2), 1915
Item 5: Factory Maps: (11 total): Fire Insurance Maps, 1923, 1927
Item 6: Factory Maps: (11 total): LaSalle and Bureau County Railroad Map, 1928
Item 7: Factory Maps: (11 total): Cottrell Rolling Mill Plans, 1943
Item 8: Factory Maps: (11 total): Meadowbrook Plant, 1960
Folder 4
Item 1: Blueprints: (8 total): Metallurgy of Zinc Chart, no date
Item 2: Blueprints: (8 total): Mineral Products of United States, 1886-1894
Item 3: Blueprints: (8 total): Roughing Mill, 1924
Item 4: Blueprints: (8 total): Rolling Mill, 1924
Item 5: Blueprints: (8 total): Finishing Mill, 1924
Item 6: Blueprints: (8 total): Small Finishing Mill, 1924
Item 7: Blueprints: (8 total): Long Wall Mining Machine  (2), 1936
Item 8: Table (2 total)
Item 9: Table (2 total)
Addendum 1
Box 88
Folder 1: Histories, 1925, 1942
Folder 2: Reorganization, 1925
Folder 3: Bankruptcy, 1934-1935
Folder 4: By-laws, February 6, 1964
Folder 5: Licensing, 1942-1943
Folder 6: Trustees, 1933-1935
Folder 7: Balance Sheets, 1910-1943
Folder 8: Stocks, 1928-1943
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1910-1959
Folder 10: Ernest B. Gent's European Trip Report, 1956
Folder 11: Acid Sales, 1939, 1953
Folder 12: Pension Plan, 1952
Folder 13: Compensation of Salesmen, no date
Folder 14: Anniversary, Threshermens Association, 1983
Addendum 2
Box 88
Folder 15: Nomination of the Hegeler-Carus Mansion as National Historic Landmark by Mary Ellen Bowden, Senior Research Historian, Chemical Heritage Foundation, February 2003
Addendum 3
Box 89
Folder 1-2: Carus, Mary Correspondences, 1933-1934
Folder 3-10: Earning Statements, 1925-1932
Folder 11-14: Earning Statements & Balance Sheets, 1933-1936
Folder 15-16: Financial Records, 1918-1934, 1932
Folder 17: Financial Information, 1936
Box 90
Folder 1: Departmental Reports, 1935
Folder 2: Bankruptcy Information, 1925-1935
Folder 3: Legal Matters, 1934-1935

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