Briggs Motor Sales
Business Records, 1923-1969

Mss: 534
1925-1969
B856

Historical Note:

During the 1920s, George Briggs, Sr., owned a car dealership located at 10 Water Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Upon his death in 1926, his son, George Briggs, Jr., inherited the business and continued it under the name of Briggs Auto Sales. In addition to selling both new and used cars, both men maintained an automobile repair service as well as two service stations. On August 31, 1932, George Briggs, Jr., Russell Davis and Sherman L. Whipple, Jr. incorporated this endeavor under the name Briggs Motor Sales, Inc. The corporation's original purpose was to manage, purchase, sell or deal in automobiles, boats, airplanes and motors. During the years of active business, Briggs Auto Sales and Briggs Motors Sale, Inc. traded in Dodge, Plymouth, Nash, Austin, Ajax and Packard automobiles. In the mid-1930s, the corporation leased a Gulf gasoline station on Main Street, Hyannis, MA, which they no longer maintained after 1939. Briggs Motor Sales, Inc. dissolved in 1941. However, George Briggs Jr., continued to sell used cars from time to time until his death in the 1976.

Scope and Content:

The records of Briggs Motor Sales, Inc. date from 1923-1969 [bulk dates are 1926-1932] and includes documents from both George Briggs, Sr. and George Briggs, Jr., car dealerships in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The records document sales, advertising, distribution and customer concerns for Dodge, Plymouth, Nash, Packard, Ajax and Austin automobiles in Plymouth County and Cape Cod during the boom years of the 1920s, the economic depression of the 1930s and the beginning of rubber rationing in the early 1940s. Included are administrative, legal and financial documents as well as correspondence between Briggs Motor Sales and customers, regional car distributors and the home office for all automobiles carried in the showroom. Of interest are the circulars received from car manufactures detailing new models, unique selling points, repair and service updates, personal changes and economic news. Records include ledgers, accounts receivable, check register, journals, trial balance, worksheets, bills, minutes, stock certificates, inventories, notes, agreements, notices, mortgages, accident reports, advertisements, news clippings, income tax returns, letters sent and received, circulars and invoices. Topics in correspondence include automobile rentals, repairs, sales, automobile financing and credit payment plans, debt collection, vendor accounts and customer concerns.

Provenance : Gift of the family, through the Pilgrim Society, Plymouth, MA, 1977

Amount: 2 cartons, 2 boxes, 8 volumes

Series Description:

Series I , Personal: Series includes expenses for automobiles owned by Lillian and George Briggs, Russell Davis, Frank H. Holmes and Whitney Motor Sales, Inc. Also included are federal income tax returns, correspondence about collectors looking for car parts and used car dealer licenses.

Series II, Administrative/Legal: Series contains agreements between car manufacturers and Briggs Motor Sales, official minutes of the corporation and documents pertaining to suits and rental agreements.

Series III, Subject Files: Series contains an files, arranged alphabetical, pertaining to the daily business of a car dealership during the 1920s and 1930s.

Series IV, Financial: Series includes correspondence and volumes documenting the daily, monthly and annual transactions of the corporation.

Container List:
Series I - Personal
Carton 1
Folder 1. -- Personal family accounts, 1939-1942 [cut from volume]
Folder 2. -- Federal Income Tax return, 1942
Folder 3. -- Division of Corporate Taxes, 1946
Folder 4. -- Correspondence, 1950-1953
Folder 5. -- Letters sent, Debits/Credits, 1942
Folder 6. -- Letters sent/received, 1943
Folder 7. -- Letters sent/received, 1946
Folder 8. -- Used car dealer's license, 1968-1969

Series II - Administrative/Legal
Carton 1
Folder 9. -- Repurchase agreement plan [Shawmut Bank], 1931
Folder 10. -- Minutes, Directors/Stockholders meetings, 1932-1942
Folder 11. -- Stock certificates, 1932-1934
Folder 12. -- Agreement for Hyannis sales agency, 1934
Folder 13. -- Incorporation papers, agreement of trial occupancy, 1935
Folder 14. -- Writ/Guaranty/waiver, 1936
Folder 15. -- Power of attorney, 1937

Series III - Subject Files
Carton 1
Folder 16. -- American Austin Car Company, Inc., 1930-1932
Folder 17. -- American Austin Car Company, Inc., 1930-1932
Folder 18. -- Advertising, 1926-1934
Folder 19. -- Accident reports, 1935-1938
Folder 20. -- Ajax Motors Company, 1925-1926
Folder 21. -- Analysis of operations/inventories/notes payable, 1930-1932
Folder 22. -- Bills, Dodge Brothers, Graham Brothers, Massachusetts AutoDealer and Garage
Association, 1926-1927
Folder 23. -- Buses, 1931-1932 [selected]
Folder 24. -- Plymouth Cantrell Suburban, 1932
Folder 25. -- Commercial Credit Corporation, 1930-1937
Folder 26. -- Commercial Investment Trust Corporation (C.I.T.), 1926
Folder 27. -- Correspondence, 1925
Folder 28. -- Correspondence, 1926
Folder 29. -- Correspondence, 1929
Folder 30. -- Correspondence, 1930
Folder 31. -- Correspondence, 1931
Folder 32. -- Correspondence, 1932
Folder 33. -- Correspondence, 1933
Folder 34. -- Correspondence, 1934
Folder 35. -- Correspondence, 1935
Folder 36. -- Correspondence, 1936
Folder 37. -- Correspondence, 1937
Folder 38. -- Correspondence, 1939
Folder 39. -- Correspondence, 1940-1941
Folder 40. -- Crapo, Clifford, Prescott and Bullard, 1925-1926 [law firm]
Folder 41. -- Withington, Cross, Proctor and Park. 1935-1942 [law firm]
Folder 42. -- Harold L. Crump, 1926-1927
Folder 43. -- C. E. Fay Company, distributor, Chrysler/Plymouth, 1935
Folder 44. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, 1926-1932 [letters received]
Folder 45. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, 1930-1932 [letters received]
Folder 46. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, Commercial Credit Plan, 1932
Folder 47. -- Chrysler Corporation, Reserve agreement, 1932
Folder 48. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, press release, 1931
Folder 49. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, literature prices, ca. 1932
Folder 50. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, Bulletins C1x-C65, 1930-1932
Folder 51. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, Service Bulletins D1-D58, 1930-1932
Folder 52. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, Bulletins, F1-F42, 1930-1932
Folder 53. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, dealer letters, January-March 1931
Folder 54. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, dealer letters, April-June 1931
Folder 55. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, dealer letters, July-September 1931
Folder 56. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, Dodger Truck-er, No. 18, 1931
Folder 57. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, dealer letters, October-December 1931
Folder 58. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, dealer letters, January-March 1932
Folder 59. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, dealer letters, April-August 1932
Folder 60. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, Dodge Truck-er, No. 39, 1932
Folder 61. -- Dodge Brothers Corporation, color samples, n.d.
Folder 62. -- Dodge/Plymouth, William J. Case, regional manager, 1930-1932
Folder 63. -- Dodge Brothers dealership, Harold F. McCormick, Inc., 1930-1932
Folder 64. -- Dodge Brothers, parts, Massachusetts Motor Car, Inc., 1931-1932
Folder 65. -- Forms [sampling], 1923-1938
Folder 66. -- J. C. Harvey, distributor, American Austin, 1930-1931
Folder 67. -- Mifflinburg Body Company, Dodge Custom-built station wagon, ca. 1932
Folder 68. -- Nash Franchise, 1926-1935
Folder 69. -- Nash New England Company, 1929
Folder 70. -- Nash, C. P. Rockwell, Inc., [New England distributor], 1925
Folder 71. -- Nash, C. P. Rockwell, Inc., January-March 1926
Folder 72. -- Nash, C. P. Rockwell, Inc., April-June 1926
Folder 73. -- Nash, C. P. Rockwell, Inc., July 1926
Folder 74. -- Nash, C. P. Rockwell, Inc., August-September 1926
Folder 75. -- Nash, C. P. Rockwell, Inc., October-December 1926
Folder 76. -- Nash, E. J. Wall, Inc., [New England distributor], 1925-1926
Folder 77. -- Packard, 1931-1936
Folder 78. -- Packard, 1931-1936
Folder 79. -- Price lists, ca. 1931 [sampling]

Series IV. Financial
Carton 1
Folder 80. -- IRS, Annual information return [payments of dividends], 1934, 1936
Folder 81. -- Inventory for town of Plymouth assessment, 1934
Folder 82. -- Census of business, 1935, 1939
Folder 83. -- Financial statements, 1936-1941
Folder 84. -- Statement of dealer to Commercial Credit Company, 1937-1938
Folder 85. -- Statement of sealer to C.I.T. Corporation, 1939
Folder 86. -- Statement of condition, 1939-1946
Folder 87. -- Office of Price Administration, Tire and tube inventory/purchase of tires and tubes, 1941, 1943
Folder 88. -- IRS, Stock Transfer Division, 1934
Folder 89. -- IRS, Capital Stock Tax Return, 1934-1945
Folder 90. -- Workmens' Time Book, November 1926-August 1927
Folder 91. -- Workmens' Time Book, August-December 1927
Folder 92. -- Workmens' Time Book, January-May 1928
Folder 93. -- Workmens' Time Book, June-October 1928
Folder 94. -- Workmens' Time Book, October-December 1928
Folder 95 -- Workmens' Time Book, May-August 1929
Folder 96. -- Workmens' Time Book, October 1929
Folder 97. -- Payroll, 1937
Folder 98. -- Social Security, 1937
Folder 99. -- IRS, inventory of cotton, 1933
Folder 100. -- IRS, correspondence, 1937
Folder 101. -- Social Security Board, 1939
Folder 102. -- Statement, 1937-1938
Folder 103. -- Accounts Receivable, A-G, 1925-1932
Folder 104. -- Accounts Receivable, H-P, 1925-1932
Folder 105. -- Accounts Receivable, Q-Z, 1925-1932
Folder 106. -- Accounts Receivable, A-Z (paid), 1925-1932
Folder 107. -- Sales Transfer Ledger, A-B, 1926-1932
Folder 108. -- Sales Transfer Ledger, C, 1926-1932
Box 2
Folder 1. -- Sales Transfer Ledger, D-E, 1926-1932
Folder 2. -- Sales Transfer Ledger, F-G, 1926-1932
Folder 4. -- Sales Transfer Ledger, H, 1926-1932
Folder 5. -- Sales Transfer Ledger, I-L, 1926-1932
Folder 6. -- Sales Transfer Ledger, M-N, 1926-1932
Folder 7. -- Sales Transfer Ledger, O-Q, 1926-1932
Folder 8. -- Sales Transfer Ledger, R, 1926-1932
Folder 9. -- Sales Transfer Ledger, S, 1926-1932
Folder 10. -- Sales Transfer Ledger, T-V, 1926-1932
Folder 11. -- Sales Transfer Ledger, W-Z, 1926-1932
Box 3
Folder 1. -- Service station dealer agreement [Firestone], 1925
Folder 2. -- Release of claims/cars sold by Everett T. Harlow, 1926
Folder 3. -- Sales agreements [sampling], 1928-1932
Folder 4. -- Trial balance, September 1925
Folder 5. -- Legal, mortgages, suits, etc., 1927-1937 [sampling]
Folder 6. -- Massachusetts Corporation certificate of condition, 1933, 1945
Folder 7. -- Massachusetts Department of Corporations and Taxation, Agreement of Association, 1935
Folder 8. -- Unemployment Compensation Commission, 1936
Folder 9. -- Issue of capital stock, 1937
Folder 10. -- Correspondence, Gulf Oil Corporation/Hyannis, 1937-1941
Folder 11. -- Unemployment Compensation Commission, 1937
Folder 12. -- Unemployment Compensation Commission, 1938
Folder 13. -- Unemployment Compensation Commission, 1939
Folder 14. -- Unemployment Compensation Commission, 1940
Folder 15. -- Unemployment Compensation Commission, 1941
Folder 16. -- Notice/ letters sent/receipt/list of equipment, 1941
Folder 17. -- IRS, Corporate Income Tax Return, 1932-1939
Folder 18. -- IRS, Corporate Income Tax Return, 1940-1948
Folder 19. -- Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Income Tax Return (George R. Briggs, Jr.), 1943

Carton 4
Cash received, check register, purchase record, general journal, sales summary and note register, 1925-1930; Cash disbursed, 1940-1946; payroll 1938-1941
Vol. 1. -- General ledger, 1925-1932
Vol. 2. -- Accounts receivable, 1930-1932; trial balance 1930-1934
Vol..3. -- Distributors and dealers monthly financial statement, 1937-1938
Vol. 4. -- Distributors and dealers monthly financial statement, 1938-1942
Vol. 5. -- Salesmen's records, 1926-1929
Vol. 6. -- Sales, new and used cars, 1929-1932
Vol. 7. -- Bills sent out, #3514 (1930)-#4198 (1932)
Vol. 8. -- Nash dealer records sheets, 1930-1932; includes cash receipts and journal, purchase and cash disbursements; daily sales summary, 1939