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Plymouth Cordage Company Collection
Catalog Record
Mss 463 1824-1966 P738
Series F: Labor; Volumes M-4 and P3; Cartons 47 and 48

The Plymouth Cordage Company was a rope manufacturer in Plymouth, Massachusetts, that subsequently acquired cordage companies in Canada and Louisiana. It was sold to Columbian Rope Company in 1966. The collection contains employment records of increasing numbers of women workers from the late 1870s. There are records (1907-1948) of Plymouth Cordage's industrial relations department, which conducted one of the oldest and most elaborate company welfare systems in the country. There are records regarding the medical department employing women nurses, a library employing a woman librarian, a band, athletic programs, housing assistance, and pension funds.

Wage and time accounting
Time books and lists of employees: F-2 to F-12 (1825-1881 A-J); F-14 to F-23 (1850-1881); F-25 to F-27 (1889-1902)

Employee relations materials including labor organization
Lay-offs, finances, employee dividends, and profit sharing: Carton 47
Labor strike 1831-32, welfare, housing pensions, schools, medical: Carton 48
Collective bargaining records (1937-1944): F-35 to F-36

Other Records
Photographs of spinning room and balling room: P3

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