Portland Iron Works Records, 1860-1939  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Portland Iron Works
Title
Portland Iron Works Records
Dates
1860-1939 (inclusive)
Quantity
5 cubic feet, (1 box and 48 volumes)
Collection Number
Mss 175
Summary
Records of an iron manufacturing company of Portland, Oregon, that produced mostly sawmill and transmission machinery. Includes financial records, letter books, time books, correspondence, and printed matter. Most records date from the 1880s to the early 1920s.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English.
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Portland Iron Works was founded in 1882 by Orlando Clarke and E.H. Thompson. A few years later, James A. Govanlock bought a share of the business and was active in the company until his death in 1903. Harry T. Clarke, son of Orlando Clarke, was president and manger from 1890-1918. In 1908, LeRoy Andersen joined the company as a stenographer and in 1920 became secretary and manager. In 1947, the Andersen family purchased Portland Iron Works from the Clarke family, making LeRoy the president. Lester Andersen, son of LeRoy, served as president from 1969-1979, at which time Timothy Andersen, grandson of LeRoy, assumed the presidency.

The principal products of the plant were sawmill and transmission machinery, as well as floor and roof drains. In addition, they produced ripsaws, edgers, trimmers, steam engines, and castings for machinery. The company also contracted general iron work. During World War II Portland Iron Works manufactured one-third of all the throttle valves used on Liberty Ships.

Affiliated companies are Power Transmission Products, General Bearing Company, Cascade Industrial Supply, Paul Roberts Company, and Fisher Brothers Company. Two other manufacturing divisions are PTP Machinery in Salem and PTP Hydraulics of Portland, manufacturing hydraulic power units.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Records include: Cash books (1882-1920), day books (1885-1887 and 1905-1918), inventories (1907-1926), journals (1884-1918), ledgers (1886-1928), letter books (1860-1907), petty cash books (1890-1897 and 1904-1909), sales books (1888-1897), time books (1891-1903), work order books (1885-1920), correspondence (1891-1892), and agreements (1892-1900). Records also include company pamphlets and brochures.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Portland Iron Works Records, Mss 175, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

Series A: Papers

Series B: Volumes


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A::  Papers, 1882-1939Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1-2
Agreements
1892-1899
1/3
Brochures
1882, 1910
Correspondence
Box/Folder
1/4
1891
1/5
1896, 1899
1/6
1905-1906
1/7
1939
Box/Folder
1/8
Diagrams for equipment
undated
1/9-10
Pamphlets
undated
1/11
Patents
1891-1892
1/12
Patents corrections
undated
1/13
Published patents
undated
1/14
Specifications for machinery
undated

Series B::  Volumes, 1860-1928Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Cash books
Volume
1
1882-1890
2
1883-1890
3
1893-1901
4
1901-1906
5
1909-1913
6
1913-1920
Day books
Volume
7
1885-1887
8
1905-1918
Inventories
Volume
9
1907-1912
10
1912-1917
11
1918-1921
12
1921-1926
Journals
Volume
13
1884
14
1888-1895
15
1896-1905
16
1905-1918
Ledgers
Volume
17
Index to ledgers
1886-1928
18
1886-1887
19
1888-1889
20
1890-1893
21
1895-1897
22
1903-1907
23
1923-1928
Letter books
Volume
24
ca. 1860-1879
25
1899 June-1900 Dec.
26
1899 July-1900 Nov.
27
1900 Dec.-1902 Feb.
28
1901 Jan.-1901 Sept.
29
1902 Feb.-1903 Mar.
30
1903 Mar.-1904 Sept.
31
1904 Oct.-1905 Sept.
32
1905 Apr.-Dec.
33
1905 Sept.-1907 Jan.
Petty cash books
Volume
34
1890-1907
35
1904-1909
Volume
36
Plans--inventory records
undated
Sales books
Volume
37
1888-1889
38
1889-1891
39
1891-1894
40
1894-1897
Time books
Volume
41
1891-1892
42
1892-1895
43
1901-1902
44
1902-1903
Work order books
Volume
45
1885-1886
46
1889-1890
47
1896
48
1895-1920

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Iron foundries--Oregon--Portland
  • Machine parts industry--Oregon--Portland
  • Sawmills--Equipment and supplies

Personal Names

  • Andersen, LeRoy, 1888-1980
  • Andersen, Lester, 1941-1979
  • Andersen, Lester, 1941-1979
  • Andersen, Timothy
  • Clarke, Harry T., 1864-1919
  • Clarke, Orlando, 1823-1888

Corporate Names

  • Portland Iron Works--Archives

Form or Genre Terms

  • Bulletins
  • Business letters
  • Cashbooks
  • Daybooks
  • Diagrams
  • Inventories
  • Pamphlets
  • Patents
  • Specifications
  • Time books