Guide to the Bennett Pottery Company
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0213
Creators:
Bennett, Edwin, 1818-1908 (potter)
Edwin Bennett Pottery Company
Ceramics and Glass, Division of (NMAH, SI).
Dates:
1844-1881
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
4 Cubic feet
6 boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Early Bennett family histories, Edwin Bennett's autobiography, correspondence, 1914-1981, Bennett Pottery Company records, photographs, notebooks of clay and glaze formulae and other miscellaneous items, 1844-1981.
Scope and Contents note
Includes 3 photographs related to the Baltimore fire, 1903-1905.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Divided into 8 series: (1) Biographical, (2) Correspondence, (3) Bennett Pottery Co., (4) Catalogs, advertisements, stationary, etc., (5) Photographs, (6) Notebooks of formulae and receipts, (7)Printed Material, (8) Ledgers of the Seven Clay Co. (a subsidiary of Bennett Pottery Company).

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Bennett was the founder of the Edwin Bennett Pottery Company, Baltimore, Maryland which operated 1846-1936. Among the first wares produced were those for utilitarian purposes (e.g., mugs and plates). Bennett also experimented with clay bodies and glazes. Along with the company's subsidiaries, Edwin Bennett Company became one of the largest suppliers in the United States of hotel kitchen and tableware, chemical containers, public restroom fixtures, and roofing tiles.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by NMAH Staff, 2003
Author
NMAH Staff
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Mrs. Portia M. Filbert, 1986, March.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Bennett Pottery Company Records, 1844-1881, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
Transferred from the Division of Ceramics and Glass, 5/19/1986.

Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
Inventory available; contact the Archives Center for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Pottery Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fires -- Maryland -- Baltimore Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Disasters Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Potters Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Business records -- 19th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ceramics manufacturing Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artisans Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baltimore (Md.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 1900-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bennett, James Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bennett, Edwin Huston Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ceramics and Glass, Division of (NMAH, SI). Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives