E.R. Beers Electric Company Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0232
Creators:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of
Beers, E.R.
Dates:
1909-1938
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
6.3 Cubic feet
6 boxes
Repository:
The collection documents E.R. Beers's business records, his personal collection of Edison trivia, and correspondence between Beers and General Electric (1909-1922).

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
This collection consisting of records of the Schuylkill Electric Construction & Supply Co. and the E.R. Beers Electric Co. and includes correspondece, advertisements, sales receipts, limited cash statements, and bids for electrical modifications. The bulk of the data is from the period from 1909 through the 1920's and mid 1930's. The collection contains advertisements that reflect the introduction of the electrical appliance to the home. Important transitions in the electrical industry are represented. For example, in July 1910 there is an acceptance by Lehigh Valley Railroad of rewiring of the Shenandoah Station according to "the rules and regulations of the Underwriter's Association" and agreement to furnish certificate of approval. Further, in February 1922 there the statement "Service for direct current motors is gradually being eliminated and will eventually be discontinued ... ."

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
The Schuylkill Electric Construction & Supply Co., a small electrical operation in a very important period of time, 1909 to 1938, particularly for electrical appliances reflecting the conversion of gas lighting to incandescent lighting to decorative and arc lighting. At first there were two stores, one in Reading, Pennsylvania and one in Shenandoah, PA. The partnership was dissolved January 1911, resulting in the closing of the Reading, Pennsylvania store and the continued operation of the Shenandoah, Pennsylvania store. The Kauffman Electric Co., Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania was purchased in 1919 and named the E.R. Beers Electric Company.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Robert Ageton, 1989.
Author
Robert W. Ageton
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by E.R. Beers, December 1985.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
E.R. Beers Electric Co. Collection,1909-1938, 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 to the Archives Center from the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, August 7, 1986.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Shenandoah (Pa.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Business records -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bloomsburg (Pa.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Electrical engineering Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Electric apparatus and appliances Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Papers Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Electrical equipment Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
General Electric Company Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schuylkill Construction and Supply Company. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
E.R. Beers Electric Supply Company. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 Personal 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