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Irving & Casson-A.H. Davenport Co. records, 1875-1974

Irving & Casson-A.H. Davenport Co. records, 1875-1974

Irving & Casson-A.H. Davenport Co

Collection Information

Size: 25.0 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 7 reels)

Summary: Company records for Irving & Casson, Irving & Casson-A.H. Davenport Co., and Doten-Dunton Desk Co., including photographs, correspondence, sales records, sketches, and printed material.

REELS 150-151: Renderings (many in color), photographs, line drawings of furniture designed by Irving & Casson of Boston, ca. 1910-1960. Most of the designs are from the 1920s and 1930s.

REELS 1260-1264: Business correspondence and memoranda; financial records; subject files about furniture design projects for the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., Eastern S.S. Lines, Inc., and others; clippings and printed material; sketches and blueprints of furniture designs; and photographs of furniture. Included are files and records of the Doten-Dunton Desk Co.

UNMICROFILMED: Sales records of Frank P. McGrath, Sr., chief salesman of Irving & Casson-A.H. Davenport Co. Included are records of sales to restaurants, shipping lines, hotels, colleges, and private residences; correspondence; watercolor and pencil designs; blueprints; photographs of works; fabric samples; invoices; order forms; packing lists; estimates; receiving slips; employee health and disability records; furniture catalogs; announcements; invitations; and calling cards.

Biographical/Historical Note

Furniture designers; Boston, Mass., and New York, N.Y. Originally Irving & Casson. Eventually merged with A.H. Davenport Co. of New York City. Doten-Dunton Desk Co. is a related firm, using the same address as Irving & Casson.

Provenance

Materials on reels 150-151 donated by the Misner Corp. doing business as Irving & Casson. Materials on reels 1260-1264 lent for microfilming 1977 by Douglas Clarke. Unmicrofilmed material donated 1978 by Frank P. McGrath.

Location of Originals

  • Reels 1260-1264: Originals returned to lender, Douglas Clarke, after microfilming.

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 150-151 and 1260-1264 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Irving & Casson-A.H. Davenport Co. records, 1875-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.