Edwards Brothers Lumber Company, 1928-1967
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Brief Description:

Series 1: Audits and Correspondence - Edwards Brothers' audit records give a good overview of its operations during its last years. Its correspondence reveals the company's relations with customers and suppliers. Folders for the Offices of Defense Transportation and Price Administration, as well as the  Southern Pine Association and its War Committee illustrate cooperative, industry-wide attempts to deal with governmental regulations prior and subsequent to World War II. Extensive correspondence with the W. H. Norris Lumber Company (also evident in correspondence to other companies) shows the Edwards brothers' close tie to that company. The bulk of correspondence deals with individual, day-to-day business transactions and legal matters.


Series 2: Financial Records - The lumber company maintained records for each business with which they had business. Researchers might be interested in the various business cards, Dunn & Bradstreet Reports on Texas companies, as well as transactional bills, invoices and receipts. There are also records here which are specific to the internal operations of Edwards Brothers. These include inspection reports of their lumber and steam boiler, log and timber estimates and purchases, timber leases, Social Security requirements, and tax payments. These company folders containingand reports  These are described in ledgers, day books, ledger sheets, price lists, inventories, and lumber sales invoices.


Series 3: Employee Records - Edwards Brothers kept extensive records on employees as individuals and as a group. These records include detailed payroll lists, unemployment compensation and injury claims, separation notices, time sheets, physical examination forms, bad debt cards, withholding certificates, group insurance enrollment and record cards, and house rental records.


Series 4: Family Financial Records - Though several folders in this series concern H. C. Edwards, the majority relate to the financial records of R. L. Edwards and his children. In particular there are records documents Billy Edwards' E & E Ranch, which he began about the time the lumber company closed.

Held at:
East Texas Research Center
1936 North Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Phone: 936-468-4636
Email: asketrc [at] sfasu.edu
Record Series Number: F/4
Volume: 12.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 00/00/1987.

This collection consists of four series arranged across 12 boxes.

Series 1: Audits and Correspondence (Boxes 1-2)

    Audits (1947-1952, 1954). Chronological.

    Correspondence (1937-1960). Alphabetically by correspondent and then chronologically.

Series 2: Financial Records, 1928-1961 (Boxes 3-10)

    Sub-series 1 - Daily Operations. Alphabetical or chronological depending on the folder.

    Sub-series 2 - Lumber Sales Invoices. Chronological.

    Sub-series 3 - Business Partners. Alphabetically by company and then chronologically within folders.

    Sub-series 4 - Legal Documents (Timber Leases). Chronological.

Series 3: Employee Records, 1936-1953 (Box 11)

    Alphabetical except for unemployment claims.

Series 4: Family Financial Records, 1946-1967 (Box 12)

    Alphabetically by individual and then chronologically within folders.

Access Restrictions: Open for research.
Subject Index
Business records -- Texas, East
Edwards, H. C. (Hugh Clete), d. 1953
Edwards, R. L. (Robert Lee), d. 1951
Edwards Brothers Lumber Company -- Records and correspondence
Lumbering -- Texas, East
Lumber trade -- Texas, East
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes:   Gift
Finding Aid Revisions: Revised the Scope and the Arrangement notes, Kyle Ainsworth, 10/24/12.