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Guide to the F. W. Heitmann Company business ledgers, 1873-1959 MS 070



creator F.W. Heitmann Company.
Title: F.W. Heitmann Company business ledgers
Dates: 1873-1959
Abstract: The F. W. Heitmann Company business ledgers contains business materials from the F. W. Heitmann Company. It includes assorted business information and records, including daybooks, journals, monthly reports, business ledgers, account books, registers, balance sheets, invoices, inventories, catalogs, city sales records, and lists of shipments received. Most of the collection is still in its original bindings, in large ledgers. Much of the information is hand-written.
Identification: MS 070
Quantity: 53 Linear Feet
Quantity: (41 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Frederick William Heitmann was born in Potsdam, Germany, in 1828, but lived most of his life in Houston, Texas, as did his wife Mary Mathilde (Erhard). In 1865, Mr. Heitmann opened a heavy metal and hardware store in Houston, Texas, at 113 Main Street, where it stayed for 81 years. Mr. Heitmann died in 1889. In the early 1870s, Mr. H.S. Fox, then president of the Houston National Bank, became a partner in Houston’s oldest hardware store and its name changed to Fox and Heitmann. In 1903 the firm was incorporated under the name F.W. Heitmann and Company.. At that time the founder’s son, Frederick A. Heitmann became president of the company. Originally hardware establishment, the firm soon became a major post-Civil War importer of all lines of heavy hardware, tools, bar iron, tin plates, etc. from England and Germany. As the company grew it added major lines of domestically manufactured heavy machinery and became a major provider of products for rice growing and cotton ginning in the Southwest. It also furnished heavy equipment to the railroads and to the city of Houston.


Scope and Contents

The collection is primarily composed of large bound volumes dating from 1873 to 1959. It also contains some papers removed from their binding and stored in folders and boxes. It contains daybooks, journals, monthly reports, business ledgers, account books, registers, balance sheets, invoices, inventories, catalogs, city sales records, and lists of shipments received.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the F.W. Heitmann Business Ledgers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.


Index Terms

F.W. Heitmann Company.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

F.W. Heitmann Co. Business Ledgers Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Harris County Heritage Society, 2005.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Daybooks/Journals/Monthly Reports, 1874-1958

Box
1 Daybook 1874-1876
Box
2 Daybook 1876-1878
Box
3 Daybook 1878-1879
Box
4 Daybook 1881-1883
Box
5 Daybook 1883-1885
Box
6 Daybook (sales) 1887-1888
Daybook 1889
Box
7 Journal 1892-1894
Box
8 Journal 1894-1896
Box
9 [Bering-Cortes Hardware Co.] Journal 1954-1956
Box
10 [Bering-Cortes Hardware Co.] Journal 1956-1958
Box
11 [Bering-Cortes Hardware Co.] Monthly Report 1943-1954
[Bering-Cortes Hardware Co.] Monthly Report 1954-1958



Series II: Ledgers, 1873-1913

Box
12 Ledger 1873-1876
Box
13 Ledger 1876-1878
Box
14 Ledger 1878-1880
Box
15 Ledger 1887
Box
16 Ledger 1899-1902
Box
17 Ledger 1902-1908
Box
18 Ledger 1908-1913
Box
19 Ledger 1913-1917
Box
20 Ledger 1917-1921
Box
21 Ledger 1921-1925
Box
22 Private Ledger 1925-1929
Box
23 Private Ledger 1929-1933
Box
24 Purchase Ledger 1904-1909
Box
25 Purchase Ledger 1909-1913



Series III: Account Books/Registers/Catalogs/Invoices, 1881-1957

Box
26 Account Book 1881-1885
Box
27 Account Book 1887-1888
Alphabetical Account Book 1896
Box
28 Cash Accounts 1878-1885
Box
29 Check Register 1954-1957
Box
30 Voucher Register 1956
Box
31 Invoices 1899
Box
32 Catalog; one of two
Box
33 Catalog; two of two
Box
34 Catalog: Draft
Box
35 Cash Accounts 1885-1891
Box
36 Ledger 1885-1887
Box
37 Ledger 1900-1903



Series IV: Inventory/Account Books/Balance Sheets/Registers/City Sales Record/Shipments Received, 1949-1958

Box Folder
38 1 Account Book 1903
2 Account Book (Profit and Loss) 1909-1917
3 Alphabetical Account Book
4 Balance Sheets
5 Inventory 1952
6 Inventory 1952-1953
7 Commerce Ave. Warehouse Inventory c. 1949; folder 1 of 4
Box Folder
39 1 Commerce Ave. Warehouse Inventory c. 1949; folder 2 of 4
2 Commerce Ave. Warehouse Inventory c. 1949; folder 3 of 4
3 Commerce Ave. Warehouse Inventory c. 1949; folder 4 of 4
4 North Main Warehouse Inventory 1949; folder 1 of 2
5 North Main Warehouse Inventory 1949; folder 2 of 2
Box Folder
40 1 Belting Book 1901-1909
2 City Sales Records #34
3 City Sales Records #50, #53, #54
4 City Sales Records #56
5 Shipments Received 1958; folder 1 of 2
6 Shipments Received 1958; folder 2 of 2
Box Folder
41 1 Cash Receipts 1958-1959
2 City Register 1953-1954



Series V: Addendum

Box
42 F.W. Heitmann & Co., Houston, Texas. Catalogue no. 99, n.d.