Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Spears Dairy Business records, 1928-1948 MS 541



creator Spears Dairy
Title: Spears Dairy Business records
Dates: 1928-1948
Abstract: Business ledgers of the Spears Dairy and its various plants and stores in Texas.
Identification: MS 541
Quantity: 3 Linear Feet(6 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Organizational sketch

The Spears Dairy was incorporated in 1928. It was founded by the Spears family, including W. L. Spears, and served many Texas towns with dairy farms, ice cream stores, processing and distribution outlets.


Scope and Contents

Business records from Spears Dairy from the date of incorporation in 1928 to 1948. Records consist mostly of general ledgers, such as accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll for Spears Dairy operations in several towns in Texas, inlcuding Beaumont, Giddings, La Grange, Lufkin, Port Arthur, Rosenberg, Texas City, and others. Operations included dairy farms, ice cream stores, processing and distribution outlets.

Topics include dairy farming, rural industry, rural economics.


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 Spears Dairy Business records (MS 541) must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.


Index Terms

Dairy farming
business records
Spears Dairy

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Spears Dairy Business records, 1928-1938, MS 541, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Veronica Rutland Mallicote via the Harris County Archives, 2008.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Business records, 1928-1948

Box Folder
1 1 Incorporation General ledger, Jan. 1,1928- Dec. 31,1928
2 Lufkin Ice Cream Corporation, by-Laws, minutes, stockholder ledgers March 1,1932-Jan 13,1938
3 Lufkin Ice Cream Store general ledger, May 1, 1942-Jan. 1,1943
4 Accounts payable, Jan. 1, 1940-Dec. 31, 1940
5 Rosenberg general ledger, 1941-1942
Box Folder
2 1 General ledger, Apr. 1, 1942- Dec 31, 1945
2 Social security and withholding tax record, 1942-1944
3 Farm ledger, Sept. 30, 1944-Jan. 1, 1945
4 Accounts receivable, 1945, employee petty cash, social security, withholding and tax
Box Folder
3 1 Accounts receivable, Jan. 1, 1946-Dec. 31, 1946, salary advances, 1946
2 Accounts payable, Jan. 1, 1946-Dec. 31, 1946
3 General ledger, Jan. 1, 1946-Dec. 1, 1946, Port Arthur, Houston, LaGrange, Lufkin and Rusk plants
Box Folder
4 1 Accounts payable, Jan. 1, 1947- Dec. 31, 1947
2 General ledger, Jan. 1, 1948-Dec. 31, 1948
Box Folder
5 1 Giddings Station general ledger, Dec. 1, 1945 - Dec. 31, 1946
2 Giddings journal, Nov. 1945 - Dec. 31, 1948
3 Giddings General ledger, Jan 1, 1947 - Dec. 31, 1947, Accounts payable, Jan. 1, 1946 - Dec. 31, 1948
4 Port Arthur plant general ledger, Jan. 1, 1946 - Dec. 31, 1946
5 Rusk general ledger, Jan 1, 1947 - Dec. 31, 1947, Jan. 1, 1948 - Dec. 31, 1948
6 Texas City Company general ledger, Jan. 1, 1946 - Dec. 31, 1946
7 Texas City company, general ledger, Jan. 1, 1947 - Dec. 31, 1947
Box Folder
6 1 Orange, Spears, Rusk, dairy business ledgers, Dec. 1, 1946 - Aug. 31, 1948
2 Business ledger, Jan. 1, 1946 - Dec. 31, 1946