Correspondence - "D" , undated
Scope and Contents
The T. E. Roderick Collection was transferred from New Mexico State University to LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC Miller Nichols Library, in 2009. This collection contains the business correspondence of Roderick ranging in date from 1912-1914. These business correspondence discuss details relevant to the conglomeration of 27 separate farms into a single new company that would be called Ozark Peach and Apple Farm Co. Roughly half of the farms were already active orchards, with the remaining lumber fields. Under the new organization, company lands that did not already contain orchards were to be cleared, tilled, and converted. The lands containing orchards were already part of a smaller company owned by private farmers, but maintained by associates of Roderick. Upon the forming of the new company, these farmers were given the opportunity to either remain under the terms of their old contract, or to become part of the new Ozark Peach and Apple Farm Co. These letters provide insight into banking practice, the creation of stock, and other business practices common to the United States, preceding the Great Depression. In addition to correspondence with clients are letters from Roderick to farmers, and correspondence between Roderick and goods providers, such as equipment, fertilizer, pesticide, etc. This collection also contains copies of blank contracts, several drafts of the articles of agreement, descriptions of all of the lots, as well as a detailed payment history on all 27 farms.
- From the Collection: Roderick, T.E. (Person)
From the Collection: 1 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 1 box.)
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English