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Indiana Mirror Company
L 473
1 cu. ft. box

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Processed by:  Amy C. Belcher, October 2003

Organizational Note:

According to information contained in the Indianapolis City Directories, the Indiana Mirror Company began business in Indianapolis, Indiana between 1904 and 1905.  The original president of the company was A. Lehman.  The company’s main purpose was to make mirrors for wholesale to other companies.  The glass the employees worked with was sometimes purchased from other businesses such as the Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Company in Toledo, Ohio.  The Indiana Mirror Company then added the backing to the glass to give it the mirrored finish.  The company had many steady employees and had some part time salesman that worked on commission, as well. 

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains business papers of the Indiana Mirror Company.  The majority of the files are inventories and statistical analyses of the company, its finances and its materials.  Some statistics start as far back as 1911.  However, most of the statistics and information dates fall between 1935 and 1954.  The collection also includes payroll records from 1948-1952.  Within the payroll records, there is information about specific employees; they give most employees’ birth dates and job descriptions.  Other employee information included within the collection is their withholding exemption certificates, which are in the collection for the dates 1943-1952.  Copies of the Census of Manufactures that Indiana Mirror Company filed are also present in the collection for some years.  There is some basic business correspondence for the company included as well as some price guides for other companies in similar fields. 

The last part of the collection is some personal paperwork of one of the company’s employees, Ralph La Gratta.  These records include tax forms.  They also include some immigration and personal information about Ralph La Gratta and his wife, as well as their son Joseph.

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box/Folder Contents

1/1  Receipt Inventory, Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Company, 1934, n.d.
1/2  Inventories, 1935-1936
1/3  Inventories, 1937
1/4  Inventories, 1938
1/5  Inventories, 1939-1940
1/6  Inventories, 1941-1942
1/7  Inventories, 1943-1945
1/8  Inventories, 1947-1949
1/9  Inventories, 1950-1953
1/10  Trial Balance/Accounts Receivable, 1941-1942
1/11  Trial Balance/Accounts Receivable, 1943-1944
1/12  Trial Balance/Accounts Receivable, 1945
1/13  Trial Balance/Accounts Receivable, 1946-1947
1/14  Trial Balance/Accounts Receivable, 1948-1949
1/15  Trial Balance/Accounts Receivable, 1950-1951
1/16  Trial Balance/Accounts Receivable, 1952-Feb. 1954
1/17  Profit & Loss Statements, 1935-1954
1/18  Census of Manufacturers, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1933
1/19  Census of Manufacturers, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1947
1/20  Alcohol Reports, May-Dec. 1920, 1921-1922
1/21  Alcohol Reports, 1923-1925
1/22  Alcohol Reports, 1926-1928
1/23  Alcohol Reports, 1929-1931
1/24  Alcohol Reports, 1932-1934
1/25  Alcohol Reports, 1935-1937 
1/26  Alcohol Reports, 1938-1939
1/27  Alcohol Reports, 1945-1946
1/28  Alcohol Reports, 1947
1/29  Payroll Records; Fred Schmitz, 1948-1952; Walter Jackman, 1948-1952;
  Marvin Davis, 1948-1952; Robert B. Failey, 1948-1952
1/30  Payroll Records; Theo. Volkert, 1948-1952; Henry Humbert, 1948-1952;
Robert Lile, 1952; George Barnhard, 1950-1951; Hurley Jackson, 1949-1950
1/31 Payroll Records; Joseph White, 1948; Leonard Jackson, 1948; Pascal King, 1948; Edward Doak, 1948; Turner Willingham, 1948
1/32 Payroll Summaries, 1948-1949
1/33 Payroll Summaries, 1950-1952
1/34 Sales Figure Charts, 1932-1953
1/35  Ledger Sheets, various aspects of business, 1911-1954
1/36 Business Reports, 1931-1941
1/37 Business Paperwork, 1952, n.d.
1/38 Business Correspondence, 1928, 1935-1938
1/39 Business Correspondence, 1940-1941, 1944, 1947, 1951, 1953, n.d.
1/40 Ralph LaGrotta (La Gratta or LaGrotte) Personal Papers; Tax Forms 1943-1946, Immigration Information 1923, 1944


1/1 Price Guide, Jan. 1, 1925, Indianapolis Paint & Color Co.
1/2 Price Guide, Dec. 1, 1931, Tyler & Hippach Glass Service
1/3 Price Guide, Feb. 1, 1950, Indianapolis Paint & Color Co.
1/4 Price Guide, March 1, 1950, Indianapolis Paint & Color Co.
1/5 Price Guide, Apr. 1, 1950, Stewart Carey Glass Co.
1/6 Labels From Indiana Mirror Company & Article about Mirror History
1/7 Employee Withholding Exemption Certificates, 1943-1952

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 1 cu. ft box
Collection Dates: 1911-1954
Provenance: unknown
Restrictions: None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: None
Notes: None