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Manufacturers Record collection

Identifier: L1978-04

Scope and Contents

Manufacturers' Record collection consists of three scrapbooks and a correspondence file. The first scrapbook, 1894-1897, contains clippings and extensive correspondence related to a Manufacturers' Record initiative to transport food to the starving people of Nebraska after catastrophic crop failures. A second scrapbook, 1898-1919, 1931-1934, contains pamphlets and reprints from Manufacturers' Record with many pieces by editor Edmonds and vice president Victor H. Power. Another volume, 1940-1948, concerns the formation and development of the Southern Association of Science and Industry under the leadership of George D. Palmer. A file of correspondence, 1918-1928, is between R. H. Edmonds and his British friend, Arthur Kitson of Kitson Empire Lighting Company (later Kitson Engineering Company). The correspondence, which contains reprints of works by Edmonds and Kitson, concerns economics, monetary theory, industry, and politics in the post-First World War world, and includes Kitson's conspiratorial and antisemitic theories.


  • Creation: 1894-1948


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Historical Note

Manufacturers' Record, Baltimore, was a journal that documented the industrial and commercial interests of the American South. Richard Hathaway Edmonds (1857-1930) founded the Manufacturers' Record in 1882 and edited it until 1929. Edmonds, a protectionist and conservative, corresponded with British inventor and monetary theorist Arthur Kitson (1862-1937).

In 1954, the periodical merged with Industrial Development to create Industrial Development and Manufacturers' Record, which subsequently (1956-58) became the official publication of the Southern Association of Science and Industry. The Southern Association of Science and Industry, founded as the Southern Association for the Advancement of Science in 1941, was a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that promoted development in the American South through increased research and innovation. Its members represented the business, higher education, and scientific communities. George D. Palmer, a chemistry professor at the University of Alabama, was a founder of the association and served it in several leadership roles.


1.2 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

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Arrangement Note

Original order.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Manufacturer's Record, 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by Hilary Morrish, summer 2023.

Manufacturers' Record
A Guide to the Collection at Georgia State University Library
Hilary Morrish
23 June 2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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