Richard M. Hoe and Company records, 1824-1953
American firm of printing machine manufacturers whose rotary press became very important in the field of newspaper printing.
Richard March Hoe (1812-1886) took over the firm in 1830 and was especially interested in experimental and manufacturing phases
of the business.
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of many of the firm's letterpress books, 1837-1878, containing letters, accounts, and estimates for
printing offices, newspaper offices, job presses, binderies, type foundries, saw mills, lithography shops, and stereotype
foundries in all parts of the United States, Canada, and Latin America. There are incomplete series of incoming letter files,
many with name indexes, for the years 1837, 1851, 1853-1858, 1862-1865, 1868, 1872-1879, and 1901. Also, a small group of
letters sent to Richard March Hoe (cataloged correspondence). Salvaged files include incomplete contract files with related
correspondence, 1894, 1910-1912, but chiefly for the year 1911. Also, some miscellaneous patents, 1949-1953, and miscellaneous
manuscript patent files for printing presses with diagrams and blueprints as follows: American patents, 1850-1900, French
patents, 1824-1906, and German patents, 1893-1908; and a small subject file of technical data for printing, binding, and other
Hoe equipment as well as scrapbooks with photographs of Hoe machinery and ten oversize photographs of Hoe presses, 1872-1950.