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Thomas Nelson & Sons corporate minute books and ledgers


Held at: Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center [Contact Us]1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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Masnel Corporation, a publishing firm specializing in Bibles, was formerly known as Thomas Nelson and Sons. The latter was established in 1870 and was incorporated in 1903 as a New York Corporation. In 1931, Thomas Nelson and Sons merged with Thomas Nelson & Sons. The firm moved to New Jersey in 1958 and was incorporated there. In 1969, the name and assets of Thomas Nelson and Sons were sold and the new name became Masnel Corporation. Masnel Corporation voluntarily dissolved itself as a New Jersey Corporation in 1970.

Records of Thomas Nelson and Sons including: incorporation certificates and subsequent liquidation records, bank records, leases, appraisals and audits; equipment records -- receipts and invoices for machinery including invoices for the printing plates of The Revised Standard Version of The Bible; tax returns filed from 1959 to 1968; payroll records and correspondence regarding union arbitration. Holdings also include fourteen volumes of minutes of meetings of Stockholders and Board of Directors; a volume of stock certificates; contracts; balance sheets (1871-1948); and two corporate seals. There is a small number of records related to the Masnel Corporation.

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