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Carpenter Paper Company cabinet and paper samples


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Overview and metadata sections

Incorporated in 1890 by Isaac White Carpenter, the Carpenter Paper Company was a prominent business in Omaha, Nebraska. The company was Omaha's first paper warehouse. Over time, Carpenter successfully established branches in Kansas City, Denver, Salt Lake City, Des Moines, and Lincoln, Nebraska. By 1937, the Carpenter Paper Corporation comprised thirteen separately incorporated companies that operated twenty-nine distribution centers in nineteen states west of the Mississippi River, making it the largest paper house west of St. Louis. The company is now defunct.

"Isaac White Carpenter." In Omaha: The Gate City and Douglas County Nebraska, A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress, and Achievement, vol. 2, 840-843. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1917."Carpenter Paper Company Building." In "United States Department of the Interior National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places Inventory--Nomination Form," 9-10. 1984.Information derived from dealer description.

The Carpenter Paper Company cabinet and paper samples consist of approximately ninety booklets and sample books of envelopes, writing paper, and cardboard dating between 1900 and the 1920s. The samples were originally arranged in a wooden cabinet. The counter top of the cabinet likely served as a surface to show the samples to customers. Paper types range in color, function, and finish, and include samples of cardboard, writing paper, blotting paper, cover paper, bristol, and envelopes.

Boxes 1-2: Shelved in SPEC MSS shoeboxes

Box 3: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (17 inches)

Boxes 4-6: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes

Item 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize realia

Purchase, 2016

Processed and encoded by Kristen Nassif, November, 2019.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2019 November 21
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Collection Inventory

No. 1-72.
Box 1
No. 73-75.
Box 2

No. 1-16.
Box 2
No. 17-21.
Box 3

No. 9--Flats, Bonds, Ledgers, Etc.
Box 4
No. 10--Book and Cover Papers.
Box 5
No. 11--Cover Paper.
Box 6
Other paper samples.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Includes Princess Blotting, Alhambra Extra Heavy, and Hamermill Lines paper samples. Also included is a business card for Frank "Bud" Elmer.

Wooden cabinet.
Item 1

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