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Sash Factory records, A1312

Identifier: A1312

Scope and Contents

This collection contains one ledger. It includes the Sash Factory's judiciary board minutes and bylaws, which date from 1831-1832. It also includes accounts and notes from William Hosmer Shailer, a member of the Sash Factory, dating from 1838-1851.


  • Creation: 1832-1851


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical note

According to former University Archivist Howard Williams, in 1832 the Board of Trustees of Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution established a Sash Factory for students to work in. It was intended to promote a productive form of physical activity and possibly generate window sashes for a new building on campus. The factory appears to have ceased operating a little over a year after it was established.

Howard Williams, A History of Colgate, 1819-1869 (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1969), 49.

Biographical note

William Hosmer Shailer graduated from Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution with an AM in 1835. He was born in Haddam, Connecticut on November 20, 1802. He studied at Newton Theological Institution in Massachusetts in 1835 and was ordained in Deep River, CT on February 26, 1836. He served as principle of Connecticut Literary Institute (1835-1837); a pastor in Brookline, Massachusetts (1837-1854) and Portland, Maine (1854-1877); and proprietor and editor of Zion's Advocate (1858-1873). Shailer retired in Portland in 1877 and remained there until his death on February 23, 1881.

Elmer William Smith, ed., Colgate University General Catalogue, vol. 1, (Hamilton, NY: Colgate University, 1939), 22.


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Guide to the Sash Factory records
Allyson Smally
March 26, 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

13 Oak Drive
Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology
Colgate University
Hamilton New York 13346 United States US
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