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Bedman Brothers Company records

Object Details

sova.aag.bed
GUID
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb694e03bc2-1a56-4061-9ca9-d71a422025d5
Owner
Bedman, John
Bedman, James
Founder
Bedman, William
Owner
Bedman, Joseph
Bedman, Frank
Bedman, Charles
Creator
Bedman Brothers Rahway, New Jersey.
Investor
Thorburn, James
Creator
Bedman Brothers
William Bedman Seed Company (Rahway, New Jersey)
Names
Bedman Brothers
Topic
Mail-order business
Seed industry and trade
Seeds -- Processing -- Equipment and supplies
Salvia
Flowers
Horticulture
Provenance
Donated to the Smithsonian Office of Horticulture (later Horticulture Services Division) in 1984 by Gladys and Florence Whitehead, great-granddaughters of William Bedman.
Owner
Bedman, John
Bedman, James
Founder
Bedman, William
Owner
Bedman, Joseph
Bedman, Frank
Bedman, Charles
Creator
Bedman Brothers Rahway, New Jersey.
Investor
Thorburn, James
Creator
Bedman Brothers
William Bedman Seed Company (Rahway, New Jersey)
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Summary
The Bedman Brothers Company Records collection focuses primarily on the business and financial transactions of Bedman Brothers seed company of Rahway, New Jersey, and includes accounting ledgers, purchase orders, price lists, miscellaneous business and family correspondence, and various brochures, pamphlets and leaflets related to horticultural topics. Other holdings in the collection include World War II ration stamps and two scrapbooks, one of which contains many late nineteenth and early twentieth century chromo-lithographed trade cards (primarily from the sewing, clothing, and floral industries). The other scrapbook holds news clippings from the Civil War period. Seperated materials include seed gathering equipment used by field workers.
Historical note
The William Bedman Seed Company of Rahway, New Jersey was established in 1843 by William Bedman with the support of James Thorburn, a Manhattan seed purveyor. The firm, later called Bedman Brothers, was principally a wholesale mail order seed company that sold to consumer-end seed houses such as Vicks, W. Atlee Burpee, and George J. Ball. Bedman Brothers became known for its production of salvias (sage), including the development of 'Bonfire' or Clara Bedman sage variety. The company continued after William Bedman's tenure under the leadership of his sons Charles, James and John. The business ended after the death of Joseph Bedman, William's grandson, in 1962.
Extent
8.5 Cubic feet
Date
1859 - 1984
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
Identifier
AAG.BED
Type
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Negatives
Brochures
Price lists
Account books
Administrative records
Correspondence
Photographs
Artifacts
Leaflets
Clippings
Ledgers (account books)
Scrapbooks
Purchase orders
Pamphlets
Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Bedman Brothers Company Records.
Processing Information
Encoded by AAA intern, Brittany Dunton, December 2011.
The records were processed by AAG intern Josh Lascell in 2005.
Rights
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Genre/Form
Negatives
Brochures
Price lists
Account books -- 19th century
Administrative records
Correspondence
Photographs
Artifacts
Leaflets
Clippings
Ledgers (account books)
Scrapbooks
Account books -- 20th century
Purchase orders
Pamphlets
Restrictions
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Separated Materials
Assorted nursery and trade catalogs and price lists from the Bedman Brothers records were transferred to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History Library, Horticulture Trade Catalogs Collection.
AAG.BED
AAG.BED
AAG
Record ID
ebl-1524768677536-1524768677544-0
Trade Card Album: circa 1900
Finding aid
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