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Guide to the Epping Brick Company Papers

Collection number: MC 45

Size: 2 boxes (0.50 cu.ft.)

About Henry C. Burrows and the Epping Brick Company

Henry C. Burrows was born about 1882 in Ohio and lived on Elm St. in Exeter, N.H. He was married to Cecile C. and they had a son, Henry C., Jr., who was born in 1924. Burrows died in November 1966.

In 1925, Henry C. Burrows took over what was formerly The Star Brick Yard in Epping, N.H., originally opened in 1891 to manufacture a high grade sand struck brick. He renamed it Epping Brick Company (also known as Manchester Real Estate and Manufacturing Co.) and became its President. Brick manufacturing was one of the principal industries of the town, the brick being of a superior quality and having a ready market in New England, and brickyards were Epping’s claim to fame. The first brickyard made from Epping clay opened in 1840, but locals were making their own bricks for generations before that.

About the Epping Brick Company Papers

The collection contains the papers of Henry C. Burrows, President of Epping Brick Co., in Epping, New Hampshire. Included is correspondence, orders, receipts and bills of lading, a few manuscript articles written by Burrows, and various publications and other printed materials. The correspondence reveals that Burrows was keen to determine the quality of his bricks, sending them to a number of different places to be tested, among which were M.I.T. and the University of New Hampshire’s Engineering Experiment Station.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Epping Brick Company Papers, 1922-1953, MC 45, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Gift of Mrs. Mary Burrows, Aug. 15, 1977 (Accession number: 779)

Collection Arrangement

The organizational arrangement for the Epping Brick Company papers was determined by the processor. The papers are arranged in three series: correspondence; documents, manuscripts and notes; and publications. The first series, correspondence, is further divided into two subseries: letters written to Henry C. Burrows, arranged alphabetically, and letters written by him, arranged chronologically. The second series is arranged by type of material and then chronologically, and the third series by type of material and then alphabetically.

Collection Contents

Series I: Correspondence, 1925-1953

Subseries A: Correspondence to H. C. Burrows, 1927-1953

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1
The American Ceramic Society, (1 letter)

American Taxpayers League, Inc., (1 letter)

E. L. Belanger, (1 letter)

Bergeron Brick Company, (2 letters)

Joseph A. Blais, Jr., (1 letter)

Boston and Maine Railroad, (1 letter)

Arthur H. Brooks, (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 2
Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, (1 letter)

Chester Everett, (1 letter)

Charles M. Field, (10 letters)

Box 1, Folder 3 Glow Products Co., NYC, (16 letters)

Box 1, Folder 4
John W. Hahn, (10 letters)

B.C. Hamm (1 letter)

Kennedy-Reigger Drilling Company, Inc. (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 5
Fred S. Liberty (1 letter)

Lynn Builders Supply Co. (1 letter)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1 letter)

Morin Brick Company (2 letters)

New Hampshire Manufacturers’ Association (2 letters)

New Hampshire State Planning and Development Commission (1 letter)

Daniel O’Connell’s Sons, Inc. (1 letter)

Mrs. William Rowell (1 letter)

Box 1, Folder 6
Spiers Brick Co. (5 letters)

State of New Hampshire, Secretary of State (1 letter)

Structural Clay Products Institute (2 letters)

University of New Hampshire (2 letters)

Waldo Bros. and Bond Company (1 letter)

Wentworth Institute (1 letter)

Subseries B: Correspondence from H.C. Burrows, 1925-1953

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 7 1925-1929 (35 letters)

Box 1, Folder 8 1932 (35 letters)

Box 1, Folder 9 1935-1953 (10 letters)

Series II: Documents, Manuscripts and Notes 1922-1953

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 10 Documents (correspondence, reports, and articles) related to brick testing, 1922-1931
Box 1, Folder 11 Documents (correspondence, reports, and articles) related to brick testing, 1937-1953 and undated
Box 1, Folder 12 Manuscripts: “It’s Up To The Buyer”; “John Thrift: Cost Experience”; humorous letter to Sigma Phi, June 12, 1931; one-page handwritten essay on brick, 1931 and undated
Box 1, Folder 13 Notes for talks on bricks, undated
Box 1, Folder 14 Orders, invoices, bills of lading, etc., April-June 1928
Box 1, Folder 15 Orders, invoices, bills of lading, etc., July 1928-Dec. 1932

Series III: Publications, 1928-1932

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 16 Newsclippings, 1937-1943
Box 1, Folder 17 Individual printed articles and brochures, (includes brochure How To Select Brick by Manchester Real Estate and Mfg.) 1930-1953
Box 1, Folder 18 Periodicals: Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Ceramic Abstracts, April 1953 and American Ceramic Society BulletinMay 1953
Box 1, Folder 19 Periodicals: Brick and Tile, Dec.1952-Nov.1953
Box 1, Folder 20 Periodicals: Brick Kiln, 1926 (except August) and 1927
Box 1, Folder 21 Periodicals: Brick Kiln, 1927 and 1928
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Periodicals: The Bricklayer, Mason and Plasterer, July-Nov. 1953
Box 2, Folder 2 Periodicals: Masonry Construction, Nov. 1952-Feb. 1953
Box 2, Folder 3 Periodicals: News from the Eagle’s Nest, Summer 1953; The SCPI News, Sept. 1953; Structural Clay Products Research Foundation Research Reports: No. 1 – “SCR brick” Wall Tests, June 1953, and No. 2 – “SCR brick” Wall Fire Resistance Test, Sept. 1952
Box 2, Folder 4 Periodicals: Technical Notes on Brick and Tile Construction, Nov. 1952-Nov. 1953
Box 2, Folder 5 Books: Brick Engineering, Vols. 1-3, 1929-1953
Box 2, Folder 6 Book: Brick Masonry Construction compiled by John A. Mulligan, 1931