Fish family papers 1847-1933
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The S. Houldsworth letter book contains around 170 pages of letters that Houldsworth wrote to Norcross Brothers about construction projects from November 30, 1889-May 1, 1890. The letters are written in reverse chronological order on pages numbered 133-300; the first 132 pages are not present.
Writing from Stony Creek, Connecticut, Houldsworth addressed most of his correspondence to Norcross Brothers offices in Worcester, Massachusetts; Boston, Massachusetts; and New York, New York. Some letters are addressed to O. W. Norcross. Houldsworth discussed several aspects of the construction business, such as hiring workers, building materials, building plans, and alterations to specific projects. Some of the earlier letters mention quarrying and shipments of stone. A few letters have small diagrams of building layouts and similar subjects. A partially used alphabetical index appears at the front of the volume.