The Resource P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., and Company records

P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., and Company records

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P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., and Company records, 1879-1980
Title
P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., and Company records
Inclusive dates
1879-1980
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Records, 1879-1980, of P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., and Company, in Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Includes a daybook, 1879-1882, of P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., and Company and a predecessor business, Gwaltney, Chapman and Company. Dabybook consists of daily customer account entries for the sale of clothing, food stuffs including peanuts and Smithfield Hams, and other items. Records also include checks, 1916 and 1919, payable from P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., and Company to various businesses and individuals; and bills of lading, 1920-1921, recording the shipment of merchandise from P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., and Company via Smithfield, Newport News and Norfolk S. S. Company
  • Accession 43664, filed with this accession, includes a copy of the 6 September 1882 partnership agreement between P. D. Gwaltney Sr. (1836-1915) and P. D. Gwaltney Jr. (1861-1936) establishing P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., and Company; a 1904 booklet, "The Land of the Peanut," produced by the Gwaltney-Bunkley Peanut Company for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition; brochures for Smithfield Ham, including ones produced by P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., and Company; clippings, 1952-1980, about the company, its leaders, and products; a handful of photographs of people, places, and events associated with the company, including president Howard W. Gwaltney (1908-1996); and a family tree, compiled in 2000, tracing the descendants of Thomas Gwaltney (ca. 1613-1666)
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Biographical or historical data
  • In 1870, P. D. Gwaltney Sr. (1836-1915) moved from Surry County, Virginia, to Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and there established a retail and mercantile business, Gwaltney and Delk, with cousin O. G. Delk. Among other things, the business produced and sold a uniquely cured and smoked product called the "Smithfield Ham." The business became known as P. D. Gwaltney and Company in 1875, with Gwaltney retaining the store, smokehouse, shed, and wharf property. About 1880, he took on a partner to form Gwaltney, Chapman and Company. This partnership was dissolved in 1882.
  • P. D. Gwaltney Sr. and P. D. Gwaltney Jr. (1861-1936) then formed P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., and Company, a retail and wholesale business dealing in dry goods, groceries, Smithfield Hams, liquor, fertilizers, and other items. Over time, the company began to focus solely on the curing and packing of pork. The company changed its name to Gwaltney Inc. in 1957, and then to ITT Gwaltney in 1970, when it was purchased by International Telephone and Telegraph, Inc. On 27 October 1981, the company became a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Inc., and the name was changed to Gwaltney of Smithfield, Ltd.
Cataloging source
VIC
Location of other archival material
Isle of Wight County Museum Collection of P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., and Company Records, 1860-1970 (LVA accession 50200).
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P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., and Company records
Note
  • ACCESSIONS 40604 AND 43664 ARE FILED JOINTLY UNDER ACCESSION NUMBER 40604
  • INCLUDES ONE OVERSIZE FOLDER, LOCATED IN OVERSIZE BOX 64
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
  • .45
  • 1
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Benedetti, Sallie Belle G.
  • Benedetti, Sallie Belle G.
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000505008
Type of unit
  • cubic feet (1 box) and
  • oversize folder.

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