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The Magoon Collection, which highlights the history of papermaking in Holyoke, Massachusetts, contains newspapers, advertisements, paper samples, books, photographs, and equipment, all relating to the paper mills of the city. It holds the documents of various companies, such as Parsons Paper Company, Chemical Paper Company, American Writing Paper Company, Eagle A, and Whiting Paper Company. The collection, donated by David Magoon in 2012, spans from 1870 to 2008 and paints a picture of the once booming paper industry in Holyoke and Western Massachusetts.

The collection of over 100 items includes:

  • paper sample books
  • advertisements and brochures
  • papermaking micrometers
  • gauges and scales
  • photographs
  • printed samples
  • instruction manuals and handbooks
  • lofting rod
  • dandy roller sleeve
  • lithographic printing stone
  • Early printed maps

Holyoke paper manufacturers represented include:

  • American Writing Paper
  • Parsons Paper Company
  • Newton Paper Company
  • Chemical Paper Company
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Keywords for This Collection

Paper, mills, newspapers, documents, Judd Paper Company, Hampden Papers Company, Parsons Paper Company, mill equipment, fibers, paper samples, 1870-2022, American Writing Paper, manufacturing, wood, pulp, Eagle Lodge, Union, rags, bleach, calendaring, water, water power, fourdrinier, ton.

Terms of Access and Use

The collection is open for research.

Collection Details

1870 – 2008 (20 linear feet) plus equipment (117 total items)

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