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Kendall Company History Archive

Kendall Company history archive is available at Norfolk Charitable Trust Archive. The Kendall Company history archive contains materials about the Kendall textile company from the 1920s through the early 1970s.

Kendall Mill Worker

Kendall Mill Worker

The Kendall Company is a twentieth-century American industrial success story. In 1903, Henry P. Kendall, at the age of 25, took over management of the Lewis Batting Company, a small, failing, family-owned cotton bleachery in Walpole, Massachusetts. Over the next decade, he grew and transformed that plant into a successful producer of absorbent cotton and gauze, primarily for medical use. He then began acquiring new plants in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and the Carolinas and the company was incorporated in 1928 as the Kendall Company. It acquired the surgical dressings firm of Bauer and Black in 1928 and the Bike Web Company in 1929, expanded holdings in the South, and added plants in Mexico in 1947 and Canada in 1950; in the 1960s it had 18 operating plants, producing well-known brands such as Curity. Henry P. Kendall was known for his leadership in textile industry policy and collaborative labor relations, as well as his pioneering work in Scientific Management. The Kendall Company became a part of Colgate Palmolive in 1972. More about the Kendall Company The Norfolk Charitable Trust Archive contains the documents, photos and other items related to the Kendall Company history as well as the archives of Henry P. Kendall, Henry W. Kendall, Evelyn Way Kendall (Mrs. Henry P. Kendall), the Kendall Whaling Museum, and the Henry P. Kendall Foundation.

About Norfolk Charitable Trust Archive

The NCT Archive, located at 29 Everett St. in Sharon, MA, is a project of the Norfolk Charitable Trust. The Archive houses and maintains paper archives, artworks, photographs and artifacts of historical interest and cultural significance. Its holdings are primarily but not exclusively related to the history of the Kendall family of Massachusetts and its members’ collections, careers and other pursuits. It serves the scholarly community by sharing information related to its holdings, lending or donating items to other non-profit institutions where appropriate, and offering some access and staff support to researchers engaged in projects relevant to holdings at the Archive.


Sharon – Walpole History Archives

The Sharon – Walpole history archives of Henry P. Kendall’s family and businesses are available at the Norfolk Charitable Trust Archive. These archives contain a wealth of information including: 19th and 20th-century photographs, maps, survey reports, correspondence and records related to Moose Hill Farm in Sharon and other Kendall-owned properties and their neighborhoods. Sharon and Walpole were the home towns of Henry P. Kendall. He grew up in Walpole, where several generations of his mother’s family lived. A section of the town is still known as Plimptonville. Walpole was also the site of the Lewis Batting Company, Henry Kendall’s first mill, and became the headquarters of the Kendall Company. The Plimpton Iron Works were also located in Walpole, and the Plimpton Press in nearby Norwood. For more details of the local history of Sharon and Walpole and other towns related to the Henry P. Kendall family history click here The Plimpton Homestead, Walpole Harry and Evelyn Kendall spent most of their married life in Sharon, at Moose Hill Farm; it was also the primary home of Henry W. Kendall as an adult. Henry P. Kendall took an active part in Sharon town affairs, and was devoted to the preservation of open lands there. The family also had homes and strong connections in Marion, Massachusetts and Camden, South Carolina, which are also represented in these local history archives.

About Norfolk Charitable Trust Archive

The NCT Archive, located at 29 Everett St. in Sharon, MA, is a project of the Norfolk Charitable Trust. The Archive houses and maintains paper archives, artworks, photographs and artifacts of historical interest and cultural significance. Its holdings are primarily but not exclusively related to the history of the Kendall family of Massachusetts and its members’ collections, careers and other pursuits. It serves the scholarly community by sharing information related to its holdings, lending or donating items to other non-profit institutions where appropriate, and offering some access and staff support to researchers engaged in projects relevant to holdings at the Archive.


Henry Kendall Family and Kendall Company Archives

The Henry Kendall Family and Kendall archives are available at Norfolk Charitable Trust Archive. Our archive includes a collection of the Henry Kendall family documents and photos and an archive of the history of the Kendall Company. The Norfolk Charitable Trust Archive contains the documents, photos and other items related textile industrialist and philanthropist Henry Kendall (Henry P. Kendall) 1878-1959, as well as the archives of his son physicist and activist Henry Kendall (Henry W. Kendall, 1926-1999), of Evelyn Way Kendall (Mrs. Henry P. Kendall, 1893-1979), the Kendall Company, the Kendall Whaling Museum, and the Henry P. Kendall Foundation.

Henry P. Kendall Ca. 1925

Henry P. Kendall Ca. 1925

Henry P. Kendall Ca. 1925 The Kendall and Plimpton Family History and Genealogy Archive contains extensive material dealing with the family history of both the Kendall family, paternal ancestors and relatives of Henry P. Kendall, and the Plimpton family, his maternal ancestors and relatives. Both were old New England families, primarily from Massachusetts. The archives include genealogical charts, published books about family history, documents, correspondence, personal papers, photographs and memorabilia of several generations of Kendall and Plimpton family members. Similar materials related to the ancestry and family history of Evelyn Way Kendall can be found in the Evelyn Way Kendall archive. More about Henry Kendall (Henry P. Kendall), textile industry leader and philanthropist) More about Henry Kendall the younger (Henry W. Kendall), Nobel Prize-winning nuclear physicist, activist, and leader of the Union of Concerned Scientists

About Norfolk Charitable Trust Archive

The NCT Archive, located at 29 Everett St. in Sharon, MA, is a project of the Norfolk Charitable Trust. The Archive houses and maintains paper archives, artworks, photographs and artifacts of historical interest and cultural significance. Its holdings are primarily but not exclusively related to the history of the Kendall family of Massachusetts and its members’ collections, careers and other pursuits. It serves the scholarly community by sharing information related to its holdings, lending or donating items to other non-profit institutions where appropriate, and offering some access and staff support to researchers engaged in projects relevant to holdings at the Archive.


Henry Kendall Photographs of His World Travel and Expeditions

Henry Kendall photographs are available at the Norfolk Charitable Trust Archive. Our archives include, but not limited to his photography of his Mountaineering, Maritime, Underwater and Aerial expeditions, as well as photos of people, places and the environment. All first-generation images have been cataloged and archived; each image has been assigned a unique collection identification number and scanned into a database.

Henry Kendall photographs

Henry Kendall photographs

Henry W. Kendall developed his lifelong interest in photography at an early age, and thereafter carried a camera wherever he went. Over the years he honed both his technical and artistic skills — in the field and in the darkroom — and adapted them to the specific needs of his chosen avocations of mountain climbing, diving, maritime research, and environmental study. Working in various formats — 35 mm to 4×5 sheet film — both in black and white and color, and often doing his own processing, printing, and mounting he accumulated the Henry W. Kendall photography collection. It contains about 30,000 first-generation images and several thousand prints, including hundreds of matted, captioned and signed black and white images. More about Henry Kendall Photographs

About Henry Way Kendall

Henry Way Kendall (1926–1999) was a distinguished American scientist and activist. A leading nuclear physicist, Dr. Kendall was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1990, along with his colleagues Jerome Friedman and Richard Taylor, for their work on subatomic particles, including the discovery of quarks. He was the J. A. Stratton Professor of Physics at MIT and an enthusiastic teacher. A founder and long time-leader of the Union of Concerned Scientists, he was active and highly influential in areas related to energy, defense, and the environment. Recognized for his broad scientific knowledge and engagement in critical issues, he was often called upon to speak, serve on panels and committees, and testify in government hearings. Among his many interests, he was a world-class mountain climber, an underwater explorer, and an accomplished nature photographer. Holdings at the NCT Archive include a general archive of Henry W. Kendall papers, and an archive specifically related to the Nobel Prize.

Norfolk Charitable Trust Archive

The NCT Archive, located at 29 Everett St. in Sharon, MA, is a project of the Norfolk Charitable Trust. The Archive houses and maintains paper archives, artworks, photographs and artifacts of historical interest and cultural significance. Its holdings are primarily but not exclusively related to the history of the Kendall family of Massachusetts and its members’ collections, careers and other pursuits. It serves the scholarly community by sharing information related to its holdings, lending or donating items to other non-profit institutions where appropriate, and offering some access and staff support to researchers engaged in projects relevant to holdings at the Archive.


Ballooning and Aviation History Archive

The Ballooning and Aviation History Collection at Norfolk Charitable Trust Archive was assembled by Evelyn Way Kendall (Mrs. Henry P. Kendall). This rich international collection contains well over a thousand artworks, artifacts, books and documents related to human ventures in flight. While encompassing early mechanized aviation, the heart of the collection captures the history and artistic depiction of lighter-than-air craft, from the late 18th through the early 20th centuries.

Watercolor, Garnerin over Bath, 1802

Watercolor, Garnerin over Bath, 1802

The Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection holds a wide range of art prints, including ballooning scenes, portraits of aeronauts, and designs for lighter-than-air craft; original paintings and drawings; historic photographs of significant events in ballooning and aviation history, including the Wright brothers and other aviation pioneers; a library of over three hundred volumes; and an array of objects with ballooning or aviation motifs, such as china, decorative boxes, fans, jewelry, commemorative medallions, furnishings and textiles. More about the Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection

Library of the Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation

1784 treatise on flight

1784 treatise on flight

This collection consists of an array of books and other print materials representing many sources and periods. Of the 328 numbered items, over half are hardcover books and about 20% are soft-cover books and booklets, with the remainder consisting of various magazines, unbound book and magazine articles, museum exhibit catalogs, and a range of auction and dealer catalogs (for both books and prints). Topical coverage is split, with over half of the collection devoted to early ballooning, a third to aviation matters only, and the rest encompassing both. Some 21 titles are children’s books.

About Evelyn Way Kendall

Evelyn Way Kendall (1893–1979) an artist and collector by avocation, was born in Ontario, Canada to William Beall Way, a supervisor in the Canadian railway system, and Mary Louise Deacon Way. She attended Albert College in Belleville, Ontario and Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario, and graduated 1916 from the Royal Victoria Hospital Training School for Nurses in Montreal. She and Henry P. Kendall were married in 1926, and had three children; Henry Way Kendall (1926), John Plimpton Kendall (1928), and Helen Louise Kendall (1930).

About Norfolk Charitable Trust Archive

The NCT Archive, located at 29 Everett St. in Sharon, MA, is a project of the Norfolk Charitable Trust. The Archive houses and maintains paper archives, artworks, photographs and artifacts of historical interest and cultural significance. Its holdings are primarily but not exclusively related to the history of the Kendall family of Massachusetts and its members’ collections, careers and other pursuits. It serves the scholarly community by sharing information related to its holdings, lending or donating items to other non-profit institutions where appropriate, and offering some access and staff support to researchers engaged in projects relevant to holdings at the Archive.