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Cole and Ambler Hat Manufacturers Records

Identifier: 1991-0041

Scope and Content

The collection consists of financial records of the company such as journals, ledger and accounts received and paid in addition to payroll and employee accounts. Also included are Sales records and ordering materials.


  • 1852-1886


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Cole and Ambler was one of the more than twenty hat manufacturers in Bethel, Connecticut, during the nineteenth century. [Edward J. Gallagher, History of Bethel, Connecticut, New Haven: Technical Planning Associates, 1969, p. 2-10.]

Little secondary source material concerning the company has been located, and the reliability of what has been found is questionable. A History of Bethel, Lewis and Laura Goodsell, eds., (1976), state only that Cole and Ambler burned down in 1805 [p. 43]. It is possible that either the manufacturing building was destroyed at this time, and that the company re-established at another location, or that the date in the book is wrong and the company was burned out at a later date. Since the Cole and Ambler records start fifty years after the company was supposedly destroyed, the Bethel reference cannot be true as published.


2.5 Linear Feet

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Cole and Ambler was one of the more than twenty hat manufacturers in Bethel, Connecticut during the nineteenth century.

Acquisition Information


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Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to Connecticut businesses. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Cole and Ambler Hat Manufacturers Records
Archives & Special Collections staff
1991 April
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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