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Deep River Lace Company Records

Identifier: 1990-0002

Scope and Content

The collection consists of administrative and financial information concerning company operations, mostly during the 1950s and 1960s, when the company was known as Arthur Smith Inc. and then, beginning in 1964, as the Deep River Lace Company. The collection also holds a large number of patterns used for making lace produced by the company.


  • undated, 1922-1983


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.


Deep River Lace Company was the last lace manufacturer using the Leavers lace machines when it closed its doors in June 1990. Housed in a historic building in Deep River, Connecticut, the four partners -- Anne Denette, Stanley Jakiel, Leo Denette and >Peter DeCarli -- were among the last of a group of skilled workers familiar with the older, and more labor intensive, process of lace-making. The company was bought in 1964 from the Arthur Smith family.


36.7 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection contains administrative and financial records, correspondence, patterns and samples documenting the later years of the last Leavers loom lace manufacturer in the state of Connecticut.


The collection is organized into four series:

Series I: Correspondence (undated, 1953-1973) includes correspondence between the Deep River Lace Company and its vendors and clients, as well as with professional and community organizations. There is a small amount of correspondence (1955-1960) to Herbert Wheatley of Arthur Smith Inc., the predecessor company of Deep River Lace Company, from Lester or Jack Wiener of Wiener Laces Inc. of New York, New York, about sketches of patterns.

Series II: Reference and Information Files (undated, 1922-1981) includes professional and industry publications concerned with employment and production issues.

Series III: Financial Records (1933-1968) include documentation of production costs.

Series IV: Production Records (undated, 1956-1970) includes patterns, sketches and information on individual machines.

Series V: Photographs (undated, 1983) contains 14 images of staff, production and products.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to Archives & Special Collections in June 1990 by Peter DeCarli, president of the company. The piece work record (1957-1968) and a color photograph of the former owners (1964) were donated by the Museum of American Textile History in September 1990. A small donation of patterns, correspondence and publications was made in December 2011 by Felicia Jakiel, wife of one of the last owners of the company.

Deep River Lace Company Records
Archives & Special Collections staff
2003 March
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Repository Details

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

University of Connecticut Library
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US