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Hickinbotham Brothers Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Historical Sketch
  • Scope and Content
  • Access Points

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Hickinbotham Brothers Collection
    Date: 1922-1989
    Collection Number: Ms74
    Location: Erickson Vault
    Extent: 2 linear feet
    Contributing Institution: San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum
    11793 North Micke Grove Road
    Lodi, CA 95240
    Language of Material: Records written in English
    Abstract: Hickinbotham Brothers, a supplier of steel, industrial supplies, and hardware is one of Stockton, California's, oldest and most venerable businesses. The Hickinbotham Brothers Collection includes a sample of published advertising material, a history, catalogs, and lists of products that afford glimpses not only into the company's operations, but also into the kinds of products it purchased for retail and sold throughout much of the twentieth century.

    Access Information

    Collection is open for research by appointment.

    Conditions of Use

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
    Preferred citation: [Item name], Hickinbotham Brothers Collection, Ms74, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi, California.

    Historical Sketch

    Hickinbotham Brothers traces its origins to California’s Gold Rush Era and the westward movement of two brothers native to New York: Edwin Hickinbotham (1831-1891) and John Tunnicliff Hickinbotham (1829-1893). The Hickinbotham brothers had been trained as carriage makers in Richfield Springs, New York, and they sensed a need for blacksmiths, wagon makers, and harness makers soon after they arrived in California. In 1852, they settled in Stockton, formed a partnership, and became “importers and dealers in all kinds of wagon and carriage lumber.” The partnership ended in 1855 with the withdrawal of Edwin due to sickness, but the company continued under the leadership of John and other family members. Gradually, it shifted its focus from wood materials to heavy hardware. In 1931, three descendents, John Cyrus Hickinbotham (1894-1945), Leland French Hickinbotham (1897-1949), and Ralph West Hickinbotham (1897-1951), incorporated the company as Hickinbotham Brothers, Limited. During the Second World War, Hickinbotham Brothers Construction Division built landing barges, floating cranes, steel tugs and supply vessels for the U.S. government. The corporation continued to operate under family leadership until the mid-1990s, when it merged with Ferro Union, Incorporated.

    Scope and Content

    The Hickinbotham Brothers Collection consists mainly of catalogs and other lists of products purchased and sold. Material included in the collection is arranged chronologically within each alphabetical category.

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    Names and Subjects

    Hickinbotham Bros. Ltd.
    Hickinbotham, Edwin, 1831-1891
    Hickinbotham, John Cyrus, 1894-1945
    Hickinbotham, John Tunnicliff, 1829-1893
    Hickinbotham, Leland French, 1897-1949
    Hickinbotham, Ralph West, 1897-1951
    San Joaquin County (Calif.)--History