Davey Tree Expert Company records

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Davey Tree Expert Company records

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Davey Tree Expert Company records

Davey Tree Expert Company records

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Historical Note: Founded by John Davey and his son Martin L. Davey, the Davey Tree Expert Company was incorporated on February 4, 1909. In the original articles of incorporation, the purpose of the new company was stated as the, "...care, preservation, cultivation, propagation, and sale of trees, shrubs and vines, and the practice of landscape architecture." In addition, the company established one of the first formal, professional schools for tree surgery in the country.

Detailed History of the Davey Tree Company


Scope and Content: This collection is comprised of company reports, correspondence, financial statements, stockholder information, and copies of the Davey Bulletin. In addition, Box 22 contains photographs relating to the history and operations of the company. Files are arranged alphabetically by broad subject. Within the same subject, items are ordered chronologically.


Box 20--Davey Bulletin, Reports, Correspondence
Folder---Contents

  1. Davey Industrial Park: Brochure: 1966
  2. Davey Industrial Park: Correspondence:1966
  3. Davey Industrial Park: Kent Industry Brochure/ East Ohio Gas: 1966
  4. Davey Industrial Park: Park Proposal: 1966
  5. Davey Investment Company: Financial Condition Statements:1930s-1980s
  6. Davey Tree Company: Activity Report: March 31, 1962
  7. Davey Tree Company: Activity Report: April 7, 1962
  8. Davey Tree Company: Activity Report: April 14,1962
  9. Davey Tree Company: Activity Report: April 21,1962
  10. Davey Tree Company: Activity Report: April 28, 1962
  11. Davey Tree Company: Activity Report: May 5, 1962
  12. Davey Tree Company: Activity Report: May 12,1962
  13. Davey Tree Company: Activity Report: May 19,1962
  14. Davey Tree Company: Advertisement/ Akron Beacon Journal: July 21, 1925 (oversized)
  15. Davey Tree Company: Advertisement Painting/ Correspondence: 1920s
  16. Davey Tree Company: Advertisement Painting/ Correspondence: 1930s
  17. Davey Tree Company: Advertisement Painting/ Correspondence:1940s
  18. Davey Tree Company: Advertisement Painting/ List: 1920's - 1930s
  19. Davey Tree Company: Advertisement Painting/ Photographs: 1940s
  20. Davey Tree Company: Annual Reports: 1960s
  21. Davey Tree Company: Annual Reports: 1970s
  22. Davey Tree Company: Annual Reports: early 1980s
  23. Davey Tree Company:Blank Checks: undated
  24. Davey Tree Company: Board of Directors: 1960-61, 1977-78
  25. Davey Tree Company: Correspondence: 1940s
  26. Davey Tree Company: Correspondence: 1961-62
  27. Davey Tree Company: Correspondence: 1970's
  28. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: August 1, 1918
  29. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: 1926-28
  30. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: 1937
  31. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: 1946
  32. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: 1948
  33. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: 1972
  34. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: 1973
  35. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: 1974
  36. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: 1977
  37. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: 1978
  38. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: 1979
  39. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: 1980
  40. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: 1981
  41. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: 1983
  42. Davey Tree Company: Davey Bulletin: 1984
  43. Davey Tree Company: Davey Foundation: 1961-62
  44. Davey Tree Company: Executive Committee Meeting: 1961
  45. Davey Tree Company: Executive Committee Meeting:1962-63

Box 21--Financial Statements, Stockholder Letters
Folder---Contents

  1. Davey Tree Company: Financial Conditions: 1950s
  2. Davey Tree Company: Financial Statements: 1961-62
  3. Davey Tree Company: Instruction Booklets/ Exam Questions: 1969
  4. Davey Tree Company: Inter-Company Correspondence: January-May 1962
  5. Davey Tree Company: Invitations/ Various Parties: 1950, 1962
  6. Davey Tree Company: Management Committee Reports:
  7. Davey Tree Company: Management Executive Committee: 1977-78
  8. Davey Tree Company: McGraw-Hill Booklet: 1958
  9. Davey Tree Company: Memorandums: 1962
  10. Davey Tree Company: News Clips: 1968, 1970-71
  11. Davey Tree Company: Overseas Investments/ South America: 1970s
  12. Davey Tree Company: Oversized/ John Davey Material: various dates
  13. Davey Tree Company: Poems/ Trees: undated
  14. Davey Tree Company: Preservation of Our Trees: 1912
  15. Davey Tree Company: Radio Programs: 1930-32
  16. Davey Tree Company: Real Estate Interests/ Shareholders: 1960s
  17. Davey Tree Company: Reports: 1920-37
  18. Davey Tree Company: Safeguarding Your Tree/ Series: 1962
  19. Davey Tree Company: Songs: 1920's
  20. Davey Tree Company: Stock Option Plan/ Employees: 1973
  21. Davey Tree Company: Stockholder Letters/ Pirtle and Cole: 1960s
  22. Davey Tree Company: Stockholder Letters/ Sell Stock: 1953
  23. Davey Tree Company: Stockholders/ Class A and B: 1909-1964
  24. Davey Tree Company: Stockholders/ Class A and B: 1923-1942
  25. Davey Tree Company:Stockholders: Class A and B: 1942-1957
  26. Davey Tree Company: Stockholders: Davey Family: various dates
  27. Davey Tree Company: Stockholders/ Meetings: 1960s
  28. Davey Tree Company: Stockholders/ Meetings: 1970-78
  29. Davey Tree Company: Stockholders/ Meetings: early 1980s
  30. Davey Tree Company: Ten Commandments of Safety: undated
  31. Davey Tree Company: Writings on Nature: undated

Box 22--Photographs
Folder---Contents

  1. Photograph: Chemical Spraying/ Brush Control: late 1940s
  2. Photograph: Chemical Spraying/ DDT: circa 1950
  3. Photograph: Chemical Spraying/ Early Equipment: undated
  4. Photograph: Company Annual Picnic (oversized): July 4, 1947
  5. Photograph: Davey Institute of Tree Surgery/ Class: 1911
  6. Photograph: Davey Institute of Tree Surgery/ Classroom: early 1900s
  7. Photograph: Davey Institute of Tree Surgery/Classroom: early 1900s
  8. Photograph: Davey Institute of Tree Surgery/ Building: early 1900s
  9. Photograph: Early Brush Chipper: circa 1950
  10. Photograph: Martin L. Davey Inspecting Tree: early 1900s
  11. Photograph: Martin L. Davey Inspecting Tree: early 1900s
  12. Photograph: Martin L. Davey Inspecting Tree: early 1900s
  13. Photograph: Martin L. Davey/ Kent Sign: undated
  14. Photograph: Martin L. Davey/ Portrait: early 1900s
  15. Photograph: Martin L. Davey Jr./ Alexander M. Smith: 1970
  16. Photograph: Paul H. Davey/ Portrait: January 1960
  17. Photograph: Sales Convention/ Group Portrait: January 1947
  18. Photograph: Tree Butchery: undated
  19. Photograph: Tree Crew/ New York: 1919
  20. Photograph: Tree Crew: early 1900s
  21. Photograph: Tree Crew: early 1900s
  22. Photograph: Tree Crew: early 1900s
  23. Photograph: Tree Crew: early 1900s
  24. Photograph: Tree Crew/ Portrait: early 1900s
  25. Photograph: Tree Crew: undated
  26. Photograph: "Tree Doctor"/ Book by John Davey: undated
  27. Photograph: Tree Moving: late 1920s
  28. Photograph: Tree Moving Crew: undated
  29. Photograph: Tree Moving Crew: undated
  30. Photograph: Tree Removal/ Dutch Elm Disease: March 1930
  31. Photograph: Tree Surgery/ Washington D.C.: early 1900s
  32. Photograph: Tree Surgery/ Washington D.C.: early 1900s
  33. Photograph: Tulip Poplar/ Planted by George Washington: undated
  34. Photograph: W.P. Shidd and Bud Linnis (?): May 1927
  35. Photograph Set: Equipment: undated
  36. Photograph Set: Machinery: undated
  37. Photograph Set: Meetings: 1960s
  38. Photograph Set: Office Personnel: 1919-1960s
  39. Photograph Set: Tree Surgery/ Tree Care: early 1900s
  40. Photograph Set: Tree Surgery: undated
  41. Photograph Set: Tree Surgery: undated
  42. Photograph Set: Tree Surgery: undated
  43. Photograph Set: Tree Surgery: undated
  44. Photograph Set: Tree Surgery/ "C" Series: undated
  45. Photograph Set: Tree Surgery/ Before and After Shots: undated
  46. Photograph Set: Tree Surgery/ "D" Series: undated
  47. Photograph Set: Tree Surgery/ "F" Series: undated
  48. Photograph Set: Various Individuals: early 1900s
  49. Reproduction: "Floral and Landscape Educator": undated
  50. Reproduction: John Davey Introduction: undated
  51. Reproduction: Restoration Band of America: undated
  52. Reproduction: Sales Convention/ Davey Tree Company: undated
  53. Reproduction: Tree Repair/ Dental Analogy: undated
  54. Reproduction: Tree Surgeon/ Portrait: undated
  55. Series Photographs: Brush Chippers: undated
  56. Series Photographs: Brush Hog: undated
  57. Series Photographs: Brush Master: undated
  58. Series Photographs: Equipment: undated
  59. Series Photographs: Pole Sawing and Pruning: undated
  60. Series Photographs: Power Saws: undated
  61. Series Photographs: Railroad Spraying: undated
  62. Series Photographs: Sky Work: undated
  63. Series Photographs: Spraying Equipment: undated
  64. Series Photographs: Stump Boring: undated
  65. Series Photographs: Stump Removal: undated
  66. Series Photographs: Training: undated
  67. Series Photographs: Vehicles/ Various Types: undated

This box also contains a numbered series of photographs: 1 through 104: undated (images of equipment and daily operations at the Davey Tree Expert Company)


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