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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.
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
Box 21--Financial Statements, Stockholder Letters
Scope and Content: 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)
Box 22A: Photographic Album, circa 1909
Physical Location: This album is boxed separately and is housed on-site in Special Collections & Archives.
Scope and Content: A small photograph album created by John Davey containing 24 mounted photographs of tree surgery work performed by Davey and his staff on the property of George Lander, Jr (Greenwich, CT), and on other properties and estates in New Jersey and New York, including the Paconian Hills estate of Rockefeller. The entire album includes hand-written notations and captions by Davey. Album is accompanied by dealer's description.
Acquisition Information: This item was purchased by Special Collections and Archives as an addition to the Evangeline Davey Smith collection.