Fonds MS-4-9 - Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd. fonds

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Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd. fonds

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  • Textual record

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  • 1896 - 1897 (Creation)
    Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

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5 cm of textual records

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Administrative history

Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd. was best known as a maker of ice skates. It was founded in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, by John Starr in 1861 as a manufacturer of nails, nuts and bolts. In 1866, employees John Forbes and Thomas Bateman patented the Acme Spring Skate, which clamped onto the soles of boots. Starr became one of the most popular ice skate manufacturers, although other companies copied their spring design. In the 1920s, Starr began making skates that came attached to boots, but lapsed patents and the Great Depression sent the company into decline. It stopped producing ice skates in 1939, continuing the manufacture of steel and polyethylene products before closing down in 1996.

Custodial history

Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives by Gordon D. Stanfield of Starr Manufacturing Ltd. in two accessions: (1971-033) in March 1971 and (1975-037) in August 1975.

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Fonds contains a short history of Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and a company letter book.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.  Materials may be under copyright.  Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd. fonds, MS-4-9, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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2018 (creation)
March 2020 (revision)

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Physical Location

  • Box: MS-4-9, Box 1