Scope and Contents
The collection is composed of one job register ledger for the Pease & Son and McCaul's Printing Company which were located in Kalamazoo between 1881 and 1962. Pease & Son, which was located in East Main/East Michigan Avenue, began in 1881, headed by Charles N. Pease and his son Frank L. Pease. Charles died in 1917 but Frank continued there until his death in 1923. His wife Merancy kept the company going for one year but then operated by Zora Cushman in 1926. In 1927 the owner was Vern R. Martin. Martin worked at Pease & Son from 1905-1909. When he returned to Kalamazoo in 1913, he worked at Merchants Publishing and the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company. By 1929 he was gone from the company and Kalamazoo. Pease and Son then was operated by Robert G. McCaul. For about nine years he worked with a partner, Joseph Warburton but after 1939 continued the business by himself until his death in 1960. His wife, Mary operated it until 1962. The next year the company was gone.
More than likely, Vern Martin had the job register made with his name on it as proprietor when he owned the company. The first entries are in January, 1926. The register itself was made by the Doubleday-Hunt-Dolan Company in Kalamazoo. More than likely Robert McCaul continued using the register, even though the name of the company changed, until the register was full in December of 1947. The job register itself lists all the clients the company did work for over the years. The information included is the date, the name of the party, which included businesses, organizations or individuals, the kind of job done, the number of copies, the color code and the price of the work. There is a wide variety of local companies, institutions, governments and individuals this company worked with over the years. The number of copies they would make ranged anywhere from 20 to 5,000 to figures which are given with "M" next to them.
The collection amounts to one job register ledger, 14"x10"x2". The front and back covers of the ledger are cardboard with over 475 pages, 14"x10". The pages are dated January 18, 1926 until December 30, 1947. It is possible that there are some pages missing as there is no front page and it appears due to the space between the cover and the spine, that several pages are gone. It records jobs done by this printing firm. The book itself is in fairly good condition although both the front and back covers and the spine are worn. There are small sections of the front and back cover where the material has worn down to the cardboard. The front cover is loose from the body of the book. The spine, which is in red leather, is worn although the words in gold, "Job Register" still can be seen. The sheets inside are headed with the words, "Pease & Son's Job Register" and then a line to add a date and then underneath, "V.R. Martin, Prop."
1 Volumes : 475 pages. ; 14" x 10" x 2"