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Finding Aid for the John Dollinger Jr., Inc. Records

John Dollinger, Jr., Inc. Records

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Finding Aid for the John Dollinger Jr., Inc. Records, 1890s-1995

Profile Description

Creation: 2012 July 24. Encoded in Exchanger XML Editor by Tyrrell Historical Library staff.

Descriptive Summary

Repository:Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries, 695 Pearl St, Beaumont, TX 77701
Creator:John Dollinger, Jr., Inc.
Title:John Dollinger, Jr., Inc. Records
Extent:27 boxes
Creator Abstract:The John Dollinger, Jr., Company moved to Beaumont, Texas, from Plaquemine, Louisiana, in 1907, and became a dominant local player in the steel industry until its closing in 1995.
Content Abstract:These records cover the Dollinger Company's history in Beaumont, from its founding to its closing, and include photographs, asset files, meeting minutes, contracts, other administrative records, and company artifacts.
Language:Materials are in English.

Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into five series and eight subseries. Note that, in many cases, original folder titles have been retained.

Scope and Content Note

These records contain 27 boxes, arranged in five series and eight subseries. The series are arranged in the following order: 50th Anniversary Celebration; Project Work, including photographs and newspaper articles on Dollinger products; Administrative Records; Miscellaneous Files; and Company Artifacts. The Administrative Records series is further broken down into five subseries: Financial and Legal Records; Stockholder and Board of Director Meeting Minutes; Labor and Union Files; Asset Files; and Equipment Contracts. A highlight of the collection is the photographs of Dollinger projects in the Project Work series. These photographs were completed for clients in varied industries, and provide a unique glimpse into the daily work of a steel mill. Also of interest are the records from Dollinger's 50th anniversary celebration in 1952, and the records of Dollinger's negotiations with Local Chapter No. 587 of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers.

Historical Note

In August of 1902, John Dollinger, Jr., founded the Plaquemine Boiler and Sheet Metal Works in Plaquemine, Louisiana. The plant catered to the repair of boilers and other equipment used in the sugar refining industry located in the area. In 1907, a depression struck Louisiana, prompting Dollinger to move his business to Beaumont, Texas, where he established a boiler shop. Business began to boom, supported first by the oil refineries of the region, and later by the lumber and rice industries situated nearby. After the Beaumont ship channel opened in 1916, Dollinger began to perform marine boiler and fuel oil tank repairs. The company was incorporated in the state of Texas under the name of John Dollinger, Jr., Inc., on May 2, 1917.

In 1923, Dollinger purchased 11.5 acres at the north end of 7th Street and constructed a new, larger plant. The company survived the Great Depression of the 1930s thanks to the business it had built up during the 1920s, and through careful management. During World War II, it contributed to the war effort by producing component parts for destroyers and other shipping, and by making structures for 100-octane aviation gasoline units. John Dollinger, Jr., passed away in 1941, and his son, Charles Rouse "Chick" Dollinger, Sr., then became the president of the company. After the war, the company continued to expand, opening a plant in Gonzales, Texas, and the affiliated company Dollinger Steel of Louisiana, reaching a zenith of output in the 1980s. The Beaumont-based plant was finally sold and closed in 1995.

Index Terms

Dollinger, Charles Rouse, Sr., 1904-1993.
Dollinger, John, Jr., 1871-1941.
Dollinger Steel of Louisiana.
John Dollinger, Jr., Inc.
Plaquemine Steel Company.
Steel industry.
Beaumont (Tex.)
Gonzales (Tex.)
Plaquemine (La.)
Aerial photographs.
Black-and-white photographs.
Collective labor agreements.
Color photographs.
Commercial correspondence.
Contract documents.
Financial statements.
Minute books.


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[item], [folder], [box], John Dollinger, Jr., Inc. records, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by John E. "Jed" Dollinger and Jerry Dollinger in 2011 August.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library Staff.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library Staff, 2012 July.

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