s0379 HARDY SALT COMPANY, RECORDS, 1914-1987
s0380 HARDY FAMILY, PAPERS, 1911-1982
s0506 HARDY COMPANY, ADDENDA, 1914-1985
s0727 HARDY SALT COMPANY, ADDENDA, 1920-1990
Thomas Walter Hardy donated the Hardy Family Papers to the Western Historical Manuscript Collection at the University of Missouri - St. Louis on April 15, 1987.
Thomas Walter Hardy, founder of Hardy Salt Company in St. Louis, was born in Bells, Tennessee on June 23, 1981. In 1911 he married Jane Smith Tillman of Nashville, Tennessee. Hardy held various office jobs before becoming a travelling salesman for Morton Salt Company in 1912.
The Hardy's first son, George Tillman, was born in 1914, the same year Hardy started his own salt business in St. Louis. The Hardy's had two more sons, Thomas Walter Hardy, Jr. (b. 1916) and Lewis Tillman (b. 1918). All three sons attended Country Day School in St. Louis county. George and Lewis Hardy graduated from Washington University in St. Louis. Thomas Walter Hardy, Jr. graduated from Harvard University in 1939.
After graduation, both Lewis and Thomas Walter Hardy, Jr. went to work with the Hardy Salt Company. The Hardy Salt Company built the Manistee Salt Works in Manistee, Michigan and had grown into a major salt producer and distributor in the eastern United States, (see Collection 379).
Thomas Walter Hardy, Jr. became president of the Hardy Salt Company after his father retired in 1955. Thomas Walter Hardy died in 1960. Five years later, Jane Hardy donated the family's home, "Wayside", at 415 Bermuda in Florissant, Missouri to the Normandy School District. The District converted the home into a remedial reading clinic. In August 1986, the clinic became the Early Childhood Education Center at Wayside directed by Mary Lynn Skiles.
Jane Tillman Hardy, the only woman in a class of 53, graduated from Washington University Law School in 1929. She served four years as president of the St. Louis County League of Women Voters and one term as president of the Missouri League of Women Voters, (see Collections #232 - #234). Jane Hardy also took an active role in the Clean Election League in St. Louis county during the 1930's.
A strong supporter of the United Nations, Jane Hardy advocated the greater use of the International Court of Justice and urged that it be given broader jurisdiction with power to enforce its decisions. After her long life in political and civic affairs, Jane Hardy died in 1974 at the age of 89.
Thomas Walter, Jr. and Lewis Hardy continued the Hardy Salt Company until 1985. Since none of the Hardy heirs took an interest in managing the business, Thomas Walter Hardy, Jr. sold the Hardy Salt Company to Diamond Crystal Company of St. Clair, Michigan.
Like his mother, Thomas Hardy, Jr. became involved in civic and world affairs. From 1968 to 1970 he chaired the St. Louis Chapter of Business Executives Move for Vietnam Peace (see Collection #441). He also served as an executive board member of the Center for Defense Information, and the Committee for the East-West Accord both based in Washington, D.C. Thomas Walter Hardy, Jr. became an active member of the Kirkwood United Methodist Church in St. Louis. In 1975, Hardy, Jr. received the Doctor of Human Letters from Philander Smith College in Arkansas.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Hardy Family Papers Addenda of 1896-1987 documents the political and professional activities of family members, specifically Thomas Hardy, Jr. and Jane Hardy. The addenda includes: Hardy Salt Company Papers; Jane Hardy's personal and political papers; Thomas Walter Hardy, Jr. 's personal and political papers, this series being the largest in the collection; scholastic files of Hardy family members; family memorabilia; a large series of photographs; and a family scrapbook. The addenda is a broad overview of the activities and character of various members of the Hardy family.
For more information, see Collection #380.
SERIES 1. HARDY SALT COMPANY PAPERS, 1939-1985. FOLDERS 1-15. This series consists of flyers, brochures, and newsletters and newsclippings related to the Hardy Salt Company in both St. Louis and Manistee. Further, the series contains papers regarding the promotion and sale of Hardy Salt to Diamond Salt Company. The papers include a large amount of correspondence both from and to Mr. Hardy, Jr. regarding the sale of Hardy Salt.
SERIES 2. JANE HARDY PAPERS, 1849-1982. FOLDERS 16-25.
This series consists primarily of newspaper clippings and photocopied newspaper clippings regarding Mrs. Hardy's involvement in political issues and the rights of women. The series also contains news releases, periodicals, and some personal memorabilia.
SERIES 3. THOMAS WALTER HARDY, JR. PAPERS, 1967-1987. FOLDERS 26-57.
This series consists primarily of papers related to the extensive political activity of Hardy, Jr. These papers include correspondence both to and from Hardy, Jr., newspaper clippings, periodicals, handwritten notes, and taped presentations. Hardy, Jr.'s political interests include national defense and nuclear arms, Central American relations, Church, God, and World Peace, Civil Liberties, Economic conditions in the United States, European relations with the United States, oil and gas, Parliamentary debates, population control, Soviet Union and United States relations, United Nations reform, Vietnam, and wildlife preservation.
SERIES 4. SCHOLASTIC FILES OF HARDY FAMILY, 1936-1958. FOLDERS 58-65.
This series contains school work of the Hardy boys as well as college papers and quizzes.
SERIES 5. FAMILY MEMORABILIA, 1869-1988. FOLDERS 66-90.
This large series consists of family papers which include newspaper clippings, photocopied newspaper clippings, personal statements written by various members of the family, handwritten notes, miscellaneous memorabilia such as family crests and varsity letters from high school, extensive correspondence dating from 1929 through 1983, dance cards, invitations, graduation bulletins, Boy Scouts of America documents, church bulletins, and scrapbook magazine articles.
SERIES 6. PHOTOGRAPHS, 1933-1982. FOLDERS 91-99.
This series is divided into subseries based on film type and whether or not the prints and negatives are identified. Film types include slides, nitrate negatives, 35 millimeter negatives, and developed photographs. There are many photographs unidentified
SERIES 7. SCRAP BOOK, 1956-1964. FOLDER 100.
This series consists of a family scrapbook still in its original binding. The book primarily consists of newspaper clippings of political endeavors and professional aspects regarding Hardy Salt Company.
Series I, Hardy Salt Company Papers, 1939-1985. Folders 1-15.
1. Articles of Incorporation of the Hardy Salt Company. No Date.
2. The Censor, Thursday, September 21, 1939. A St. Louis newsletter.
3. Newspaper clippings regarding history of Manistee. 1959-1970.
4. The Family in Business, June 1981. A letter.
5. Brochures regarding Hardy Salt, 1984-1985.
6. The Story of Hardy Salt, a pamphlet. No date.
7. "The Salt of the Earth". No Date.
8. Hardy Salt Press, #19, August, 1978 and #29 October, 1980.
9. Documents pertaining to the publication of The Role of Salt in the Westward Expansion of the United States. 1980.
10. Documents pertaining to writing the "Beginnings and Growth of Hardy Salt Company", 1982.
11. "Salt Institute Reports", December 1983 and April 1985.
12. Photocopied newspaper articles regarding the sale of Hardy Salt Company, 1985.
13. Correspondence regarding the sale of Hardy Salt Company, March 29, 1985 to October 8, 1985.
14. Confidential report concerning the sale of Hardy Salt Company. No Date.
15. Handwritten notes regarding the sale of Hardy Salt Company. No Date.
Series 2. Jane Hardy Papers, 1849-1982. Folders 16-25.
16. "The North Carolina Society of Colonial Dames of America", applications for membership of Jane A. Washington, 1901.
17. The Private Meditations and Prayers of the Reverend Thomas Wilson. Given from Jane Washington to her son in 1849.
18. Documents regarding the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, Inc., 1982. See Photograph 510.80-510.82 in folder #96.
19. Newspaper clippings regarding Mrs. Jane Hardy, 1926-1933. 20. Photocopied newspaper clippings regarding Mrs. Hardy, 1926-1933. 21. The League Bulletin, February 1, 1936. 22. Scrapbook flyer for Missouri League of Women Voters supporting women as jurors. No Date.
23. Newspaper clippings regarding donation of the Hardy home, 1965-1971. 24. Photocopied newspaper clippings regarding donation of the Hardy home, 1965.
25. Newspaper releases regarding the death of Mrs. Hardy, February, 1974.
Series 3. Thomas Walter Hardy, Jr. Papers, 1967-1987. Folders 26-57.
26. Correspondence pertaining to Central American Relations, 1982-1983.
27. Documents pertaining to Central American Relations, 1982-1983.
28. Documents regarding Church, God, and World Peace, 1949-1983.
29. Documents pertaining to Civil Liberties, 1982.
30. Newspaper clippings regarding U.S. Economic conditions, 1982.
31. Documents pertaining to U.S. Economic conditions, 1982.
32. Article regarding United States and European relations, 1981.
33. The Freeze, June 1982, November 1984, Vol 4, Number 4 and December 1984, Vol 4, Number 10.
34. The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, September-October, 1985, regarding strategic defense.
35. Arms Control Today, Vol 16, No 8, 1986 and Vol 16, No 9, 1986.
36. Newspaper clippings regarding arms control, 1987.
37. Press Attention to Center for Defense Information, Feb.- May, 1987.
38. Correspondence regarding nuclear arms control, 1981-1987.
39. Periodicals pertaining to nuclear arms control, 1982-1987.
40. Photocopied articles regarding nuclear defense, 1982-1987.
41. Handwritten notes on nuclear issues. No Date.
42. Executive Report, on Oil and Gas. Vol 24, No 8, 1983.
43. Documents pertaining to Parliamentary Debate, 1978-1979.
44. Newspaper clippings regarding politics and McGovern, 1972.
45. Newspaper articles regarding population control, 1982.
46. Correspondence regarding population control, 1982.
47. Periodicals pertaining to political issues between United States and Soviet Union.
48. Documents pertaining to United Nations Reform, 1980-1982.
49. Photocopied newsclippings regarding United Nations Reform, 1980-1982.
50. Papers by unknown author regarding United Nations Reform. No Date.
51. Biography of Leon Sloss. No Date.
52. Documents pertaining to Business Executives move for Vietnam Peace, 1967.
52.A. Documents pertaining to the Erich Whitehorn case, illustrating issues pertaining to the draft during the Vietnam War.
53. Tape #T510.1 John Kerry: Vietnam Veterans against the war before the Senate Committee.
54. Indochina 1972, Perpetual War, delivered to the White House for Presidential consideration. May 3, 1972.
55. Periodicals regarding Vietnam conflict, 1964-1984.
56. Oceans Policy News, April 1987.
57. Periodicals regarding wildlife and nature preservation, 1982.
Series 4. Scholastic Files of Hardy Family members, 1936-1958. Folders 58-65.
58. School work of Lewis Hardy, 1936.
59. Paper about Greece by unknown author. No Date.
60. Map of Greece and the Aegean, 1958.
61. Washington University pamphlet regarding an archaeological cruise, 1963.
62. The Parthenon at Athens, Greece and at Nashville, Tennessee. No Date.
63. Report on Japan by unknown author. No Date.
64. Madeira, by unknown author. No Date.
65. College paper by O.C. Hardy regarding Vietnam, 1967.
Series 5. Family Memorabilia, 1869-1988. Folders 66-90.
66. Miscellaneous family memorabilia. No date. 67. Newsclippings concerning the Hardy Family, 1934-1988. 68. Newsclippings regarding Tillman Hardy's role in a play. March, 1939.
69. Photocopied newsclippings regarding the Hardy brothers, 1983.
70. Statements written by Thomas Walter Hardy, Sr. No Date.
71. In Memory, regarding the life of Samuel Escue Tillman, 1943.
72. Handwritten notes regarding positions at the United States Military Academy. No Date.
73. Emblem of the Tillman, (Tilghman), Family Crest. No Date.
74. Family correspondence, 1929-1936.
75. Family correspondence, 1937-1983.
76. Postcards, 1934-1935.
77. General and Holiday cards, 1934-1936.
78. Dance cards, 1934-1936.
79. Invitations to social events, 1934-1936.
80. Graduation bulletins, 1869-1935.
81. Tercentenary calendar and general tercentenary information. Harvard
82. Production programs, 1934-1936.
83. Ticket stubs. No Date.
84. Boy Scouts of America documents. After 1933.
85. The Flame, Christmas, 1933.
86. Union Avenue Christian Church Program. Easter, 1935.
87. Checks from Normandy State Bank, 1941.
88. Photocopied article regarding Wessyngton Plantation in Tennessee,
89. Sermon by unidentified author, 1979.
90. Scrapbook magazine articles. No Date.
Series 6. Photographs, 1933-1982. Folders 91-99.
91. Slides. No Dates. 510.1-510.21: unidentified.
92. Hardy family trip to Manistee. Summer, 1933.
510.22 Mr. Hardy swinging a tennis racket.
510.23 Harry Tarectman swinging a tennis racket.
510.25 Mr. Hardy swinging a tennis racket.
510.26 Mrs. Hardy with her sons.
510.27 Mr. Hardy with his sons.
510.28 Mr. Hardy
510.29-510.30: A friend of the Hardy family named Lucille in a bathing suit.
510.31 Mrs. Hardy standing up.
510.34 Lucille, a friend of the Hardy family, in a bathing suit.
93. 35mm negatives. No Dates. 510.37-510.39: Unidentified house.
94. Identified photographs, 1935-1964. 510.40 A friend of Mrs. Hardy named Alice with her brother Larry, and a dog named BoZo.
510.41 Captain Milo H. Matteson on his horse, "Ugly".
510.42-510.43: Col. Edwin N. Hardy jumping for the U.S. Calvary.
510.44 A friend named Dave, 1935.
510.45 Arabs about 10 miles from Jerusalem.
510.46 Inside fire pump house, 1958.
510.47 Mr. Charles Miller at 214 West 79th Street in New York.
510.49 Young Jewish people in Jewish section of Jerusalem.
510.50 Greek funeral in Bethlehem.
510.51 Small children in Jerusalem.
510.52-510.53 : Jerusalem.
510.54 Greek funeral in Bethlehem.
510.55 Bell tower in Bethlehem near spot where Jesus is believed to have been born.
510.56 Greek funeral in Bethlehem.
510.57 The walls of Jerusalem.
510.58 Cathedral in Orizaba.
95. Identified photographs. No Dates.
510.59 Boys removing gardenias and azaleas from pool in Fortin.
510.60 View of Taxco cathedral from lower level of town.
510.61 Indian family entering church Tehoncan, near GarciCrespo.
510.62 Street scene in Tehoncan, near GarciCrespo.
510.63 Tower of old cathedral.
510.64 Bouginvilla Arbor over entrance to Rancho Telva Taxco.
510.65 Court of Colonial Hotel in Puebla.
510.66 Portico of Rancho Talva in Taxco.
510.67 View from dining room window looking toward swimming pool in Fortin
510.68 Guadalupe Cathedral in Mexico looking from the market place.
510.69 Indians coming to market at Taxco.
510.70 View of Mt. Orizaba from portico outside rooms at Ruiz Gabrindo Hotel in Fortin.
510.71 Washing place in Taxco.
510.72 Indian women in Carlotta's Garden at Chaupultepec Castel in Mexico.
510.73 Santo Domingo, Pueblo.
510.74 View of Orizaba Valley on the road from GarciCrespo to Fortin.
510.75 Santo Domingo, Puebla. View from the Rosary Chapel.
510.77 Daniel and friends on a cliff behind Borda Hotel.
510.78 Mrs. Hardy with a fish.
96. Identified photographs, 1936-1982.
510.79 Frederick's Hall built in 1800.
510.80-510.82: Johnny Church, 1982.
510.83 Mr. Hardy's brother-in-law, two boys, and John A.DeTar.
510.84. Buckner, Hardys' Great Grand father's old home.
97. Unidentified Photographs. No Dates.
510.85-510.105 : Unidentified photographs.
98. Unidentified photographs before 1957. 510.106-510.122: Unidentified.
99. Unidentified photographs. No Dates.
Series 7. Hardy Family Scrapbook, 1956-1964. Folder 100.
100. Hardy family scrapbook, 1956-1964.
Agent Orange, f. 54, 55
Business Executives Move for Vietnam Peace, f. 52
Central American Relations, f. 26, 27
Civil liberties, f. 29
Draft, f. 52.A
Duncan, Isadore, f. 24
Economic issues, f. 30, 31
Environmental issues, f. 56, 57
Greece, f. 59-62
Hardy Salt Company, f. 1-15
Japan, f. 63
Kerry, John - oral interview, f. 53, T510.1
League of Women Voters, f. 19-20, 23-25
North Carolina Society of Colonial Dames, f. 16
Nuclear Arms Control, f. 33-41
Pearl S. Buck Foundation, Inc., f. 18, 96
Population control, f. 45-46
Soviet Union, f. 47
United Nations Reform, f. 48-51
Vietnam, f. 52-55, 65
Westward expansion, f. 9
Whitehorn, Erich, f. 52.A
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