Deposited by Dean & Son, Accountants, Bank Passage, Stafford.
Administrative / biographical background:
Dean and Son are a long established Stafford firm of accountants who also acted as stock and share brokers, executors and secretaries to local trade associations and benefit societies. All these aspects are represented in the records of their clients described in this list. These documents are chiefly general ledgers of small businesses in Stafforda and the immediate district c.1900-1955. There are no manufacturing records. Similarly, there are no records specifically of Dean & Son: these have been retained by the depositor.
Although for most clients only one or two ledgers survive, nevertheless the deposit is of particular interest for records of shoe manufacturing and allied trades in Stafford in the early 20th century. These are complemented by the minute books of the Stafford and District Association of Boot and Shoe Manufacturers 1877-1944 and the minutes of the Arbitration Board for the Boot and Shoe Trade, 1920-1946. Information about the exigencies of wartime agriculture can be derived from the minutes of the Stafford branch of the National Association of Corn and Agricultural Merchants, 1939-1953 and another relatively unusual group of trade association records are those of the Stafford Master Bakers' Association, 1942-1950. Burial costs could be a major item of expenditure for poor families early this century and the minutes, registers of members and annual statements of benefits and payments of the Stafford and District Humane Burial Society, c.1860-1937 contain information about local voluntary provision.