01/BA. 13 Guide to the Kaspar Wire Works Collection Kaspar Wire Works Collection Finding Aid Authors: Ashley Rankin.

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Guide to the Kaspar Wire Works Collection 1977/1981 Manuscripts Overview of the Collection Kaspar Wire Works Collection 1977-1981 01/BA. 13 2.00 Manuscripts This collection is of Kaspar Wire Works Company concerning history of the firm in Shiner, Texas. Administrative History:

Kaspar Wire Works Company began in the 1890s developing wire baskets for farming including wire muzzles for horses, wire baskets for cotton, hay, and vegetables. Kaspar Wire Works Company got its main start during the great depression by selling florist easels, wreaths, and hangers for funerals and weddings, creating wire baskets and hangers for gym clothes and football uniforms, and eventually by creating baskets for grocery stores. By the 1950s they were producing holders for ice cream, chips, sodas, blood, cleaning supplies, and coin operated newspaper racks. Today they are still producing baskets, gym equipment, display items, furniture, and outdoor equipment.

Administrative Information Conditions Governing Use:

Reproductions and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Kaspar Wire Works Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes brochures, business cards, clippings, memo, pages from book, publication, report and a sketch.

Detailed List of Contents id29498 1197 A Kaspar Wire Works Collection 2763 id29499 1197 A 1 Sketch Scope and Contents

This folder contains a sketch, original backyard building. Moved to oversize box.

id29500 1197 A 2 Memo, pages from book Scope and Contents

This folder contains a memo from North Texas State University and excerpts from the book After Half Moon by Goerte.

id29501 1197 A 3 Business cards, Brochures, Report Scope and Contents

This folder contains two business cards for Arthur Kaspar, two brochures for Kaspar, and a report entitle "The Shiner Chamber of Commerce Nominates Kaspar Wire Works, Inc. for the Governor's Industrial Expansion Award 1977."

id29502 1197 A 4 Photo copies of clippings Scope and Contents

This folder contains three photocopies of newspaper clipping. One is entitled "Rapid Expansion Noted at Kaspar Wire Works," the other is entitled "Kaspar Wire Works: a thriving, growing firm," and the last is entitled "Automatic Newsstand."

id29503 1197 A 5 Clippings Scope and Contents

This folder contains three clippings, two clippings were moved to the map case entitled "Shiner's Kaspar Wire Works Receives Governor's Award" from The Shiner Gazette, July 20, 1978, and a clipping entitled "Kaspar Wire Works Notes 80 Years of Progress" from The Shiner Gazette, September 21, 1978. The third clipping was moved to oversize box entitled "Shiner's Booming Little Industry," by Fun, The Advocate Sunday Magazine on March 16, 1975.

id29504 1197 A The History of Kaspar Wire Works, Inc. Scope and Contents

This item is a book, The History of Kaspar Wire Works, Inc. by Arthur H. and Don G. Kaspar.

id29505 1197 A Kaspar Wire Works Folder 2763 Scope and Contents

This item is a folder handwritten on it is the following: "Kaspar Wire Works Shiner, Texas. Arthur Kaspar, Crmn, of brd. Don Kaspar, pres. Arthur - Home 512-594-3356. Pho. 9/18/1979 Arthur out. Don said tentative ok Jan. 7,8,9,10. Cad back for Arthur and confirmation. Box 667 Shiner, 77984. 512-594-3327."

id35899 1 Oversized Box 1056-1197B 7433 Scope and Contents

This collection is housed with the War Labor Board Collection and the A. B. Jolley Collection. Box 1197 house the Kaspar Wire Works Collection. The individual box number indicate the original box number that the documents were removed from and are now housed in one box: Oversized Box 1056-1197. For example Box 1197 is two items both labeled 1197 in Oversized Box 1056-1197. Box 1197 contains a sketch of original backyard building and a "Shinner's Booming Little Industry" article in Fun, the Advocate Sunday Magazine on March 16, 1975.