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Standard Manufacturing Company Records

Identifier: MSS 0582

Scope and Content

Standard Manufacturing Company Records date from 1909 to 2016, with the bulk of the records dating from its operating period from 1910 to 1952.

The records include a binder containing the Articles of Incorporation for the company, cashbooks and ledgers from the company's records, a book on the history of the company written in 2016, a video with raw footage demonstrating the process used to create a brush using fiber from a sabal palmetto (cabbage palmetto) tree, in a similar fashion to those produced by the Standard Manufacturing Company, and other documents related to the company that have been compiled together in a binder. The cashbooks and ledgers have been arranged chronologically.


  • 1909 - 2016
  • Majority of material found within 1910 - 1952



Volumes 2 and 3 contain employee information and have restricted access. Please consult with Archivist before requesting access to these records.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Standard Manufacturing Company was founded in 1909 and began operations in Cedar Key, Florida, in January 1910. The factory was located at the eastern tip of Cedar Key at Fenimore Mill Point. The principal stockholders during most of its history were Dr. Daniel Andrews, Sr., one of the company founders, and his brother Forrest. The company operated from 1910 to 1952. Due to a shortage of workers, it shut down during World War II and did not reopen until 1950. A hurricane that year destroyed much of the factory and the company never fully recovered. It ceased operations entirely in 1952, and the company was dissolved in 1954. The Standard Manufacturing Plant was one of three factories, all in Florida, that harvested the fibers of the Sabal Palm. Standard Manufacturing Company sold the fibers to brush manufacturers in North America, Europe and Australia. The company also produced its own line of brushes sold under the Donax label, but this accounted for only 5% of its trade. Cheap synthetic fibers introduced in the 1950s brought an end to the palm fiber industry. [For additional information on the Standard Manufacturing Company see Cedar Key Fiber and Brush Factory by John W. Andrews, M.D. A copy of the book is included in the collection.]


5 Linear Feet (1 Box and 55 Volumes)

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Articles of incorporation, history, cashbooks/ledgers, video, and other documents related to the Standard Manufacturing Company. A fiber and brush factory that operated in Cedar Key from 1910 to 1952.


Please note that this collection is housed in the Auxiliary Library Facility off campus and will require advance notice for timely retrieval. Please contact the Special and Area Studies Collections department prior to your visit.

Acquisition Information

Donated by John W. Andrews in 2021.

Alternative Format Available

Digital reproductions of selected items in the Standard Manufacturing Company Records are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

A Guide to the Standard Manufacturing Company Records
Finding aid created by Matt Kruse and Carl Van Ness
August 2021
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America