Records of Eason & Son Ltd, Belfast, wholesale and retail newsagents, stationers and booksellers, 1825-1977, relating largely to the Belfast operations of the firm.
The collection comprises: articles of association, 1924; minute books, 1924-1956; ledgers, 1870-1961; journals, 1920-1956; cash books, 1923-1958; wages books and associated documentation, c.1891-1968; annual audited accounts, 1922-1972; abstracts of accounts, 1922-1965; accounts with the Dublin branch of the firm, 1921-1926; stock books, 1919-1964; miscellaneous financial records, 1918-1976; title deeds and correspondence relating to Eason's premises in Donegall St, Belfast and John St, Londonderry, 1825-1960; plant books pertaining mainly to the firm's motor vehicles, 1940-1969; papers relating to a fire in 1922 and damage during the Belfast blitz of 1941; correspondence, legal agreements and booklets detailing employees' conditions relating to Easons' bookstalls, 1873-1968; contracts and correspondence relating to advertising on trains and railway stations throughout Northern Ireland and on Belfast Corporation trams, 1916-1966; legal agreements and correspondence pertaining to trading terms with publishers and other newsagents, 1913-1950; newspaper and periodical circulation statistics, 1904-1968; miscellaneous material including documentation relating to the delivery of news parcels by early aeroplane and horse carriage.
A smaller constituent of the archive under the reference D/3744 consists of a bundle of c.60 documents, 1932-1938, pertaining to an appeal by Eason & Son, Belfast, to the Commissioner of Valuation against a valuation placed on their bookstalls at stations of the Belfast and Co. Down Railway.
The collection is particularly strong in that it documents the history of a unique Irish institution from the early 19th century up to modern times. The uniqueness of the material is further highlighted given the paucity of extant documentation about the firm's activities in Dublin prior to 1916 when Eason's Headquarters was occupied by rebels during the Easter Rising of that year. The building and the records it then held were subsequently destroyed during the conflict.
c. 650 items comprising a range of documents, volumes and files occupying 11 PRONI boxes.
See PRONI references D/3981 and D/3744 for catalogue of the papers. The catalogues are available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.