collection P10 - Records of J. & L. F. Goodbody Ltd

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Records of J. & L. F. Goodbody Ltd


  • 1873 - 1972 (Production)

Niveau de description


Étendue matérielle et support

3 boxes
1 outsize folder
2 rolled maps
3 unboxed objects

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Nom du producteur

(1865 – 1984)

Histoire administrative

J. & L. F. Goodbody was established in 1865 as a jute manufacturing business based at Clashawaun in Clara and also with offices in Dublin. Its directors were Jonathan Goodbody (1865-88), Lewis F. Goodbody (1865-87), Robert Goodbody (c1870-88), Joshua C. Goodbody (c1873-88), Fredrick R. Goodbody (1880-88) and J. B. Clibborn Goodbody (1880-88).

The business was formed into a limited company in 1888 and traded under the name J. & L. F. Goodbody Ltd. As well as jute, it also manufactured cotton and synthetics. Its main factories at Clara and Waterford were later joined by factories at Dublin, Limerick and Slane. In 1937, it became a public company when outside shareholders and directors were introduced. It was quoted on the Dublin Stock Exchange and wound up in 1984. The family crest was adopted as the registered trade mark.

Histoire archivistique

Donated to Offaly County Library in 1987.

Zone du contenu et de la structure

Portée et contenu

The collection is comprised of artefacts, plans and drawings of the Clashawaun Works (jute spinning mill) and its machinery. The business records include; material relating to the formation of the limited company in 1888; correspondence with directors and partners; notices of meetings and resolutions adopted; some handwritten minutes and material relating to the formation of the limited company to a public company in 1937.

Évaluation, élimination et calendrier de conservation


Mode de classement

The collection was arranged in a broadly chronological order. As there is no discernible original order to the items, the archivist retained this chronological sequence and reference codes but separated the items into four strands.
A – Establishment of factory (1873-1903)
B – Formation of limited company and expansions (1888 – 1934)
C – Formations of public company (1935 -55)
D – Artefacts (c. 1930-1972)

Zone des conditions d'accès et d'utilisation

Conditions d’accès

By appointment only. Contact Offaly Archives at [email protected]

Produced for consultation in original format with due regard for handling guidelines. Some fragile items may not be produced.

Conditions de reproduction

May be reproduced in accordance with provisions of the Copyright and Related Rights Act (2000). No reproduction online, in print or broadcast without the express permission of copyright holder.

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Écriture des documents

Notes de langue et graphie

Caractéristiques matérielle et contraintes techniques

Instruments de recherche

A descriptive catalogue prepared is uploaded here.

Zone des sources complémentaires

Existence et lieu de conservation des originaux

Offaly County Library

Existence et lieu de conservation des copies

Unités de description associées

Offaly County Archives, J. & L. F. Goodbody, Clashawaun Works Floorplan , OCA/P97
Offaly County Archives, J. & L. F. Goodbody, Clashawaun Works Employment Legislation, OCA/P24
National Archives of Ireland, Business Records Survey, J. & L. F. Goodbody Ltd. Records, BRS OFF12
Offaly County Library, Local Studies Collections, Clara and Clashawaun Photograph Collection.
Dublin Friends Historical Library, GoodbodyPrivate Papers

Note de publication

Goodbody, M., The Goodbodys – the story of an Irish Quaker family 1630 – 1950, Ashfield Press, Dublin (2011)

Note de publication

Stewart, M., Goodbodys of Clara, privately published by J. & L. F. Goodbody (1965)

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Identifiant de la description

Identifiant du service d'archives

Règles et/ou conventions utilisées

ISAD (G), 2nd Ed.

Dates de production, de révision, de suppression

June 2019, Ciara O'Brien




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