L. P. Maggioni and Company records
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L. P. Maggioni and Company records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: L. P. Maggioni and Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: L. P. Maggioni and Company records
Dates: 1883-1982
Extent: 12.0 cubic feet (12 boxes)
Identification: MS 1893

Biographical/Historical Note

L. P. Maggioni and Company first began operation in 1870 after Luigi Paoli Maggioni emigrated from Genoa, Italy to begin a new life in the United States. He and his wife, Natalie Betellini whom he met and married in Jacksonville, Florida settled on the Isle of Hope near Savannah, Georgia and began selling shellfish and other small items. In 1883, they opened an oyster factory on Daufuskie Island and later built an oyster cannery in Beaufort, South Carolina. The company, which started as a retail seafood dealership, peaked in the mid 1900s to include fifteen canneries throughout South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. L. P. Maggioni and Company employed more than 2,500 people and also branched out their oyster business to include shrimp, citrus, and produce as well.

Paul Maggioni, grandson of the company's founder along with his sons Ralph and Phillip ran the operation from an office and warehouse in Savannah. The main offices in Savannah provided management for canneries in Thunderbolt, Harris Neck, and Brunswick, Georgia and nine separate operations in Beaufort and Charleston, South Carolina. By the 1980s, the company refocused their operation on oysters and became one of the oldest oyster canners in the United States.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains records relating to the L. P. Maggioni and Company and their oyster harvesting and canning business based in Savannah, Georgia from 1883-1982. Majority of this collection is made up of their tax records, leasing, and insurance information for various canneries and factories, accounts, financial statements, and other miscellaneous materials relating to their business throughout coastal Georgia, South Carolina, and northern Georgia. Also included are minutes from L. P. Maggioni and Company and other related oyster farming and canning companies that worked with Maggioni. These companies include the following: Chatham Oyster Company, Yonges Island Canning Company, and Ocean, Lake and River Fish Company.


This collection is arranged into 12 boxes:

Box 1: Income tax returns, lease agreements, operations agreements, sales tax numbers. Certificate of appreciation, trademark renewal, insurance, large blueprints, title and bills of sale for company vehicles, food inspection reports, business licenses, stationary, 1965-1982

Box 2: Ledgers, rental agreement, deeds, articles, trademark information, 1912-1980

Box 3: Minutes, account books, 1916-1958

Box 4: Ledgers, financial statements, 1928-1957

Box 5: Tax returns, sale of property, production reports, product statement, manufacturer's statement, J. O. Maggioni estate, Yonge's Island Company records, 1930-1983

Box 6: Tax returns, financial statements, 1968-1975

Box 7: Minutes, 1947-1978

Box 8: Financial statements, reports, minutes, 1941-1983

Box 9: Deeds, photographs, sales register, clippings, 1934-1982

Box 10: Labels, photographs, certificates, engraver blocks, clippings, leases, minutes, articles, circa 1900-1989

Box 11: Stock certificate book, sales registers, bills of sale, deeds, insurance, plats, company records, 1883-1982

Box 12: Deeds, maps, architectural drawings, circa 1940s-1980s

Index Terms

Account books.
Architectural drawings (visual works)
Business enterprises--Georgia--Savannah.
Chatham Oyster Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Financial statements.
L. P. Maggioni and Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Ledgers (account books)
Maggioni family.
Maps (documents)
Minutes (administrative records)
Ocean, Lake, and River Fish, Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Oyster industry--Florida.
Oyster industry--Georgia--Chatham County.
Oyster industry--South Carolina--Beaufort County.
Oyster industry--South Carolina--Charleston County.
Records (documents)
Tax records.
Yonges Island Canning Company (S.C.)

Administrative Information

Processing Information

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.