Records of J. & L. F. Goodbody Ltd.

Repository: Offaly County Archives Service

Identity Statement

TitleRecords of J. & L. F. Goodbody Ltd.
Archive ReferenceIE OCAS P10
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1873-1972
Extent Medium2 boxes 21 outsized items


Creator(s): J. & L. F. Goodbody Ltd.

  • Administrative History ↴

    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.
  • Archival History ↴

    Donated to Offaly County Library in 1987
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: J. & L. F. Goodbody Ltd. ↴

    Plans and drawings of Clashawaun Works and machinery(1873-1903); material relating to formation of limited company in 1888; correspondence with directors and partners (1895-1916); notices of meetings and resolutions adopted including some handwritten minutes (1935-1936); material relating to the formation of a public company in 1937; miscellaneous artefacts relating to Clashawaun Works.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    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)

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Available by appointment. Produced for consultation in original format with due regard for handling guidelines. Some fragile items may not be produced.
Conditions Governing ReproductionCopies for private research and study only as per the Copyright and Related Rights Act (2000). Fragile items may not be copied.
Creation Dates1873-1972
Extent Medium2 boxes 21 outsized items
Finding Aids Descriptive list Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Originals InformationIE OCAS P24 (Clashawaun Works Factory Regulations) IE OCAS P97(Clashawaun Works Factory Plans)

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteLisa Shortall, May 2015
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptionsc1995. Revised, May 2015