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Business and family papers, 1832-1946

Coffin, William, 1850-1925

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  • COLLECTION STORED, ALL or IN-PART, AT ARC: Collection can be requested for transfer through the Area Research Center (ARC) Network, consult Reading Room Staff.


  • Papers of William King Coffin, a prominent Eau Claire (Wis.) banker and businessman, and papers of his grandfather, Nathaniel Coffin; his father, William Coffin; and his father's father-in-law, Samuel D. Lockwood, a justice on the Illinois Supreme Court. William King Coffin founded the Eau Claire National Bank and was its president from 1905 to 1925. The collection includes an 1869 diary and both business and personal correspondence of William King Coffin including exchanges with Milo Quaife, director of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, while Coffin was on its Board of Curators. Samual Lockwood correspondence is concentrated in the years 1857-1969. Other Lockwood items are included in unsorted business papers as are records of Nathaniel and William Coffin; several are land indentures from the 1850s for Illinois College, Jacksonville, Ill.
  • The processed portion of this collection is summarized above, dates 1832-1929, and is described above. Additional accessions date 1832-1946 and are described below, principally reflecting William King Coffin's banking career and business interests.


  • Presented by John Proctor, Eau Claire, Wis., 1961.
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