Papers, 1739-1865, 1878-1933

Tanner, Herbert Battles, 1859-1933

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Photos, Drawings, Prints
  • Physical Details
    • 6.0 c.f. (27 archives boxes); plus
    • additions of 379 photographs
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • Papers of Dr. Herbert Battles Tanner of Kaukauna, Wis., consisting of local history materials, records of business affairs in Wisconsin and Mexico, correspondence while state supervisor of illuminating oils, 1894-1900, and monthly reports of subordinate district oil inspectors, 1895-1897. The latter correspondence concerns appointments of these inspectors, and the gubernatorial campaigns of 1894 through 1900, and throws light on the relations between Tanner's office and the Standard Oil Company.
  • There is correspondence and printed material, 1901-1908, concerning the management of the Rio Tamasopo Sugar Company in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, a company in which Tanner and a brother were financially interested, and correspondence, bills, and receipts, 1899-1903, connected with Tanner's operation of a Kaukauna drug store. Correspondence and miscellaneous material tell of Tanner's activities as Kaukauna's first health officer; as secretary of the Fox River Valley Medical Association; as a physician, with emphasis on his services as local representative of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad and other corporations; as mayor of Kaukauna, 1888-1896; as an investor in the Kaukauna Electric Light Company; as an active member of the South Kaukauna Congregational Church; of his candidacy for Congress in 1900; and of his work on local history, particularly the career of Captain Hendrick Aupaumut, his own genealogy, and the Stockbridge and Menominee Indians.
  • Filed with the papers is a box containing documents from the office of a notary public near Mexico City dealing with lawsuits, 1739-1865; registers of electors in Kaukauna in 1896; and a ledger, 1894-1897, of a firm of Kaukauna druggists.
  • The processed portion of this collection is summarized above with further details in the register; there are additional accessions which are described below.
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