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Restrictions

  • 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.

Summary

  • Records of a general store in Lancaster, Wis. operated by Addison Burr and his son, Theodore Addison Burr. Included are two financial journals (1858-1860 and 1870-1875) providing information about the store, its sales items, and its credit customers. Two letterpress books (1864-1869 and 1870-1875) contain outgoing copies of correspondence relating primarily to the business affairs of the Burrs and the general store, but also relating to family and community affairs. One letter discusses relief for the victims of the great Peshtigo fire (Nov. 13, 1871). The volumes also contain correspondence concerning the Lancaster Woolen Mill, operated by the Burrs from about 1869 until at least 1875. There is also evidence that A. Burr was justice of the peace (1864 letters) and postmaster (1869 letter) of Lancaster. Microfilm reels contain the letterbooks (Reel 1) and financial journals (Reel 2). A file folder contains photocopies of letters from both letterbooks which were illegible on microfilm.

Notes

  • Except for a few items, this collection is available only on microfilm.
  • Originals loaned for copying by Jean Schill Carlson, Fairhope, Alaska, 1997.