Dexter-Roundy family papers, 1772-1951

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


  • Family and some business papers of a family originally from Shelbyville, Illinois, that founded (1872) the independent Milwaukee grocery wholesale firm Roundy, Peckham, & Dexter. Included is detailed correspondence between Judson A. Roundy and his brother-in-law Joshua L. Dexter, concerning family matters and the establishment of their Shelbyville grocery business in 1851; letters and diaries of Joshua's son Charles J. concerning his education and early life, move to Milwaukee in 1879, and other matters; correspondence and diaries of Charles' son Edward who was also active in the business; and a detailed European travel diary (1908) and correspondence of Charles' wife Effie McBeth Dexter. Also pertaining to her family are numerous legal papers primarily concerning investments in Ohio during the first half of the nineteenth century.
  • Pertaining to Roundy, Peckham, & Dexter are articles of incorporation and circular letters. Also included are genealogical material, and miscellaneous correspondence of various other members of the extended family.
  • The photographs include portraits of the family, friends, and images of homes. There are also several examples of advertising materials and labels used for canned produce.


  • The diaries in this collection are also available on microfilm.
  • In English, with some correspondence in French.
  • Presented by Helena D. McBride, Long Beach, California, 1986-1987; and by Roundy's, Inc., 1988.