H.W. Colwill Collection (Creston), 1926-1977
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Brief Description:

The H.W. Colwill Collection documents the business activity of the Creston Grain Elevator (1932-1977) and Leader Oil Company (l944-l967) in Creston, Illinois.

Series 1 consists of materials related to the personal activities of H.W. Colwill during the years 1930-1977.  Included are correspondences, tax records, estate settlement records and grain speculation records (e.g., files under Rice, Lamson, Schulenburg).  Also included are catalogs and advertisements.

Included in series two are the majority of general business files of the grain elevator, coal, lumber and supply businesses from 1946-1961.  Included with this series are correspondences, receipts, lists, and a small amount of printed material.  Arrangement is chronological and within that, alphabetical.  The first files for each year consist of letters, miscellaneous receipts and general files.  These are followed by supplier files.

Series three commences houses accounts and ledger books. Materials in this series consist of business inventories, 1962, 1967; account/account receivable books, 1952, 1959, 1966; debit/credit accounts, 1932-1951; grain purchase and receipt books, 1962-1967; and three items (accounts, inventory) from the Leader Oil Company, 1959-1962.

The series continues with ledger sheets of the Colwill’s grain and feed operation, 1940-1969 and the Leader Oil Company, 1944-1967.  Arrangement in series three is chronological and within that alphabetical. Also housed in this series are two oversized business ledgers, 1932-1933, 1932-1940.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/047
Volume: 21.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 11/10/1978.

Documents are arranged in several series: personal records (including some business items ), general business files, and account and ledger books.  Several arrangements were used throughout the collection to organize the records.

Series I is arranged chronological and within that, alphabetical. Arrangement in series three is chronological and within that alphabetical.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to materials in the collection.
Subject Index
Coal trade
Colwill, H. W.
Creston (Ill.)
Creston Grain Elevator
Hendrickson, Grant
Leader Oil Company
Lewis, Ralph
Lumber trade.
Ogle County (Ill)
Oil industries
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Mr. H.W. Colwill  Mr. H.W. Colwill, Creston, Illinois, donated this collection to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on November 10, 1978.
Related Materials: For a related collection, please see Lindenwood Grain Elevator Collection, RC 11.