Central Market Records (Geneva), 1902-1977
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Brief Description:

This collection partially documents the business activities of the Central Market in Geneva, Illinois, from 1902-1977.  Documents before the late 1930’s, however, are sparse and yield little information; the bulk of the material pertains to later years.

The collection contains a deed, a license, correspondence, governmental memos, census information, and employer tax returns related to withholding and social security.  Also included are store accounts, sales records, bank accounts, employee and payroll records, an American Legion Post’s finances for Labor Day, 1921, and various printed materials.  Housed with the boxes are two account ledgers.

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/072
Volume: 2.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 07/23/1979.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Central Market
Geneva (Ill.)
Grocery trade
Meat industry and trade
Retail trade
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Ira W. Johnson  Ira W. Johnson donated the records of the Central Market; Geneva, Illinois to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on July 23, 1979.
Related Materials: Researchers interested in the Central Market primarily because of its connection to the Swedish immigrant community in the region may wish to consult two additional Regional History Collections, the Fred C. Soderboom Papers (RC 33) and the International Order of Good Templars (RC 66).
Related Publications: Geneva, Illinois:<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>A History of Its Times and Places, edited by Julia M. Ehresmann, (Geneva, Illinois: Geneva Public Library District, 1977) may also be useful.