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Mighell & Wakefield Smithy, Grain, and Coal Company Records (Waterman), 1851-1943

Collection Overview

Title: Mighell & Wakefield Smithy, Grain, and Coal Company Records (Waterman), 1851-1943

ID: RHC/RC/022

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 01/00/1966

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records contained in this collection document the Mighell and Wakefield Company’s financial accounts from the warehouse’s first year of operation, 1872, until 1911, when Wakefield reorganized the business into the Wakefield Grain Company.  A series of eleven bound volumes contains entries made by T.G. Mighell before his partnership with George Wakefield (1851-1872); business ledgers of the Mighell and Wakefield Smithy, Grain, and Coal Company (1875-1890); and records from the Wakefield Grain Company (1908-1943). The latter volumes include records of purchases, sales, loans, orders, and daily grain shipments, and monthly summaries. Also included in the collection is Roy Wakefield’s insurance company register (1897-1939) and a notes and bills receivable journal (1885-1896)

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights to the materials belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights in the collection are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Mr. Iven Larsen

Acquisition Method: Mr. Iven Larsen donated the records of the T.G. Mighell and G.W. Wakefield Smithy, Grain, and Coal Company to the Northern Illinois University Archives in January 1966. The Northern Illinois Regional History Center received the collection from the University Archives in May 1978.


Box and Folder Listing

Volume 1: General accounts of T.G. Mighell, 1851-1872
Box 1
Folder 2-5: T.G. Mighell, G.W. Wakefield Smithy, Grain, and Coal Company’s daily business entries, 1875-1890
Folder 6-7: Wakefield Grain Company's daily business entries and Wakefield Grain Company's monthly summaries, 1908-1912, 1918-1925; 1911-1920
Folder 8: Wakefield Grain Company's daily business entries and Wakefield Grain Company's  monthly summaries, 1920-1929
Folder 9: Wakefield Grain daily shipments, 1912-1943
Folder 10: Wakefield Insurance Register, 1897-1939
Folder 11: George W. Wakefield, notes and bills receivable, 1885-1896