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Piper Business Collection (Byron), 1882-1972

Collection Overview

Title: Piper Business Collection (Byron), 1882-1972

ID: RHC/RC/078

Extent: 10.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The records are arranged chronologically by the type of document.

Date Acquired: 05/15/1980

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These records document the financial history of the Piper family hardware business from 1882 to 1972.  The records are arranged chronologically by the type of document.  There are business accounts, day and cash book registers for the years 1891-1960 (1916-1935 are missing), account ledgers and check registers for 1919-1963, and payroll and weekly time books for 1937 to 1970.  The Oregon store is noticeably documented only for the years 1950-1952 in the form of a check register, monthly account ledger, and weekly time books, but may be mentioned in some of the Byron store ledgers.  Although only a small amount of correspondence exists to complement all the financial documentation, a number of hardware catalogs (1925-1971) have been included in the collection as supplementary material.

Additional account books dealing with the threshing and shelling business are also housed in the collection. Business files containing correspondence, building plans, contracts and estimates detail various plumbing and heating jobs handled by Piper Hardware form 1896 to 1923, though the bulk of the files date 1907-1923.

Researchers should note that the Center’s holdings include the Jordan Hardware Company Records (RC 166) located in Ottawa, Illinois.

Administrative Information

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

Use Restrictions: Property rights to the records belong to the Regional History Center.  Literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Robert A. Boger

Acquisition Method: Robert A. Boger donated the Piper Business Collection to the Regional History Center on May 15, 1980.

Related Materials: Researchers should note that the Center’s holdings include the Jordan Hardware Company Records (RC 166) located in Ottawa, Illinois.


Box and Folder Listing

Box 1
Folder 1-8: Business Account Ledgers, 1891-1907
Folder 9: Monthly Account Ledger, 1902-1907
Box 1A
Folder 1-2: Business Account Ledgers, 1908-1909
Folder 3: Day Books, 1902-1903
Volume 1: Day Book (1 volume), 1904
Box 2
Folder 1: Day Book, 1910
Folder 2: Cash Book, 1910
Folder 3: Business Account Ledger, 1910
Folder 4: Day Book, 1911
Folder 5: Cash Book, 1911
Folder 6-7: Business Account Ledgers, 1911-1912
Folder 8: Monthly Account Ledgers, 1908-1912
Folder 9-10: Business Account Ledgers, 1913-1914
Box 3
Volume 1: Business Account Ledger (1 volume), 1915
Folder 1: Monthly Account Ledger, 1913-1915
Folder 2: Correspondence and Records Extracted from the Business Account Ledgers, 1903-1915
Volume 2: Day Books (1 volume), 1936
Folder 3: Day Books, 1937-1938
Folder 4: Monthly Report Book, Byron and Oregon Stores, 1935-1938
Folder 5-7: Daily Cash Books, 1949-1960
Folder 8: Account Ledger, 1919-1952
Folder 9: Oregon Store: 1951-1952
Folder 10-11: Check Registers: Byron Store, 1951-1955
Folder 12-13: Check Registers: 1957-1958
Folder 14: Payroll: Sheets, 1937-1963
Box 4
Folder 1: Payroll: Time Books, 1938-1942
Folder 2: Payroll: Ledgers, 1963-1970
Folder 3: Weekly Time Books: Earl Barnhart, 1941-1950
Folder 4: Weekly Time Books: Tom Norris, 1952-1956
Folder 5: Weekly Time Books: Gene Spangler, 1949-1953
Folder 6: Weekly Time Books: Clyde ?, 1948-1953
Folder 7: Weekly Time Books: Various Employees, 1944-1952, no date
Folder 8: Weekly Time Books: Oregon Store, 1950-1952
Folder 9: General Correspondence, 1938-1972)
Box 5
Volume 1: Price Book (1 volume), 1948-1962)
Volume 2: American Radiator Company, Catalog of Parts for Ideal Boilers (1 volume), 1925
Volume 3: American Standard, Ratings Data and Dimensions (1 volume), 1955
Volume 4-5: American Standard, Plumbing Fixtures (2 volume), 1948-1950
Volume 6: Baker Manufacturing Company, Monitor Manual (1 volume), 1950
Box 6
Volume 1: James B. Clow & Sons, Clow Bulletin; A Pricing System (1 volume), 1929
Volume 2: Crane Company, Kitchen Ideas (1 volume), no date
Volume 3: Crane Company, Bathroom Ideas (1 volume), no date
Volume 4: General Electric, TV & Stereo (1 volume), circa 1966
Volume 5: General Electric, Major Applicances - Television-Stereo (1 volume), 1963
Box 7
Volume 1-3: Kohler Company, Plumbing Repair Parts (3 volume), no date
Volume 4-5: Kohler of Kohler, Plumbing Fixtures (2 volume), 1959, 1971
Volume 6: Kohler of Kohler, Catalog K-Plumbing Fixtures (1 volume), 1928-1932
Volume 7: Kohler of Kohler, Catalog K-36-Planned Plumbing and Heating (1 volume), 1936
Volume 8: Kohler of Kohler, Plumbing Fixtures (1 volume), 1948
Volume 9: Kohler of Kohler, Catalog K63-Plumbing Fixtures (1 volume), 1960
Volume 10: Louden Machinery Company, Catalog 56-Barn Equipment (1 volume), 1937
Box 8
Volume 1-3: A. Y. McDonald Manufacturing Col (3 volume), 1917, 1940, 1959
Volume 4: Mott Bros. Company (1 volume), 1952
Box 9
Volume 1-2: Universal-Rundle Corporation, Plumbing Fixtures (2 volume), 1957, no date
Volume 3: Wisco Hardware Company (1 volume), 1967
Volume 2: Daily/Monthly Account Ledger-Oregon Store (1 volume), 1951-1952
Box 10
Folder 1-2: Memorandum and Account Books, (5 volumes), 1882-1885, 1900-1907
Folder 3: Business Files "A-Z", 1907-1923
Folder 4-27: Business Files "Byron-Kise Electric Company", 1896-1923
Box 11
Folder 1-14: Business Files "Kishwaukee School-Williams, H.W.", 1907-1923