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Donnelley and Sheppard General Merchandise records

Guide to the Donnelley and Sheppard General Merchandise records

Collection number: HMC-0837.
Creator: Donnelley and Sheppard General Merchandise.
Title: Donnelley and Sheppard General Merchandise records.
Dates: 1926-1935.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Records of a general store in Flat, Alaska.

Organizational history:
Harry Donnelley and Harry Sheppard, businessmen of the mining town of Flat, Alaska, formed a partnership to operate a general store in 1921. Harry Donnelley, a businessman with a wide range of mining and other interests in Flat and Iditarod, partnered with Harry Sheppard, the U. S. Marshal of Flat. Donnelley had previously purchased their original store in Flat from C. R. Peck. The partners then expanded the business with the purchase of Fullerton’s General Merchandise Store in 1925. In 1924, their store burned in a fire involving several buildings in the town’s business district, after which they reopened in temporary quarters until a new building was completed in 1927. That new building housed the store and the Miners and Merchants Bank, owned by Donnelley, which he had relocated from Iditarod, Alaska.

Collection description:
The collection consists of business records of the Donnelley and Sheppard General Merchandise store of Flat, Alaska. The collection contains: a cash book; two small account books for the business from the Miners and Merchants Bank of Iditarod; an Alaska Railroad freight bill paid by the business to Ira Wood Transportation Company; and two letters, two envelopes, and a report from the Thomas Publishing Company, concerning the store’s entry in their Thomas’ Official Grocery Register. The report for the grocery register contains information concerning the size and types of business in which the store was involved.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in no discernible order.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives and Special Collections does not own copyright to the collection.

Preferred citation: Donnelley and Sheppard General Merchandise records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: The collection was acquired by the archives in 2005. Related collections in the archives’ holding include those for Flat area businesses James E. Fullerton General Merchandise, HMC-0834 and Turner and Wood General Merchandise, HMC-0839.

Acquisition note: The collection was purchased by the Archives on eBay in 2005.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2006. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard by Gwen Sieja in 2015.

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