Chipman Mercantile Company records

Chipman Mercantile Company records

Dates: 1883-1932

Contains the business records of Chipman Mercantile, a business in American Fork, Utah, from 1883 to 1932. These records include ledger books, day books, checkbooks, and delivery books that document the history of American Fork, as well as the history of Chipman Mercantile.

  • Extent: 3 cartons (3 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize box (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Chipman Mercantile Company
  • Call Number: MSS 3964
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials were left in original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Chipman Mercantile Company records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 3964; Chipman Mercantile Company records; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3964, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Marvin J. Laycock in 1991.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Marvin J. Laycock; 1991.
Related Material
338.06 C44 Chipman Mercantile Company. Annual report to stockholders of Chipman Mercantile Company.
Subject Terms
Agriculture and Natural Resources; Business enterprises--Utah--American Fork--History; Mines and Mineral Resources
Genre / Form
Account books
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; June 5, 2007. Processed; Amanda Clark; 2006. Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2011.
Appraisal Information
Western American business and labor history (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy). Illustrates the way business was run in American Fork, Utah.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Chipman Mercantile Company ledger
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-06-01T04:10-0600
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Administrative History

Chipman Mercantile (1872-1979) was a general store in American Fork, Utah.

Chipman Mercantile Company was established by James Chipman, Arza Adams, and George Waterman in December of 1872. Adams and Waterman later sold their interests in the company, which was incorporated as Chipman Mercantile in June 1892, at which time Chapman's son Stephen became treasurer, director, and manager of the store. The building was remodeled in 1912, grossed $675,000 by 1929, and modernized again in 1944. Originally, the store consisted of general merchandise departments, as well as a flour mill, hardware store, and lumber store. It added a food store by the 1970s, and grossed one-and-a-half million dollars by 1971. Chipman Mercantile Company closed in 1979, with Leo G. Meredith as general manager and treasurer.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts