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W. Elwood Chipman business records

1925-1961
 Collection
Accession: 0982

Abstract

W. Elwood Chipman (1893-1977) was a grain, feed, and hardware dealer in Laurel, Delaware, between 1925 and 1961. The collection consists of the business records of Chipman & Penuel (later Elwood Chipman). The records of W. Elwood Chipman's agricultural mercantile business largely consist of ledgers of accounts receivable; sales; orders; purchases; and expenses of produce, sweet potatoes, feed and grain supplies, packaging materials, broiled chickens, and other operational necessities.

Dates

  • 1925-1961

Extent

13 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

W. Elwood Chipman (1893-1977) was a grain, feed, and hardware dealer in Laurel, Delaware, between 1925 and 1961.

Walter Elwood Chipman was born in Laurel, Delaware, on July 17, 1893, to a prominent Sussex County family. He operated a general mercantile business in Laurel serving the local Delmarva Peninsula farming community, which specialized in providing chickens and "truck" produce to nearby urban markets. Chipman dealt in feed, grain, hardware, and other supplies needed by farmers, as well as in the products of the country. Between 1925 and 1944, he operated in partnership with Howard Joseph Penuel (1890-1977), later a director of the Southern Delaware Truck Growers Association. Chipman died at Laurel on December 27, 1977.

Scope and Contents

The records of W. Elwood Chipman's agricultural mercantile business largely consist of ledgers of accounts receivable; sales; orders; purchases; and expenses of produce, sweet potatoes, feed and grain supplies, packaging materials, broiled chickens, and other operational necessities.

Chipman kept a ledger of personal expenses, as well as his business expenses from 1945 to 1961. There are bank account books with two banks, the Sussex Trust Company and the People's National Bank. Additionally, there are petty cash books, an insurance register, a record of accounts from the International Harvester Company for 1935, and two credit rating books compiled by the Peerless Fertilizer Company, one dated 1935, the other dated 1937.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
W. Elwood Chipman business records
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Laurie Sather

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400