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DONNELLEY AND SHEPPARD GENERAL MERCHANDISE. Business Records; 1926, 1927, 1932-1935. .1 cu. ft.

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.

The collection consists of miscellaneous business records of the Donnelley and Sheppard General Merchandise store of Flat, Alaska. The collection contains: a cash book (Nov. 1932); two small account books for the business from the Miners and Merchants Bank of Iditarod (Mar. 1933-Apr. 1935); an Alaska Railroad freight bill paid by the business to Ira Wood Transportation Company (1926); and two letters, two envelopes, and a report from the Thomas Publishing Company, concerning the store's entry in their Thomas' Official Grocery Register (Oct-Nov. 1927). The report for the grocery register contains information concerning the size and types of business in which the store was involved.

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, and Turner and Wood General Merchandise.

JAS (6/2006)