I recently obtained the complete first volume of the McDermott General Store ledger. Three volumes of this ledger, covering 1884-1887, are housed in the West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center at the University of Minnesota Morris. This is a fantastic collection: oral histories, business records, personal papers, government documents and more. The materials come from Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Swift, and Traverse counties in West-Central Minnesota. We were tickled when Archivist Steve Gross made the scanned ledger available to us.
The scans are fairly light, so I am not sure how they will appear on the blog. Please let me know if you can make them out. Volume I begins on May 1, 1884. Here are the first few pages…tell me what you think. Click on the images to enlarge. And if you are using a laptop to view, tilt your screen back which will darken the image and make it easier to see.
Ledger can be found at the West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center, University of Minnesota Morris.