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Chipman Mercantile Company records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3964

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1883-1932


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing 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.

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.


3 cartons (3 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Materials were left in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Marvin J. Laycock in 1991.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Marvin J. Laycock; 1991.


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.

Related Materials

338.06 C44 Chipman Mercantile Company. Annual report to stockholders of Chipman Mercantile Company.

Processing Information

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; June 5, 2007.

Processed; Amanda Clark; 2006.

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2011.

Register of Chipman Mercantile Company ledger
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States