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02/08. Small Collections and Vertical Files

 Record Group Term
Identifier: 02/08
Record subgroup for the ALPLM Manuscripts Department for collections and vertical files. Small collections include personal and family papers, corporate records, county records, and military records. Vertical files include small collections of unknown or varied provenance used predominantly as ready reference files, documenting Illinois counties and cities, individuals, businesses, organizations, and events.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Frederick S. Mojonnier diary of a voyage to America

 Collection — Box 60
Identifier: MS-SC1059
Scope and Contents Typed transcript of diary kept by Mojonnier on the family's trip. Briefly details each day of their trip by stage, sleigh and train to Havre, France where they spent several days before sailing. On board ship he details the weather, any family problems, passenger problems, sea life they observe, a ship wreck and their entrance into the Mississippi with the help of a tug boat. He describes the boat they take to St. Louis and the sights he sees along the way.
Dates: Created: Undated

John Phelps reminiscences

 Collection — Box 66
Identifier: MS-SC1169
Scope and Contents Typed transcript of reminiscences tell of his numerous journeys, businesses and successes and losses. Tells of his long journey from Virginia to New Orleans to meet with his regiment in time to fight in the Battle of New Orleans. Discusses his numerous business ventures including building a raft to take whiskey to St. Louis to sell using a crew of novice sailors. His business with the lead mines in Galena, Ill. Mentions interactions with Thomas Carlin, a relative of his wife; Governor Reynolds...
Dates: Created: 1874

Lyman Meacham letter

 Collection — Box 59
Identifier: MS-SC1023
Scope and Contents July 24, 1879 letter to General John A. McClernand regarding his service in the Black Hawk War and his remembrance of the wilderness of the prairie when he first traveled through it. Sent in response to a request for information re: men who had served in that war.
Dates: Created: July 24, 1879

Washington Jefferson Mowry journal

 Collection — Box 62
Identifier: MS-SC1083
Scope and Contents Journal describes experiences along the way. Vividly describes several bouts of seasickness among the passengers during rough waters, the passengers and their different nationalities, several tales of drunkenness among various passengers and workers and the boat trying to pass through thick ice near Mackinack and being forced to remain there due to ice. Describes the stops at Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago. Traveling by stage he describes the prairies and the towns of Naperville, Aurora and...
Dates: Created: April 20 - June 1847