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John C. Blood Papers

Identifier: BC62

Scope and Contents

The John C. Blood Papers, 1877-1967, consists of 9 cubic feet and 13 oversize volumes of correspondence, cash receipts and disbursements, scale books, farm and lumber accounts, handwritten computations and notes, receipts, vouchers, and tax records. The collection,which dates primarily from the 1920s and 1930s, documents Blood’s management of family farm lands and his involvement with the Blood Lumber Company.


  • Created: 1877-1967
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1920-1954
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1977


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


12.08 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Born in 1893, John Cabot Blood was a landowner and lumber businessman from Grayville and Mt. Carmel, Illinois. The collection includes correspondence, cash receipts and disbursements, farm scale books, farm and lumber accounts, notes, tax records, and other financial records documenting Blood’s management of family farm lands in Illinois and Indiana and his involvement in the Blood Lumber Company.

Arrangement Note

The collection has been divided into three files: Financial and Farm Scale Records, 1877-1954; Subject File, 1913-1967; and Tenants File, 1925-1933.The Financial and Farm Scale Records, 1877-1954 (Boxes 1-2 and Oversize Volumes 1-13), consist of annual cash receipt and disbursement statements, account books, and a number of other financial volumes. Also included are scale books from farms owned and rented by Blood. Most of these records date from 1920 to 1954.The Subject File, 1913-1967 (Boxes 2-9), consists of correspondence, handwritten notes (including grain and livestock computation sheets), receipts, vouchers, and financial and tax records. Most of the material dates from 1925 to 1936. The file contains records maintained by Blood in the management and operation of the family farms. The growing and selling of corn, hay, hogs, timber, and wheat is illustrated. Also documented are some of the financial affairs of Blood Lumber Company. Included at the end of the file are correspondence, military orders and memoranda, and other material that Blood collected while he was in the military service. An alphabetical arrangement was imposed on this file by the processor.The Tenants File, 1925-1933 (Box 9), consists primarily of correspondence and handwritten notes that document Blood’s relationship with tenants, sharecroppers, and other employees. Also included in this alphabetically-arranged file are a few folders concerning Blood’s business associates and suppliers.
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Repository Details

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