The Finley P. Curtis, Sr. Papers contain daybooks and account books of Curtis and his partner, David J. Farthing for their business as farmers, merchants and traders. Loose work papers and receipts were also found within the ledgers. The books date from 1888 to 1902 and 1905 to 1921.
In addition to the ledgers for the general store, Curtis maintained special account books for an unnamed mining and sawmill enterprise, for workhands, bark trading, and a poultry business. The volumes contain information about wages paid to laborers; the cost of basic necessities; and the cost of poultry, grain and bark. There are also some scattered entries for amounts paid for boarding laborers.
The collection is divided into two series: Series 1, General Store Records and Series 2, Miscellaneous Business Records. Miscellaneous loose work sheets and receipts have been removed from the volumes and placed in a single file folder at the end of Series 2. The items are identified as to the volume from which they were removed.
Sarah Ottinger, Ed Speer, and Norma Myers completed processing, and the papers were opened for research in July 1987.