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A. L. R. Gardner Company Store Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SpC MS 0195

Scope and Contents

The records include receipt books (1888-1894 incomplete, 1945-1949), ledgers (1912-1950), capital stock book (1902-1951), company meeting records (1902-1951), and photographs.


  • Creation: 1888-1951


Restrictions on Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Historical Note

In 1871 A.L.R. Gardner began operating a general store in Dennysville, Maine, with the assistance of two of his four sons, Edwin R. and Fred L. In addition to handling the usual merchandise of a country store, the Gardners were dealers of coal, grain, stoves, shingles (pine, spruce, and cedar), and farm implements, as well as crockery, agateware, and even fine Austrian china. After the settling of A.L.R. Gardner's estate in 1902, the A.L.R. Gardner Company was formed with Edwin R. Gardner serving as treasurer, clerk, and manager; Fred L. Gardner, president; and the rest of the family, directors. During 1909-1910 Gardner's store was extensively remodeled. After the death of Edwin Gardner in 1918, Fred L. Gardner became clerk, treasurer, and manager, and his brother, Charles, served as president. During later years Fred L.'s son, Louis, became involved in the store business, which he carried on after his father's death in 1944. The store eventually was closed, and the building was razed in 1961.


3 boxes

Language of Materials


Guide to the A. L. R. Gardner Company Store Records
Staff of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for uncoded script
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States