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Account books for Michael Mulligan of Delaware City, Delaware


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Overview and metadata sections

At the turn of the twentieth century, Michael Mulligan operated a dry goods establishment in Delaware City, Delaware. A prominent Delaware City citizen, Mulligan served on the board of commissioners in both 1863 and 1868. In addition, he served as superintendent of the city's only Catholic Sunday school.

Scharf, J. Thomas. History of Delaware: 1609-1888, Vol. 2. Philadelphia: L.J. Richards & Co., 1888. pp. 973-976.Delaware State Directory for 1888. Wilmington, Del: Ferris Brothers Publishers, 1888. p. 45.Delaware State Directory for 1894-1895. Wilmington, Del: M.A. Costa Publisher, 1895. p.83.

Included in this collection are account books of individuals who purchased items from Michael Mulligan between 1887 and 1894. Three of the books represent the accounts of individuals who purchased items on an almost daily basis. A fourth book consists of accounts of numerous individuals who patronized Mulligan's establishment sporadically. The final account book included in the collection is comprised of an alphabetical listing of names.

Item 0070: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0096

Purchase, 2003

Processed by Theresa Hessey, August 2003. Encoded by Jaime Margalotti, October 2019.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2019 October 10
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Account book of Samuel J. McCall, 1887-1888.
Volume 1
Scope and Contents

Contains entries for items purchased between August 31, 1887 and October 29, 1888. Almost daily purchases included household items as well as fabric and other sewing materials.

Account book of Frank Dunlap, 1893-1894.
Volume 2
Scope and Contents

Includes entries for routine purchases of household items between November 23, 1893 and September 28, 1894. Items purchased include coffee, tobacco, beans, and ham as well as other foodstuffs.

Account book of Mr. Davis Trustus (?), 1896-1897.
Volume 3
Scope and Contents

Account book for goods purchased almost daily between March 26, 1896 and December 11, 1897. Purchases include goods such as sugar, flour, lard, and other household items.

Account book, 1893-1894.
Volume 4
Scope and Contents

Contains accounts of individuals who maintained small accounts with Michael Mulligan. Entries include items purchased primarily between October and December, 1893. Some accounts, however, continue into 1894.

List of names, undated.
Volume 5
Scope and Contents

Alphabetical list of names. Final page contains a short list of merchandise.

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