Conestoga Steam Mills Records, 1845-1857

Call Number:  MG-661

2 volumes     1 cubic ft.

Repository: (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 13

Description:  This collection contains the journal and ledger of the Conestoga Steam Cotton Mill, which details the complete financial records of the company between 1845-1857.

Creator:  Conestoga Steam Mills (Lancaster, Pa.)

Conditions for Access:  No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition:  Source unknown.

Administrative History:  Processed and finding aid prepared by KV, September 2013.

Related Materials: Cotton Mills of Lancaster City Pennsylvania; Book No.1 of the General Manufacturing Company (note of certification of the Conestoga Steam Mills Company ); The Engineers as Promoters: Charles Tillinghast James and The Gospel of Steam Cotton Mills, by Thomas R. Winpenny


Journal of the Conestoga Steam Mill: A complete financial record of the company from September 17, 1845 to March 29, 1857.  It includes the names of and dividends paid to stockholders; officers of the company; capital gains and losses; general account balances; monthly operatives costs including labor, materials, equipments, etc; mortgages , loans and interests paid to such banks as Farmer’s Bank and Lancaster County Bank; and the purchase and sale of No.1, and subsequently, No. 3 Mill.

Note: Minor tear inside the front cover along the spine.


Ledger of the Conestoga Steam Mill: From the records of the journal, the ledger contains more detailed information and accounts records of each stockholders starting from August 1845.  It also contains the comprehensive records of financial matter related to the company including profit and loss, bills receivable and payable, mortgages and loans, balances, account expenses, and records of expenses, purchase, and/or sale pertaining manufactures, clothes, commissions, and freights. 

Note: The front end paper of the Ledger is nearly torn off.  There’s a large split between the front cover and spine, still held together by the dust jacket.  Binding coming loose.