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M-091: John L. and James C. Sutton Blacksmith Collection

DATE: 1820-1843

CREATOR: Sutton, John L.; Sutton, James C.

SCOPE: The collection consists of 3 ledgers and 1 day book containing accounts from 1820-1843. They include such famous St. Louis "customers" as William Carr Lane (first mayor); Henry Shaw (botanist); Louis A. Benoist; Daniel D. Page; Hamilton R. Gamble; J.B.C. Lucas; Alexander McNair (first Missouri governor); Henry Von Phul; Silas Bent; Pierre Chouteau; Edward Bates (politician); George Caleb Bingham (artist); John O'Fallon; Wilson Price Hunt, and many others.

EXTENT: 4 volumes

HISTORY: John L. and James C. Sutton were St. Louis blacksmiths in the early years of the frontier town's growing importance. Thus, their account ledgers of services rendered is a veritable "Who's Who" of St. Louis's political and economic elite. The ledgers were an early donation to the Mercantile Library.

HOLDINGS: 4 volumes

ACCESS: Special Collection M-091 is housed in two document boxes; due to fragility, the ledgers may not be photocopied, but some pages may be digitally scanned or photographed. Please contact the staff in advance of your visit to coordinate access to these materials for research purposes.

When available, this collection is available for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. Some of the material in Special Collection M-091 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition. For collections marked limited access, researchers are advised to contact the library at least three business days in advance of their visit to submit a request to view the physical material.

Researchers are advised to call ahead concerning changes in hours due to University intersessions and holidays. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building.

In observance of security procedures, certain services may not be available shortly before the daily closing time.

Preferred Citation: When citing the material from this collection, the preferred citation is: From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.