T.A. Chapman Company, 1881-1982

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Title: T.A. Chapman Company, 1881-1982
Call Number: Mss-810
Bulk: 1.2 cu. ft.

Historical Note:

Timothy Appleton Chapman came to Milwaukee in 1857 and with the assistance of the C. F. Hovey and Company of Boston, established a business on East Water Street under the name of Hasset and Chapman.

By 1865, T. A. Chapman had become sole owner of the business.  His next step was the erection of a $200,000 store at East Wisconsin and Milwaukee streets that was completed in 1872.  This would be the largest retail dry goods store in the Northwest until a fire on the night of October 23, 1884 destroyed it.  Chapman decided to rebuild immediately and within six months had constructed a new store at the same location.  T. A. Chapman remained in control of the store until his death in 1892.  Since then, the ownership and management has stayed within the family and descendants of the founder.  Some of the family members included in the material are George P. Miller, William M. and Norman M. Chester, George W. Johns, and Verne R. Read.                                             T. A. Chapman Company went through many changes over the years, including the building of two branch stores, and the modernization and improvement of its downtown store through the building of a parking structure.

Administrative Note:

The collection was processed on August 14, 1993 by Steve Daily.

SEE ALSO:

T. A. Chapman Company Photo Collection – 0.4 cu.ft.

Subject Cross References

Chapman, T. A.

Business enterprises–Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Department stores–Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Milwaukee (Wis.)–History–Sources.

Chester, Norman

Chester, William M.

Johns, George W.

Miller, George P.

Read, Verne R.

Milwaukee Seed Company-File 4.

Milwaukee Rescue Mission-File 4.

Neptune Frolic Regatta Committee-File 4.

Contents

Box Number

Folder Number

Abstract of Title, first page only, 1888 1 1
Articles of Association, 1892 1 2
Minutes of Board of Directors meeting, 1967; Memos,  1964, 1965 1 3
Correspondence received by Chapman’s, 1883-1973 1 4
Correspondence sent by Chapman’s, 1891-1973 1 5
Balance sheets, c. 1900 1 6
Statements, cancelled check, mail order form, 1889-1930 1 7
Sales receipts recovered from 1884 fire 1 8
Store improvement expenses, 1911-1912 1 9
Blank business forms, c. 1900 1 10
Catalogs and circulars, 1890s-1920s? 1 11
SKETCHES OF ART booklets issued at reopening of store,               c.1885 1 12
Press releases, 1954, 1964, 1965, 1972 1 13
Advertising, 1881-1968 1 14
Blueprints, 1911 improvements to store 1 15
Historical sketches of Chapman’s, 1884, 1927, 1948-51 1 16
William M. and Norman Chester-Handmade WW II era card;               Christmas message, 1960; certificates of service and sympathy, 1963-1964 1 17
Patrick R. Hannifin litigation, 1900 1 18
Wholesale syndicate information-Frederick Atkins,                  Inc., 1938, 1951, 1970 1 19
World War I Bond drive subscription list, 1918 1 20
World War II commendations and awards for T. A.                    Chapman Company, 1942-1945 1 21
Matthew Brady store exhibit information, 1961 1 22
Milwaukee Public Museum exhibit-Old Milwaukee, 1965 1 23
News clippings-T. A. Chapman, 1885, 1891 1 24
News clippings-downtown store, 1884-1982 2 25
News clippings-employees, 1922-1969 2 26
News clippings-Bayshore store, 1953, 1967 2 27
News clippings-Capitol Court, 1954 2 28
News clippings-Parking Pavilion, 1964 2 29
News clippings-General misc., 1931-1972. 2 30
Milwaukee Journal Feb. 22, 1895; Milwaukee Journal Jan. 30 – Feb. 2, 1947. 2 31
Magazine articles-retailing and merchandising, 1884-1970. 2 32
Misc.-Pamphlets, brochures, banquet list, memorial for Mrs. T. A. Chapman (Laura), front page of Early DayMilwaukee newspaper 2 33
Printing and engraving expenses notebook with examples, 1924-1930 2 Loose in box
Forms and Instructions (plastic sheets) taken from scrapbook that was possibly a training guide for sales clerks, 1940s 2 Loose in box
Envelopes that contain more forms and instructions, 1920s, 1940s 2 Loose in box
Milwaukee magazine, Feb. 1970 2 Loose in box