October 29, 2022

Nichols Hardware Store (Albion, Neb.) [RG4184.AM]


RG4184.AM: Nichols Hardware Store (Albion, Neb.)

Records: 1927-1941
Albion, Boone County, Neb.: Hardware supply store
Size: 1.0 cu.ft.; 14 volumes


The 1920 Boone County Atlas lists a C. A. (Charles A.) Nichols, with wife, Mary, and children Lyle, Raymond, Clarence, Jessie, Bessie, and Lloyd living in Manchester Precinct. This could be the C. A. Nichols who began the Nichols Hardware Store, later called Nichols and Son, in Albion, Nebraska, during 1920s. Apparently, this business continued operations into the 1940s.


This collection consists of one box and twelve oversize volumes arranged in four series: 1) Day Books, 1927-1941; 2) Inventory Books, 1928-1931; 3) Invoice Ledger, 1927-1930; and (4) Account Book, undated. All of these records were generated by the Nichols (or Nichols and Son) Hardware Store of Albion, Boone County, Nebraska.

The Day Books, 1927-1941, of Series 1 provide a daily record of items purchased at the Nichols Hardware Store. Information includes the name of the purchaser, item purchased, cost, as well as a daily computation of total cash sales, payments on accounts, and money paid out. Series 2 contains Inventory Books, 1928-1931. These record the type and quantity of items in stock, the price per unit, and total value.

The Invoice Ledger, 1927-1930, of Series 3 records the name of the firm ordering material from Nichols Hardware Store, their address, amount of invoice, deductions, discount, freight cost, when due, amount remitted, and date paid. Series 4 consists of an undated Account Book. This lists the name of the account and quantity and type of items purchased. Some prices are shown.


Series 1 – Day Books, 1927-1941


  1. 1927, Aug. 8 – 1928, Mar. 28
  2. 1928, Mar. 28 – Dec. 8
  3. 1929, Aug. 8 – 1930, May 15
  4. 1930, May 16 – 1931, Jan. 10
  5. 1931, Dec. 26 – 1933, Mar. 8
  6. 1933, Mar. 10 – 1935, July 15
  7. 1935, July 16 – 1937, Dec. 10
  8. 1937, Dec. 11 – 1941, Sept. 18

Series 2 – Inventory Books, 1928-1931


  1. 1928
  2. 1929
  3. 1930
  4. 1931

Series 3 – Invoice Ledger, 1927-1930

Box 1

  1. 1927, July – 1930, Feb.

Series 4 – Account Book, n.d.

Box 1

  1. Account Book, n.d.

Subject headings:

Albion (Neb.) — Businesses
Boone County (Neb.) — History
Hardware stores — Nebraska
Nichols and Son (Albion, Neb.)
Nichols Hardware Store (Albion, Neb.)

Revised 10-25-2007 TMM

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