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Washburn 'A' Mill Explosion : Primary Sources: Archives & Records


Ruins after mill explosion, Minneapolis

Edwin H. Brown and Family Papers.
Family papers document many aspects of the lives of members of the Brown, Hall, and Christian families, including the Minneapolis flour milling industry (1860s-1870s), especially the Washburn ‘A’ Mill explosion in 1878.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid 

William De la Barre Papers.
Papers relating to De la Barre, an engineer who was employed by Minneapolis waterpower owners and grain millers. There is information in the collection on the explosion of the Washburn ‘A’ mill in Minneapolis 1878.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (A/.D332)

Curtis H. Pettit Papers.
This archival collection contains business records of this Minneapolis merchant, miller, and dealer in real estate, including a record book of the trustees of the Mill Disaster Relief Fund of Minneapolis, 1878.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (A/.P511)

Minnesota Flour Milling Research Files
Background research files, notes, photocopies, and other material related to Minnesota flour milling, specific flour mills, flour milling technology, and specific individuals connected with the industry. There is also some material on related industries such as barrel manufacturing, milling machinery, and milling supply and repair services.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Frame, Robert M.). 

The Richard Ferrell Flour Milling Industry History Collection
Flour milling advertisements, marketing materials, promotional items, cookbooks, newsletters, periodicals, architectural drawings, moving images, sound recordings and photographs collected by flour milling executive Richard Ferrell, who once managed the historic Pillsbury A Mill in Minneapolis. Items produced by Minnesota-based millers form the core of the collection, but it also includes materials from companies in neighboring states, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

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