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L. E. Blain Clothing Company records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Bx 003

Scope and Contents

The collection (1882-1910) contains six bound financial ledgers, account journals, and cash books.

Specific dates for the bound volumes are: ledgers, 1882-1887; journals, 1878-1880; and cash books, 1902-1910.


  • Creation: 1882-1910


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The L. E. Blain Clothing company of Albany, Oregon, moved into the east half of the First National Bank building in 1892, and was open for business until 1976. "Blain’s was a popular downtown gathering spot for the gentlemen of the town. Mr. L. E. Blain kept chairs in the front of the store for his daily visitors. A daily morning ritual was to sweep the sidewalk and exchange gossip and news with the other business people on the street. At the time of its closure in 1926 Blain’s was the oldest continuously operating clothing store West of the Mississippi."



1.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 record storage box

Language of Materials



The L. E. Blain Clothing company of Albany, Oregon, operated from 1892 until 1976. The collection (1882-1910) contains bound financial ledgers, account journals, and cash books.


Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the L. E. Blain Clothing Company Records
Complete Description
Tanya Parlet and Kira B. Homo.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA