The Schimmelpfennig Family Mill Collection contains materials relating to the family's grain mill and family life in Sigourney, Iowa and spans the years of 1929-2001. The collection is 3.75 linear feet and occupies 8 boxes. The materials are in good condition. There are three envelopes at the end of the collection that are restricted from viewing to the public without express permission of the family. The rest of the collection may be viewed and used with no restrictions at Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland.
Materials found in the collection range from bound ledgers and account books detailing the operation of the mill to personal diaries and ephemera collected as the family traveled the United States visiting other old mills similar to their own.
The material was donated by David Schimmelpfennig, the grandson and great-grandson of the original owners of the Schimmelpfennig Family Mill.
This collection was partially arranged and described by Amanda Nelson in 2010 with assistance from Karen Sichelman-Edwards and Mark Levengood in 2009. Steps involved in partial arrangement and description include surveying materials, placing materials in order by subject, foldering and boxing materials, and writing an index or box list for the collection. This basic finding aid provides introductory and biographical information as well as the box list.
See also the online exhibit.