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Guide to the U.S. Post Office, Moscow, Idaho Records ; U.S. Post Office, Moscow, Idaho Records

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Guide to the U.S. Post Office, Moscow, Idaho Records 1887-1959

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Records
Creator: U.S. Post Office, Moscow, Idaho
Dates: 1887-1959
Quantity: 3 c.f.
Abstract: Correspondence, financial and other records.
Identification: MG082
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The records are separated by record type. The correspondence consists of both loose letters, a letterpress book, and three letterbooks, all of which are arranged chronologically. The correspondence deals with official business including personnel changes. Two of the three letterbooks contain only incoming letters concerning the construction of the post office building, the third contains incoming and outgoing letters similar to those in folders.The personnel records include lists of eligible employees one list for female clerks, another for clerk-carrier. The admission cards have a photograph of the applicant.The complaint books lists the nature of the complaint (lost mail, broken items, etc.) and the action taken. The custodians record book lists expenses for utilities, custodial help and similar expenses. The postmaster's account books contain sections for inventory, monthly and quarterly statements, box records, and dead letter lists. After mail delivery was instigated in 1904 the box records were kept separately from the other records. The 1917 inventory is by room; it gives the cost of the item and the date of the authority for purchase.All account books relating to money orders and postal savings certificates were discarded since they provided only summaries of the day's business. Also discarded were employee time sheets and the Postmaster's Account and Record Books from 1904-1962. In all about 6 l.f. of material was removed.

Scope and Content

The records of the Moscow Post Office span the years 1887 to 1959, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1900 to 1930.

The records include correspondence, maps of the rural routes, employee affidavits, oaths, and civil service cards, account books, records of box holders, and a book of complaints.


Administrative/Biographical History

The Moscow post office was established March 19, 1873 as Paradise Valley, the name being officially changed to Moscow December 26, 1876. In 1911 the Federal Building, now the Community Center, was constructed to house the post office and federal district court. In 1926 the University Branch post office was established.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Government and Politics
Idaho

United States. Post Office Dept. Post Office (Moscow, Idaho)

Postal service -- Idaho -- Moscow

Administrative Information

Source

The records of the Moscow Post Office were donated to the University of Idaho Library by postmaster Howard Buchanan in February 1975.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Correspondence 1893-1946
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1/1-61/1-6Correspondence 1893-1946 686 items
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1/71/7Letterpress Book 1905-1913 1 item
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1/8-91/8-9Construction Letterbook 1909-1912 2 items
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1/101/10Letterbook 1920-1922 1 item
Series II. Personnel and Other Records 1902-1959
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2/112/11Register of Eligibles 1906-1927 26 items
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2/122/12Civil Service Admission Cards 1917-1934 29 items
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2/132/13Employee Affidavits and Oaths 1944-1947 33 items
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2/142/14Rural Route Maps 1902-1959 7 items
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2/152/15Complaint Record Book 1919-1930 1 item
Series III. Financial Records
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2/162/16Custodian's Record Book 1911-1950 1 item
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2/17-242/17-24Postmaster's Account & Record Book 1887-1904 8 items
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os/25-28os/25-28Box and Key Register 1904-1933 4 items
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os/29os/29Record of Furniture and Fixtures in U.S. Federal Building at Moscow 1917 1 item

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Creation: Encoded by ArchProteus2003
Language: Finding aid is in English

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