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2 E. South St.
Galesburg, IL 61401

Matthew Chambers Records
Manuscript Collection

Biographical Notes: Matthew Chambers (1786-1869) came with the original colonists to Galesburg in 1837 to found the town and Knox College. He served as a trustee of Knox College 1837-1854, 1856-1866. Mathew Chambers was a storekeeper, farmer and local financier. Although committed to Galesburg he operated a store in the more lucrative town of Knoxville until 1840 when he moved his business to the northeast corner of Galesburg's Public Square. The store building had been used as a school and church until 1838 when the first Academy was built.

Scope Notes: Records included in this collection include those related to the building of a house in Bridgeport, Vermont in 1822 with bills for materials and contract with builder. Also records of Matthew Chambers' stores and charges from 1822-1841 including notations of his own expenses in 1834-1835 and his wife, Hannah's, in 1836. Also included is an inventory of Matthew Chambers' fruit trees in 1837. Many names of early Knoxville and Galesburg settlers are included.

Collection range: 1826-1841
Collection size: 2.5 inches
Donor: Clarendon Van Norman, Knox Class of 1926