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200 North Main St | Bloomington, Illinois | 309-827-0428

Collection Description

The Auth family opened a grocery in Bloomington around 1931 and operated it for many years at 1401 W. Market Street, Bloomington. They later added a restaurant/bar at the same address. Two members of the third generation to work in the family grocery are primarily represented in this collection -- Phil Auth and Robert R. "Bob" Auth.

The collection includes largely materials related to politics and elections such as Democratic Central Committee correspondence, precinct canvassing materials, election judge instructions, campaign materials, etc.  Most of these materials are from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1960s. Also included are a few items from the Auth family businesses.  One of Robert Auth’s holiday cards is inventoried along with some articles about his work and recollections of his days in Bloomington.


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