Founded in Bloomington in 1868, Parker Brothers continued under Parker family ownership for over one hundred years. Although the family sold the firm in 1971, some family members continued to work for the successor firm.

Foster Krum also conducted a grain, coal and lumber business in Bloomington during the 1860s. Later, the firm was known as Krum and Robinson.

The collection includes company sales books, account books, and a time book as well a correspondence, newspaper articles and miscellaneous for Parker Brothers. Four of the account books appear to be for Foster Krum.