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Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Ziesmer Motor Company, Mankato, Minnesota. Papers, 1933 - 1975.
MSU Archives Collection 1383



Ziesmer Motor Company, Mankato, Minnesota. Papers, 1933 - 1975. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1383. 7 records cartons and 3 ledgers.

Abstract:

This collection consists of items pertaining to the Ziesmer Motor Company of Northfield and Mankato, Minnesota. Included in the collection are the various records compiled by the company over a forty-two year period, beginning with the company's establishment. Financial records, meeting minutes, correspondence, building plans, photographs, and sales journals are all included in the collection.

Historical Note:

The Ziesmer Motor Company was founded by George Frederick Ziesmer in 1924, and was originally located in Northfield, Minnesota. The company moved to Mankato, Minnesota in 1933, and was located at 611 South Front Street until their facility was built near Highway 14 in 1968.

This Ford dealership was originally known as the Garden-Ziesmer Co. In 1934, Olaf O. Garden sold his portion of the company to another group of investors, including Norman J. Vorlander. The company became known as the Ziesmer & Vorlander Co. In June of 1939, Ziesmer purchased Vorlander's stock and the company became known as Ziesmer Motor Company. George Ziesmer retired from the company in 1972. He died in January of 1976.

Historical information obtained from the collection, the Mankato Free Press, 23 January 1976, and from Polk's Mankato City Directories, 1934 - 1935 and 1936 - 1937.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of items relating to the Ziesmer Motor Company of Northfield and Mankato, Minnesota. This collection covers forty-two years of the company's history, beginning with its incorporation in 1933. The collection is divided into three series, with the portion devoted to sales records making up the bulk of the collection.

Series 1. Incorporation and Business Papers: This portion of the collection contains a variety of items pertaining to the daily operation of Ziesmer Motor Company. Meeting minutes, correspondence, sales agreements, and items from the company's incorporation are all included in this section. Several other folders pertain to the company's 1968 move to its location on Highway 14 in Mankato. These records include contracts, building plans, rezoning requests, photographs of the new location, and other miscellaneous papers relating to the move.

Series 2. Financial Statements and Papers: Tax return information, financial statements, auditor's reports, and other miscellaneous papers relating to taxes and financial statements are included in this portion of the collection. The items in this portion date from 1934 to 1971. Some of the records in this series are restricted.

Series 3. Sales Records and Ledgers: This portion of the collection contains lists of cars and trucks sold, expense ledgers, a payroll ledger, and sales and purchase journals for the company. These records are rather extensive. All of the information is in bound volume form with the exception of the sales and purchase journals, which are arranged in chronological order and held in two oversized records center cartons. Some of the records in this series are restricted.

Restrictions:

This collection contains sensitive payroll and financial information about Ziesmer Motor Company. Use of certain portions may be restricted. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Ziesmer Motor Company, Mankato, Minnesota. Papers, 1933 - 1975. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1383, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Anne K. Ziesmer donated this collection in October 1978.

Processed By:

Karyn Nester processed this collection in April 1989. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell March 2001. Jeff A. Jenson updated this collection in January 2002.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Ziesmer Motor Company-Mankato (Minn.)
Automobile Dealers-Minnesota.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1383

Box

Folder

Incorporation and Business Papers

 

 

Building plans, undated, 1966 – 1968

1

15

Conditional sales contracts, 1969 – 1971

1

19

Contracts and agreements, 1968 – 1969

1

20

Correspondence, bills, rental agreement, 1944 – 1968

1

11

Dealers Reports & Lists of Motor Vehicles in Dealer’s Hands Assessed as Personal Property, 1937 – 1945

1

13

Equipment brochures, undated, 1966 – 1967

1

23

Incorporation, 1933

1

1

Insurance notices and correspondence, 1954 – 1973

1

7

Insurance, undated, 1968

1

16

Interaction with contractors and engineer of project, 1968 – 1970

1

18

Land Leases, 1955, 1957, 1960, 1967

1

5

Loan papers for new building, 1965 – 1970

1

17

Minutes, correspondence, and legal papers, 1933 – 1961

1

8

Miscellaneous building papers, undated

1

25

New garage, undated, 1968 – 1969

1

21

OPS Suit, 1952

1

4

Photographs of Ziesmer employees, buildings, and George Ziesmer, undated, 1971

1

22

Rezoning and Acquisition of the land, 1968 – 1969

1

14

Rotunda Equipment manual, undated

1

24

Sales Agreements, 1938 – 1967, 1972

1

6

Social Security and payroll, 1950 (Restricted)

1

9

Social Security and payroll, 1951 (Restricted)

1

10

Stock Certificates, 1933 – 1965, 1971

1

2

Taxes (personal and property) 1934 – 1969

1

12

Unpaid notices, 1934 – 1947

1

3

Financial Statements and Papers

 

 

Adjusting entries, Balance sheets, and miscellaneous financial papers, 1941 – 1947, 1950, 1959 – 1961, 1970 – 1971

2

14

Auditor’s Report, 1971

2

13

Carried – Off Accounts, undated

2

2

Daily Operating Control Sheets, 1955

2

15

Financial Statements, 1946 – 1947

2

3

Financial Statements, 1948 – 1949

2

4

Financial Statements, 1950 – 1951

2

5

Financial Statements, 1952 – 1953

2

6

Financial Statements, 1954 – 1956

2

7

Financial Statements, 1959 – 1971

2

16

Miscellaneous tax papers, 1949 – 1970

2

12

National Automobile Dealers Association: Confidential Business Management Survey, 1954, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969

2

1

Tax Returns, 1934 – 1939

2

8

Tax Returns, 1940 – 1949

2

9

Tax Returns, 1950 – 1956

2

10

Tax Returns, 1960 – 1964

2

11

Sales Records and Ledgers

 

 

Accounts Receivable Book, 1933 – 1934

3

1

Expense Ledger, 1964 – 1969

7

 

Expense Ledger, 1972 – 1974

7

 

New and Used cars sold, 1942 – 1948

3

2

New and Used cars sold, 1949

3

3

New Cars and Trucks sold, 1957

3

10

New Cars and Trucks sold, 1958

3

11

New Cars and Trucks sold, 1959

3

12

New Cars and Trucks sold, 1960

3

13

New Cars and Trucks sold, 1961

3

14

New Cars and Trucks sold, 1962

3

15

New Cars and Trucks sold, 1964

3

16

New Cars sold, 1951 – 1952

3

5

New Cars sold, 1953 – 1954

3

6

New Cars sold, 1955

3

8

New Cars sold, undated, 1955 – 1956

3

9

New Trucks sold, 1951

3

4

New Trucks sold, 1955

3

7

Payroll, 1968 – 1970 (Restricted)

 

 

Sales and Purchase Journal, 1964 – 1966

5

1

Sales and Purchase Journal, 1967, 1969, 1972

6

1

Sales and Purchase Journal, 1970, 1973

 

 

Sales and Purchase Journal, 1974 – 1975

 

 

Title Transfers record book, 1949 – 1950

4

1

Used Cars and Trucks sold, 1951

4

2

Used Cars and Trucks sold, 1952

4

3

Used Cars and Trucks sold, 1953 – 1954

4

4

Used Cars and Trucks sold, 1955

4

5

Used Cars and Trucks sold, 1956

4

6

Used Cars and Trucks sold, 1957

4

7

Used Cars and Trucks sold, 1959

4

8

Used Cars and Trucks sold, 1960

4

9

Used Cars and Trucks sold, 1961

4

10

Used Cars and Trucks sold, 1962

4

11

Used Cars and Trucks sold, 1963

4

12

Used Cars and Trucks sold, 1964

4

13