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Commerce and Industry

The settlement and development of the West is partly a story of business, manufacturing, services, real estate and finance. From the earliest times enterprising individuals capitalized on the constant flow of newcomers and the growth of cities and towns. People worked hard at every imaginable trade to fuel the flow of supply and demand. A record of this commerce and industry can be found in books, manuscripts, trade publications, and other materials in the Western History and Genealogy Department. The comforts and entertainments industries flourished in both towns and cities. Many fascinating stories of these businesses are part of our collections. Researchers find a variety of resources that add to the understanding of the development of marketing and of consumer and producer interaction.

Karl Bodmer Portrait of a Mandan Warrior.

Interior portrait of employees at Mrs. Stover's Candy factory, in Denver, Colorado [1932].

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