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Barnett and Record Company collection

Summary Information
Title: Barnett and Record Company collection
Dates: 1900-1907
Creator: Barnett, Louis and Record, James
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet
Location: High Bay
Language: English
Collection Number: N149
Collection contains plans for two buildings designed by the Barnett & Record Company.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. Northwest Architectural Archives, Manuscripts Division

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance notice is requested.


Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

Barnett and Record Company collection, N149, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


The collection is organized alphabetically by commission name.

Biographical Note

Louis Barnett was born about 1850 in Kentucky. He founded a construction firm in Minneapolis that specialized in grain elevators and related facilities. In 1881, James Record became an employee in Barnett's construction firm and became a partner in 1885. The firm of Barnett & Record was one of the major contractors in the field of grain elevator and warehouse design and construction. Barnett served as a director of the Security National Bank of Minneapolis and the First & Security National Bank after its merger with First National Bank in 1915. He retired in 1916 and died on May 18, 1936, in Washington, DC.

James Record was born on April 15, 1857 in Franklin, Vermont. He moved to Lake City, Minnesota in 1874 and worked as a carpenter and contractor there and later in La Crosse, Wisconsin before moving to Minneapolis and going to work for Louis C. Barnett in 1881. In 1885 he became a partner and continued in the firm until 1902. That year, he formed the Minneapolis Steel & Machinery Company with L.S. and G.M. Gillette (subsequently known as Minneapolis Moline Power Implement Company). Record served as chairman of the board of the latter from 1929 to 1944. He died in Minneapolis on March 2, 1944.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the plans for the North Star Malting Company's Tile Tank Storage facility in Minneapolis (1906-1907) and the North Western Fuel Company's Dock No. 1 in West Superior, Wisconsin (1900, 1902).

Related Material

Researchers should consult the C.F. Haglin Company papers (N33) for an additional set of plans by the firm of Barnett and Record.

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Barnett, Louis
  • Record, James
  • Barnett & Record Company
  • Architecture, commercial -- Designs and plans
Detailed Contents
 Location  Title
Working Drawings  
North Star Malting Co. 1906-7  
Note  Tile Tank Storage
17th Ave. NE and 2nd St. NE
Minneapolis , MN
Barnett and Record Co.
ink on linen, blueprints
North Western Fuel Company 1900,1902  
Note  Dock no.1
West Superior , WI
C.J.A. Morris, eng.