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Lewter Hardware Collection

Identifier: MC-202

Scope and Contents

This collection contains ledgers, account books, receipt books, and blueprints.


  • Creation: 2022-11-14


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research in the Archives & Special Collections reading room. Handling guidelines and use restrictions will be communicated and enforced by archives staff members.

Conditions Governing Use

This material may be protected under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) which governs the making of photocopies or reproductions of copyrighted materials. You may use the digitized material for private study, scholarship, or research. Though the University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives and Special Collections has physical ownership of the material in its collections, in some cases we may not own the copyright to the material. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in our collections.

Biographical / Historical

Lewter Hardware store was founded by D.A. and Malcolm Lewter in 1928. Located on 222 Washington Street NE, Lewter's family-owned company has proudly served its customers for 94 years, selling everything from hardware and gardening supplies to vintage toys. They even sold cases of dynamite until the 1950s. James Donald "Donnie" Lewter, Jr. and his brother, Mac were the fourth generation, running the store until Donnie's passing in 2022. The store closed its doors for the last time on October 8th, 2022. What's made this family-owned company such an iconic place for the people of Huntsville is their service to their customers and community.


8 Linear feet

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lewter, Mac, 2022-12.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

Sarah Cauthen
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Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives & Special Collections Repository

M. Louis Salmon Library
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899 Alabama 35899 United States of America