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A Guide to the

George W. Kemper, Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 (bulk 1861-1868)

SC# 3093

Compiled by: Chris Bolgiano, March 1998
Revised by: Tara Mastrangelo, September 2010

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: George W. Kemper, Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 [bulk 1861-1868]

Collection No.: SC# 3093

Creator: George W. Kemper, Jr.

Extent: 2 Folders

Language: English

Abstract: 

The George W. Kemper, Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 [bulk 1861-1868], consists of one large ledger, handwritten by Kemper, including dated entries of names, amounts owed, and occasional notes beneath the names.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions:

None.

Use Restrictions:

This item cannot be photocopied by patrons due to the fragile condition of the ledger.

Preferred Citation: 

The George W. Kemper Medical Ledger, 1857-1892, SC# 3093, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information:

The ledger was purchased from Bookworm & Silverfish by the Friends of Carrier Library, November 1997.

Biographical Note

George W. Kemper, Jr. (1814-1902) studied medicine at Jefferson College, Philadelphia and practiced in Port Republic, Virginia and the surrounding areas. He was also active in community affairs, serving as sheriff of Rockingham County 1851-1852, commissioner of the school literacy fund for county district 10 in 1861, and a founder of the Rockingham Home Mutual Fire Insurance Company in 1869. In June of 1862, Kemper's house, Madison Hall, was the resting place for Confederate General Turner Ashby's body before it was taken to Charlottesville for burial. It is also said that Stonewall Jackson stayed at Madison Hall as Kemper's guest before the battle of Cross Keys.

Scope and Content

The George W. Kemper, Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 [bulk 1861-1868], consists of one large ledger, handwritten by Kemper, including dated entries of names, amounts owed, and occasional notes beneath the names. Notes include names of people in the family who were treated, how debts were paid, when debts were settled and, rarely, a mention of the services performed or the nature of illness.

There are several inserts, most of which are addressed to Kemper. These inserts include receipts or lists of items and amounts, directions for ink making, and a reply to a price inquiry made by Kemper from James Smith Woolen Machinery Co. in 1897.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two folders containing the original ledger and a photocopied version.

Bibliography

Wayland, John W. A History of Rockinham County, Virginia. Dayton, Va.: Ruebush-Elkins Co., 1912.

Folder 4, George E May Papers, 1930s, SC# 2055, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Contents

 

 
Folder
George W. Kemper Medical Ledger, 1857-1892
1
Photocopied version of Ledger
2

 

 

 


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