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A Guide to the

Snell Grocery and Hardware Company Ledger, 1913-1916

SC# 5017

Compiled by: Kristie Kendall, April 2008

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Snell Grocery and Hardware Company Ledger, 1913-1916

Collection No.: SC# 5017

Creator: Snell Grocery and Hardware Company

Extent: One 10¾” x 16” x 2¼” ledger

Abstract: 

The collection consists of one 10¾” x 16” x 2¼” account ledger for Snell Grocery and Hardware Company in Harrisonburg, Virginia, from 1913-1916.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions:

None

Use Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Purchased from a private seller in November 2007.

Preferred Citation: 

Snell Grocery and Hardware Company Ledger, 1913-1916, SC# 5017, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Historical Note

Using the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for Harrisonburg, Virginia from 1891 to 1930, it was determined that this ledger belonged to the Snell Grocery and Hardware Company. The 1891 Sanborn map shows Yancey, Snell & Company, Wholesale Grocers' plaster mill and warehouse at 541 North Main Street. By 1907, the company was known as Snell & Berry Grocery Company. By 1918, the company was renamed J.M. Snell Grocery. The company is known to have operated from at least 1891 to 1924. Sometime between 1919 and 1924, J.M. Snell Grocery was acquired by Merchants Grocery and Hardware. An additional warehouse was located at 135 West Market Street, but was acquired by Merchants Grocery and Hardware Company between 1919 and 1924, the structure of which still stands.  The main warehouse on North Main Street near Kratzer Avenue has since been demolished.

Scope and Content:

The Snell Grocery and Hardware Company ledger consists of one book, 1913-1916. The ledger contains a list of all customers during that period, detailed lists of their purchases, whether their purchases were by cash, credit or check, as well as expenses of the company per month. The company sold grocery items such as dairy products, meats, grains, fruits and vegetables, as well as fertilizer, cement, coal and livestock feed. The Long’s Store Records Collection (SC# 4032) includes bills and receipts for items purchased from Snell Grocery Company in 1908.

Bibliography:

Sanborn Map Company, Harrisonburg, Virginia (1891-1924), Microfilm #1685, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 22807.

Long’s Store Records, Mt. Clinton, VA, 1877-1929, SC #4032, Carrier Library Special Collections, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 22807.

Long’s Store Account Books, 1869-1906, SC #4056, Carrier Library Special Collections, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 22807.

 

 

        

 


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