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A Guide to the

Shenandoah Miscellaneous Ledgers, Minute Books and Registers, 1804-1933, (bulk 1820s-1890s)

SC# 2005

Compiled by: Christina Bolgiana, April 1986
Additions: March 1992; January 1995; October 1995

Updated: October 2008

 

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Shenandoah Valley Miscellaneous Ledgers, Minute Books and Registers, 1804-1933, bulk 1820s-1890s

Creator: Various Shenandoah Valley businesses and individuals.

Collection No.: SC# 2005

Extent: 41 ledgers; 6 Hollinger boxes, 2.5 oversize manuscript boxes, and 1 flat item; 4.6 linear feet .

Abstract:

The Shenandoah Valley Miscellaneous Ledgers, Minute Books and Registers collection, 1804-1933, is comprised of an assortment of bound record books from various organizations and individuals, documenting a variety of agricultural, social, commercial, and educational endeavors in Harrisonburg and surrounding counties in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions:

None.

Use Restrictions:

This collection is owned by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.  Written permission to quote or publish any part of this collection must be obtained through Carrier Library Special Collections on behalf of the Society.

Preferred Citation: 

[Identification of Item], The Shenandoah Valley Miscellaneous Ledgers, Minute Books and Registers, 1804-1933, bulk 1820s-1890s, SC# 2005, on deposit from Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, Dayton, Va., housed in Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information:

The collection was placed on deposit by contract with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.The first five books were acquired in 1985; further additions were made in 1992 and 1995.

Other Formats Available:

Also available on microfilm, housed in Special Collections. Additional copies of the microfilm are owned by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society and the Library of Virginia.

Provenance:

This collection is an amalgamation of a number of business and personal ledgers, minute books, and registers that are owned by the Historical Society. The collection is representative of multiple donations to the Historical Society, and in turn, multiple deposits to JMU.

Historical Note

(representative of books 1-5, and 20-21)

Book 1 is the contract book of the Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association (now called the Tri-State Tobacco Growers Association).The Association was founded in 1922 and acts as a marketing association for the two Carolinas and Virginia, including Rockingham County where attempts were made to grow tobacco in the 1920s. Book 2, an unidentified business ledger, 1856-1858, lists sales of brandy as well as other items and labor. Book 3 is representative of the Grottoes Investment Company, a real estate investment company founded in 1891 at Shendun (now known as Grottoes), Virginia. The Ashby Memorial Association was a Confederate veteran's orgranization founded in 1897 whose membership included those from the S. B. Gibbons Camp, the Turner Ashby Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Turner Ashby Camp of Sons of Confederate Veterans. Book 4 includes the minutes of the Ashby Memorial Association from July 1897-April 1898. Book 5 is the school register for Public White School No. 6. The school was one of several schools located in the Plains District of Rockingham County. Book 20 records the accounts of the Valley Turnpike Company. Incorporated in 1834, the company was one of several companies authorized to construct a number of toll roads, including one from Staunton to Winchester. Book 21 has been transcribed and published as the Michael Baker Store Account Book; see Related Material.

Scope and Content:

The Shenandoah Valley Miscellaneous Ledgers, Minute Books and Registers Collection, 1804-1933, is comprised of an assortment of bound record books from various organizations and individuals, documenting a variety of agricultural, social, commercial, and educational endeavors in Harrisonburg and surrounding counties in the 19th and 20th centuries. Books 1-5 represent the first acquisition of the collection.

Arrangement:

The collection was numerically arranged based on the order of accession. In the summer of 2008, the physical order of the books was changed to maximize storage space, however original numbering was retained. See the contents list below for the current physical arrangement.

Related Material/Collections:

Kyger, M. Ellsworth. Michael Baker Store Account Book: Brocks Gap, Rockingham County, Virginia

(1804-1825). Dayton, Va.: Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, 1993. Transcribed by Dr. M. Ellsworth Kyger; typed and indexed by Patricia T. Ritchie.

Contents:

Book

Title; Description

Box

1

Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association, Contract Book, 1923-1924; Contains marketing and association agreements. Folder contains agreement, affidavit, and two letters.
1
2
Unidentified business ledger, 1856-1858; List sales of brandy as well as other items and labor.
1

3

Grottoes Investment Company, Board of Directors Minutes, April 1891 - Oct. 1892
1

4

Ashby Memorial Association, Minutes, July 1897 - April 1898
1

5

Public White School No. 6, Plains District, Rockingham County, School Register, October 1888 - April 1895; Lists pupils, subjects, attendance registers, and description of school house.
1
6
John Werner Ledger, 1868-1876; Mostly shoe repairs and manufacture
1
7
Unidentified Ledger, 1873-1890; Shoes, farm items and labor
1
8
James Bush Ledger, 1858-1867; Records agricultural labor and payment
2
9
George Kiser, Estate Accounts, 1895-1896
2
10
David Kyle Ledger, 1868-1876; Includes livestock and other agricultural transactions
2
11
Harvey Kyle Ledger, 1837-1881; Lists visits and medicine, including to Negroes and later entries concern land, bonds, etc.
2
12
James Kyle, Account Book, 1840-1846; Lists various items from spices to furniture; back cover gives data on Kyle's moves around the Valley.
2
13
David Kyle, Estate Accounts, 1844-1868
2
14
John Burkholder Ledger, 1862-1863
2
15
Funkhauser & Paul Ledger, 1861-1865
2
16
Unidentified Ledger, may be the daybook of a Harrisonburg general store, 1819-1820
3
17
William Bushnell's Ledger; Carriage maker, Harrisonburg, Va, 1818-1826
3
18
Peter Roller Ledger, 1833-1851; Ledger of agricultural & some dry goods.
3
19
Robert Gray Ledger, 1813-1836
3
20

Ledger of Valley Turnpike County, 1886-1900; accounts, bonds, interest, repairs, expenses, and salaries.

3
21
Joseph and John Baker Daybook, 1804-1821 (see also published transcription)
4
22
Daybook of David Steele, 1843-1846; mostly food and wood.
4
23
Giles Devier, Newspaper Subscription Ledger, 1879-1883
4
24
Post Office Account Ledger, 1889-1911
4
25
Cosby Mills Ledger, 1893-1894, 1930.
5
26
Harrisonburg (Va.) Post Office, Custodian's Record Book, 1912-1933
5
27
John C. Morrison Account Book, 1857-1866
5
28
Unidentified, Account book and travel diary, 1818-1827; Partly in German
5
29
Singers Glen Council Minutes, 1894-1919
5
  Books designated as flat by "FL" were rearranged in the summer of 2008 to maximize storage space. Books FL#1-12 are listed below according to their physical arrangement.  

 FL 6

Addison Munch Daybook, 1876-1877; Seven Fountains, VA.
6
FL 8
Seven Fountains Nursery, Apple Book, 1880; Pictures of popular apple types.
6

 FL 9

Bradley Foundry Ledger, 1856-1871
6

 FL 1

Samuel Bowman Ledger, 1818-1857; Sales, hauling, & odd jobs; receipts & orders associated with Bowman's Mill
7 (Oversize)

 FL 2

James C. Bowman Ledger, 1831-1832; Bowman's Mill miscellaneous sales
7 (Oversize)

 FL 4

Addison Munch Ledger, 1866-1868; Sales at the store of James Habron.
7 (Oversize)
FL 5
Addison Munch Daybook, 1875; Sales at the store of James Habron.
8 (Oversize)

 FL 7

Addison Munch, Daybook, 1880-1881;Seal of Addison Munch Dealer in Dry- Goods, Seven Fountains, VA, on the last page.
8 (Oversize)

FL 10

Unidentified Daybook, 1852-1907; tobacco, grain, etc., McGaheysville.
8 (Oversize)

FL 11

Unidentified Account Book, 1855; miscellaneous
9 (Oversize)
FL 12
Unidentified Account Book, 1856-1857; miscellaneous items, Lacey Spring.
9 (Oversize)
FL 3
Rawley Springs Guest Register, 1889-1892
Flat

 

 
  
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