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

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title:
Shenandoah Valley Miscellaneous Ledgers, Minute Books, and Registers
Collection No.:
SC 0079
Date:
1804-1933
Extent:
41 ledgers; 6 Hollinger boxes; 2.5 oversize Hollinger boxes; 1 flat item, 4.6 linear feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Shenandoah Valley Miscellaneous Ledgers, Minute Books, and Registers, 1804-1933, are 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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], [box #, folder #], Shenandoah Valley Miscellaneous Ledgers, Minute Books and Registers, 1804-1933, bulk 1820s-1890s, SC 0079, on deposit from Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, Dayton, Va., housed in Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Historical Information

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 to 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 organization founded in 1897 whose membership included those from the S.B. Gibbons Camp, the Turner Ashby Chapter of the 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 to April 1898. Book 5 is the school register for Public White School No. Six. 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 the one from Staunton to Winchester. Book 21 has been transcribed and published as the Michael Baker Store Account Book; see Related Material.

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Scope and Content

The Shenandoah Valley Miscellaneous Ledgers, Minute Books and Registers, 1804-1933, are 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.

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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.

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Converted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl. 2013-11-21

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

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. The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

The collection was place 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.

Alternative Form Available

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.

Processing Information

Books designated as flat by "FL" were rearranged in the summer of 2008 to maximize storage space. Books FL#1-12 are listed in the contents list below according to their physical arrangement. In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 2005.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Unidentified business ledger, 1856-1858

List sales of brandy as well as other items and labor.

box 1
Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association, Contract Book, 1923-1924

Contains marketing and association agreements. Folder contains agreement, affidavit, and two letters.

box 1
Grottoes Investment Company, Board of Directors Minutes, April 1891-October 1892 box 1
Ashby Memorial Association, Minutes, July 1897 - April 1898 box 1
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.

box 1
John Werner Ledger, 1868-1876

Mostly shoe repairs and manufacture

box 1
Unidentified Ledger, 1873-1890

Shoes, farm items and labor

box 1
James Bush Ledger, 1858-1867

Records agricultural labor and payment

box 2
George Kiser, Estate Accounts, 1895-1896 box 2
David Kyle Ledger, 1868-1876

Includes livestock and other agricultural transactions

box 2
Harvey Kyle Ledger, 1837-1881

Lists visits and medicine, including to Negroes and later entries concern land, bonds, etc.

box 2
James Kyle, Account Book, 1840-1846

Lists various items from spices to furniture; back cover gives data on Kyle's moves around the Valley.

box 2
David Kyle, Estate Accounts, 1844-1868 box 2
John Burkholder Ledger, 1862-1863 box 2
Funkhauser Paul Ledger, 1861-1865 box 2
Unidentified Ledger, 1819-1820

may be the daybook of a Harrisonburg general store

box 3
William Bushnell's Ledger; Carriage maker, Harrisonburg, Va, 1818-1826 box 3
Peter Roller Ledger, 1833-1851

Ledger of agricultural & some dry goods.

box 3
Robert Gray Ledger, 1813-1836 box 3
Ledger of Valley Turnpike County, 1886-1900

accounts, bonds, interest, repairs, expenses, and salaries.

box 3
Joseph and John Baker Daybook, 1804-1821 box 4
Daybook of David Steele, 1843-1846

mostly food and wood

box 4
Giles Devier, Newspaper Subscription Ledger, 1879-1883 box 4
Post Office Account Ledger, 1889-1911 box 4
Cosby Mills Ledger, 1893-1894, 19301930 box 5
Harrisonburg (Va.) Post Office, Custodian's Record Book, 1912-1933 box 5
John C. Morrison Account Book, 1857-1866 box 5
Unidentified, Account book and travel diary, 1818-1827

Partly in German

box 5
Singers Glen Council Minutes, 1894-1919 box 5
Addison Munch Daybook, Seven Fountains, VA., 1876-1877 box 6
Seven Fountains Nursery, Apple Book, 1880

Pictures of popular apple types.

box 6
Bradley Foundry Ledger, 1856-1871 box 6
Samuel Bowman Ledger, 1818-1857

Sales, hauling, & odd jobs; receipts & orders associated with Bowman's Mill

box 7
James C. Bowman Ledger, 1831-1832

Bowman's Mill miscellaneous sales

box 7
Addison Munch Ledger, 1866-1868

Sales at the store of James Habron.

box 7
Addison Munch Daybook, 1875

Sales at the store of James Habron.

box 8
Addison Munch Daybook, 1880-1881

Seal of Addison Munch Dealer in Dry- Goods, Seven Fountains, VA, on the last page.

box 8
Unidentified Daybook, 1852-1907

tobacco, grain, etc., McGaheysville.

box 8
Unidentified Account Book, 1855

miscellaneous

box 9
Unidentified Account Book, 1856-1857

miscellaneous items, Lacey Spring.

box 9
Rawley Springs Guest Register, 1889-1892 box OV 1