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

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Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

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

Collection No.: SC 0079
Creator: Unknown

Extent: 41 ledgers; 6 hollinger boxes; 2.5 oversize hollinger boxes; 1 flat item; 4.6 linear feet

Language: 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.

 

Administrative Information

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).

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.

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.
Alternate Formats: 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.

Bio/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 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.

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.

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.

Contents:

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Unidentified business ledger, 1856-1858
1
Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association, Contract Book, 1923-1924
1
Grottoes Investment Company, Board of Directors Minutes, April 1891-October 1892
1
Ashby Memorial Association, Minutes, July 1897 - April 1898
1
Public White School No. 6, Plains District, Rockingham County, School Register, October 1888 - April 1895
1
John Werner Ledger, 1868-1876
1
Unidentified Ledger, 1873-1890
1
James Bush Ledger, 1858-1867
2
George Kiser, Estate Accounts, 1895-1896
2
David Kyle Ledger, 1868-1876
2
Harvey Kyle Ledger, 1837-1881
2
James Kyle, Account Book, 1840-1846
2
David Kyle, Estate Accounts, 1844-1868
2
John Burkholder Ledger, 1862-1863
2
Funkhauser Paul Ledger, 1861-1865
2
Unidentified Ledger, 1819-1820
3
William Bushnell's Ledger; Carriage maker, Harrisonburg, Va, 1818-1826
3
Peter Roller Ledger, 1833-1851
3
Robert Gray Ledger, 1813-1836
3
Ledger of Valley Turnpike County, 1886-1900
3
Joseph and John Baker Daybook, 1804-1821
4
Daybook of David Steele, 1843-1846
4
Giles Devier, Newspaper Subscription Ledger, 1879-1883
4
Post Office Account Ledger, 1889-1911
4
Cosby Mills Ledger, 1893-1894, 1930, 1930
5
Harrisonburg (Va.) Post Office, Custodian's Record Book, 1912-1933
5
John C. Morrison Account Book, 1857-1866
5
Unidentified, Account book and travel diary, 1818-1827
5
Singers Glen Council Minutes, 1894-1919
5
Addison Munch Daybook, Seven Fountains, VA., 1876-1877
6
Seven Fountains Nursery, Apple Book, 1880
6
Bradley Foundry Ledger, 1856-1871
6
Samuel Bowman Ledger, 1818-1857
7
James C. Bowman Ledger, 1831-1832
7
Addison Munch Ledger, 1866-1868
7
Addison Munch Daybook, 1875
8
Addison Munch Daybook, 1880-1881
8
Unidentified Daybook, 1852-1907
8
Unidentified Account Book, 1855
9
Unidentified Account Book, 1856-1857
9
Rawley Springs Guest Register, 1889-1892
OV 1

Compiled by: Christina Bolgiano