Shenandoah Valley Miscellaneous Ledgers, Minute Books, and Registers, 1804-1933, (bulk 1820s-1890s)
- Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
- Shenandoah Valley Miscellaneous Ledgers, Minute Books, and Registers
- Collection No.:
- SC 0079
- 41 ledgers; 6 Hollinger boxes; 2.5 oversize Hollinger boxes; 1 flat item, 4.6 linear feet
- Language of the Material:
- 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.
[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.
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.
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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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
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.
|Unidentified business ledger, 1856-1858
List sales of brandy as well as other items and labor.
|Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association, Contract Book, 1923-1924
Contains marketing and association agreements. Folder contains agreement, affidavit, and two letters.
|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.
|John Werner Ledger, 1868-1876
Mostly shoe repairs and manufacture
|Unidentified Ledger, 1873-1890
Shoes, farm items and labor
|James Bush Ledger, 1858-1867
Records agricultural labor and payment
|George Kiser, Estate Accounts, 1895-1896||box 2|
|David Kyle Ledger, 1868-1876
Includes livestock and other agricultural transactions
|Harvey Kyle Ledger, 1837-1881
Lists visits and medicine, including to Negroes and later entries concern land, bonds, etc.
|James Kyle, Account Book, 1840-1846
Lists various items from spices to furniture; back cover gives data on Kyle's moves around the Valley.
|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
|William Bushnell's Ledger; Carriage maker, Harrisonburg, Va, 1818-1826||box 3|
|Peter Roller Ledger, 1833-1851
Ledger of agricultural & some dry goods.
|Robert Gray Ledger, 1813-1836||box 3|
|Ledger of Valley Turnpike County, 1886-1900
accounts, bonds, interest, repairs, expenses, and salaries.
|Joseph and John Baker Daybook, 1804-1821||box 4|
|Daybook of David Steele, 1843-1846
mostly food and wood
|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
|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.
|Bradley Foundry Ledger, 1856-1871||box 6|
|Samuel Bowman Ledger, 1818-1857
Sales, hauling, & odd jobs; receipts & orders associated with Bowman's Mill
|James C. Bowman Ledger, 1831-1832
Bowman's Mill miscellaneous sales
|Addison Munch Ledger, 1866-1868
Sales at the store of James Habron.
|Addison Munch Daybook, 1875
Sales at the store of James Habron.
|Addison Munch Daybook, 1880-1881
Seal of Addison Munch Dealer in Dry- Goods, Seven Fountains, VA, on the last page.
|Unidentified Daybook, 1852-1907
tobacco, grain, etc., McGaheysville.
|Unidentified Account Book, 1855
|Unidentified Account Book, 1856-1857
miscellaneous items, Lacey Spring.
|Rawley Springs Guest Register, 1889-1892||box OV 1|