Kemper, George W. Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 (bulk 1861-1868)

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
George W. Kemper, 1814-1902
Title:
George W. Kemper Jr. Medical Ledger
Collection No.:
SC 0148
Date:
1857-1892 (bulk 1861-1868)
Extent:
2 folders, .2 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The George W. Kemper Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 [bulk 1861-1868], consists of one large ledger, handwritten by Kemper, including dated entries of names, amounts owed, and occasional notes beneath the names.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], George W. Kemper Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 (bulk 1861-1868), SC 0148, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Bio/Historical Information

George W. Kemper Jr. (1814-1902) studied medicine at Jefferson College in Philadelphia and practiced in Port Republic, Virginia and the surrounding areas. He was also active in community affairs, serving as sheriff of Rockingham County from 1851-1852, commissioner of the school literacy fund for county district 10 in 1861, and a founder of the Rockingham Home Mutual Fire Insurance Company in 1869. In June 1862, Kemper's house, Madison Hall, was the resting place for Confederate General Turner Ashby's body before it was taken to Charlottesville for burial. It is also said that Stonewall Jackson stayed at Madison Hall as Kemper's guest before the battle of Cross Keys.

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Scope and Content

The George W. Kemper Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 (bulk 1861-1868), consists of one large ledger, handwritten by Kemper, including dated entries of names, amounts owed, and occasional notes beneath the names. Notes include names of people in the family who were treated, how debts were paid, when debts were settled and, rarely, a mention of the services performed or the nature of illness.

There are several inserts, most of which are addressed to Kemper. These inserts include receipts or lists of items and amounts, directions for ink making, and a reply to a price inquiry made by Kemper from James Smith Woolen Machinery Co. in 1897.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two folders containing the original ledger and a photocopied version.

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Revised by Tara MastrangeloConverted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl. September 20102013-11-21

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

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

The ledger was purchased from Bookworm & Silverfish by the Friends of Carrier Library in November 1997.

Processing Information

n 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 3093.

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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Index Terms

Subject

  • Kemper, George W., 1814-1902
  • Medicine -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
  • Medical records -- United States -- 19th century -- Sources
  • Medicine -- Practice -- Virginia -- 19th century -- Sources
  • Port Republic (Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Port Republic (Va.) -- History -- 19th century
  • Rockingham County (Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History -- 19th century
  • Virginia -- Genealogy -- Sources

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Bibliography

Wayland, John W. A History of Rockingham County, Virginia. Dayton, VA: Ruebush-Elkins Co., 1912.

Item 25, Folder 4, George E. May Papers, 1930s, SC 0094, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
George W. Kemper Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 box 1 folder 1
Photocopy of George W. Kemper Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 box 1 folder 2