Miller, Don C. Collection, 1785-1799
Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Don C. Miller Collection, 1785-1799
Collection No.: SC 4049
Extent: ; 1 cd-rom
Abstract: The Don C. Miller Collection, 1785-1799, consists of one CD-ROM containing 200+ digital images of one bound ledger, 12 inches tall by 7.5 inches wide, from the Pine Forge iron forge near New Market, Va.
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Preferred Citation: Miller, Don C. Collection, 1785-1799, SC 4049, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
Acquisition Information: Mr. Don C. Miller, owner of the ledger, offered to allow Carrier Library to make digital
images of the ledger and gave permission to make the images accessible to the public
in April 2005.
Processing Information: A Kodak EasyShare digital camera on a copystand with tungsten lights was used to obtain 300 dpi JPG images. A white sheet of paper was inserted behind torn pages in the ledger to enhance legibility of the torn sheet. Several pages were photographed twice to make sure the best image was obtained. Therefore, there are some duplicate images on the CD-ROM.
Pine Forge was an iron forge along Smith Creek, near New Market in Shenandoah County, Virginia. It is thought to have been built and operated by the family of Dirck Pennybacker, and his son Benjamin, in the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century. The forge eventually changed hands but remained in operation until the end of the nineteenth century.
Scope and Content:
The Don C. Miller Collection, 1785-1799, consists of one CD-ROM containing 200+ digital images of one bound ledger, 12 inches tall by 7.5 inches wide, from the Pine Forge iron forge near New Market, Virginia.
The handwritten ledger contains accounts from Pine Forge. These accounts consist of entries of names and charges, written in pounds, shillings and pence, for a variety of services and products including steel, iron, sheep, mill services, and a wide array of foods.
The digital images of the collection are arranged in the same order as the original
Wayland, John Walter. A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia. Baltimore: Regional
Pub. Co. 1980.
Location of Originals:
Original ledger is retained by the donor.
For similar ledgers from Pine Forge in the nineteenth century, see also UNC-Chapel Hill's Shenandoah County (Va.) Account Books 2934, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Compiled by: Christina Bolgiano