Mt. Clinton Post Office Records, 1879-1893

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Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Mt. Clinton Post Office Records, 1879-1893

Collection No.: SC 4057
Creator: Unknown

Extent: ; 3 books; 3 books

Language: English

Abstract: This collection includes three post office record books. Two of the books detail packages that are in transit. The post office of origin and destination are recorded. The third book records registered matter that has been sent, delivered, or transferred through the post office Mt. Clinton, Va.


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: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Preferred Citation: [Identification of Item], Mt. Clinton Post Office Records, 1879-1893, SC 4057, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Purchased in April 2007 from a private seller.
Processing Information: The collection had some insect damage to pages and covers. All three books underwent some preservation prior to processing.

Bio/Historical Note:

William E. Long was postmaster at Chrisman, Va.(1881-1887), Green Mount, Va.(1889-1893), and Mt. Clinton, Va.(1893-1897). William's father, Samuel, established and operated general stores and post offices in all three locations. Why the Mt. Clinton Post Office records prior to William's tenure remained in his possession is unclear, as the items in the collection list his predecessors, Henry Parker and James W. Rhodes, as postmasters.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of three record books from the Mt. Clinton Post Office from 1879 through 1893. All three books are roughly the same size. However, Book One was received missing most of the front and back covers. Book Three was disassembled and boards discarded due to insect damage.

Book One, September 1879 - March 1883

This book records packages, letters, and parcels in transit. Presumably, the packages passed through Mt. Clinton en route to their final destination. Henry Parker P.M. is hand written in the back cover. See Image

Book Two, April 1883 - March 1888

This book continues the previous book, recording materials in transit. James W. Rhodes is listed as the postmaster on the inside front cover. There is a gap in the records from September 24, 1884 until April 19, 1886, when the records resume. See Image

Book Three, October 1884 - December 1893

This book records parcels/letters/packages received and delivered, including the place of origin and destination. Materials from other post offices that were transferred through Mt. Clinton to another postal destination are also recorded. Unlike the other two books, entries here are fewer in number; for example, one year is covered on a single page while the other two books would cover two to three pages for a single month of entries. See Image



Rockingham Post Officers [sic] and Postmasters From 1792-1932, by John W. Wayland. Printed in the Sept. 29, 1953 issue of the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record. Article transcribed on the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society webpage.

Lathrop, J.M.An Atlas of Rockingham County, Virginia. Philadelphia, Pa.: D.J. Lake & Co., 1885. G1293.R7 L3 1885

MacAllister, Dale. The William E. Long Family and Long's Store. View Article

Wayland, John.A History of Rockingham County, Virginia. Dayton, Va.: Ruebush-Elkins Co., 1912. F232.R7 W3

Related Material:

See also, Long's Store Account Books, 1869-1906, SC 4056

Separated Material:

Boards of one book were discarded because of previous insect damage. Blank pages were also discarded.


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