Snell Grocery and Hardware Company Ledger, 1913-1916

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Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Snell Grocery and Hardware Company Ledger, 1913-1916

Collection No.: SC 0196
Creator: Snell Grocery and Hardware

Extent: 1 ledger; .3 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The collection consists of one 10 3/4" x 16" x 2 1/4" account ledger for Snell Grocery and Hardware Company in Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1913-1916.

 

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 Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk. (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Snell Grocery and Hardware Company Ledger, 1913-1916, SC 0196, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from a private seller in November 2007.
Provenance: The ledger was sold at Green Valley Auctions, Inc. on June 26, 2004.
Processing Information: In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 5017.

Bio/Historical Note:

Using the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for Harrisonburg, Virginia, from 1891 to 1930, it was determined that this ledger belonged to the Snell Grocery and Hardware Company. The 1891 Sanborn map shows Yancey, Snell & Company, Wholesale Grocer's plaster mill and warehouse at 541 North Main Street. By 1907, the company was known as Snell & Berry Grocery Company. By 1918, the company was renamed J.M. Snell Grocery. The company is known to have operated from at least 1891 to 1924. Sometime between 1919 and 1924, J.M. Snell Grocery was acquired by Merchants Grocery and Hardware. An additional warehouse was located at 135 West Market Street, but was acquired by Merchants Grocery and Hardware Company between 1919 and 1924, the structure of which still stands. The main warehouse on North Main Street near Kratzer Road has since been demolished.

Scope and Content:

The Snell Grocery and Hardware Company ledger consists of one book, 1913-1916. The ledger contains a list of all customers during that period, detailed lists of their purchases, whether their purchases were by cash, credit or check, as well as expenses of the company per month. The company sold grocery items such as: dairy products, meats, grains, fruits and vegetables, as well as fertilizer, cement, coal and livestock feed. The Long's Store Records (SC 0218) includes bills and receipts for items purchased from Snell Grocery Company in 1908.

Arrangement:

Bibliography:

Sanborn Map Company, Harrisonburg, Virginia (1891-1924), Microfilm #1685, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

W.E. Long & Sons General Store Records, 1865-1971, SC 0218, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Contents:

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Snell Grocery and Hardware Company Ledger, 1913-1916
1:1

Compiled by: Kristie Kendall, April 2008