Virginia Craftsmen Ledgers, 1938-1955

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Virginia Craftsmen
Title:
Virginia Craftsmen Ledgers
Collection No.:
SC 0229
Date:
1938-1955
Extent:
8 boxes, 2.64 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
Ledger pages documenting the business activities of Virginia Craftsmen of Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Virginia Craftsmen Ledgers, 1938-1955, SC 0229, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Administrative History

Founded in 1927 by Walter Zirkle Sr. (1896-1984), Virginia Craftsmen manufactures and supplies handmade, reproduction eighteenth-century style furniture. They have provided furniture to Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg, the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, and other historical sites. They originally operated out of Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a show room in the Craft House on the corner of S. Main St. and E. Bruce St. Virginia Craftsmen still makes furniture, but they are now located in Hinton, Virginia. Their Harrisonburg show room is located in the Hardesty-Higgens House (formerly known as the Craft House). Carrier Library is in possession of multiple chairs made by Virginia Craftsmen.

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Scope and Content

The Virginia Craftsmen Ledgers, 1938-1955, consist of disbound ledger pages documenting the business activities of Virginia Craftsmen. Each page serves as a record of how many and what type of item was bought, the buyer of the item, and where the item was shipped. The collection is arranged chronologically.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

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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).

Acquisition Information

The ledgers were donated in March 2012 by Susan Versen, Head of Reference at Massanutten Regional Library.

Provenance

The former director of the Massanutten Regional Library pulled the records from the Craft House in downtown Harrisonburg (corner of S. Main St. and Bruce St.) before it underwent renovation.

Processing Information

The bound ledgers were found in the mud in the Craft House building, so the covers of the ledgers needed to be cleaned prior to processing. After the ledgers had been cleaned with a preservation grade HEPA vacuum, the records were cut from the binding and the binding was discarded. Some of the pages were wrinkled, so a humidification process was used to flatten them. Lastly, the pages that were severely damaged were photocopied and the originals were discarded.

Prior to disbinding, the ledgers were bound according to the following chronological arrangement: December 1938-Miscellaneous, February 1940-January 1942, April 1947-June 1948, July 1948-June 1949, October 1950-October 1951, November 1951-October 1952, November 1952-October 1953, November 1953-December 1954, January 1955-December 1955.

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 5061. At this time, the collection was rehoused and consolidated.

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

Genre and Form

  • Ledgers (account books)

Subject

  • Virginia Craftsmen, Inc -- Records and correspondence
  • Furniture making -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg -- Records and correspondence
  • Business records -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg -- Sources
  • Account books -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg -- Sources
  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Virginia -- History, Local -- 20th century -- Sources

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Bibliography

"Our History: The History of Virginia Craftsmen," Virginia Craftsmen., http://www.vacraftsmen.com/new-page/ (accessed January 25, 2019).

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Ledger pages, December 1938 box 1 folder 1
Ledger pages, January 1939 box 1 folder 2
Ledger pages, February 1939 box 1 folder 3
Ledger pages, March 1939 box 1 folder 4
Ledger pages, April 1939 box 1 folder 5
Ledger pages, May 1939 box 1 folder 6
Ledger pages, June 1939 box 1 folder 7
Ledger pages, July 1939 box 1 folder 8
Ledger pages, August 1939 box 1 folder 9
Ledger pages, September 1939 box 1 folder 10
Ledger pages, October 1939 box 1 folder 11
Ledger pages, November 1939 box 1 folder 12
Ledger pages, December 1939 box 1 folder 13
Ledger pages, January 1940 box 1 folder 14
Miscellaneous, undated box 1 folder 15
Ledger pages, February 1940 box 1 folder 16
Ledger pages, March 1940 box 1 folder 17
Ledger pages, April 1940 box 1 folder 18
Ledger pages, May 1940 box 1 folder 19
Ledger pages, June 1940 box 2 folder 1
Ledger pages, July 1940 box 2 folder 2
Ledger pages, August 1940 box 2 folder 3
Ledger pages, September 1940 box 2 folder 4
Ledger pages, October 1940 box 2 folder 5
Ledger pages, November 1940 box 2 folder 6
Ledger pages, December 1940 box 2 folder 7
Ledger pages, January 1941 box 2 folder 8
Ledger pages, February 1941 box 2 folder 9
Ledger pages, March 1941 box 2 folder 10
Ledger pages, April 1941 box 2 folder 11
Ledger pages, May 1941 box 2 folder 12
Ledger pages, June 1941 box 2 folder 13
Ledger pages, July 1941 box 2 folder 14
Ledger pages, August 1941 box 2 folder 15
Ledger pages, September 1941 box 2 folder 16
Ledger pages, October 1941 box 2 folder 17
Ledger pages, November 1941 box 2 folder 18
Ledger pages, December 1941 box 2 folder 19
Ledger pages, January/February 1942 box 2 folder 20
Ledger pages, April 1947 box 2 folder 21
Ledger pages, May 1947 box 3 folder 1
Ledger pages, June 1947 box 3 folder 2
Ledger pages, July 1947 box 3 folder 3
Ledger pages, August 1947 box 3 folder 4
Ledger pages, September 1947 box 3 folder 5
Ledger pages, October 1947 box 3 folder 6
Ledger pages, November 1947 box 3 folder 7
Ledger pages, December 1947 box 3 folder 8
Ledger pages, January 1948 box 3 folder 9
Ledger pages, February 1948 box 3 folder 10
Ledger pages, March 1948 box 3 folder 11
Ledger pages, April 1948 box 3 folder 12
Ledger pages, May 1948 box 3 folder 13
Ledger pages, June 1948 box 3 folder 14
Ledger pages, July 1948 box 3 folder 15
Ledger pages, August 1948 box 3 folder 16
Ledger pages, September 1948 box 4 folder 1
Ledger pages, October 1948 box 4 folder 2
Ledger pages, November 1948 box 4 folder 3
Ledger pages, December 1948 box 4 folder 4
Ledger pages, January 1949 box 4 folder 5
Ledger pages, February 1949 box 4 folder 6
Ledger pages, March 1949 box 4 folder 7
Ledger pages, April 1949 box 4 folder 8
Ledger pages, May 1949 box 4 folder 9
Ledger pages, June 1949 box 4 folder 10
Ledger pages, October 1950 box 4 folder 11
Ledger pages, November 1950 box 4 folder 12
Ledger pages, December 1950 box 4 folder 13
Ledger pages, January 1951 box 4 folder 14
Ledger pages, February 1951 box 4 folder 15
Ledger pages, March 1951 box 5 folder 1
Ledger pages, April 1951 box 5 folder 2
Ledger pages, May 1951 box 5 folder 3
Ledger pages, June 1951 box 5 folder 4
Ledger pages, July 1951 box 5 folder 5
Ledger pages, August 1951 box 5 folder 6
Ledger pages, September 1951 box 5 folder 7
Ledger pages, October 1951 box 5 folder 8
Ledger pages, November 1951 box 5 folder 9
Ledger pages, December 1951 box 5 folder 10
Ledger pages, January 1952 box 5 folder 11
Ledger pages, February 1952 box 5 folder 12
Ledger pages, March 1952 box 5 folder 13
Ledger pages, April 1952 box 5 folder 14
Ledger pages, May 1952 box 5 folder 15
Ledger pages, June 1952 box 6 folder 1
Ledger pages, July 1952 box 6 folder 2
Ledger pages, August 1952 box 6 folder 3
Ledger pages, September 1952 box 6 folder 4
Ledger pages, October 1952 box 6 folder 5
Ledger pages, November 1952 box 6 folder 6
Ledger pages, December 1952 box 6 folder 7
Ledger pages, January 1953 box 6 folder 8
Ledger pages, February 1953 box 6 folder 9
Ledger pages, March 1953 box 6 folder 10
Ledger pages, April 1953 box 6 folder 11
Ledger pages, May 1953 box 6 folder 12
Ledger pages, June 1953 box 6 folder 13
Ledger pages, July 1953 box 6 folder 14
Ledger pages, August 1953 box 6 folder 15
Ledger pages, September 1953 box 6 folder 16
Ledger pages, October 1953 box 7 folder 1
Ledger pages, November 1953 box 7 folder 2
Ledger pages, December 1953 box 7 folder 3
Ledger pages, January 1954 box 7 folder 4
Ledger pages, February 1954 box 7 folder 5
Ledger pages, March 1954 box 7 folder 6
Ledger pages, April 1954 box 7 folder 7
Ledger pages, May 1954 box 7 folder 8
Ledger pages, June 1954 box 7 folder 9
Ledger pages, July 1954 box 7 folder 10
Ledger pages, August 1954 box 7 folder 11
Ledger pages, September 1954 box 7 folder 12
Ledger pages, October 1954 box 7 folder 13
Ledger pages, November 1954 box 7 folder 14
Ledger pages, December 1954 box 7 folder 15
Ledger pages, January 1955 box 8 folder 1
Ledger pages, February 1955 box 8 folder 2
Ledger pages, March 1955 box 8 folder 3
Ledger pages, April 1955 box 8 folder 4
Ledger pages, May 1955 box 8 folder 5
Ledger pages, June 1955 box 8 folder 6
Ledger pages, July 1955 box 8 folder 7
Ledger pages, August 1955 box 8 folder 8
Ledger pages, September 1955 box 8 folder 9
Ledger pages, October 1955 box 8 folder 10
Ledger pages, November 1955 box 8 folder 11
Ledger pages, December 1955 box 8 folder 12