Scothern, George W. W. Daybooks, 1905-1911

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Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: George W.W. Scothern Daybooks, 1905-1911

Collection No.: SC 0142
Creator: Scothern, George W.W.

Extent: 3 folders; .16 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The George W. W. Scothern Daybooks, 1905 - 1911, consist of account ledgers and other materials that document the business transactions of a photography business and a general store, C.A. Scothern & Son.


Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], George W.W Scothern Daybooks, 1905-1911, SC 0142, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Collection purchased by Carrier Library in September 1998 from Green Valley Auctions in Mt. Crawford.
Processing Information: In 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 3071.

Bio/Historical Note:

George W. W. Scothern was born on January 7, 1887 in Mt. Jackson, Virginia to Charles A. Scothern and Effie Jewel Scothern. He worked as a photographer throughout his life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Hagerstown, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. He died in January 1968 in Mt. Jackson and was buried in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Charles A. Scothern, father of George, was born in 1863 and died in 1944 in Mt. Jackson, Virginia. He was the owner of a general store, C. A. Scothern and Son, opened in 1909 and located in Mt. Jackson.

Scope and Content:

The George W.W. Scothern Daybooks, 1905-1911, consist of two ledgers, one holding information for orders from a photography business and another with account information for purchases made at a general store, 16 portrait photographs, several invoices for stock of goods for Walkers Chapel, a page from a book detailing the collotype process of film development, most likely from the journal American Amateur Photographer, and a telegram with the text of an advertisement for photography services from C. A. Scothern and Son.

The photography ledger is stamped on the inside with the words "Mt. Jackson," and has the name Geo W. W. Scothern written at the top front page. This ledger lists dates ordered, name, address, size and style of photograph ordered, amount paid and due, and dates sent and delivered. Most orders are from Mt. Jackson addresses, as well as various other Shenandoah Valley locations. The general store ledger, likely from C. A. Scothern & Son general store, includes invoices for purchases of common general store products and includes George Scothern and Chas. A. Scothern as customers.


The collection is arranged in three folders.


"Deaths in the Valley Area." Daily News-Record [Harrisonburg, VA] 9 January 1968: Vol 71 No. 83., pg. 3.

"Mt. Jackson." Shenandoah Herald, [Woodstock, VA] 8 October 1909: Vol. 92 No. 40.


Folder Title
Box : Folder
Book 1, Studio Register, 1905-1909
Book 2, 1906-1911
Photos, 1911, undated

Compiled by: Chris Bolgiano, November 1988; Kate Morris, July 2013