Samuel Shacklett Store Daybooks, 1845-1866

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Summary Information

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Shacklett, Samuel, 1804-1886
Samuel Shacklett Store Daybooks
Collection No.:
SC 0168
2 boxes, 1.36 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
Four daybooks, which cover 1845, September 1851-August 1852, January 1856-March 1858, and September 1865-December 1866, list by date and customer the purchase of a wide variety of items including foodstuffs, fabric, books, clothing and shoes, and sundry home goods.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Samuel Shacklett Store Daybooks, 1845-1866, SC 0168, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Bio/Historical Note

Samuel Shacklett was born in 1804, probably in Fauquier County, Virginia. By 1838 he had become a very successful businessman in Harrisonburg and in that year was elected a trustee of the city. He lived upstairs in a large brick house on the northeast corner of Court Square, with his store below in a space that would later be occupied by Fletcher drugstore. He also owned a frame building on Main Street, the lower floor of which he used as a wareroom; the upper story was called Shacklett's Hall and was used for church services by Old School Baptist and Episcopalian congregations. In 1860 Shacklett was named a commissioner of the Harrisonburg Savings Bank by an Act of Assembly. He died in 1886 and his son Henry continued the business for many more years.

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Scope and Content

Purchases of food, clothes, shoes, tools, household items, brandy, pills, turpentine, paper, tobacco, candy, books, and other items are documented with price, name of customer, and name of person who came for the articles. The name "Shacklett" is penciled in the front of the 1851-1852 and 1856-1858 daybooks; two slips of paper in the 1845 book carry the names John Dougherty and Geo. Bruffy, who may have been business partners. Many prominent Harrisonburg residents are listed as customers including Hardesty, Pennybacker, Harrison, Kratzer, Sprinkel, and Koontz.

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Each daybook is bound and housed in two oversize boxes.

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Converted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl.Edited by Tiffany Cole 2013-11-212018-08-28

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 (

Acquisition Information

The daybooks dated 1845, September 1851-August 1852, and September 1865-December 1866 were purchased November 16, 2002, from Green Valley Auctions, Inc. by Friends of Carrier Library.

The daybook dated January 1856-March 1858 was purchased at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates' Americana & Variety Auction in August 2018.


The Janury 1856-March 1858 daybook was part of the private collection of Maxine and E.R. Grymes Heneberger of Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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 4040.


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL:

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Daybooks


  • Shacklett store (Harrisonburg, Va.)
  • General stores -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg
  • Merchants -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg -- Records and correspondence
  • Account books -- Sources
  • Business records -- Sources
  • Rockingham County (Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Virginia -- History, Local -- Sources

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Wayland, John Walter. Men of mark and representative citizens of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia; portraits and biographies of men and women. Staunton, VA: McClure Co., 1943.

Wayland, John Walter. A history of Rockingham County, Virginia. Dayton, VA: Ruebush-Elkins Co., 1912.

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Samuel Shacklett Store Daybook, 1845 box OV 1
Samuel Shacklett Store Daybook, September 1851-August 1852 box OV 1
Samuel Shacklett Store Daybook, January 1856-March 1858 box OV 2
Samuel Shacklett Store Daybook, September 1865-December 1866 box OV 1