Strickler, Robert H. and Lorraine Collection of John Zigler Daybooks, 1816-1903

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Zigler, John, 1786-1856
Title:
Robert H. and Lorraine Strickler Collection of John Zigler Daybooks
Collection No.:
SC 0128
Date:
1816-1903
Extent:
7 boxes, 2.9 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Robert H. and Lorraine Strickler Collection of John Zigler Daybooks, 1816-1903, consists chiefly of daybooks and ledgers related to the John Zigler tannery and pottery businesses in Rockingham County, Virginia. Additional materials include photographs, notes, letters, and loose accounts.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Robert H. and Lorraine Strickler Collection of John Zigler Daybooks, 1816-1903, SC 0128, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Bio/Historical Note

John Zigler (b. 1786) moved to Timberville in Rockingham County, Virginia in 1814. In this year, he also opened a tannery, which was known as the largest and best in the Shenandoah Valley by the year of his death in 1856. Along with his tannery, he also started a pottery business in 1830, and later opened a hemp mill. John Zigler was also part of a project to build a free bridge across the Shenandoah River in 1833. Zigler and his family were also affiliated with the Church of the Brethern (Dunkers).

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Scope and Content

The Robert H. and Lorraine Strickler Collection of John Zigler Daybooks, 1816-1903, consists consists primarily of 18 daybooks and ledgers from the John Zigler tannery and pottery businesses in Timberville in Rockingham County, Virginia. Additional materials include photographs, notes, letters, and loose financial accounts.

Series 1: Daybooks and Ledgers, 1816-1903, contains daybooks and ledgers numbered consecutively according to date. These daybooks include references to Henry Jordan as tanner, Andrew Coffman as potter, use of dollars and pounds, references to hauling hides from Winchester, references to milling hemp, reference to death of John Zigler Sr., and references to the pottery kiln, saw mill, and tons of hay. Daybooks record transactions chronologically; ledgers group transactions under individual account names. Entries made throughout ledgers and daybooks refer to the purchasing of hides and bark. Entries relating to purchasing hemp begin around 1826; entries mentioning pottery and a saw mill begin around 1830. Entries relating to the "sharping" of shovels and removing of shoes suggest the presence of a blacksmith. Many entries also suggest the presence of a shoemaker. The later years of the ledgers seem to document a change to a farm supply or general store. Many entries relate to dry goods or to agricultural products and methods such as hay and threshing. Of particular interest is the simultaneous use of both pounds and dollars until around 1845. Also, two types of entries can be found throughout the ledgers and daybooks relating to African Americans. The name of a person is sometimes followed by "black" or "blackman;" or a name may be followed by "by his blackman" or "blackboy." Many inserts were found in apparently random order in the daybooks and ledgers. Some were merely scraps for calculating numbers, while others contained account information. Unless there was a connection between an insert and the pages where it was found, it was filed in a folder. There is also one undated photograph thought to be of the kiln. Oversize daybooks are included in this series and contain accounts of Daniel Zigler and references to buying calfskins in Baltimore.

Series 2: Unbound Material, 1843-1893, consists of financial accounts of the Zigler family, notes, memos, and a photograph of Zigler's Timberville kiln.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series:

Series 1: Daybooks and ledgers, 1816-1903

Series 2: Unbound material, 1843-1893

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Converted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl.Revised by Alicia Henneberry 2013-11-21September 2013

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

Robert H. "Twig" and Lorraine Strickler donated this collection to Carrier Library in December 1990.

Provenance

The Stricklers purchased the John Zigler daybooks at the M. Otto Zigler estate sale held by Green Valley Auctions, Inc. on August 11, 1990.

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 3025.

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

Subject

  • Ziegler family
  • Zigler Tannery (Timberville, Va.)
  • Account books -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Tanners -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Tanneries -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • African Americans -- Virginia -- History -- 19th century
  • Farm supply industries -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • General stores -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Agricultural industries -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Leather industry and trade -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Hides and skins -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Bark -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Hemp -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Pottery, American -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Pottery kilns -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Blacksmithing -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Shoe industry -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Sawmills -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Mills and mill-work -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Timberville (Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Industries -- Virginia -- Timberville -- Sources
  • Timberville (Va.) -- Economic conditions -- Sources
  • Rockingham County (Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Industries -- Virginia -- Rockingham County -- Sources
  • Rockingham County (Va.) -- Economic conditions -- Sources
  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Industries -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Sources
  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Economic conditions -- Sources
  • Virginia -- History, Local -- Sources

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Bibliography

Jonassen, Diane. German Influences on the Early Arts in the Shenandoah Valley. Harrisonburg: James Madison University, 1981.

Miller, Gordon. Rockingham: An Annotated Bibliography of a Virginia County. Harrisonburg: Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, 1989.

Wayland, John W. A History of Rockingham County. Dayton: Ruebush-Elkins, 1912.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Daybooks and Ledgers, 1823-1903

Title/Description Instances
Daybook/Ledger 1, 1823-1825 box 1 folder 1
Daybook/Ledger 2, 1826-1829 box 1 folder 2
Daybook/Ledger 3, 1829-1831 box 1 folder 3
Daybook/Ledger 4, 1831-1834 box 2 folder 1
Daybook/Ledger 5, 1834-1838 box 2 folder 2
Daybook/Ledger 6, 1838-1841 box 2 folder 3
Daybook/Ledger 7, 1841-1844 box 3 folder 1
Daybook/Ledger 8, 1845-1847 box 3 folder 2
Daybook/Ledger 9, 1847-1852 box 3 folder 3
Daybook/Ledger 10, 1852-1856 box OV 1
Daybook/Ledger 11, 1816-1823 box 4 folder 1
Daybook/Ledger 12, 1822-1834 box OV 1
Daybook/Ledger 13, 1827-1834 box 4 folder 2
Daybook/Ledger 14, 1832-1838 box 4 folder 3
Daybook/Ledger 15, 1836-1842 box OV 1
Daybook/Ledger 16, 1843-1850 box 5 folder 1
Daybook/Ledger 17, 1851-1860 box 5 folder 2
Daybook/Ledger 18, 1855-1903 box 6 folder 1

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Series 2: Unbound Material, 1843-1893

Title/Description Instances
Zigler family accounts, 1843-1893 box 6 folder 2
Miscellaneous, undated box 6 folder 3
Kiln/pottery photograph, undated box 6 folder 4
Accounts with Daniel Zigler, 1881-1890 box OV 1 folder 1

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