A Guide to the Blacksburg, Virginia General Store Day Book, 1894-1895 Blacksburg, Virginia General Store Day Book Ms1968-010

Blacksburg, Virginia General Store Day Book, 1894-1895

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1968-010


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Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1968-010
Title
Blacksburg, Virginia, General Store Day Book, 1894-1895
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Language
English
Abstract
Ledger recording daily transactions of an unidentified Blacksburg, Virginia general mercantile business, possibly that of James P. Harvey.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Blacksburg, Virginia General Store Day Book must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Blacksburg, Virginia General Store Day Book, Ms1968-010, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Blacksburg, Virginia General Store Day Book was acquired by Newman Library in 1968.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Blacksburg, Virginia General Store Day Book commenced and was completed in April, 2011.


Biographical Note

Evidence suggests that this ledger may have been maintained by Blacksburg merchant James P. Harvey. While the great majority of transactions in the day book identify customers by full name, a number are marked to the account of an individual with initials "J. P. H.," indicating that the store owner felt comfortable in not providing the entire name and would immediately recognize the initials. Various sources note that J. P. Harvey was a store merchant in Blacksburg during the 1890s, and the 1900 census describes 39-year-old Blacksburg resident James P. Harvey as a merchant. He is listed again as a dry goods merchant in the 1910 census. An obituary for James P. Harvey, appearing in the June 15, 1916 edition of the Lynchburg News, states that he had been a lifelong Blacksburg resident and served as director of the Virginia Tech band. Married, he was the father of two sons.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a single day book from an unidentified general store. The names of the customers would seem place the business in the Blacksburg, Virginia area. The ledger includes customer names, dates of purchase, goods purchased, and prices. Among the customers are a number of students and professors from the Virginia Agriculatural & Mechanical College (now Virginia Tech).

Index Terms

    Geographical Names:

  • Blacksburg, Va
  • Subjects:

  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)

Contents List

Folder 1
Day book, 1894-1895