A Guide to the Harkrader & Sarver Account Books, 1921-1930 Harkrader & Sarver Account Books Ms1940-029

A Guide to the Harkrader & Sarver Account Books, 1921-1930

A Collection in
Special Collections and University Archives
Collection Number Ms1940-029


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2020 (CC0 1.0)

Processed by: John M. Jackson, Archivist, Special Collections and University Archives

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1940-029
Title
Harkrader & Sarver Account Books, 1921-1930
Physical Characteristics
0.3 Cubic Feet; 1 box
Creator
Harkrader & Sarver (Montgomery County, Va.)
Creator
Harkrader Produce Company (Montgomery County, Va.)
Language
English
Abstract
Harkrader & Sarver Account Books contain two daybooks from a Christiansburg, Virginia wholesaler in feed, seed and other agricultural products, providing names, dates, goods purchased, and prices for each transaction.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Harkrader & Sarver Account Books, Ms1940-029, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Harkrader & Sarver Account Books were acquired by Newman Library prior to 1941.

Appraisal

Given the dates covered, it seems likely that the second volume in this collection, covering 1930, originated with the Harkrader Produce Company. Because these two volumes were accessioned separately from the Harkrader Produce Company Account Books (Ms1940-014), however, they have been retained in this separate collection.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Harkrader & Sarver Account Books commenced and was completed in September 2011.


Historical Note

Various rubber stamp impressions in the 1921-1922 ledger (see page 295, for example) within this collection indicate that these account books originated with a Christiansburg, Virginia business operating under the name Harkrader & Sarver. The transactions in each ledger suggest that the business was a wholesale produce enterprise, selling seed, feed, fertilizer, poultry, eggs, and other agricultural products. The 1920 census for Montgomery County, Virginia lists only one person named Sarver: Ellis C. Sarver, 20, a produce buyer boarding in the Christiansburg home of John Ellis. Other boarders in the home included Robert R. and Stuart "Hargrader," also described as produce buyers. No information could be found on Harkrader & Sarver. It seems likely that the company was a forerunner of Harkrader Produce Company, established in Christiansburg by Robert R. and Paul D. Harkrader in the 1920s. Harkrader Produce Company closed in 1973. Ledgers from this business may be found in Ms1940-014.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of two daybooks from Harkrader & Sarver, a Christiansburg, Virginia wholesaler of feed, seed and other agricultural products. (The company was probably a forerunner of Harkrader Produce Company, also a Christiansburg produce wholesaler.) Each volume contains entries detailing transaction dates, names of purchasers, goods purchased, and prices. Given the dates covered, it seems likely that the second volume (covering 1930) originated with the Harkrader Produce Company.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Related Material

See the Harkrader Produce Company Account Books, Ms1940-014, also at Special Collections and University Archives.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Account books
  • Christiansburg (Va.)
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Harkrader & Sarver Account Books by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your- work/public-domain/cc0/).

Contents List

box-item 1
1
Daybook, 1921-1922
box-item 1
2
Daybook, 1930

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Christiansburg (Va.)
  • Montgomery County (Va.)