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Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityContact Information:
P.O. Box 90001
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia 24062-9001
Phone: (540) 231-6308
Fax: (540) 231-3694
Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections
2012 By Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
Collection is open for research.
Permission to publish material from the Harry C. Dudley Account Books must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.
Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Harry C. Dudley Account Books, Ms1940-007, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
The Harry C. Dudley Account Books were acquired by Newman Library prior to 1941.
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Harry C. Dudley Account Books commenced and was completed in December, 2011.
Harry Cleveland Dudley, son of Virginia L. Dudley, was born in the Fagg community of Montgomery County, Virginia on June 23, 1885. He married Pearl Alice Haley (1888-1965), and the couple had seven children. The 1910 census describes Dudley’s occupation as farmer, and he continues to be described as a farmer through the 1930 census. Harry C. Dudley died on November 28, 1955 and is buried in Montgomery County’s Dudley Cemetery.
This collection contains account books maintained by Harry Cleveland Dudley, who operated a farm, general store, saw mill and lime kiln in Montgomery County, Virginia during the early 20th century. Included in the collection is a ledger detailing the expenses of a lime kiln, listing names and wages of workers. The volume also includes notes on a few other expenses and a few sales. A similar ledger relates to labor and other expenses at Dudley's sawmill but also includes lumber sales accounts and farm labor accounts. The greater part of the collection, however, is comprised of three large ledgers detailing the customer transactions at a general mercantile store from 1910 to 1924. Evidence within the ledgers indicates that the store was operated by John L. Dudley (likely the uncle of Harry C. Dudley) under the name J. L. Dudley and Bros. The ledgers provide customer names, transaction dates, lists of goods purchased, and prices paid.
The collection is arranged by item type, then chronologically.