A Guide to the Household Management Ledger, n.d. Household Management Ledger Ms2012-085

A Guide to the Household Management Ledger, n.d.

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2012-085


Special Collections, Virginia Tech

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Processed by: Tyler Dodson, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Household Management Ledger
Physical Characteristics
0.3 cu. ft. 1 box
The collection consists of a daybook containing recipes, household remedies, and household cleaning tips, both handwritten and clipped from newspapers.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Household Management Ledger must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Household Management Ledger, Ms2012-085, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The collection was acquired by Special Collections prior to 2008.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Household Management Ledger was completed in January 2013.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a daybook containing recipes, home remedies, and household cleaning mixtures. Recipes include appetizers, entrees, and desserts; for example, rusks, corned beef, and sugar cake. Hard soap and "family grease soap" are some of the cleaning supplies described. Some examples of the home remedies are ointment, salve, salve for burns, and cures for a felon. Loose clippings found in the volume were removed to a separate folder.


This daybook was found in a box titled Gallaher Family, with two other ledgers: Hite Family Genealogy Notes (Ms2012-083), and Olive Family Genealogy Notes (Ms2012-086). No obvious connection could be found between the three ledgers, so they were processed as separate collections.

Index Terms


  • Folk, historical, and patent medicine
  • History of Food and Drink
  • Home economics
  • Traditional medicine

Contents List

Box-Folder 1
Box-Folder 1