A Guide to the Rosemont Corporation Ledgers, 1939-1960 Rosemont Corporation Ledgers Ms1987-069

A Guide to the Rosemont Corporation Ledgers, 1939-1960

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1987-029


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Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Rosemont Corporation Ledgers, 1939-1960
Physical Characteristics
0.3 cu. ft. 1 box
Rosemont Corporation.
Sales and expense ledgers of Rosemont Corporation, a Marion, Virginia manufacturer and seller of textiles.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Rosemont Corporation Ledgers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Rosemont Corporation Ledgers, Ms1987-029, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Rosemont Corporation Ledgers were purchased by Special Collections in 1987.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Rosemont Corporation Ledgers commenced and was completed in March, 2013.

Historical Note

Rosemont Corporation was founded in Marion, Virginia by Laura Lu Scherer Copenhaver (1868-1940), mother-in-law of writer Sherwood Anderson. With a view toward improving the standard of living for farm families of southwestern Virginia, Copenhaver advocated cooperative marketing strategies to sell locally made goods. In establishing Rosemont, Copenhaver coordinated the production of textiles by local women in her home, Rosemont. Initially offering coverlets made from local wool and based on traditional patterns, Rosemont soon expanded its production line to rugs, bed canopies, and other hand- and machine-made items. The company boasted a worldwide customer base. Following Copenhaver's death, Minerva May Scherer, dean of Marion College and sister of Copenhaver, served as Rosemont's director. In 1960, Copenhaver's children incorporated the company as Laura Copenhaver Industries, Inc. The company continued into the 21st century to manufacture and sell textiles.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two ledgers maintained by Rosemont Corporation, a Marion, Virginia manufacturer and seller of textiles. The first ledger, arranged in a rough alphabetical order by customer name, records date of order fulfillment, product name, price paid, and customer name and address. The second ledger, titled "Checks Written," details the company's expenses. For each month, the ledger lists checks issued by the company, providing check number, date, recipient, description of purchase, and amount paid. At the end of each monthly list of checks is a summary of the company's monthly expenses.


The collection is arranged by ledger type.

Related Material

Rosemont, Marion, Virginia. Marion, VA: L. Copenhaver, [1951]. (F234 .M373 R6 1951 Small Spec)

Index Terms


  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Textile manufacturers

Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
Sales ledger, 1939-1943
Box-folder 1-2
Expense ledger, 1956-1960