A Guide to the George W.W. Scothern Daybooks, 1905-1911: SC 0142

A Guide to the George W.W. Scothern Daybooks, 1905-1911: SC 0142

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Collection Number SC 0142


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Processed by: Chris Bolgiano, November 1988; Kate Morris, July 2013

Special Collections, James Madison University
Collection Number
SC 0142
George W.W. Scothern Daybooks, 1905-1911
.16 cubic feet; 3 folders
Scothern, George W.W.
The George W. W. Scothern Daybooks, 1905 - 1911, consist of account ledgers and other materials that document the business transactions of a photography business and a general store, C.A. Scothern & Son.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], George W.W Scothern Daybooks, 1905-1911, SC 0142, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

Collection purchased by Carrier Library in September 1998 from Green Valley Auctions in Mt. Crawford.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 3071.

Bio/Historical Note

George W. W. Scothern was born on January 7, 1887 in Mt. Jackson, Virginia to Charles A. Scothern and Effie Jewel Scothern. He worked as a photographer throughout his life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Hagerstown, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. He died in January 1968 in Mt. Jackson and was buried in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Charles A. Scothern, father of George, was born in 1863 and died in 1944 in Mt. Jackson, Virginia. He was the owner of a general store, C. A. Scothern and Son, opened in 1909 and located in Mt. Jackson.

Scope and Content

The George W.W. Scothern Daybooks, 1905-1911, consist of two ledgers, one holding information for orders from a photography business and another with account information for purchases made at a general store, 16 portrait photographs, several invoices for stock of goods for Walkers Chapel, a page from a book detailing the collotype process of film development, most likely from the journal American Amateur Photographer, and a telegram with the text of an advertisement for photography services from C. A. Scothern and Son.

The photography ledger is stamped on the inside with the words "Mt. Jackson," and has the name Geo W. W. Scothern written at the top front page. This ledger lists dates ordered, name, address, size and style of photograph ordered, amount paid and due, and dates sent and delivered. Most orders are from Mt. Jackson addresses, as well as various other Shenandoah Valley locations. The general store ledger, likely from C. A. Scothern & Son general store, includes invoices for purchases of common general store products and includes George Scothern and Chas. A. Scothern as customers.


The collection is arranged in three folders.

Index Terms


  • Account books -- Sources
  • Business records -- Sources
  • Commercial photography
  • General stores -- Virginia -- Mt. Jackson
  • Mt. Jackson (Va.) -- History -- 20th century
  • Photographers -- Biography
  • Photography -- Business methods -- Sources
  • Rockingham County (Va.) -- Economic conditions
  • Rockingham County (Va.) -- History
  • Scothern, George W. W
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Account books
  • Photographs


"Deaths in the Valley Area." Daily News-Record [Harrisonburg, VA] 9 January 1968: Vol 71 No. 83., pg. 3.

"Mt. Jackson." Shenandoah Herald, [Woodstock, VA] 8 October 1909: Vol. 92 No. 40.

Container List

Box:Folder 1 folder: 1
Book 1, Studio Register, 1905-1909
Scope and Contents

Book One has "Studio Register Ledger" imprinted on the exterior, and has "Mt. Jackson, Va" stamped on the inside cover, where is also written the signature, "Geo. W.W. Scothern." The book seems to be a photographer's account record and lists dates ordered and delivered, names of persons ordering portraits, post amounts due, and styles. Sixteen unidentified photos (three are small multiple frames) office addresses, numbers of negatives, sizes, accompanying the book are filed in Folder 3 (some are badly faded).

Box:Folder 1 folder: 2
Book 2, 1906-1911
Scope and Contents

Book Two is slightly larger than Book One and lacks the "Studio Register Ledger" imprint. It lists general merchandise sold at an unidentified store, including shoes, overalls, beans, door latches, chops, coffee, flour, lard, and tobacco. Lists Chas. A. Scothern and Geo. W. Scothern as customers.

Box:Folder 1 folder: 3
Photos, 1911, undated