Dudley, Harry C. Account Books

A Guide to the Harry C. Dudley Account Books, 1910-1939 Ms.1940.007


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1940.007
Title
Harry C. Dudley Account Books1910-1939
Quantity
0.9 Cubic Feet 3 boxes
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The collection contains ledgers detailing expenses and customer accounts of general store, saw mill, and lime kiln in Montgomery County, Virginia during the early 20th century.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Harry C. Dudley Account Books, Ms1940-007, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Harry C. Dudley Account Books were acquired by Newman Library prior to 1941.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Harry C. Dudley Account Books commenced and was completed in December, 2011.


Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Contents

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 operated was 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.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by item type, then chronologically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

Container List

box 1 item: 1
Lime kiln ledger
1939
box 1 item: 2
Sawmill ledger,
1936-1937
box 1 item: 3
General store ledger
1910-1915
box 2 item: 1
General store ledger
1917-1920
box 3 item: 1
General store ledger
1920-1924