Hite, S. P. Company Daybook

A Guide to the S. P. Hite Company Daybook, 1905-1909 Ms.1986.005


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1986.005
Title
S. P. Hite Company Daybook1905-1909
URL:
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=vt/viblbv01401.xml
Quantity
0.6 Cubic Feet 1 box
Creator
S. P. Hite Company
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
This collection contains a daybook maintained by S. P. Hite Company, a manufacturer and distributor of patent medicines operating in Roanoke, Virginia during the early 20th century.

Administrative Information

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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], S. P. Hite Company Daybook, Ms1986-005, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The S. P. Hite Company Daybook was acquired by Special Collections prior to 1987.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the S. P. Hite Company Daybook commenced and was completed in NovemberOctober, 2017.


Biographical Note

Samuel P. Hite was born in Augusta County, Virginia in 1843. In 1862, he enlisted as a private in Company D, 5th Virginia Infantry. Hite was wounded in the battles of Malvern Hill and Chancellorsville; on February 6, 1864, he was captured at Morton's Ford. Six weeks later, upon taking the oath of allegiance, Hite was sent to New York.

By 1871, Hite was manufacturing patent medicines on Moffatt's Creek (Augusta County), Virginia. His business a success, Hite in 1887 moved his laboratory to nearby Staunton, where he and his workers manufactured a number of products, with Hite's Pain Cure apparently being the most successful of these.

As Hite's business continued to expand, it was incorporated as the S. P. Hite Company in 1905, with $100,000 in stocks sold to several Roanoke investors. Hite was retained as president and remained in Staunton, but the company's headquarters relocated to Roanoke. Hite himself remained in Staunton, however. Hite died in Radford on March 10, 1917. Unmarried, he bequeathed the bulk of his estate to the Children's Home in Richmond.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a single daybook maintained by S. P. Hite Company, a patent drug manufacturer and distributor operating in Roanoke, Virginia during the early 20th century. The entries, spanning October 31, 1905 to July 31, 1909, record sales of the company's various products, including Hite's Pain Cure (abbreviated in the daybook as "HPC"), cough syrup, liver pills, asthma and catarrh powders, and others. Among the customers named are grocers and druggists throughout Virginia and the greater mid-Atlantic region.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Account books
  • Folk, historical, and patent medicine
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Patent medicines

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the S. P. Hite Company Daybook by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).