West Virginia General Store Ledger (Daybook)

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0142
Creators:
McCrum, L. L. (store owner)
Dates:
1879-1880.
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.15 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:
A daybook from a general store in Aurora, West Virginia.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Entries in this daybook begin September 3, 1879 and end December 22, 1880. The store seems to have provided for most of the needs of the community. It acted as a post office, selling stamps, envelopes and stationery; as a bank advancing cash and adding the amount to the customer's account; as a pharmacy supplying medicines; a book store for school texts; a hardware store; a dry goods store and clothing store. There is an entry for an organ and another for violin strings. There are transactions relating to game, e.g.,venison, wild turkeys, pheasants. County accounts are entered by number, are for higher amounts than most of the individual accounts, and are not broken down by items. There are occasional entries authorized for individuals byEntries in the daybook begin on September 3, 1879 and end on December 22, 1880. The store seems to have provided for most of the needs of the community. It acted as a post office, selling stamps, envelopes and stationery; as a bank advancing cash and adding the amount to the customer's account; as a pharmacy, supplying medicines; a book store for school texts; a hardware store; a dry goods store and clothing store. There is an entry for an organ and another for violin strings. There are transactions relating to game, for example, venison, wild turkey, and pheasants.
Food entries include such items as sugar, salt, tea, coffee (both green and roasted), chestnuts, eggs, potatoes, rice, mustard, honey, spices, and beans. Muslin, cambric, calico, flannel, needles, and thread appear frequently as do ready-to-wear clothing such as hats, shoes, boots, undershirts, men's suits and overalls. Entries indicate a steady business in tobacco and snuff. Hardware entries include such items as lamp globes, linseed oil, coal oil, cartridges, shot, tacks, nails, screws, hinges, plow points. Spirits of camphor, castor oil, paregoric and seidlitz powders are among the medicines.
County accounts are entered by number, are for higher amounts than most of the individual accounts, and are not broken down by items. There are occasional entries authorized for individuals by the overseer for the poor. There are a number of entries for amounts owed to James Trotter for hauling from the railroad. Most entries are written in ink. A few are in pencil. All are legible.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
This ledger is the day book of a general store in West Vriginia. Though not unquestionably identified as to owner or location, internal evidence points to L.L. McCrum, whose first name was probably Lloyd, as the owner, and to Aurora, West Virginia, as the location of the store. An occasional page in the day book is headed "Aurora, West Virginia" in addition to the date. There are also occasional notes addressed to "L.L. McCrum", headed "Aurora, West Virginia". These ask that merchandise or cash be provided to the bearer and billed to the signer of the note. At least one is addressed to "Lloyd McCrum".

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Grace Angle, 1986
Author
Grace Angle
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Former National Museum of American History curator Richard Ahlborn purchased the ledger from an antique dealer in Charleston, South Carolina, 1986.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
West Virginia General Store Ledger (Day Book), 1879-1880, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Business Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Commerce Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Retail trade Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
General stores -- 1840-1900 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Storekeepers -- 1870-1880 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
West Virginia Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aurora (W. Va.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Daybooks -- 1870-1880 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ledgers -- 1860-1920 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McCrum, Lloyd Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McCrum, L.L. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Trotter, James Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
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