Guide to the Taylor and Mast General Store (Valle Crucis, North Carolina) Books of Receipts, 1906 - 1954, undated

Summary Information

Title: Taylor and Mast General Store (Valle Crucis, North Carolina) Books of Receipts, 1906 - 1954, undated
Collection: AC.269
Extent: 2 linear feet (1 oversize box)
Abstract:

The Taylor and Mast General Store (Valle Crucis, North Carolina) Books of Receipts collection contains one large scrapbook-type collection of 1906 receipts from the Taylor and Mast General Store of Watauga County, North Carolina, pasted into a 1904 Star Tailoring catalog, and a receipt book with copies of handwritten receipts, dated 1928. These ledgers show the purchases of a rural general store in the early twentieth century.

Creator: Taylor and Mast General Store

Biographical/Historical Note

The Taylor and Mast General Store was a general store located in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. It was built in 1882 and opened by C.D. Taylor in 1883. In 1897, William Wellington Mast purchased a half interest in the store, and it was known as the Taylor and Mast General Store. In 1913, W.W. Mast purchased the remaining interest. Most of the store's suppliers in 1906 were wholesalers located in Bristol and Johnson City, Tennessee. These include stores of dry goods, groceries, shoes, hardware, and oil companies. Receipts of good purchased in 1906 were pasted into a Star Tailoring pasteboard catalog, in close chronological order. In 1973, the Mast Family sold the store to a doctor in Atlanta and a professor at Appalachian State University. John and Faye Cooper purchased the Mast Store and reopened it in June, 1980.

Scope and Contents

The Taylor and Mast General Store (Valle Crucis, North Carolina) Books of Receipts collection contains one large scrapbook-type collection of 1906 receipts from the Taylor and Mast General Store of Watauga County, North Carolina, pasted into a 1904 Star Tailoring catalog, and a receipt book with copies of handwritten receipts, dated 1928. These ledgers show the purchases of a rural general store in the early twentieth century. Inside the larger book was a legal document from Cleveland County, North Carolina, dated 1954. The books are in fair condition but fragile papers that tear easily.

Arrangement

The receipts pasted into the large catalog/scrapbook are in close chronological order in 1906. All receipts written in the other book are dated 1928.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The provenance of this collection is unknown. It was opened to the public in November, 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Rosemary Ulrey, November, 2005; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, November, 2005; Reprocessed/Retitled by Anita Elliott, 2013. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.269: Taylor and Mast General Store (Valle Crucis, North Carolina) Books of Receipts, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Receipts to Taylor and Mast pasted to Pasteboard Catalog, 1906  Box 1
Receipt Book, with Handwritten Copies of Receipts given for Account Payments and Sales, 1928  Box 1
Legal Document, Proceedings to Recover Possession of Land, between Naomi L Lynch and Matthew Surratt, Cleveland County, North Carolina, April 26, 1954 Box 1