Guide to the R.W. Dickenson & Company Ledgers, 1892-1902

Summary Information

Title: R.W. Dickenson & Company Ledgers, 1892-1902
Collection: AC.824
Extent: 5.0 linear feet (5 large flat boxes)

The R.W. Dickenson & Company Ledgers collection is a set of five ledgers from the company located in Bickley Mills, Russell County, Virginia in the last 1800s-early 1900s, which gives daily purchases/payments at the mercantile and an accounts ledger with open accounts.

Creator: R.W. Dickenson & Company.

Biographical/Historical Note

In the 1890's, Russell County, Virginia had a large farming and agricultural industry. Although not a largely populated county, there were several Dickensons found as post masters, court clerks, druggists, hotel owners, land agents, millers, and general merchants. From the entries in these ledgers, R.W. Dickenson & Company was a general mercantile, selling dry goods, farm equipment, and food items.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of five account books from the R.W. Dickenson & Company, apparently a general mercantile store selling calico and saddles, shoes and dishes, coffee and tobacco. All sorts of goods are recorded as being sold by this company. It was located in Bickley Mills, Russell County, Virginia. The Day Books seem to be a daily account of who bought what, some on account to pay later. The alphabetical Accounts Book keeps a running total of the person's goods bought on credit and when/amount paid on the account, with dates 1894-1899.


Each ledger is in its own box due to condition.

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

This collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish. Accession number AC.2005.018

Processing Information

This was processed by Anita Elliott, February 2014. This collection was processed 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.824: R.W. Dickenson & Company Ledgers, Bickley Mills, Russell County, Virginia, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Day Book Number 2, September 19, 1892-June 1893 Box 1
Day Book Number 7, July 6-November 1, 1894 Box 2
Day Book Number 17, September 6, 1898-June 12, 1899 Box 3
Day Book Number 24, April 21-December 20, 1902 Box 4
Accounts Book, Alphabetical, 1894-1899 Box 5