This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about business, primarily in the Appalachian region. Records and papers relating to various businesses are listed below.  Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

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.

5.0 linear feet (5 large flat boxes)

A bill to Mrs. Rebecca Crabill for items "bot. of John C. Richardson" in Strasburg, Virginia May 15, 1857 constitutes this collection. The items totaling $14.52 were purchased for her daughter.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Reed Island Iron Company Records consists of business ledgers and sales receipts of the Reed Island Iron Company, located in Reed Island, a Pulaski County village on the Norfolk and Western Railway.

1 linear foot (1 box)

This is a one-item collection - a 1862-1863 account ledger of Rev. H. Wipler in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. In it he recorded his collections from the congregation - money, food, sugar, candles, "1 peck of corn for chicken feed".

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This inspector's record book contains transactions dated 1865 to 1868, dealing with petroleum, whiskey, and tobacco.

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The Roanoke National Business College Postcard is a postcard advertisement to write for a catalog to summer classes offered at the Roanoke National Business College, date unknown.

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This is an informational brochure and order blank sent to Jobbers and Manufacturers from Robert Scholze Tannery in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is a 4-page brochure in good condition.

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