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

This large account ledger has E.Grove on the spine, who is assumed to be the proprietor of a store in the Shenandoah area of Page County, Virginia. The ledger has entries dated 1869-1877.

1.25 linear feet (1 flat box)

This collection consists of correspondence from E.B. Olmsted to the office of Lanman & Kemp, monetary sponsors of Olmsted's expedition to North Carolina for securing native ginseng roots, copy of 1901 Ginseng: The crop that's worth its weight in sterling silver, a map and an informational pamphlet from American Ginseng Gardens of Rose Hill, New York.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

A collection of receipts and letters to E.G. Sutherland of Hillsville, Virginia, there are four receipts to Sutherland and two letters from N.P. Oglesby to Sutherland in 1897.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection contains materials from Edmonds Printing, Inc., formerly the B. D. Smith & Brothers printing company, located in Pulaski, Virginia. It consists primarily of ledger books, publications, printing plates, and photographs focusing mostly on Pulaski and Wythe Counties, Virginia.

10 linear feet (5 boxes, 5 oversize boxes)

This collection holds business correspondence to prospective ginseng growers and articles on care for and cultivation of ginseng.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Fireman's Trip Sheets contains three fireman trip ledgers from C.B. Stinson of Smithfield, Pennsylvania, dated 1925 to 1926 and 1949.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is a ledger of accounts from an unnamed general store in the Foscoe community of Watauga County, North Carolina, dating 1928-1934.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)