General Stores


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources relating to general stores, primarily in the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

The Graham Family Papers consist of microfilmed copies of receipts to and from Jiles Graham for debt payments, promissary notes, tax receipts, day books, and school committee documents.

0.25 linear feet (1 box)

The Harper-Beall Family Papers consist of nineteenth-century correspondence, medical advertisements, and financial documents from the Beall and Harper families of Lenoir, North Carolina and Davidson County, North Carolina.

James Harper of Lenoir, North Carolina and his daughter Mary "Mollie" Beall and son-in-law Robert Beall generated the majority of this collection. The collection documents the life of a North Carolina Foothill upper-class family involved in business, medicine, and politics.

3.25 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 leather bag)

This collection contains the ledgers, some correspondence and photographs of the country store in Creston, North Carolina known as J.S. (Joe) Stephens Store. Dated from the early 1920s to the late 1990s when the store closed, these ledgers and papers reflect an insight into country folks' mercantile needs and how important the country store was to the community.

12.5 linear feet (13 boxes)

The Jacob Winebarger Ledger consists of the microfilm of Jacob Winebarger's millwright ledger dated 1852-1870. His operation was located in Meat Camp, North Carolina. Included are his ledger records for 1852-1854 and 1870 as well as 1916-1953-era inserted business advertisement letters and tax receipts.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

This collection consists of the ledgers and other records relating to the Mast General Store of Valle Crucis, North Carolina, dated 1867 to 1982.

18.0 linear feet (20 boxes)

This collection contains the students' research, interviews, and pictures captured on CD, DVD, or miniDV and some on paper. The project was an assignment in the Anthropology 4210 class in 2008.

1.0 linear feet (2 boxes)

This collection contains a ledger of a business, dated 1970-1886, with handwritten rental leases and recipes in the back, along with three folders of loose papers taken from the ledger.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)