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Collection Number: 03168

Collection Title: A. E. Rankin & Company Account Books, 1833-1888

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5 items)
Abstract Ledgers and daybooks of a large Fayetteville, N.C., mercantile firm, chiefly in the 1880s, but also 1833-1835 and 1870s; and accounts of the firm with a black man who did hauling and errands, 1885-1888.
Creator A. E. Rankin & Company.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the A. E. Rankin & Company Account Books #3168, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Claude W. Rankin, Fayetteville, N.C., in 1955.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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According to the donor, A. E. Rankin and Company later became A. E. Rankin Co., Inc. The building at 116 Person Street in Fayetteville, N.C., was occupied and owned by them from 1880 to 1954. "The firm catered to farmers and merchants and at one time was one of the largest mercantile establishments in the Cape Fear section." Volume 1, listed below, was found in the store of A. E. Rankin Company in Fayetteville when the firm went out of business in 1955, and the donor believes that the accounts in the back are those of "Uncle Billie Williams," an African-American man who ran a dray for hire business.

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Ledgers and daybooks of a large Fayetteville, N.C., mercantile firm, chiefly in the 1880s, but also 1833-1835 and 1870s; and accounts of the firm with a black man who did hauling and errands, 1885-1888.

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Folder 1

October 1833-May 1835 #03168, Series: "A. E. Rankin & Company Account Books, 1833-1888." Folder 1

Daybook, accounts for merchandise and sundries, Fayetteville. Other miscellaneous accounts, 1875, 1877, and other dates. 1885-1888. Accounts for drayage-hauling shingles, lumber, etc., and miscellaneous errands and carrying, charged against A. E. Rankin, A. H. Slocumb, and others. (These are said to be the accounts of "Uncle Billie Williams.")

Folder 2

3 September 1877-4 April 1879 #03168, Series: "A. E. Rankin & Company Account Books, 1833-1888." Folder 2

Ledger, itemized accounts of individuals for small purchases. Also contains a statement of capital stock put in by A. H. Slocumb and A. E. Rankin, 1877. 700 pages.

Folder 3

Folder number not used #03168, Series: "A. E. Rankin & Company Account Books, 1833-1888." Folder 3

Oversize Volume SV-3168/3

Ledger, 1883-1887 #03168, Series: "A. E. Rankin & Company Account Books, 1833-1888." SV-3168/3

Mostly 1883. Total amounts transferred from daybooks, not itemized. About one-third of the 524 pages are used.

Folder 4

1 November 1883-10 June 1884 #03168, Series: "A. E. Rankin & Company Account Books, 1833-1888." Folder 4

Daybook, accounts for general merchandise, staples, produce, and cash. 718 pages.

Folder 5

12 November 1884 - 28 February 1885 #03168, Series: "A. E. Rankin & Company Account Books, 1833-1888." Folder 5

Daybook, as above. 384 pages.

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Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, January 2010

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