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Collection Number: 02908

Collection Title: Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 53 items)
Abstract Waugh and Harper was a general merchandise business operated at Lenoir, Caldwell County, N.C., by James Clarence Harper, George Washington Finley Harper, and a number of partners. The collection includes extensive daybook and ledger accounts and other records of scattered dates relating to this business, including invoices, inventories, shipping and hauling accounts, produce orders, barter accounts for such items as wild herbs, roots, bark, and sheepskins, and letterpress copies of business letters; and a cash book of the Chester & Lenoir Railroad, 1874-1882.
Creator Harper family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Harper Family Account Books, #2908, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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The Harper Family of Caldwell County, N.C., owned a general merchandise business in Lenoir, N.C., operating at times under the name Waugh and Harper. Family members involved in the business included James Clarence Harper, George Washington Finley Harper, and a number of partners.

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The collection includes extensive daybook and ledger accounts of Waugh and Harper and other records of scattered dates relating to this business, including invoices, inventories, shipping and hauling accounts, produce orders, barter accounts for such items as wild herbs, roots, bark, and sheepskins, and letterpress copies of business letters; and a cash book of the Chester & Lenoir Railroad, 1874-1882.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Volume 1: Invoice and inventory book, Waugh and Harper, 1829-1840 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 1

Folder 2

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Volume 2: Ledger, James Harper, 1834-1844 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 2, Ovolume SV-2908/2

Folder 3

Volume 3: Daybook, James Harper, 1842, 1843 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 3

Folder 4

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Volume 4: Ledger, James Harper, 1843-1845 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 4, Ovolume SV-2908/4

Folder 5

Volume 5: Daybook, Harper's store, February 1844 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 5

Folder 6

Volume 6: Invoice book, J. and J. C. Harper, 1844-1849; James Harper, 1849-1853 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 6

Folder 7

Volume 7: Ledger, Waugh and Harper, 1845-1848 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 7

Folder 8

Volume 8: Daybook, J. and J. C. Harper, 1846-1847 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 8

Folder 9

Volume 9: Daybook, Waugh and Harper, 1846-1849 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 9

Folder 10

Volume 10: Daybook, James Harper, 1846-1854 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 10

Folder 11

Volume 11: Daybook, J. and J. C. Harper, 1847-1848 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 11

Folder 12

Volume 12: Daybook, J. and J. C. Harper, 1848-1849 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 12

Folder 13

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Volume 13: Ledger, John S. Small, 1849-1868 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 13, Ovolume SV-2908/13

Folder 14

Volume 14: Daybook, James Harper, 1850 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 14

Folder 15

Volume 15: Daybook, James Harper, 1850 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 15

Folder 16

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Volume 16: Daybook, James Harper, 1852 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 16, Ovolume SV-2908/16

Folder 17

Volume 17: Daybook, James Harper, 1854-1855 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 17

Folder 18

Volume 18: Ledger, James Harper, 1856-1859 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 18

Folder 19

Volume 19: Daybook, J. Harper and Son, 1857-1858 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 19

Folder 20

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Volume 20: Daybook, J. Harper and Son, 1858-1859 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 20, Ovolume SV-2908/20

Folder 21

Volume 21: Daybook, J. Harper and Son, 1859 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 21

Folder 22

Volume 22: Ledger, J. Harper and Son, 1859-1861 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 22

Folder 23

Volume 23: Daybook, J. Harper and Son, 1861 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 23

Folder 24

Volume 24: Daybook, J. Harper and Son, 1861-1863 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 24

Folder 25

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Volume 25: Ledger, 1863-1865 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 25, Ovolume SV-2908/25

Folder 26

Volume 26: Produce book, G. W. and S. F. Harper, 1866-1867 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 26

Folder 27

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Volume 27: Daybook, G. W. and S. F. Harper, 1868-1869 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 27, Ovolume SV-2908/27

Folder 28

Volume 28: Ledger, G. W. and S. F. Harper, 1868-1871 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 28

Folder 29

Volume 29: Produce book, G. W. and S. F. Harper, 1869-1869 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 29

Folder 30

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Volume 30: Daybook, G. W. and S. F. Harper, 1869-1870 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 30, Ovolume SV-2908/30

Folder 31

Volume 31: Daybook, G. W. and S. F. Harper, 1870 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 31

Folder 32

Volume 32: Daybook, G. W. and S. F. Harper, 1870-1871 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 32

Folder 33

Volume 33: Daybook, Harper, Jones and Company, 1870-1871 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 33

Folder 34

Volume 34: Daybook, G. W. and S. F. Harper, March-October 1871 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 34

Folder 35

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Volume 35: Ledger, G. W. F. Harper, 1871 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 35, Ovolume SV-2908/35

Folder 36

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Volume 36: Daybook, G. W. F. Harper, 1872 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 36, Ovolume SV-2908/36

Folder 37

Volume 37: Daybook, G. W. F. Harper, 1872-1876 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 37

Folder 38

Volume 38: Produce book, G. W. F. Harper, 1873-1875 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 38

Folder 39

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Volume 39: Cash book, Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad Company, 1874-1882 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 39, Ovolume SV-2908/39

Folder 40

Volume 40: Produce book, G. W. F. Harper, 1875-1877 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 40

Folder 41

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Volume 41: Scrapbook, G. W. F. Harper, 1876-1883 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 41, Ovolume SV-2908/41

Folder 42

Volume 42: Produce book, G. W. F. Harper, 1877-1878 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 42

Folder 43

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Volume 43: Daybook, G. W. F. Harper, 1878 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 43, Ovolume SV-2908/43

Folder 44

Volume 44: Daybook, G. W. F. Harper, 1880 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 44

Folder 45

Volume 45: Letterbook, G. W. F. Harper and Harper and Bernhardt, 1883-1885 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 45

Folder 46

Volume 46: Produce book, G. W. F. Harper, 1883-1886 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 46

Folder 47

Volume 47: Cashbook, G. W. F. Harper, 1883-1888 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 47

Folder 48

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Volume 48: Ledger, Harper and Bernhardt, 1884-1887 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 48, Ovolume SV-2908/48

Folder 49

Volume 49: Ledger, Harper, Bernhardt and Company, 1886-1890 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 49

Folder 50

Volume 50: Daybook, Harper, Bernhardt and Company, 1887 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 50

Folder 51

Volume 51: Shipping book, Harper, Bernhardt and Company, 1887-1888 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 51

Folder 52

Volume 52: Ledger, Harper, Bernhardt and Company, 1889-1891 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 52

Folder 53

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Volume 53: Ledger, 1891-1893 #02908, Series: "Harper Family Account Books, 1829-1893." Folder 53, Ovolume SV-2908/53

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Oversize volumes (SV-2908/2,4,13,16-20,25,27,30,35,36,39,41,43,48,53).

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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