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Ambrose L. Snavely Papers,

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1989-014

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of Ambrose L. Snavely, a farmer in Crockett (Wythe County), Virginia, during the first half of the 20th century. The collection includes four small diaries, marked by Snavely as numbers 43-46. The diary entries consist largely of work records, detailing Snavely's work activities as well as the names of workers and the work they performed. Snavely also briefly notes weather conditions and occasionally mentions trips, visitors, and incidents at home and on the farm. The focus, however, is overwhelmingly on work. The collection also includes ledgers and memoranda books containing livestock purchase, sale, and breeding records; accounts with laborers; apple, poultry, and sheep transactions; and general and household financial records. Despite their arrangement, the ledgers do not always strictly track only one type of farm account. Also found within the labor accounts ledgers, for example, are pages devoted to oil purchases, haulage, and grass sold. The business seems to have been continued by one or two of Snavely's sons (A. Frank and Maury), and the 1931 poultry ledger bears the name of Mrs. Frank Snavely. A folder of loose materials at the end of the collection includes, among other items, a single letter written by Snavely to McClain Catterlin of Staunton, Indiana; and a certificate of membership for the International Corporation of Mercer Heirs.

Dates

  • 1903 - 1952

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Ambrose Lafayette Snavely, son of Alexander S. and Ann Copenhaver Snavely, was born on September 14, 1868. He married Minnie Blanche Matney (1873-1913) in Wythe County on July 21, 1895, and the couple would have four children. Snavely remained in Wythe County, operating what was apparently a large apple orchard and livestock farm. Ambrose L. Snavely died on April 27, 1934, and was buried in Saint Pauls Lutheran Church Cemetery, Rural Retreat, Virginia.

Extent

0.5 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Abstract

This collection includes diaries, financial records, and farm records of Ambrose L. Snavely, a farmer in Crockett (Wythe County), Virginia, during the first half of the 20th century.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by ledger type, then chronologically, and followed by a folder of loose papers.

Source of Acquisition

The Ambrose L. Snavely Papers were purchased by Special Collections in 1989.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Ambrose L. Snavely Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Ambrose L. Snavely Papers commenced and was completed in May, 2013.

Title
A Guide to the Ambrose L. Snavely Papers, 1903-1952
Author
John M. Jackson
Date
2013 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-08-27: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308