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Argabright Family Ledger,

Identifier: Ms-2011-064

Scope and Content

Ledger contains the business records of a blacksmith shop run by the Argabright family in Blacksburg, VA. Ledger records the transactions dating from February 14, 1848 through March 14, 1854. Ledger records repeated transactions with members of the Blacksburg community including Robert T. Preston, John Stanger, John Peterman, William Barger, and Edwin Amiss. The ledger lists charges to Wesley Argabright for usage of pasture land in the front cover. The names William Argabright and James Argabright are also listed on the cover. The primary owner of the ledger is unclear.


  • 1848 - 1854

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Argabright Family Ledger must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Historical note

Wesley Argabright was one of the 26 individuals who purchased land from William Black when Blacksburg, VA was founded in 1798. His decendants owned a blacksmith shop on Main Street in Blacksburg, VA. William Argabright (b. 1790) and sons Wesley (b. 1819) and James Argabright (b. 1833) listed blacksmith as their occupation on census records.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



Ledger details the business records of a blacksmith shop run by the Argabrights in Blacksburg, Virginia. The entries date from 1848 to 1854.


Collection is arranged by material type.

Physical Characteristics

1 folder; 0.1 cu. ft.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Argabright Family Ledger was completed in August 2011.

Argabright Family Ledger, 1848-1854,
A Collection in Special Collections
Jennifer Mitchell
© 2011 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
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Repository Details

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

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US