Skip to main content

Reed Island Iron Company Ledgers,

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2012-081

Scope and Content

The collection includes customer account, invoice, and workman's hours ledgers from the Reed Island Iron Company. Records dates from 1880-1896, during most of the known active period of the company (c.1880-c.1906).

Dates

  • 1880 - 1896

Creator

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Reed Island Iron Company Ledgers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Historical Note

The Reed Island Furnace was first operated by the Reed Island Iron Company, in Reed Island, Virginia (near Allisonia), beginning around 1881.The furnace itself was in Pulaski County, while the company was based in Wythe County. By 1898, the furnace and the company appeared to be the property and works of the Virginia Iron, Coal, and Coke Company, who ran the furnace until about 1906.

Sources: Directory to the Iron and Steel Works of the United States. Philadelphia: The American Iron and Steel Association, 1890. Available online. Supplement to the Directory of Iron and Steel Works of the United States. Philadelphia: The American Iron and Steel Association, 1900. Available online.

Extent

0.7 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection includes customer account, invoice, and workman's hours ledgers from the Reed Island Iron Company. Records dates from 1880-1896, during most of the known active period of the company (c.1880-c.1906).

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series, both of which are arranged chronologically.

Series I: Customer Account & Invoice Ledgers consists of ledgers dating from 1880 through 1893. The majority records are customer accounts (eight of nine ledgers in this series) and include names and transactions, as well as amounts due and paid. The remaining book is a list of customer invoices. There is some overlap among the ledgers and they do not cover all months for the 13 year period.

Series II: Workman's Hours Ledgers contains small booklets from 1886-1896. These ledger include lists of the names of workers for a given month, tracking their hours. There is no apparent overlap between the ledgers and they do not cover the entire time period between August 1886 and April 1896.

Acquisition Information

The Reed Island Company Ledgers were acquired by Special Collections prior to 2009.

Related Materials

Reed Island Iron Company Receipts, 1894-1896. Ms2009-040. Finding aid available online.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Reed Island Iron Company Ledgers was completed in December 2012.

Title
Reed Island Iron Company Ledgers, 1880-1896
Status
Completed
Author
Hannah Bochain, Student Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
Date
© 2014 Virginia Tech. All rights reserved.
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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