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Guide to the William Clark Grasty Papers, 1788-1906 and undated (bulk 1800-1869)

Abstract

General merchant, Pittsylvania Co., Va.

Correspondence, account books, daybooks, fee books, invoices, ledgers, memoranda books, records of sales, inventories, and letterpress copybooks, chiefly 1800-1869, of three generations of general merchants of Pittsylvania Co., Va. Business interests included a general store, a tavern, a blacksmith shop, a simplified type of banking, and the keeping of a post office. Large amounts of tobacco were bought and sold before the Civil War. Post-war records indicate a large volume of trade in Peruvian guano and commercial fertilizers. Partners in the firm included Philip L. Grasty and other members of the Grasty family, John F. Rison and Samuel Pannill. Includes letters (1849-1867) of John S. Grasty, a Presbyterian minister, referring to North Carolina agriculture, slave hiring, Unionist sympathy among the Dutch population of Botetourt Co., Va., and the devastation of Fincastle, Va., during the war.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Grasty, William Clark, b. ca. 1800
Title
William Clark Grasty papers 1788-1906 and undated (bulk 1800-1869)
Language of Material
English
Extent
10.9 Linear Feet, 8,175 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Correspondence, account books, daybooks, fee books, invoices, ledgers, memoranda books, records of sales, inventories, and letterpress copybooks, chiefly 1800-1869, of three generations of general merchants of Pittsylvania Co., Va. Business interests included a general store, a tavern, a blacksmith shop, a simplified type of banking, and the keeping of a post office. Large amounts of tobacco were bought and sold before the Civil War. Post-war records indicate a large volume of trade in Peruvian guano and commercial fertilizers. Partners in the firm included Philip L. Grasty and other members of the Grasty family, John F. Rison and Samuel Pannill. Includes letters (1849-1867) of John S. Grasty, a Presbyterian minister, referring to North Carolina agriculture, slave hiring, Unionist sympathy among the Dutch population of Botetourt Co., Va., and the devastation of Fincastle, Va., during the war.

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Contents of the Collection

1788-1813
Box 1
1814-1822
Box 2
1823-1824
Box 3
1825-1826
Box 4
1827-1836
Box 5
1837-1839
Box 6
1840-1842
Box 7
1843-1844
Box 8
1845-1847
Box 9
1848-1851
Box 10
1852-1856
Box 11
1857
Box 12
1858 Jan.-June
Box 13
1858 July-Dec.
Box 14
1859 Jan.-Apr.
Box 15
1859 May-Dec.
Box 16
1860 Jan.-Mar.
Box 17
1860 Apr.-Sept.
Box 18
1860 Oct.-1861 Mar.
Box 19
1861 Apr.-Aug.
Box 20
1861 Sept.-1862 Feb.
Box 21
1862 Mar.-Aug.
Box 22
1862 Sept.-1863 Apr.
Box 23
1863 May-Dec.
Box 24
1864 Jan.-Sept.
Box 25
1864 Oct.-1865 July
Box 26
1865 Aug.-1866 Apr.
Box 27
1866 May-1867 June
Box 28
1867 July-Dec.
Box 29
1868 Jan.-July
Box 30
1868 Aug.-1869 June
Box 31
1870-1876 and undated
Box 32
1870-1906 and undated
Box 33
undated
Box 34-35
Grasty, Jane W., memorandum book, 1828
Box 36
Fee book, 1788
Box 36
Account books, 1806-1807
Box 36
1818-1822
Box 36
1824-1868
Box 37
1804-1805
Box 37
1805-1818
Box 38
1819-1823
Box 39
1823-1826
Box 40
1826-1827
Box 41
Index book
Box 41
Invoice book, 1820
Box 41
Ledger, 1814-1815
Box 41
1800-1803
Box 41
1821-1826
Box 42
Sales book and cash book, 1827-1828
Box 42
Shop books, 1816-1822
Box 42
Tobacco book, 1800-1809
Box 42
Account book, 1800-1806
Box 42
Day book, 1801-1819
Box 43
Miscellaneous printed material, 1859-1868
Box 43
Inventory, 1801-1806
Box 44
Invoice book, 1799-1805
Box 44
Cash book, 1840-1842
Box 44
Day book, 1838-1839
Box 44
Memorandum books, 1837-1844
Box 44
Miscellaneous account books, 1838-1859
Box 44
Rison, John F., account book, 1868
Box 44
Other account books, 1849-1867
Box 44
L:1469; L:1537; L:1543-1545; L:1547; L:1552; L:1556; L:1559; L:1563; L:1574, M:1566; M:1575; M:3465. For locations of these volumes, please consult with a reference archivist.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Clark Grasty Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The William Clark Grasty Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library from 1934-1937.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Ted Holt and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, June 2008

Accessions from 1934-1937 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.