Contents and Arrangement

Ruffner, Eastham & Company Daybook for Company Store, 1842-1902 (mostly June 1842-May 1843)

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of a daybook for the company store of Ruffner, Eastham & Company, a salt manufacturing business in the Kanawha County community of Malden, originally called Terra Salis and later known as Kanawha Salines, in what is now West Virginia. The company was run by partners General Lewis Ruffner, Daniel Ruffner, and Saunders Eastham, and its operation relied on the labor of enslaved people, free Black people, and poor white people who lived in communities near the salt furnaces. The daybook contains several hundred pages of records, and the first twenty-one pages were reused in 1902 as a scrapbook and contain collaged images of women, children, animals, and plants. The volume has also been re-bound.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator or by the date of acquisition.

Collection History


Purchased from Dan Casavant Rare Books in 2022 (AM 2023-070).


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

Item processed and described by Kelly Bolding in December 2022, incorporating some description and research provided by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Ruffner, Eastham & Company Daybook for Company Store; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (mss): Box B-002018