Contents and Arrangement

Charles Raeford Harper General Store Ledger from Snow Hill, North Carolina, 1894-1901

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This "day book" or ledger was kept by Charles Raeford Harper at a general store in Snow Hill, Greene County, North Carolina. Harper also owned a stable of mules and a cotton gin in Snow Hill. The account book contains entries for purchases of supplies such as meat, tobacco, wine, coffee, dry goods, cloth and clothing, hardware, lumber and fencing, guns and ammunition, as well as mule rental. Listed are local farmers and laborers, including Marcellus Hall, Willie Beaman, Clara Speight, Aaron Jones, George May, Louis Carr, and Doreh Holmes. The ledger documents the transactions of some Black and formerly enslaved people such as Spias Blount, who bartered with the Harpers, exchanging bales of cotton for store goods.

Speights Bridge was a neighboring community to Snow Hill. The ledger includes accounts for members of the Speight family, who had African American ancestry.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator, with unattributed materials at the end.

Collection History


Purchased from Dan Casavant Rare Books in 2022 (AM-2022-112).


The collection is open and will continue to grow.


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

These materials were processed and described by Phoebe Nobles in March, 2022, incorporating some description provided by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

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:

Charles Raeford Harper General Store Ledger from Snow Hill, North Carolina; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.

Subject Terms:
African American agricultural laborers -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Genre Terms:
Ledgers (account books) -- 19th century
Greene County (N.C.)