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William Thompson Account Book

1861-1864
1 folder (0.1 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 097

During the years of the Civil War, George Dodge and Co. operated a general store, possibly in Worcester County, Mass., selling a range of personal consumables.

This diminutive account book includes records of personal purchases by William Thompson at a general store operated by George Dodge and Co. Beginning in Dec. 1861, Thompson purchased small quantities of goods such as coffee, fish, pork, flour and rye meal, bed cord and suspenders, indigo, molasses, and butter, settling his accounts in January 1864.

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Background on William Thompson

During the years of the Civil War, George Dodge and Co. operated a general store, possibly in Worcester County, Mass., selling a range of personal consumables.

Scope of collection

This diminutive account book includes records of personal purchases by William Thompson at a general store operated by George Dodge and Co. Beginning in Dec. 1861, Thompson purchased small quantities of goods such as coffee, fish, pork, flour and rye meal, bed cord and suspenders, indigo, molasses, and butter, settling his accounts in January 1864.

Little is known about either Thompson or Dodge and Co., however a Worcester County origin is suggested by the booklet itself, which was manufactured by the Fitchburg, Mass., stationer and paper manufacturer Shepley and Wallace. The provenance from Donald Howe suggests a connection to the Quabbin Valley. Given that the book contains records only of Thompson's purchases, it is likely that the book was maintained by Thompson, rather than the store.

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Donald Howe, 1960.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, July 2017.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: William Thompson Account Book (MS 097). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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Subjects

  • General stores--Massachusetts

Contributors

  • Thompson, William [main entry]
  • George Dodge & Co.

Genres and formats

  • Account books

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