Shopping Stories Transcription Project

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Shopping Stories Transcription Project

Eighteenth-century store ledgers detail tabular data: recording purchases, account holders, and payments. These transactions are very different from the typical prose of a letter or diary entry, however, they include as much, if not more, significant information to assist in the understanding of the past given they describe numerous people, places, objects, economies, politics, religion, etc., all from a single community. Ledgers especially reveal insights into the lives of less recognized members of a community, like women and the enslaved, through their accounts and purchases by and on behalf of them by others.

To date, most research using ledgers (whether it be for a store, tradesperson, or individual) selects the most significant people or specific elements without attempting to understand the community in its entirety. Using store ledgers, History Revealed through its Shopping Stories project hopes to develop a prosopography to uncover consumer interests, lives, and the larger community of people in the 18th century with its present focus on Virginia stores, specifically in Colchester and Alexandria. This phase of the project expands the time period under consideration to better understand the Alexandria community and its consumer habits right before the Revolution and beyond by focusing on store ledgers from 1770-1802.

Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1786-1787 (folios 1-48)

Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1786-1787 (folios 1-48)

Robert Townsend Hooe partnered with Richard Harrison (of Alexandria, Virginia and later, Cadiz, Spain) to run a store in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1778 through at least 1790. Accounts in this ledger include house (overhead) accounts, fellow merchants and tradesmen, ships, and men and women...

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95 pages: 2% transcribed
Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1786-1787 (folios 201-235)

Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1786-1787 (folios 201-235)

Robert Townsend Hooe partnered with Richard Harrison (of Alexandria, Virginia and later, Cadiz, Spain) to run a store in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1778 through at least 1790. Accounts in this ledger include house (overhead) accounts, fellow merchants and tradesmen, ships, and men and women...

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51 pages: 4% transcribed
Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1786-1787 (folios 236-272)

Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1786-1787 (folios 236-272)

Robert Townsend Hooe partnered with Richard Harrison (of Alexandria, Virginia and later, Cadiz, Spain) to run a store in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1778 through at least 1790. Accounts in this ledger include house (overhead) accounts, fellow merchants and tradesmen, ships, and men and women...

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73 pages: 3% transcribed, 3% needs review
Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1786-1787 (folios 55-88)

Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1786-1787 (folios 55-88)

Robert Townsend Hooe partnered with Richard Harrison (of Alexandria, Virginia and later, Cadiz, Spain) to run a store in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1778 through at least 1790. Accounts in this ledger include house (overhead) accounts, fellow merchants and tradesmen, ships, and men and women...

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66 pages: 2% transcribed
Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1788-1789 (folios 1-59)

Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1788-1789 (folios 1-59)

Robert Townsend Hooe partnered with Richard Harrison (of Alexandria, Virginia and later, Cadiz, Spain) to run a store in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1778 through at least 1790. Accounts in this ledger include house (overhead) accounts, fellow merchants and tradesmen, ships, and men and women...

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Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1788-1789 (folios 118-173)

Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1788-1789 (folios 118-173)

Robert Townsend Hooe partnered with Richard Harrison (of Alexandria, Virginia and later, Cadiz, Spain) to run a store in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1778 through at least 1790. Accounts in this ledger include house (overhead) accounts, fellow merchants and tradesmen, ships, and men and women...

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Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1788-1789 (Folios 174-227)

Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1788-1789 (Folios 174-227)

Robert Townsend Hooe partnered with Richard Harrison (of Alexandria, Virginia and later, Cadiz, Spain) to run a store in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1778 through at least 1790. Accounts in this ledger include house (overhead) accounts, fellow merchants and tradesmen, ships, and men and women...

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108 pages: 1% transcribed
Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1788-1789 (folios 60-117)

Account Book of Hooe & Harrison, 1788-1789 (folios 60-117)

Robert Townsend Hooe partnered with Richard Harrison (of Alexandria, Virginia and later, Cadiz, Spain) to run a store in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1778 through at least 1790. Accounts in this ledger include house (overhead) accounts, fellow merchants and tradesmen, ships, and men and women...

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Account Book of Hooe, Stone, & Company, 1770-1773

Account Book of Hooe, Stone, & Company, 1770-1773

Robert Townsend Hooe and Frederick Stone ran a store in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1770-1773, as well as one in Port Tobacco, Maryland. Accounts in this ledger include house (overhead) accounts, fellow merchants, ships, and men and women living in Alexandria and the surrounding area. There are...

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420 pages: 99% transcribed, 14% needs review
Account Book of John Mills, 1775-1785 (Folios 1-126)

Account Book of John Mills, 1775-1785 (Folios 1-126)

John Mills was a merchant residing in Alexandria, Virginia. This ledger comprises transactions that occurred between 1775 and Mills's death in 1784; at least 2 different authors created the ledger based on the handwriting found within it. Accounts include both men and women and connections...

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200 pages: 93% transcribed, 88% needs review
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