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Sawmill account books

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: V381

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two account books for a sawmill containing entries ranging from 1880 to 1888. The most common entry is a charge for sawing or "use of mill" for assorted items and uses of lumber. Not only are the uses of the lumber regularly designated, but the entries under individual names will specify the amount of sawing in feet of lumber, the type of tree and wood cut, and the amount charged for use of the mill. Occasional entries will not relate to lumber (e.g., "Bricklayer" and "bricks"), referring to services rendered or perhaps to manner of making payment.


  • 1880-1888

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The sawmill which kept the account books in this collection is not identified by name or location. Using information found within the collection, such as customer names and an entry for "Licking Town," it can be inferred that the sawmill was located in Licking Township, Blackford County, Indiana.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 volumes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid revised 2021/08/09 by Laura Eliason.
Sawmill account books
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.