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Russellville, Indiana general store account book

 Collection — Volume: V387
Identifier: V387

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an account book kept by a general store containing entries ranging from 1846 to 1851. Based on the names of customers and time period, it can be assumed that it is from a Russellville, Indiana store and most likely from Jacob Durham's merchantile. The collection also includes three newspapers clippings: "How to Preserve Grapes" from 1858, "Infallible Rules for Measuring Corn in the Crib" from 1859, and two poems, "To My Native City - Cincinnati" by Edward A. Miller and "June" by John D.Devor, published in the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1859.


  • 1846-1859

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

Putnam County, Indiana was established in 1822 and was named for Israel Putnam, a general in the American Revolution. Russellville, in Russell Township, is located in the northwest corner of the county and was laid out in 1828. Jacob Durham (1805-1864) was an early resident of Russellville and set up the first blacksmith shop. He also became a successful merchant and served as postmaster and justice of the peace before retiring in 1860.

Source: "Putnam County." My Local. Accessed August 17, 2021.

Weik, Jesse William. Weik's History of Putnam County, Indiana. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen, 1910.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 volume)

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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 2021/08/17 by Laura Eliason.
Russellville, Indiana general store account book
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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