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Harrison Brothers Hardware Company daybook 2, 1898-1902.


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Harrison Brothers Hardware Company daybook 2, 1898-1902.


This daybook contains the Harrison Brothers' daily store transactions from March 29, 1898, to January 13, 1902. The store was not open on Sundays or holidays. The Harrison Brothers sold exclusively tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, leaf tobacco, and tobacco-related products until 1900. In March 1900, the Harrison Brothers began selling assorted sets of china dishes and continued to sell primarily Queensware and other home furnishing-related products until 1903 when the store began selling hardware. The store moved from its original location on Jefferson St. to #3 Southside Square in 1897. In December 1901, a fire damaged the front of the Harrison Brothers' number 3 Southside Square storefront as well as other buildings along the street.

Each page in the Harrison Brothers daybooks is divided into columns for the date, transaction details, and debit and credit sales. The year is listed in the upper left-hand corner of each page and the month and day are listed in the columns below on the left side of each transaction. Each transaction includes where the customer was from (for example: "Tuscumbia Ala"), the name of the customer (for example: "W.L. Halsey", "Mrs. Lizzie Barclift", or "Goldsmith + Co."), the items that the customer bought and the rate at which they were sold (for example: "1Bx Spot Cash 25#50" and "1/2Doz #0 Lanterns 5.00"), the total cost of the sale, the customer's method of payment (for example: "By Cash", "By Check", "By Mdse.", "By Work", "By Note" or by credit if no payment method is listed), and the customer account number. If the customer worked in a local cotton mill, the name of the mill is listed next to the customer name such as "Dallas" for Dallas Mills and "West Huntsville" or "W.H." for West Huntsville Manufacturing Company. The customer account numbers reference page numbers in the Harrison Brother's Customer Account Ledgers where customer's store accounts are divided into debit and credit columns. This day book references accounts in Customer Account Ledger 1 located in The University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives and Special Collections. Many accounts do not list customer account numbers if paid for in full with cash or note. These transactions are written over with two ##s or three Cs. Debit and credit columns also appear in the daybooks on the right side of the page. Transactions are added up in the "D" column and payments are recorded in the "C" column. Employee information, invoices, inventory, assets, and liabilities for the Harrison Brothers store are included at the back of the daybook from pages 738-800.



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Harrison Brothers Hardware Collection
Daily Accounts Ledger 2
University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives, Special Collections, and Digital Initiatives, Huntsville, Alabama



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Harrison Brothers Hardware (Huntsville, Ala.), “Harrison Brothers Hardware Company daybook 2, 1898-1902.,” UAH Archives, Special Collections, and Digital Initiatives, accessed July 20, 2024,

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