Guide to the Account Book Collection of Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College, 1762 - 1957Manuscript MS-1218

Introduction to the Collection

The collection includes account books originating from the upper Connecticut River valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont as well as outlying New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine towns. The majority of the books are from the 18th and 19th centuries, but a few extend into the 20th Century. The types of accounts represented reflect the rural geography in which the books were kept and include general stores, agricultural enterprises, merchants of various sorts, post offices, physicians, pharmacists, along with individual or family accounts. Some account books are unidentified. Many volumes contain ephemeral items tipped into the pages; including letters, recipes, newspaper articles, printed advertisements, and plants. Some books also contain death records, diary entries, or children's drawings. Of note in the collection are accounts of Dartmouth students, Hanover, NH business accounts, and a large quantity of business and individual accounts from Bath, Hanover, and Lyme, NH and Norwich and Windsor, VT. The collection was built over a long period of time by the Dartmouth College Library and is arranged alphabetically by town.

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