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Smals papers

Label
Smals papers, 1871-1891
Title
Smals papers
Inclusive dates
1871-1891
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The Henry Smals Papers, 1871-1891, consist of one and one-half Hollinger boxes and one separate container of eighteen volumes of diaries written by Henry Smals of Bridgewater, Va. The topics of diary entries are brief outlining day-to-day activities. There are mentions of acquaintances that are ill, various business transactions conducted in town, the movement of livestock and hay through town, ongoing town projects, church activities, marriages, births, deaths, and other details of town life. The activities of "colored people" are occasionally noted
  • Throughout the diaries Smals had made small drawings or added illustrations clipped from newspapers. There are a few ledger-type entries for payments to Smals for labor or services
Related
Biographical or historical data
Henry Smals is listed in the 1850 census for Rockingham County (p. 23) as a shoemaker with a real estate value of $1,000 and a wife, Mary, and six children. There are entries in the 1860 and 1870 that give additional household details.
Cataloging source
VMC
Label
Smals papers
Link
http://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/manuscripts/2059Smals.aspx
Arrangement
18 bound notebooks.
Control code
27856731
Cumulative index finding aids
See web link for Finding Aid.
Extent
1 1/2 Hollinger boxes; part of 1 flat box.
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian
Immediate source of acquisition
On deposit from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.
Ownership
The collection of diaries was first presented to George M. Hanger by Smals' grandson, Gal Miller, in 1910. The diaries were then given to George P. Furry in 1920, Edwina Furry in 1970, and Dorothy Merriefield in 1983.

Library Locations

    • Special Collections Research CenterBorrow it
      Carrier Library Second Floor Room 203, MSC 1704, 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, US
      38.438299 -78.8741916
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