Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Rhoads and Wildes Account Book, 1796-1799

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, July 2011

Summary Information
Title: Rhoads and Wildes account book
Creator: Rhoads and Wildes
Inclusive dates: 1796-1799
Extent: 1 volume
Rhoads and Wildes was a shopkeeping establishment on North 2nd Street in Phildalphia during the late 1790s. This day book contains financial accounts for fabrics sold in their store.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1980. M-1898.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Rhoads and Wildes Account Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Rhoads and Wildes were shopkeepers on North 2nd Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the late 1790s. The shop sold fabrics, clothing patterns, buttons, and other clothing-related items.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Rhoads and Wildes account book contains accounts for clothing and fabric sold in their store in Philadelphia during the late 1790s. The inside of the front cover of the book was inscribed, "Rhoads & Wildes's Day Book 1796," and the book's accounts date from July 11, 1796-November 28, 1799. Individual entries provided a buyer's name, the items they purchased and in what amounts, and the total cost owed to the firm. Though most customers were male, a few women also purchased items. Some goods traded by the firm included cashmere, velvet, satin, silk, patterns, buttons, and suspenders.

Subject Terms

    • Clothing trade--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
    • Merchants--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
    • Philadelphia (Pa.)--Commerce--History--18th century.
    • Textile fabrics--United States.
    Genre Terms:
    • Account books.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Rhoads and Wildes account book,  1796-1799 [series]