Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Ann Arbor (Mich.) Merchant's Account Book, 1833, 1849

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, August 2012

Summary Information
Title: Ann Arbor (Mich.) Merchant's account book
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1833, 1849
Bulk dates: 1849
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This volume contains the double-entry bookkeeping records of a merchant based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1849. The unidentified merchant sold a variety of goods to customers in and around Ann Arbor, Pittsfield, Whitmore Lake, Webster, and Hamburg, Michigan.
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
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donated, 1999. M-4068.4.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

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:

Ann Arbor (Mich.) Merchant's account book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

The unidentified owner of this volume lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1849, and operated a general store that sold a variety of goods, including foodstuffs and manufactured items.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume (8" x 12", 145 pages) contains the double-entry bookkeeping records of a merchant based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1849. The unidentified merchant sold a variety of goods to customers in and around Ann Arbor, Pittsfield, Whitmore Lake, Webster, and Hamburg, Michigan. Most pages contain running accounts for specific individuals, with debits and credits noted in two columns. Notes along the margins of many pages indicate the customer's specific location in eastern Washtenaw County or southern Livingston County.

Though the merchant most often recorded sales of "sundries," the accounts occasionally specify items such as hats, shoes, coffee, ribbon, a broom, and sugar. Occasionally, he paid for errors made in previous bills. Customers paid in cash or in kind, most frequently with foodstuffs or items of clothing and sometimes with more unusual items, including a horse and buggy (p. 14). One note concerns a boarder named Carpenter who moved into a home in late August 1849 (p. 97). Though the merchant most frequently dealt with men, the ledger documents accounts with a few women and several firms. A fragment from a letter to Charles W. Butler concerning unsold land, dated January 19, 1833, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is laid into the volume between pages 144 and 145.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Ann Arbor (Mich.)
    • Livingston County (Mich.)
    • Merchants--Michigan.
    • Michigan--Commerce.
    • Real property--Michigan.
    • Washtenaw County (Mich.)
    Genre Terms:
    • Account books.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    Ann Arbor (Mich.) Merchant's account book,  January 19, 1833;  June-November 1849 [series]: