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Monticello Account Books

Identifier: MSS 1986-028

Scope and Contents

The collection includes forty-nine day-books, or ledgers of daily transactions with customers of the Monticello mercantile store: L. R. Rainey Dry Goods Store between the years 1915 and 1943. Information about each transaction, such as date, name of customer and amount paid or received is recorded. Transactions include a wide array of general merchandise sold and bought by the store. Arrangement is chronological.


  • created: 1915-1943

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

The day books of the L. R. Rainey Dry Goods Store in Monticello, FL in the early 1900's. As a result of Monticello's agrarian economy, much of the business of the mercantile store involved providing tools, implements, supplies to farms, other agricultural businesses, and buying the goods produced by those same farms. More general goods, such as ladies dresses and housing supplies, were also sold.


69.40 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Day books detailing transactions, mostly sales, to and with customers

Custodial History

Materials collected by the Florida State University Southern Business History Center from donors, were then processed and accessed at the Library.

Method of Acquisition

L. R. Rainey donated this collection to the Southern Business History Center.

Existence and Location of Originals

Portions of collection available online?: No

Processing Information

Processed September 2008 by Carlos Pearman

Monticello Account Books
Carlos Pearman and Ruth Ziegler
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US