Star Brick Warehouse Records

Manuscript Collection #504
Star Brick Warehouse
Physical description
3.43 Cubic Feet, 29 items , of financial records, consisting of journals, ledgers, accounts, time sheets, and miscellaneous material.
Preferred Citation
Star Brick Warehouse Records (#504), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
No restrictions

Records (1934-1947) including journals, ledgers, accounts, time sheets, photographs, auction blotter, sales records, employee records, etc.

Biographical/historical information

The Star Brick Warehouse in Durham, N.C., was completed in 1914 and closed in 1973 when the tobacco designation program began and farmers were obligated to sell at the warehouse of their designation.

Scope and arrangement

The journals contain records of farmers' sales with account number and price for sale as well as the name of buyers, corresponding account numbers, and price of purchase. Some journals include summaries for farmers, noting pounds, average, and money as well as poundage and payment for dealers and the warehouse. Also included are journals for the Big 4 Warehouse and Banner Warehouse. Time cards provide names of warehouse employees, along with social security number, days worked, hours, wage, and net salary. Occasionally sex and race designations are also given. General ledgers reflect bank deposits, bills, commissions, expenses, exchange, farmers' bills, interest, labor, leaf, loss and gain, speculator's association, and tax. An account book, which apparently belonged to one of the owners, records cash, notes, and guano by name of farmer or tenant farmer. Floor sheets record sales in serial number order, giving name, ID number and address, buyer, grade, pounds, price, and amount. A long and short journal is a record of dealers for the Big 4 and Star Brick warehouses. The payments book is a record of payments to employees and farmers. The employee ledger includes a list of floor and leaf managers. Miscellaneous items include a farmers account book, with tobacco photographs and testimonials for a fertilizer company, and an auction blotter.

Administrative information
Custodial History

April 30, 1985, 1/2 cu. ft., 29 volumes; Records (1934-1947) of a Durham, N.C., tobacco warehouse, including time books, employee records, sales records, etc. Gift of Mr. Anthony Wilkins, Durham, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. Anthony Wilkins

Processing information

Processed by M. Boccaccio, February 1986

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Key terms
Tobacco industry--North Carolina--Durham
Warehouses--North Carolina--Durham
Durham (N.C.)--Commerce

Container list
Box 1 Clipping; Star Brick Warehouse, Journal, 1937-1945
Box 2 Star Brick Warehouse, Journal, 1945-1947. Big 4 Warehouse, Journal, 1935-1940
Box 3 Big 4, Banner, Star Brick Warehouses, Journal, 1940-1943
Box 4 Time Cards, 1937-1939
Box 5 Time Cards, 1937-1939
Box 6 Time Sheets, 1940
Box 7 Time Books, 1937-1941
Box 8 Employee Ledger, 1941
Box 9 Expense Journals, 1938-1942
Box 10 Ledger, 1934-1937
Box 11 Account Book, 1931-1937. Ledger, 1935-1936
Box 12 Ledgers, 1935-1945
Box 13 Floor Sheets, 1940s; Big 4 and Star Brick Warehouses, Long and Short Journal, 1941-1942; Payments, 1943; Miscellaneous
Box 14 Ledger Sheets, 1937-1943
Box 15 Employee Ledger, 1941-1942