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Little Rock Dairy Farm Records, 1910-1961

(Manuscript Collection #563)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Little Rock Dairy Farm Records
Creator: Little Rock Dairy Farm
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Records (1910-1961) including correspondence, herd books, herd register route books, production records, farm records, a time book, photographs, clippings and printed materials.
Extent: 0.65 Cubic feet, 37 items , consisting of correspondence, herd books, herd register, route books, production records, farm record books, a time book, photographs, clippings, and printed material.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

December 7, 1988, 37 items and 34 volumes; Records (1914-1961) of Edgecombe County, N.C., dairy farm, including herd books, route books, time book, accounts, pedigree book, correspondence, reports, and photographs. Gift of Mr. William Brake, Rocky Mount, N.C.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

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

Preferred Citation

Little Rock Dairy Farm Records (#563), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. William Brake

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Boccaccio, February 1990

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Correspondence concerns the history of the Williamson pecan tree and the development by H. L. Brake of the Brake pecan tree. Clippings and other printed material concern plantings and nut sizes and quality of the Brake pecan (1930s).

A major portion of the collection reflects the operation of Little Rock Dairy Farm owned by H. L. Brake of Rocky Mount, N.C. A Holstein-Freisian herd register (1920s) gives pedigree information, milk records, date of purchase, and disposition for animals in the herd. When cause of death is known, it is noted. A herd book (1920s-1930s) also gives pedigree information. Herd production (1910-1913) and record books (1930-1937) summarize the number of cows, number dry, pounds of milk, cost of feed, and profit or loss. Individual cow reports and herd books give name, breed, date when the cow was fresh and/or dry, and when it was purchased or sold as well as pounds of milk, value, feed, its cost, and profit or loss.

Farm record books (1933-1938) give costs for the entire farm, including cost of crops, pasture, woods, orchards, truck land, gardens, buildings and improvements, machinery and equipment, feeds and supplies, and workstock. Other records include tenant and landlord shares, labor, rent, and price of commodities sold. A crop production section of the farm records includes yield and value for the various crops and gives net worth. Route books (1914, 1933-1939) contain customer names, dates, and milk purchased.

A time book (1935-1936) notes name, time worked, number of days, rate, amount earned, cash received, and purchases. A ledger (1928-1961) gives tenant accounts. Both the time book and the ledger note the housing of tobacco. A 1933 Memorandum Book contains photographs of North Carolina farmers with their tobacco, cotton, and corn crops. A series of loose photographs shows Holsteins in the Brake herd during the 1920s and 1930s.

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Box 1#0563.1
Correspondence, 1913, 1931-1949
Box 1#0563.1
Herd register, 1920s
Box 1#0563.1
Herd production records, 1910-1913
Box 1#0563.1
Herd record books, 1930-1937
Box 2#0563.2
Photographs; Cash book, 1934
Box 2#0563.2
Time book, 1935-1936
Box 2#0563.2
Farm Record books, 1933-1938
Box 2#0563.2
Printed material; Clippings
Box 3#0563.3
Route books, 1914, 1933-1939
Box 4#0563.4
Ledger, 1928-1961
Box 5#0563.5
Herd book, 1920s, 1930s

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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