September 20, 1967, ca. 1,200 items and 120 volumes; Store records of the firm owned successively by C. L. Fountain and L. E. Fountain (1903-1908), C. L. Fountain and J. Tommie Lawrence (1909-1915), C.L. Fountain (1915-1918), and J. Tommie Lawrence (1919-1945), consisting of correspondence (1940-1945), mortgages, bank notes, promissory notes, invoices, statements of account, checks, ledger, daybooks, stock inventory books, cash books, and catalogues. Gift of Oscar G. Gulley III, Leggett, North Carolina.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Lawrence-Gulley General Store Records (#5), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Oscar G. Gulley III
The correspondence deals exclusively with the years between 1940 and 1945. Letters of importance include one concerned with tax requirements on cigarettes and several concerned primarily with business transactions. Also included is a report on the major repairs needed for Leggett School in Edgecombe County (1941).
There are numerous mortgages which were written between 1904 and 1911. The majority of these mortgages are held by Fountain-Fountain against their tenant farmers. Such personal property as sows, ponies, cotton, horses, and Singer sewing machines are given as collateral for needed supplies.
The bulk of the financial papers include invoices and statements of account dealing with the years 1915 and 1918. Such things as clothes, fertilizers, tobacco twine, seed, fish, axle grease, oil, peanut bags, cooking utensils, furniture, and other items to be found in a general store constitute the bulk of these transactions.
There are several promissory notes held by W. S. Clark and Fountain-Fountain against their tenant farmers for small sums of money. There are numerous account sheets(1940-1941) taken from the store records of L. T. Lawrence giving the accounts of his tenants and other customers.
Other records include safe records or cash books (1951-1954), inventory books (undated), daybooks (1904-1934), ledgers (1902-1944), and charge records (1908-1920). Numerous memo pads and catalogues are also included.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to
help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.
Geographic Entry :
- North Carolina, Edgecombe County
Autograph Entries :
- Bundy, Sam[uel] D[avid] 1941
Subject Entries :
- AGRICULTURE- -Cotton- -Gins and Ginning- -1926-1927
- AGRICULTURE- -Labor and Laboring Classes- -Debts
- BUSINESS AND COMMERCE- -General Stores- -20th Century
- COMMUNICATION- -Letterheads
- EDUCATION- -PUBLIC SCHOOLS- -Edgecombe Co., N.C.
- PUBLICATIONS- -Catalogs- -Commercial
- TAXATION- -Cigarette Tax
Date Entry :