F. S. Royster Mercantile Company, Inc., Records, 1888-1968

Manuscript Collection #507

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: F. S. Royster Mercantile Company, Inc., Records
    Creator: F.S. Royster Mercantile Company
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Records (1888-1968) including correspondence, legal records, reports, photographs.
    Extent: 13.57 Cubic feet, 14,656 items , consisting of correspondence, legal records, financial records, reports, and photographs.
  • Description
     

    The administrative correspondence between the mercantile company and the Norfolk office (1914–1968) is arranged chronologically. The bulk of this correspondence is pre-1940 and includes some correspondence with major suppliers and mercantile company distributors.

    The mercantile company's alphabetical subject file (1892–1957) is primarily post-1940 and concerns specific interests and activities of the Tarboro office.

    The papers related to N.C. Royster companies (1919–1965) includes companies that the mercantile company dealt closely with either in a supervisory fashion or in a mutual supplier relationship. Also included are personal files for L. D. Hargrove, secretary of the mercantile company; C. A. Johnson; and the records of the Tarboro Merchant's Association.

    The mercantile company's customer records are arranged alphabetically (1895–1961). This includes records of individual farmers, suppliers, and distributors. These papers are more specific to the mercantile company's daily activities even though to some extent distributors and suppliers also appear in the administrative correspondence.

    The financial records include correspondence (1893–1968); financial topics arranged alphabetically; and ledgers. Economic topics are the major points of discussion in the collection. Correspondence with dealers throughout indicates both price of goods according to availability and also market ups and downs for specific goods handled. Economic conditions were monitored steadily by the Norfolk office which repeatedly urged the mercantile company to collect on their accounts, watch their customers' ability to pay off their notes, and not become overextended themselves. In lean years the mercantile company was encouraged to cut expenses on futures (12 November 1920). In 1932, E. O. Burroughs was sent from the main office to Bethel, N.C., to help coordinate collections. There was a constant interchange of correspondence between Johnson and C. F. Burroughs in Norfolk, assuring that company policy be maintained and that the main office understood the local situation. They discussed economic philosophy (February 1921) and the possibility of using co-ops as distributors of fertilizers (19, 21 February 1923). Fertilizer-related bills in the Legislature were closely watched (1921, 1923, 1937) as were bills concerning the Federal Intermediate Credit Banks (1931) and the 1934 $.12 government loans on cotton (1936) in the depression years. Johnson had been president of the Farmer's Banking and Trust Company and was able to provide local economic information to the Norfolk office.

    All aspects of the business relationships between the main office, the mercantile company, and local subsidiary companies are reflected. The mercantile company capital stock was increased in 1920 and dividends were regularly declared except during the early depression years. Monthly funds for the Tarboro office expenses were sent from Norfolk and procedures for ordering, shipping, accounting, and contracting were worked out and refined. Bookkeeping for several of the subsidiary companies was done by the mercantile company and was then reported to the Norfolk office. Accounting practices were decided in Norfolk and then kept by the associated companies.

    World War I is reflected mainly in the war tax that was applied to goods shipped (1917, 1918). A broadside from the National War Savings Committee (1918) concerns pledges to purchase war stamps and correspondence discusses Victory Bonds (1920). World War II is reflected as an agricultural war effort in mimeographed regulations fromthe Office of Price Administration (1941–1942), the War Production Board (1942–1943), and the War Food Administration (1943–1945).

    Adverse weather conditions including hail, rain, drought, and flooding are reported in correspondence to the Norfolk office (1919, 1920, 1924), as is money paid by insurance companies for crop damage (1942–1946). Insurance is noted in the crop lien books of individual accounts for each farmer (1932–1944, 1948–1960).

    Concern for scientific agriculture appears with the use of special formula fertilizers (1920), the employment of a former N.C.D.A. specialist in pesticides to speak at farmers' meetings (1923), and the employment of a chemist (1926). Napthalene was used in 1933, corn test plots were encouraged in 1939, anhydrous ammonia (NH3) was begun in 1955, and in 1961 a nitrogen tank was close to operation. From the mid-1930s the mercantile company joined various agricultural organizations such as the National Cottonseed Products Association, the N.C. Ginners Association, the National Fertilizer Association, and the National Cotton Council to keep current.

    A personal file for L. D. Hargrove concerns his family's landholdings in Kinston, N.C. Also included are two of his father's medical ledgers (1919–1925) related to his practice in Kinston. A personal file for C. A. Johnson reflects his activity as president of the Farmer's Banking and Trust Company in Tarboro, N.C. As president of the bank, Johnson was involved in school board arbitration, funding bonds for Edgecombe County, and the town of Tarboro Sinking Fund (1927).

    Information on the Tarboro Merchant's Association (1930–1937, 1943–1951) includes notices and a Weekly Bulletin which lists deeds, liens, chattels, and notes for Edgecombe County.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Established in 1885 in Tarboro, N.C., by F. S. Royster, the Royster Mercantile Company began as a general store, buying and selling produce, seed, farm implements, machinery and other items as well as fertilizer. In 1897 Royster moved his headquarters to Norfolk, Va., and expanded to become the Royster Guano Company with subsidiary and affiliated companies like the mercantile company. Clarence A. Johnson succeeded Royster as manager of the Tarboro company and was also president of the Tarboro Ginning Company, a separate but affiliated operation. Johnson and the mercantile company also had close working relationships with other Royster affiliates in the state: the Consumers Cotton Oil Company, the Cotton Belt Land Company, the Farmers Supply and Gin Company, and the Royster Ginning Company. By the early 1920s the mercantile company was withdrawing from the general store operations and specializing in fertilizer and associated crop requirements from seed to sale. W. Rand Martin became manager in 1945 after Johnson's death and sat on the boards of several of the small North Carolina Royster subsidiary companies.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    March 17, 1986, 24 cubic feet; Records (1900-1967) of a Tarboro, N.C., company including correspondence, reports, and financial records reflecting business interests in fertilizer, cotton, tobacco, and other agricultural areas. Gift of F. S. Royster Mercantile Company and the Town of Tarboro, Tarboro, N.C.

    June 7, 2010, (unprocessed addition 1), 1 items, 0.01 cubic feet; Royster, F. S., President, F. S. Royster Guano Company, Norfolk, Virginia (7 March 1913) Letter to Mr. Pettie Shaffer, Sandy Ridge, N.C., discussing the history of the company and his philosophy for success in the fertilizer business, 1885-1913; also attaching a booklet (missing) of letters from satisfied customers. TLS. Laminated. See preliminary inventory. Donor: Kenneth N. Carter.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of F. S. Royster Mercantile Company and the Town of Tarboro
    Gift of Mr. Kenneth N. Carter

    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

    F. S. Royster Mercantile Company, Inc., Records (#507), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by M. Boccaccio, January 1988

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

Container List

Administrative Correspondence, 1925-1929
Administrative Correspondence, 1930-1933
Administrative Correspondence, 1933-1936
Administrative Correspondence, 1936-1940
Administrative Correspondence, 1941-1945
Administrative Correspondence, 1946-1968
Administrative Correspondence, 1961-1968; Correspondence, F. S. Royster, Jr., 1928-1941; Correspondence, W. S. Royster, 1928-1941. Mercantile Company, Alphabetical Subject File: Cotton Account, 1920-1923; Cotton, 1956-1958; Cotton Classification Sheets, 1950; Cotton Statistics, 1928-1963; Diary, 1965; Fertilizer Correspondence, 1955-1965; First National Bank of Richmond, 1920-1922.
Mercantile Company, Alphabetical Subject File: History; Insecticides, Cotton; Legal Documents, 1892-1953; Market Quotations, 1920-1924; A. H. McNair, 1950; Miscellaneous; Miscellaneous Agriculture Catalogs.
Mercantile Company, Alphabetical Subject File: NH3 Operators, 1955-1962; National Fertilizer Association, 1942-1946; Nitrogen Tank, 1961-1962.
Mercantile Company, Alphabetical Subject File: Office of Price Administration, 1942-1944; N.C. Unemployment Compensation, 1940-1945; Price Lists, 1927; Register of Deeds, 1925-1951; Sales Department, 1954-1960; S. F. Thornton--Soil Tests, 1956-1957; Tobacco; U.S./N.C. Dept. of Agriculture, 1920-1957; U.S./N.C. Dept. of Agriculture, Printed Matter.
Mercantile Company, Alphabetical Subject File: U.S.D.A., Printed Matter; War Production Board, 1942-1943; War Food Administration, 1943-1945; Warehouse, 1965. Mercantile Company, Related N.C. Royster Companies: Atlantic Chemical Company, 1922; Consumers Cotton Oil Company, 1919-1939.
Mercantile Company, Related N.C. Royster Companies: Cotton Belt Land Co., 1933-1943; Farmers Supply and Gin Co., 1937-1950; Royster Ginning Co., 1920-1946; Tarboro Ginning Co., 1927-1965.
Mercantile Company, Related N.C. Royster Companies: Tarboro Ginning Co., 1927-1965; L. D. Hargrove, 1925-1932; C. A. Johnson, 1926-1928; Tarboro Merchant's Association, 1930-1948.
Mercantile Company, Related N.C. Royster Companies: Tarboro Merchant's Association, Weekly Bulletin, 1936-1937, 1943, 1945-1946, 1949-1951; Photographs.
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: A–B
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: B–C
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: C–D
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: Dixie Jute Bagging Co., 1923-1957–Theodore G. Empie, 1920-1922
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: F–Franklin Sugar Refining Co., 1920-1928
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: G–George A. Holderness, 1920-1938
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: I–Lyon and Greenleaf Co., 1942-1945
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: M–National Cotton Council, 1938-1941
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: National Fertilizer Association, 1940-1941
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: P–A. M. Pullen Co., 1922-1926
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: A. M. Pullen Co., 1927-1936 -Smith Douglas Co., 1923-1932
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: Charles M. Struvent Co., 1920-1932 -Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corp., 1924-1943
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: W–Z. Financial Records, Financial Correspondence, 1893-1931
Financial Records, Financial Correspondence, 1932-1968
Financial Records, Financial Topics: Audits, 1920-1966; Collections, 1923-1964
Financial Records, Financial Topics: Collections, 1950; Credit Department, 1956-1964; Crop Liens, 1948-1958
Financial Records, Financial Topics: Crop Liens, 1959-1960; Federal Crop Insurance Corp., 1957; Insurance, 1920-1965; Journal Entries, 1931-1934; Miscellaneous Financial Information, 1888-1920
Financial Records, Financial Topics: North Carolina Bank and Trust, 1931-1934; Taxes, 1919-1965; Trial Balance, 1936-1967
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co., 1921-1924, 1958-1967; Tarboro Ginning Co. Trial Balance, 1936-1937; Cotton Book, 1932; Cotton Storage Book, 1931 (1930-1933); Mill Offices, 1908-1909; Consumers Cotton Oil Company—Architectural Survey, 1919
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co., 1925
Financial Records, Ledgers: Consumers Cotton Oil Co. Architectural Program, 1919
Financial Records, Ledgers: Consumers Cotton Oil Co. Cash Book, 1916-1929
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Daybook, 1919-1922
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co., 1929-1932
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Cash Book, 1922-1923
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Cash Book, 1926-1929
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Cash Book, 1934-1938
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Cash Book, 1943-1949
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Trial Balance, 1941-1947
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Journal, 1919-1921
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Journal, 1922-1933
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Journal, 1933-1946
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Journal, 1925-1928
Financial Records, Ledgers: Index to Materials Arrival, 1909-1917
Financial Records, Ledgers: Materials Arrival, 1909-1917
Financial Records, Ledgers: Index to Ledger, 1900-1906
Financial Records, Ledgers: Ledger, 1900-1906
Financial Records, Ledgers: Index to Ledger, 1912-1919
Financial Records, Ledgers: Ledger, 1912-1919
Financial Records, Ledgers: Ledger, 1902-1917
Financial Records, Ledgers: Ledger, 1940
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal, 1900-1921
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal, 1922-1931
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal, 1939-1942
Financial Records, Ledgers: Guano Account, 1936
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal- Guano Account, 1944-1946
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal- Guano Account, 1946-1947
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal- Guano Account, 1950
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal- Guano Account, 1951
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal, 1962-1963
Financial Records, Ledgers: Trial Balance, 1915-1921
Financial Records, Ledgers: Trial Balance, 1922-1929
Financial Records, Ledgers: Trial Balance, 1934-1935
Financial Records, Ledgers: Trial Balance, 1936-1937
Financial Records, Ledgers: Trial Balance, 1938-1939
Financial Records, Ledgers: Trial Balance, 1940-1941
Financial Records, Ledgers: Trial Balance, 1963-1968
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1913-1915
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1917-1919
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1923-1925
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1915-1921
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1919-1921
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1931-1932
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1932-1934
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1934-1935
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1935-1936
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1937-1939
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1940-1941
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1941-1942
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1942-1944
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1947-1948
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1948-1949
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1949-1950
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1956-1959
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book--Guano Sales, 1960-1962
Financial Records, Ledgers: Insurance Register, 1909-1911
Financial Records, Ledgers: Crop Liens, 1934
Financial Records, Ledgers: Crop Liens, 1938
Financial Records, Ledgers: Physicians Ledger, 1919-1922
Financial Records, Ledgers: Peanut Book, 1931-1933; Crop Liens, 1932-1936
Financial Records, Ledgers: Crop Liens, 1937-1944. Journal, 1922-1925; Miscellaneous Correspondence List; Physicians Ledger, 1924-1925
Administrative Correspondence, 1934-1962. Mercantile Company, Alphabetical Subject File: U.S./N.C. Department of Agriculture, printed matter; Tarboro Merchants' Association, weekly bulletin, 1944. Mercantile Company, Related N.C. Royster Companies: Cotton Belt Land Co., 1937-1941. Mercantile Company, Customer Records: Bone Dry Fertilizer Co., 1936-1947.
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: Chas. W. Priddy and Co., 1921-1936. Financial Records, Financial Topics: Insurance, 1937-1941; Crop Liens, 1947, 1949.

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Container List

Administrative Correspondence, 1925-1929
Administrative Correspondence, 1930-1933
Administrative Correspondence, 1933-1936
Administrative Correspondence, 1936-1940
Administrative Correspondence, 1941-1945
Administrative Correspondence, 1946-1968
Administrative Correspondence, 1961-1968; Correspondence, F. S. Royster, Jr., 1928-1941; Correspondence, W. S. Royster, 1928-1941. Mercantile Company, Alphabetical Subject File: Cotton Account, 1920-1923; Cotton, 1956-1958; Cotton Classification Sheets, 1950; Cotton Statistics, 1928-1963; Diary, 1965; Fertilizer Correspondence, 1955-1965; First National Bank of Richmond, 1920-1922.
Mercantile Company, Alphabetical Subject File: History; Insecticides, Cotton; Legal Documents, 1892-1953; Market Quotations, 1920-1924; A. H. McNair, 1950; Miscellaneous; Miscellaneous Agriculture Catalogs.
Mercantile Company, Alphabetical Subject File: NH3 Operators, 1955-1962; National Fertilizer Association, 1942-1946; Nitrogen Tank, 1961-1962.
Mercantile Company, Alphabetical Subject File: Office of Price Administration, 1942-1944; N.C. Unemployment Compensation, 1940-1945; Price Lists, 1927; Register of Deeds, 1925-1951; Sales Department, 1954-1960; S. F. Thornton--Soil Tests, 1956-1957; Tobacco; U.S./N.C. Dept. of Agriculture, 1920-1957; U.S./N.C. Dept. of Agriculture, Printed Matter.
Mercantile Company, Alphabetical Subject File: U.S.D.A., Printed Matter; War Production Board, 1942-1943; War Food Administration, 1943-1945; Warehouse, 1965. Mercantile Company, Related N.C. Royster Companies: Atlantic Chemical Company, 1922; Consumers Cotton Oil Company, 1919-1939.
Mercantile Company, Related N.C. Royster Companies: Cotton Belt Land Co., 1933-1943; Farmers Supply and Gin Co., 1937-1950; Royster Ginning Co., 1920-1946; Tarboro Ginning Co., 1927-1965.
Mercantile Company, Related N.C. Royster Companies: Tarboro Ginning Co., 1927-1965; L. D. Hargrove, 1925-1932; C. A. Johnson, 1926-1928; Tarboro Merchant's Association, 1930-1948.
Mercantile Company, Related N.C. Royster Companies: Tarboro Merchant's Association, Weekly Bulletin, 1936-1937, 1943, 1945-1946, 1949-1951; Photographs.
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: A–B
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: B–C
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: C–D
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: Dixie Jute Bagging Co., 1923-1957–Theodore G. Empie, 1920-1922
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: F–Franklin Sugar Refining Co., 1920-1928
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: G–George A. Holderness, 1920-1938
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: I–Lyon and Greenleaf Co., 1942-1945
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: M–National Cotton Council, 1938-1941
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: National Fertilizer Association, 1940-1941
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: P–A. M. Pullen Co., 1922-1926
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: A. M. Pullen Co., 1927-1936 -Smith Douglas Co., 1923-1932
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: Charles M. Struvent Co., 1920-1932 -Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corp., 1924-1943
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: W–Z. Financial Records, Financial Correspondence, 1893-1931
Financial Records, Financial Correspondence, 1932-1968
Financial Records, Financial Topics: Audits, 1920-1966; Collections, 1923-1964
Financial Records, Financial Topics: Collections, 1950; Credit Department, 1956-1964; Crop Liens, 1948-1958
Financial Records, Financial Topics: Crop Liens, 1959-1960; Federal Crop Insurance Corp., 1957; Insurance, 1920-1965; Journal Entries, 1931-1934; Miscellaneous Financial Information, 1888-1920
Financial Records, Financial Topics: North Carolina Bank and Trust, 1931-1934; Taxes, 1919-1965; Trial Balance, 1936-1967
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co., 1921-1924, 1958-1967; Tarboro Ginning Co. Trial Balance, 1936-1937; Cotton Book, 1932; Cotton Storage Book, 1931 (1930-1933); Mill Offices, 1908-1909; Consumers Cotton Oil Company—Architectural Survey, 1919
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co., 1925
Financial Records, Ledgers: Consumers Cotton Oil Co. Architectural Program, 1919
Financial Records, Ledgers: Consumers Cotton Oil Co. Cash Book, 1916-1929
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Daybook, 1919-1922
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co., 1929-1932
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Cash Book, 1922-1923
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Cash Book, 1926-1929
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Cash Book, 1934-1938
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Cash Book, 1943-1949
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Trial Balance, 1941-1947
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Journal, 1919-1921
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Journal, 1922-1933
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Journal, 1933-1946
Financial Records, Ledgers: Tarboro Ginning Co. Journal, 1925-1928
Financial Records, Ledgers: Index to Materials Arrival, 1909-1917
Financial Records, Ledgers: Materials Arrival, 1909-1917
Financial Records, Ledgers: Index to Ledger, 1900-1906
Financial Records, Ledgers: Ledger, 1900-1906
Financial Records, Ledgers: Index to Ledger, 1912-1919
Financial Records, Ledgers: Ledger, 1912-1919
Financial Records, Ledgers: Ledger, 1902-1917
Financial Records, Ledgers: Ledger, 1940
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal, 1900-1921
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal, 1922-1931
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal, 1939-1942
Financial Records, Ledgers: Guano Account, 1936
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal- Guano Account, 1944-1946
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal- Guano Account, 1946-1947
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal- Guano Account, 1950
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal- Guano Account, 1951
Financial Records, Ledgers: Journal, 1962-1963
Financial Records, Ledgers: Trial Balance, 1915-1921
Financial Records, Ledgers: Trial Balance, 1922-1929
Financial Records, Ledgers: Trial Balance, 1934-1935
Financial Records, Ledgers: Trial Balance, 1936-1937
Financial Records, Ledgers: Trial Balance, 1938-1939
Financial Records, Ledgers: Trial Balance, 1940-1941
Financial Records, Ledgers: Trial Balance, 1963-1968
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1913-1915
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1917-1919
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1923-1925
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1915-1921
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1919-1921
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1931-1932
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1932-1934
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1934-1935
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1935-1936
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1937-1939
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1940-1941
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1941-1942
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1942-1944
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1947-1948
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1948-1949
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1949-1950
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book, 1956-1959
Financial Records, Ledgers: Cash Book--Guano Sales, 1960-1962
Financial Records, Ledgers: Insurance Register, 1909-1911
Financial Records, Ledgers: Crop Liens, 1934
Financial Records, Ledgers: Crop Liens, 1938
Financial Records, Ledgers: Physicians Ledger, 1919-1922
Financial Records, Ledgers: Peanut Book, 1931-1933; Crop Liens, 1932-1936
Financial Records, Ledgers: Crop Liens, 1937-1944. Journal, 1922-1925; Miscellaneous Correspondence List; Physicians Ledger, 1924-1925
Administrative Correspondence, 1934-1962. Mercantile Company, Alphabetical Subject File: U.S./N.C. Department of Agriculture, printed matter; Tarboro Merchants' Association, weekly bulletin, 1944. Mercantile Company, Related N.C. Royster Companies: Cotton Belt Land Co., 1937-1941. Mercantile Company, Customer Records: Bone Dry Fertilizer Co., 1936-1947.
Mercantile Company, Customer Records: Chas. W. Priddy and Co., 1921-1936. Financial Records, Financial Topics: Insurance, 1937-1941; Crop Liens, 1947, 1949.


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