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George Shove Account Book

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: George Shove.
Title: George Shove Account Book
Inclusive Dates: 1787-1829
Quantity: 1 volume.
Abstract: Ledger of 18th and 19th c. general merchant George Shove.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Nothing is known of George Shove other than the information given in the collection. He was evidently a general merchant, selling everything from molasses to nails. The location of his store cannot be definitively determined, but if he is of the same family as the creators of the Shove, Bowen and Shove Account Book (see Related Material below), it may have been in Freetown, Massachusetts or thereabouts.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The George Shove Account Book consists of one volume, a ledger containing credits and debits for various patrons of the merchant George Shove. Items sold include molasses, rum, sugar, shoes, corn, flaxseed and cloth. Items listed in the credit column include wood, coal, "days worked," curing and tanning services, and hoops (whether dress or barrel is not specified). Occasionally food items are listed, such as herring and "a pig."

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

See also the Shove, Bowen and Shove Account Book, which may be from members of the same merchant family.

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Subject Headings


Shove, George.


Merchants -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Merchants -- United States -- History -- 19th century.


Freetown (Mass. : Town) -- History.

Genres and Forms

Account books.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

George Shove Account Book,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1968.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 4 Nov 2010
Revision history:

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Financial papers
Volume 1 Account book 1787-1829

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