HSP's extensive business-related holdings document three centuries of business activity, primarily in Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia region. In addition to the manuscript collections outlined below, HSP also has many business-related publications, including company and government reports, circulars, catalogs, guides, timetables, and legal records. (For a more detailed discussion of manuscript holdings, see Cynthia J. Little, “Business History Holdings at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania,” Business History Review 70 (Spring 1996): 91-107. Click here to view this article on JSTOR.org.).
Cole, Arthur H. and Thomas C. Cochran. “Business Manuscripts: A Pressing Problem.” Journal of Economic History 5 (1945): 43-64. (call number Ta*.109 vol.1)
Wilson, Robert J. "Early American account books: interpretation, cataloging, and use." Technical leaflet 140, American Association for State and Local History, 1981. (call number Ta 2801 no. 140 1981)
William Dickson's student notebook, kept for a course in bookkeeping in 1850-1851, are also particularly instructive and include "Daybook and Journal A, 1850" and "Index to Ledger A, Ledger B and Sales Book B." These exercises show exactly how each type of account book was maintained, and offer helpful practical examples. (call number Am .9161)