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John M. Ruff account books

Identifier: RHS-Coll-0502

Scope and Contents

These two volume (290+) page account books contain: documents, business accounts and names of customers from six years of Ruff's Lexington, Virginia hat shop.


  • Creation: Inclusive 1808-1814


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Biographical / Historical

John M. Ruff was a Lexington, Virginia resident who became a successful hat maker (hatter).


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Existence and Location of Copies

Facsimiles of the account books, which were gifts of Royster Lyle in 2007, are available for researcher use.

Processing Information

Blue sheet prepared by Seth McCormick-Goodhart (May 1, 2013)


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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA