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Shipbuilding Ledger (Norfolk, Va.)

Collection ID: MG 127

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a ledger kept near the port of Norfolk, Virginia from 1796 documenting accounts for building ships. The first twenty pages are loose and contain handwritten accounts for customers in Norfolk including Pennock, Hamilton, Crawford, and Leckie in addition to blacksmiths, captains, sail makers, and block makers. The pages are approximately 16 inches x 12.5 inches and saddle-stiched along the middle. The rest of the ledger contains clippings from literary publications, such as fiction, anecdotes and poems, that date from the 19th century and have been placed on top of the ledger. The page numbers and accounts are still visible on pages where the clippings are absent. A bookplate for William Whiting, which was found inside the ledger, is also included.


  • 1796, circa 1825-1860, undated
  • Other: Date acquired: 10/06/2014


0.20 Linear Feet

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Language of Materials



Ledger kept near the port of Norfolk containing accounts of blacksmiths, captains, sail makers, and block makers in 1796. The college also contains 19th century clippings from literary publications.

Physical Access Requirements

Access may be limited due to the fragile nature of the ledger.

Source of Acquisition

Harold Protsman and Wayne Burton

Method of Acquisition

Gift. Accession #A2014-36

Processing Information

The collections was processed and finding aid created by Mona Farrow, Special Collections Assistant, in 2015.

A Guide to the Shipbuilding Ledger (Norfolk, Va.)
Mona Farrow, Special Collections Assistant
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the ODU Community Collections Repository

3000 Perry Library
4427 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk VA 23529 US