Hopewell Furnace's Ledgers
Account documents recording operations of Hopewell Furnace from 1784 to 1896 and from 1935 to 1941 have been recovered at the Site and conserved by the National Park Service. The NPS scanned these documents to allow inspection by interested parties.
There are a number of different document types, ranging from daily journals, which record gains to and losses from the furnace account to consolidated accounts for the furnace enterprise and specific portions (e.g. the store). These documents talley credits and debits between the furnace and individuals (including workers) and buisnesses for a wide range of economic activity at the furnace.
The ledger images are stored on a National Park Gallery website, which was released to the public on Sept 16, 2016. This web site provides all of the digitized pictures of the original Ledgers, Journals, and various kinds of books.It should be noted that updates and improvements are expected to be made to this website periodically. The NP Gallery website contains over 18,000 pictures of the original Hopewell Ledgers pages.
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The following PDF file contains an Alphabetized list of activity by worker name, with the corresponding SM numbers (Source Material number). This is helpful once finding a specific name in the Ledger Database to finding the original source page in the NP Gallery web site shown above.
The following PDF file contains an alphabetized list of activity by company or business name.
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Genealogists may obtain occupational related data for their ancestors as well as other recorded notes. Historians may gain insight into the people involved with these Iron Plantations and how they became an economic center. Please review information on the following Interpretation Page to gain additional insight into the nature of these documents.
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Information from the ledgers has been compiled in summaries as described below. These summaries identify economic actities including what type of items were typically bartered.
The following PDF file contains a summary of all of the known accounting books summarizing names and current location of the books.
The following was added January 3, 2024
SM 41 Ledger is currently held at Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
The source of these reports are associated with SM 41 Ledger.
To see these reports go to the following new page