Account books provide useful information to researchers and interpreters about everyday life. Robert J. Wilson explains the value of account books and the need to preserve, organize, and catalog them for the historical record during the burgeoning era of social history.
Wilson outlines the proper ways to organize different types of books and how and where to look at them for specific pieces of information.
Best practices are provided for creating a catalog card and implementing proper care and storage.
A discussion of how to use ledgers and account books for research possibilities will guide institutions in thinking of how to promote these for social and cultural research.
Technical Leaflet #140 (1981)
For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 16, Collections Management III.