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John S. C. Martin Ledger

 Collection — Box: 01
Identifier: MS-0229

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a ledger owned by druggist John S. C. Martin. The ledger was used to record the sale of mineral waters, porters, and ales. It also details the number of bottles returned and offers a glimpse into bottle recycling in the mid-19th century. Martin's ledger includes the years 1848-1852. Located in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the business was not far from the Dyottville Glass Works.

There are 196 pages in the ledger and all but four pages are used. John S. C. Martin had excellent handwriting, which makes the ledger fairly easy to read.


  • Creation: 1848-1852


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for public research. Researchers must make an appointment to view the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

John S. C. Martin was born in 1809 and lived in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where he worked as a druggist (pharmacist). Much of his work involved the use of glass bottles for various products including mineral waters, porters, and ales. Martin died in 1858.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Binding has come apart; ledger is fragile and requires book cradle or pillow during use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Dan Casavant in 2020.

Accession 2020.008

Processing Information

Processed by Joe Schill in 2020.

John S. C. Martin Ledger, 1848-1852
A Guide to the Collection
Joe Schill
May 07, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the The Rakow Research Library Manuscript Collection Repository

The Rakow Research Library
The Corning Museum of Glass
Five Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA