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Catalog Number HRHS-072
Collection William L. Yancey Collection
Object Name Collection
Scope & Content
William L. Yancey was a popular and successful lawyer of Harrisonburg, was born November 24, 1860, was the son of Capt. William Benjamin Yancey, C.S. A., and Victoria Julia Winsborough Yancey. He married Mary Ashby Gibbons October 27, 1885. Died July 31, 1901 in Harrisonburg. (From p. 438 of the chapter, Men of Mark and Representative Citizens.)

See also William L. Yancey's obit from 8/2/1901 in the administrative folder for more biographical info.

A Penn Letter Book, created by Penn Manufacturing Works, is a 19th/c office supply that allowed Mr. Yancy to keep copies of letters written without a copy press or water. A letter could be either copied immediately, or several hours after writing, by placing the writing under the copy paper and rubbing with the hand. Each page of the letter could be copied as written. Blotting paper was used on the letter after copying and the writing would turn "intensely" black in a few hours. (See instructions in the Penn Letter Book, folder 2 (two).

This is an artificially created collection of receipts for merchandise purchased by William L. Yancey at various Harrisonburg businesses (including a tobaccos jobber, grocer, rugs and shoes merchant); letter book containing 5 (five) letters written in 1885.

Folder 1:
Receipt Robert E. Sullivan 1893
Receipt Logan and Shinnick 1893
Receipt C.H. Eshman 1894
Receipt S.H. Moffett and Co. August 29, 1894
Receipt J.P. Houck 1895
Receipt R.A. Vanpelt 1895
Receipt J. T. Voorhers 1895

Folder 2:
Penn Letter Book 1885
Title William L. Yancey Collection