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Buena Vista General Store (MC 222)

Biographical Note

The Buena Vista General Store was owned by the Charles M. Clements Sr. (April 24, 1876-January, 1952) and later by his son, Charles M. Clements Jr. (October 7, 1913-1972).  The store was one of several properties and businesses run by the family, which included farmland, the funeral home in Buena Vista, Georgia and investment property in Florida and elsewhere, as well as involvement by both father and son with the Buena Vista Loan and Savings Bank and the First Baptist Church.  The store was sold in 1991 by Charles Clement III, according to Rena S. Cobb's A History of Marion County, Georgia.


Scope and Contents

These records give a very detailed account of the daily activities of a rural general store from the turn of the century through World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II and the peace-time boom that followed. In addition to the store records, there are documents relating to the effects of the rationing system during World War II, both for retail establishments and private farming activities.

1906-1977                                                              104 vols, 53 boxes (69 l.f.)


Permission to publish

Permission to publish material from the Buena Vista General Store Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives.  Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Buena Vista General Store Collection
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia

Provenance

These records were accessioned by the CSU archives in September, 2006.

Note to Researchers

The receipts and other boxed materials are not completely processed.


Box and Contents List

Series 1:
Daybooks, Ledgers and Inventories

Day Books—Daily logs of business transactions

Book 1: 1906

Book 2: 1916-1917

Book 3: 1918

Book 4: 1919

Book 5: 1920

Book 6: 1921

Book 7: 1922

Book 8: 1923

Book 9: 1924 (Nov.-Dec.)

Book 10: 1925

Book 11: 1926

Book 12: 1927

Book 13: 1928

Book 14: 1929

Book 15: 1930

Book 16: 1931

Book 17: 1934

Book 18: 1936

Book 19: 1941

Book 20: 1942

Book 21: 1946

Book 22: 1947

Book 23: 1948

Book 24: 1949

Book 25: 1950

Book 26: 1951

Book 27: 1952

Book 28: 1953

Book 29: 1954

Book 30: 1955

Book 31: 1956

Book 32: 1957

Book 33: 1958

Book 34: 1959

Book 35: 1960

Book 36: 1961

Book 37: 1962

Book 38: 1963

Book 39: 1964

Book 40: 1965

Book 41: 1966

Book 42: 1967

Book 43: 1969

Book 44: 1970

Book 45: 1971

Book 46: 1972

Book 47: 1973


Ledgers—Logs with Yearly Accounting

Book 1: 1937

Book 2: 1939

Book 3: 1940

Book 4: 1942

Book 5: 1943

Book 6: 1944

Book 7: 1945

Book 8: 1946

Book 9: 1947

Book 10: 1948

Book 11: 1951

Book 12: 1952

Book 13: 1953

Book 14: 1954

Book 15: 1955

Book 16: 1956

Book 17: 1957

Book 18: 1958

Book 19: 1959

Book 20: 1960

Book 21: 1963

Book 22: 1970

Book 23: 1970 (Cont.)

Book 24: Mules, 1935-1944

 

Inventory:

Book 1: 1924

Book 2: 1925

Book 3: 1926

Book 4: 1927

Book 5: 1928

Book 6: 1929

Book 7: 1930

Book 8: 1931

Book 9: 1932

Book 10: 1933

Book 11: 1934

Book 12: 1935

Book 13: 1936

Book 14: 1937

Book 15: 1938

Book 16: 1939

Book 17: 1940

Book 18: 1941

Book 19: 1942

Book 20: 1943

Book 21: 1944

Book 22: 1945

Book 23: 1946

Book 24: 1947

Book 25: 1948

Book 26: 1949

Book 27: 1950

Book 28: 1951

Book 29: 1952

Book 30: 1953

Book 31: 1954

Book 32: 1955

Book 33: 1956

Book 34: 1957

Book 35: 1958

Book 36: 1959

Book 37: 1960

Book 38: 1961

Book 39: 1962

Book 40: 1963

Book 41: 1964

Book 42: 1965

Book 43: 1966


Series 2: Receipts

[these boxes are being reprocessed and consolidated, so some will appear empty for the time being]


Series II: Receipts

Box 1 – 1 913-1918

Box 2 – 1919-1921

Box 3 – 1922-1925

Box 4 – 1926-1927

Box 5 – 1928-1931

Box 6 – 1934-1938

Box 7 – 1939-1940

Box 8 – 1941

Box 9 – 1942-1943

Box 10 – 1944-June, 1946

Box 11 – July, 1946-August, 1947

Box 12 – September, 1947-October, 1948

Box 13 – November, 1948-1949

Box 14 – 1950-June, 1951

Box 15 – July, 1951-1952

Box 16 – 1953-

Box 17 –

Box 18 –

Box 19 –

Box 20 –

Box 21 –

Box 22 –

Box 23 –

Box 24 –

Box 25 –

Box 26 –

Box 27 –

Box 28 – 1954

Box 29 – 1955

Box 30 – 1956

Box 31 – 1957

Box 32 – 1958

Box 33 – 1959

Box 34 – 1960

Box 35 – 1961

Box 36 – 1962

Box 37 – 1963

Box 38 – 1964

Box 39 – 1965

Box 40 – 1966

Box 41 – 1967

Box 42 – 1968

Box 43 – 1969-1971

Box 44 – 1972

Box 45 – 1973

Box 46 – 1974-1977

 


Series 3: Bank Deposit and Check Books

Box 1: Bank Deposit Books, 1949-1956 and 1963-1967, checks and check receipts 1963-1964, 1968 and miscellaneous documents

Box 2: Checks and check receipts 1961-1966, 1968


Series 4: Miscellaneous Documents

Box 1: Correspondence

Box 2: Funeral Home Documents

Box 3: Income Taxes

Box 4: Advertisements

Box 5: Miscellaneous