Edmondson Electric Company Collection
AC 030

Summary Information

Repository
McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
Title
Edmondson Electric Company Collection
ID
AC 030
Date [inclusive]
1914-1934
Extent
4.0 Linear feet
Physical Description
Contains seven ledger books from the Edmondson Electric Company. The ledgers contain financial records and journal entries from 1914 to 1934.
Location
Locked in compact shelving, Level 1, Shelf 29D
Language
English

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edmondson Electric Company Collection, Appalachian Collection, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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Historical Note

The Edmondson Electric Company was formed by the Edmondson brothers and was located in Meadowview, VA. The Virginia State Corporation Commission issued the company's charter, # 11482, on January 6, 1914. The first company president was E.H. Edmondson and S.W. Edmondson served as company secretary. Shortly after being issued its charter the company began construction of the Edmondson Dam on the Middle Fork of the Holston River, not far from Emory, VA. Upon completion the dam was 30 feet tall, 36 feet wide at its base, and 200 feet long. The dam served as the company's hydroelectric facilty starting in 1921, with a maximum capacity of 2000 horsepower and a minumum of 1000 horsepower. The Edmondson's hydroelectric operation supplied the towns of Chilhowie, Meadowview, Emory, Glade Spring, and Abingdon with electricity. The dam formed a small lake that served as a swimming and fishing hole for locals. Lake Pocahontas Camp was built on the lake's edge and offered a mountain retreat to young boys and girls in the mid 1920's. The dam and hydroelectric plant operated until 1963, when it was closed due to maintenance issues. It remained unused until it was partially demolished in 1982. Today the dam still spans the Middle Fork of the Holston River at a height of approximately 14 feet.

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Scope and Contents

The Edmondson Electric Company Collection contains seven ledger books with company financial records dating from 1914 to 1934. The ledgers list open and closed accounts the company had with local residents and businesses, as well as payroll acounts and employee records are listed. There are daily and yearly expense reports and journal entries within the ledgers. Financial records and expenses of the dam construction are also listed in the ledger books.

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Arrangement Note

Box 1 contains ledger books 1-2, Box 2 ledger books 3-5, and Box 3 ladger books 6-7.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia
540-831-5692
archives@radford.edu

Restrictions to Access

An appointment for research is required. All materials in the collection are available for research. No interlibrary loan.

Custodial History

This collection was found with the Virginia Iron Coal and Coke Collection. It is not known if these ledger books were originally part of this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by David Atkins, Spring 2013.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1: Edmonson Electric Company Ledger Books 

Ledger 1: Edmondson Electric Company ledger book labeled Ed. Elec. Co, Memo-Day, 6/1/14 to 4/30/23 and Journal p. 125 8/31/25 to 12/31/27. Book contains client lists, expense reports, journal entries, etc. 

Ledger 2: Edmondson Electric Company ledger book labeled Ed. Elec. Co. Cash Book, 5/1/28 to 12/31/32. Book containscompany financial records including deposits, withdrawals, bank holdings, petty cash, etc. 

Box 2: Edmonson Electric Company Ledger Books 

Ledger 3: Edmondson Electric Company ledger book labeled Ed. Elec. Co. Journal, 1/1/29 to 12/31/32. Book contains company accounts payable and receivable journal entries. 

Ledger 4: Edmondson Electric Company ledger book labeled Ed. Elec. Co. Trial Balance, 5/31/23 to 12/31/25. Book contains company finance records. 

Ledger 5: Edmondson Electric Company ledger book unlabeled. Book contains trial balance sheets of copmpany financial records from 1/1/23 to 12/31/28 

Box 3: Edmonson Electric Company Ledger Books 

Ledger 6: Edmondson Electric Company ledger book labeled Ed. Elec. Co Gen. Led., 1/1/29 to 6/30/34. Book contains financial records of company's daily expenditures and deposits. 

Ledger 7: Edmondson Electric Company ledger book labeled Voucher Register. Book contains financial records from 5/1/28 to 6/30/34.