Joseph F. Rodgers Business Records Finding Aid MS221

Joseph F. Rodgers Business Records Finding Aid MS221


Local History and Special Collections Branch, Alexandria Library

717 Queen Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Special Collections Staff

Local History and Special Collections Branch, Alexandria Library
Joseph F. Rodgers Business Records (MS221) 1891-1902
4.37 Cubic Feet, 10 boxes
Rodgers, Joseph F., 1853-1937
English .

Administrative Information

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies of the collection are in boxes 8-10. Patrons are to use photocopies since the originals are brittle and in poor condition.

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Joseph F. Rodgers Business Records, MS221, Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria, Va.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robert McCaslin, March, 1990.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph F. Rodgers (December 27, 1853 - August 31, 1937) was a carpenter, builder and contractor in Alexandria in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, and his father's name was Lorenzo Rodgers. Joseph's wife's name was Willie, and they had children by the names of Raymond, Ruth and Nevelle.

The Rodgers lived at different addresses in Alexandria including 222 South Fairfax Street and 313 South Lee Street. The Fairfax address and 307 Prince Street were also listed as business addresses for Joseph Rodgers in Alexandria City Directories.

Content Description

The collection consists of bills and receipts relating to Joseph Rodgers' contracting and personal business dealings in Old Town Alexandria. Examples include letterhead receipts from Weadon Brothers Hardware, Paints, Oils Glass and Guns; George Ayers...Dealer in Wheels; Isaac Eichberg Foreign and Domestic Dry Goods; Smoot Lumber; Curtin and Butts Alexandria Iron Works, and many other local businesses. Also includes building permits.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Alexandria (Va.) -- Businesses
  • Business records
  • Carpenters.
  • Construction + architecture
  • Independent contractors
  • Old Town (Alexandria, Va.)

Existence and Location of Originals

Original papers are in boxes 1-7.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Alexandria (Va.) -- Businesses
  • Old Town (Alexandria, Va.)