James G. Dana account books

Abstract

The James G. Dana account books (dated 1826-1840; 0.23 cubic feet; 2 items) consists of two account books documenting Dana's printing activities as well as his personal affairs.

Descriptive Summary

Title
James G. Dana account books
Date
1826-1840
Creator
Dana, James Greene, 1785-1841
Extent
0.23 Cubic feet
Subjects
Law reports, digests, etc.--Kentucky.
Newspaper publishing--Kentucky--Frankfort.
Printing--Kentucky--History.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by form.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Amanda M. Reeve
Preferred Citation
56m313: [identification of item], James G. Dana account books, 1826-1840, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
James G. Dana (1785-1841) was a lawyer, reporter for the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and newspaper publisher in Frankfort and Louisville, Kentucky. From around 1826 until 1832, James G. Dana published the Frankfort Commentator with Albert G. Hodges. Dana stopped printing the Frankfort Commentator in 1832 shortly after Hodges sold Dana his stake in the paper. He moved to Louisville where he printed an Anti-Masonic weekly titled the Lights and Shadows. Dana entered into a law partnership in 1837 with Chilton Allen in Frankfort, Kentucky. Dana also owned a printing office in Frankfort (ca. 1833-1840) and served as the reporter for the Kentucky Court of Appeals, printing and selling reporters to law firms, lawyers, and courts.
Kentucky Historical Society. The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Vol. 8, edited by Jennie (Chinn) Morton, Harry Vernon McChesney. Frankfort, Ky.: Kentucky Historical Society, 1910.
Collins' Historical Sketches. Frankfort, Ky.: Kentucky Historical Society, 1966.
Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society. Vol. 24. United States: American Antiquarian Society, 1914.
Scope and Content
The James G. Dana account books (dated 1826-1840; 0.23 cubic feet; 2 items) consists of two account books documenting Dana's printing activities as well as his personal affairs. The first account book, dated 1826-1830, consists of records for the Frankfort Commentator and includes subscription lists, account information, and a list of issue numbers with the date published. The subscription lists are organized by place and include many counties and cities in Kentucky as well as New York, New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Additionally, the books contain several printed subscription forms for the Commentator. The second account book documents Dana's time as the report for the Kentucky Court of Appeals. It contains personal accounts; printing costs; expenditures; loans; wages; and lists of Kentucky Court of Appeals Reporters sold, including the volume number, the buyer, and the type of binding. Of interest is an account of Dana's personal costs during his move from Louisville to Frankfort around 1833. Notable names include Albert G. Hodges, Robert Wickliffe, Robert S. Todd, Charles Wickliffe, and General Thomas Bodely.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

, 1826-1830

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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, 1831-1840

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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