Norfolk and Portsmouth Cotton Exchange Minute Books, 1874-1917
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Brief Description: Two 1874-1917 minute books containing the records of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Cotton Exchange in Norfolk, Virginia.
Held at:
Sargeant Memorial Collection
Slover Library
235 East Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 7574317429
Email: localhistory [at]
Record Series Number: 001/01/MSS 0000-276
Created by: Norfolk and Portsmouth Cotton Exchange
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Acquired: 10/22/1967.
Arrangement: Arranged in chronological order.
Biographical Note for Norfolk and Portsmouth Cotton Exchange :

The Norfolk and Portsmouth Cotton Exchange was organized in 1874 and incorporated on February 17, 1877. The Exchange opened for business on August 3, 1877 at 72 Water Street in Norfolk, Virginia. Its purpose was "to provide and maintain suitable rooms for an Exchange in the city of Norfolk; to adjust controversies between members; to establish just and equitable principles, uniform usages, rules and regulations, and all transactions connected with the trade; to acquire, preserve and disseminate information connected therewith, and generally to promote the interest of the trade, and increase the facilities and the amount of business in the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth."

Later, the Exchange operated from various locations on West Main Street. The Norfolk and Portsmouth Cotton Exchange made its final home in the Atlantic City portion of Norfolk on Front Street. The business closed in the 1930s due to expansion of the export cotton industry in more western regions of the United States, including Texas, Louisiana, and California.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open to all researchers.
Subject Index
Business records--Virginia
Cotton trade
Genres/Forms of Material
Minute books
Minutes (administrative records)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The status of copyright for these materials is governed by Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. C.). Copyright restrictions may apply.
Acquisition Notes: Robert P. Howard and John Summerfield Jenkins, Jr. by donation
PreferredCitation: Norfolk and Portsmouth Cotton Exchange Minute Books, MSS 0000-276, Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Virginia.