Subseries A. General bookkeeping
The journal, 1876-1921, details many of the initial expenses, including incorporation costs, itemized purchases and operating expenses. The earliest entries appear to relate to the Centennial operations. The combined date span of the two ledgers approximately covers the same years. The index to each volume gives an alphabetical list of accounts necessary to the Museum's operations at that particular time, such as "Engraving and photographs," "Model Plaster Cast," and "Maintenance of Memorial Hall." While the monthly entries for these accounts offer little detail, the "Donations for purchase of property at Pine and Broad" account is more informative, listing individuals and their contributions.