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Mackie Q. Walke Estate Ledger

Identifier: SC 00963

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Scope and Contents

Collection is the estate ledger of Mackie Q. Walke from Ridgewood, New Jersey. This record was prepared and used by the two executors, Walke's daughter ("executrix") Mary A. Walke and son ("executor") Roger S. Walke.

The ledger was created from an unused "Rollbook" with lined, unumbered pages. It records the administration of Walke's estate in anticipation of preparing and filing a formal estate inventory and accounting with New Jersey probate officials. It serves as an example of legal accounting from the first half of the twentieth-century, before computer and digital documentation.

The first page states that Walke died on February 5, 1946. The estate has four heirs that suggests they were descendants and not only estate beneficiaries. The next section lists Walke's assets followed by her debts, fiduciary expenses, and activity on the estate bank account opened in March 1946. After this information, the ledger mentions expenses incurred "in connection with settlement," the sale price of "unwanted" items, and materials put in a safety deposit box. The final section records how the heirs' shares may have been adjusted and reconciled. Includes mention of the distribution of accounts, furniture, households items, jewelry, and other matters.


  • Creation: 1946


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


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Processing Information

Description enhancement by Robert Browne, SCRC volunteer, 19 November 2019

Guide to the Mackie Q. Walke Estate Ledger
SCRC Staff, Karen King
June 2018
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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