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Durham City Market Stall Renters bonds

Identifier: NCC-0039

Scope and Contents

This collection includes bonds for renting stalls to sell meat, fish, and agricultural products throughout Durham. The bonds bear signatures -- sometimes an “x” for illiterate persons -- of individuals renting stalls and date from 1886 and 1921. Stall renters included both whites and African Americans, although the race of individuals is not provided in the records.


  • 1886 - 1921

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Vendors at the Durham city market sold fish and meat, and possibly other food and sundries. Stalls were rented by the city at different locations across town. The market downtown changed its location at least a few times. By 1886, it could be found beside City Hall at the corner of Church and Peabody streets. In the early 1900s, it was located on Corcoran at the corner of Chapel Hill Street, and by 1910, it was located on Foster Street at the corner of Watkins.


1 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)

Language of Materials



Bonds arrived in two distinct sets, which have been kept intact. The first set includes bonds from 1886 to 1914, and the second set includes bonds from 1911 to 1921. Records are arranged alphabetically by surname within each set. When more than one surname is included on the bond, it has been filed under the first name, with a cross-reference for any additional name(s).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from the City of Durham

Finding Aid for the Durham City Market Stall Renters bonds
Todd Johnson
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Todd Johnson

Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Archives Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States