Rapalje/Rapalji (George) Notebook Z/0580.000/SF
This trader's notebook (9 cm. x 15 cm., 137 pages) of George Rapalji of the Natchez District contains accounts, miscellaneous notes, and Choctaw vocabulary words for the period April 9, 1788, through April 1, 1797, written on forward and then reverse pages in the notebook. Accounts include customer names, some of which are Choctaw, and a list of items purchased or traded as well as amounts owed and paid. Rapalji traded such items as thread, knives, gunpowder, salt, sugar, coffee, tobacco, and animal skins. He also dealt in livestock, as evidenced by the livestock inventories (pages 14 and 28). Rapalji recorded memoranda of events, recipes, home remedies, and geographic notes regarding the Mobile and Tombecbe [Tombigbee] Rivers. Of note is the list of inhabitants on the Big Black River, which includes the years they settled in the area (pages 19-23). Of particular interest are the pages containing Choctaw words and phrases with their English equivalents (pages 10, 43-76).
MDAH staff numbered the notebook pages front to back (1-84, including several loose pages beginning with page 79) and then back to front (1v-67v), prior to typing a transcript circa 1937. This was the order followed when the notebook was scanned in 2013. Blank pages not listed in the transcript were not scanned. Descriptions that accompany the page scans were generated by comparing images of the pages with the transcript.