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John S. and Aldon F. Thompson papers

John S. and Aldon F. Thompson papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: John S. and Aldon F. Thompson papers
Creator: Thompson, John S.
Creator: Thompson, Aldon F.
Inclusive Dates: 1890-1968
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 Linear Feet 1 box, 1 volume
Collection Number: ms1354
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

J.S. Thompson and Aldon F. Thompson lived in Conyers, Georgia. J.S. was in contact with numerous companies at the turn of the century, including Chattanooga Medicine Company, A.B. Greene Cider Company, and The System Company. He was a traveling salesman and subscription agent with his brother. He briefly worked for the American Raincoat Company. Aldon F. Thompson was a C. P. A. in Georgia and was elected to the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants in 1914.

Together, the Thompsons developed the ledger record system which became known as the Thompson Ledger.

Scope and Content

The collection chiefly consists of mercantile records from 1890-1968. The Thompson papers cover early automotive, agricultural, clothing, and dry goods businesses. There are financial records, some business correspondence, brochures, and advertising ephemera mainly of the Conyers, Georgia area. A few letters of a personal nature are addressed to Miss Katherine Smith of Conyers. There are also some ledger notes for the Chattanooga Medicine Company.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged by record type.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John S. and Aldon F. Thompson papersms, 1354, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2020.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Account books.
Advertising -- Georgia.
Automobile industry and trade -- Georgia -- Conyers.
Business records -- Georgia.
Business records.
Dry-goods -- Georgia.
Financial records.
Financial statements.
Ledgers (account books)

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence from Ackerman and Stewart (Drugs, Seed, Paints, & Oils), 1898
12Correspondence from American Raincoat Company, 1918
13Correspondence from American Tire & Rubber Company, 1913
14Account materials, Chattanooga Medicine Company, 1895-1897
15Correspondence from Chattanooga Medicine Company, 1898
16Correspondence & brochures from A. B. Greene Cider Company regarding cider, cigar, and graphophone sales, 1898, undated
17Correspondence from G. A. Kennedy regarding cemetery vault lot, 1924
18Correspondence from Pearson E. Tubman Sole Southern Distributors regarding shoe sales, 1905
19Advertisements, Security Oil Company , undated
110A. W. Shaw Company, correspondence regarding 76 Proved Plans for Collecting Money by Mail; and an informal report The Robert Schreffler Course in Retail Merchandising, 1917
111Correspondence from The System Company regarding SYSTEM magazine, 1906
112Correspondence from Van Vleet-Mansfield Drug Company, 1899
113Correspondence regarding Thompson Ledger, 1909
114Correspondence, Katharine Smith, 1903, 1919, 1930s
115Correspondence, George Jones family, 1958, 1968
116Correspondence from J. T. Wingfield and Georgia Railroad, 1898
117Correspondence from Internal Revenue Service, 1920-1921
118Receipt from Bank of Conyers; Check from George Mouse Clothing Company, 1892, 1915
119Advertising Envelopes, 1899-1916
120Invitation and business cards, undated, 1923
121Memoranda books , 1890-1907, 1944
Horsford's and John Thompson with Shropshire & Dodd; Standard Fertilizer Mfg. Co.; Cow Brand Soda; Cleveland's Baking Powder; Magic Food; Bank of Conyers; Dental Snuff
122Checkbook, Bank of Conyers, 1928
123Clippings and Notes, undated
124Miscellanea, undated, 1896-1935
Electrical Doings issue; Christian Herald issue; Tennessee Standard Steel-Iron Range advertisement; Ehrmann Mfg. Co. catalogue; The Complete Guide to New York City, World's Faird edition
1The Thompson Ledger (blank inside), 1907