John S. and Aldon F. Thompson papers

John S. and Aldon F. Thompson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Thompson, Aldon F.
Creator: Thompson, John S.
Title: John S. and Aldon F. Thompson papers
Dates: 1893-1968
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 oversized boxes)
Abstract:The collection chiefly consists of mercantile records. The Thompson papers cover early automotive, agricultural, clothing, and dry goods businesses. There are financial records, some business correspondence, brochures, and advertising ephemera of the Conyers, Georgia area. A few letters of a personal nature are addressed to Miss Katherine Smith of Conyers. The Thompsons developed the ledger record system which became known as the Thompson Ledger. There are also some ledger notes for the Chattanooga Medicine Company from the late 1890s.
Coll. Number: ms1354

Biographical/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.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Account books--Georgia--Conyers.
Agricultural industries--Georgia--Conyers.
Automobile industry and trade--Georgia--Conyers.
Business records--Georgia--Conyers.
Business records.
Chattanooga Medicine Company. -- Records and correspondence
Financial records.
Financial statements--Georgia--Conyers.
Ledgers (account books)
Smith, Katherine -- Correspondence
Thompson, Aldon F. -- Correspondence
Thompson, John S. -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence - Ackerman and Stewart (Drugs, Seed, Paints, & Oils), 1898
2Correspondence - American Raincoat Company, 1918
3Correspondence - American Tire & Rubber Company, 1913
4Account materials with Chattanooga Medicine Company, 1895 - 1897
5Correspondence - Chattanooga Medicine Company, 1898
6Correspondence - A. B. Greene Cider Company - regarding cider, cigar, and graphophone sales, 1898
7Correspondence - G. A. Kennedy - regarding cemetery vault lot, 1924
8Correspondence - Pearson E. Tubman Sole Southern Distributors - regarding shoe sales, 1905
9Correspondence - Security Oil Company - advertisement pamphlet
10Correspondence - A. W. Shaw Company - about their book, "76 Proved Plans for Collecting Money by Mail," and an informal report "The Robert Schreffler Course in Retail Merchandising", 1917
11Correspondence - The System Company - regarding "SYSTEM" magazine, 1906
12Correspondence - Van Vleet - Mansfield Drug Company, 1899
13Correspondence - letters regarding Thompson Ledger, 1909
14Correspondence - Katharine Smith - Personal, 1930s
15Correspondence - George Jones Family, 1958, 1968
16Correspondence - J. T. Wingfield and Georgia Railroad, 1898
17Internal Revenue Service, 1919-1920
18Receipt from Bank of Conyers, Check from George Mouse Clothing Company, 1892, 1915
19Advertising Envelopes
20Invitation and Business Cards
21Memoranda Books
22Check Book
23Clippings and Notes
21Metal Artifact
2Printed Materials
OS Box
3The Thompson Ledger