John S. and Aldon F. Thompson papers

John S. and Aldon F. Thompson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Thompson, Aldon F.
Creator: Thompson, John S.
Title: John S. and Aldon F. Thompson papers
Dates: 1890-1968
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet 1 box, 1 volume
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.

Scope and Content Note

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.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

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

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

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

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence from Ackerman and Stewart (Drugs, Seed, Paints, & Oils), 1898
2Correspondence from American Raincoat Company, 1918
3Correspondence from American Tire & Rubber Company, 1913
4Account materials, Chattanooga Medicine Company, 1895-1897
5Correspondence from Chattanooga Medicine Company, 1898
6Correspondence & brochures from A. B. Greene Cider Company regarding cider, cigar, and graphophone sales, 1898, undated
7Correspondence from G. A. Kennedy regarding cemetery vault lot, 1924
8Correspondence from Pearson E. Tubman Sole Southern Distributors regarding shoe sales, 1905
9Advertisements, Security Oil Company, undated
10A. 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
11Correspondence from The System Company regarding SYSTEM magazine, 1906
12Correspondence from Van Vleet-Mansfield Drug Company, 1899
13Correspondence regarding Thompson Ledger, 1909
14Correspondence, Katharine Smith, 1903, 1919, 1930s
15Correspondence, George Jones family, 1958, 1968
16Correspondence from J. T. Wingfield and Georgia Railroad, 1898
17Correspondence from Internal Revenue Service, 1920-1921
18Receipt from Bank of Conyers; Check from George Mouse Clothing Company, 1892, 1915
19Advertising Envelopes, 1899-1916
20Invitation and business cards, undated, 1923
21Memoranda 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
22Checkbook, Bank of Conyers, 1928
23Clippings and Notes, undated
24Miscellanea, 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