Semmes Hardware Company papers, Savannah, Georgia

Semmes Hardware Company papers, Savannah, Georgia

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Semmes Hardware Company papers, Savannah, Georgia
Dates: 1915-1920s, 1968-1973
Quantity: 15.0 Linear feet (8 cartons, 1 document box, 1 oversized box, 8 volumes)
Coll. Number: ms2197.TEMP

Biographical/Historical Note

Raphael Thomas Semmes, born and raised in Canton, Mississippi, worked in the hardwars business at an early age. He was the nephew of the Confederate Admiral Raphael Semmes. He later moved to Atlanta, Georgia and went back to work for a company then known as "Tommey, Gregg & Beck," later called "Beck & Gregg," and most recently known as "Genuine Hardware Co.," a division of the huge, multi-million-dollar conglomerate, Genuine Auto Parts. At some point, R. T. Semmes took his money out of the company, moved to Savannah, and set up his own company, which was originally known as "R.T. Semmes and Company," founded in 1896. It was later incorporated in 1901 as Semmes Hardware Company. In 1983, due to several years of losses, the decision was made to liquidate the company. The inventory and fixed assets were sold to a firm based in North Carolina.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of four oversized cash receipt books, 1968-1973 and four freight receipt and stock record books, dating from ca. 1915-1920s from the Semmes Hardware Company in Savannah, Georgia.


Arrangement

This collection is unarranged, but a container listing has been provided to facilitate access.


Index Terms

Account books--Georgia--Savannah.
Account books.
Accounts receivable--Georgia--Savannah.
Business records.
Correspondence
Hardware stores--Georgia--Savannah--Records and correspondence.
Hardware stores--Inventory control--Georgia--Savannah.
Hardware stores.
Receipts (financial records)
Semmes Hardware Company (Savannah, Ga.). -- Inventory control
Semmes, Raphael Thomas, 1857-1916

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Semmes Hardware Company papers, Savannah, Georgia, circa 1915-1920s, 1968-1973. MS 2197. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
Carton
1Miscellaneous Unsorted Records
 
Carton
2Miscellaneous Unsorted Records
 
Carton
3Miscellaneous Unsorted Records
 
Carton
4Miscellaneous Unsorted Records
 
Carton
5Miscellaneous Unsorted Records
 
Carton
6Miscellaneous Unsorted Records
 
Carton
7Miscellaneous Unsorted Records
 
Box
9Miscellaneous Unsorted Records
 
Oversize_Box
10Miscellaneous Unsorted Records
 
Box
12Miscellaneous Unsorted Records
 
Volume
2Record Books
 
Volume
3Record Books
 
Volume
4Journal
 
Volume
5Cashbooks, 1967-1968
 
Volume
6Cashbooks, 1968-1970
 
Volume
7Cashbooks, 1970-1971
 
Volume
8Cashbooks, 1971-1973
 
Volume
9General Ledger, 19th century