|Title:||Semmes Hardware Company papers, Savannah, Georgia|
|Quantity:||15.0 Linear feet (8 cartons, 1 document box, 1 oversized box, 8 volumes)|
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.
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.
This collection is unarranged, but a container listing has been provided to facilitate access.
Semmes Hardware Company papers, Savannah, Georgia, circa 1915-1920s, 1968-1973. MS 2197. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.