William Tappan Thompson papers

William Tappan Thompson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Jones, Joseph, 1812-1882
Creator: Thompson, William Tappan, 1812-1882
Title: William Tappan Thompson papers
Dates: 1847-1881
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms2684

Biographical/Historical Note

William Tappan Thompson (1812-1882), author and journalist, of Georgia; wrote under pseudonym Major Joseph Jones.

For more information, see the article "William Tappan Thompson (1812-1882)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content Note

The papers of William Tappan Thompson were acquired by the University of Georgia's Hargrett Library on May 1, 1989. The material was contributed by Mr. Dan Jardine and seemed to reflect no apparent order. The collection was found to consist mainly of Thompson's correspondence dating from the 1860's through the early 1880's, the time during which he served as editor of the Savannah Daily Morning News. Also found in the collection, however, were other materials of interest.

William Tappan Thompson Papers consists of one box with 41 folders. Folders 1:1-1:2 of the collection contain biographical information revealing Thompson as an important southern fiction writer and journalist. Folders 1:3-1:16 contain personal correspondence comprised mainly of Thompson's letters to his wife Caroline while on business trips in Europe and in America. Business correspondence concerning his literary and journalistic careers can be found in folders 1:17-1:31. Particularly interesting are letters received by Thompson from Alexander Stephens, John B. Gordon, and Joel Chandler Harris (see inventory) which discuss Georgia politics as well as reveal the political atmosphere of the South after the Civil War. Folder 1:32 contains undated correspondence. Folders 1:33-1:34 include notes and articles produced by Thompson while visiting Europe in 1867. Folder 1:35 contains miscellaneous writing by Thompson. Folder 1:36 reflects writings by other people, perhaps submissions to Thompson's literary periodical the Augusta Mirror. Drawings and information pertaining to Thompson's first published novel, "Major Jones' Courtship", can be found in folders 1:37-1:38. Finally, folders 1:39-1:41 contain miscellaneous business receipts, newspaper clippings, and empty envelopes.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

American literature--19th century.
American literature--Georgia.
American newspapers--Georgia.
Augusta mirror (Augusta, Ga. : Newspaper)
Authors, American--Georgia.
Europe--Description and travel.
Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Gordon, John Brown, 1832-1904 -- Correspondence
Harris, Joel Chandler, 1848-1908 -- Correspondence
Newspapers--Georgia--Augusta--History--19th century--Sources
Savannah daily morning news
Southern States--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883 -- Correspondence
Thompson, Caroline, (Caroline A. Carrie) -- Correspondence
United States--Description and travel.
Voyages and travels--19th century.

General Notes

Major Jones' courtship.

Administrative Information

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Dan Jardine, 1989.

Preferred Citation note

William Tappan Thompson papers, ms 2684. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Biographical Information

11Biographical Information-Thesis
2Biographical Information

Series 2: Personal Correspondence

131847 December 31
41865 July 26
51867 May 27
61867 June
71867 July 14
81867 July 17
91867 August
101871 1874 1876
111877 March
121877 May 14
131877 July
141877 August
161881 April 28

Series 3: Business Correspondence

1171865 March 20
181866 January 25
191867 December 6
21Stephens, 1871
221872 January-July
23Gordon, Harris, 1872 September-October
24Gordon, 1872 November
25Gordon, 1873
26Gordon, Stephens, 1874
27Gordon, Stephens, 1875
30Gordon, 1878
31Gordon, 1880

Series 4: Personal Papers

132Correspondence, Undated
33Travel Notes
34Travel Writing-Newspaper Clippings
36Writings By Other People
37Drawings for "Major Jones' Courtship"
38Misc.-"Major Jones' Courtship"
39Business Receipts
40Newspaper Clippings