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; 1 reel of microfilm)
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.

1812 August 31 Born in Ravenna, Ohio

1823 Moved to Philadelphia, PA Worked at Philadelphia Daily Chronicle

1830 Traveled to Tallahassee, Florida as private secretary of James D. Westcott, Secretary of the Florida territory

1834 or 1835 Moved to Augusta, GA Read law under Augustus B. Longstreet, editor of the State Rights Sentinel and author of Georgia Scenes

1836 January Enlisted in the Augusta militia unit "Richmond Blues" Returned to Florida to participate in the Seminole Indian war

1837 June 12 Married Caroline Amour Carrie

1838 May Established Augusta Mirror

1842 February Merged Augusta Mirror with the Family Companion and Ladies' Mirror of Macon. First fictitious sketches about Major Joseph Jones included in the publication

1842 August Moved to Madison, GA Edited Southern Miscellany

1844 February Returned to Augusta

1845 Wrote "Chronicles of Pineville"

1846 Moved to Baltimore, MD Founded Western Continent with poet Park Benjamin

1850 January Established and edited the Savannah Daily Morning News

1864 Left Savannah news office to become private in Confederate forces

1865 Returned to Savannah as associate editor of the Savannah Daily Morning News under its new Union owner and new name the Savannah Daily Herald

1867 Traveled to Europe

1868 Resumed editorship of Savannah Daily Morning News Member of the National Democratic Convention

1871-1876 Worked with Joel Chandler Harris in the Savannah news office

1877 Helped frame new Georgia constitution

1882 March 24 Died at Savannah home

Other Biographical References:

Coleman, Kenneth and Charles Stephen Gurr (eds). Dictionary of Georgia Biographies. Vol II. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1983.

Miller, Henry Prentice. The Life and Works of William Tappan Thompson. Dissertation No. 4372, The University of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois, 1942.


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.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

American literature--19th century.
American literature--Georgia.
American newspapers--Georgia.
Augusta mirror (Augusta, Ga. : Newspaper)
Authors, American--Georgia.
Drawings.
Europe--Description and travel.
Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Gordon, John Brown, 1832-1904 -- Correspondence
Harris, Joel Chandler, 1848-1908 -- Correspondence
Journalists--Georgia.
Newspapers--Georgia--Augusta--History--19th century--Sources
Newspapers--Georgia--History--Sources
Newspapers--Georgia--Savannah--History--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, University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Biographical Information

BoxFolder
11Biographical Information-Thesis
2Biographical Information
 

Series 2: Personal Correspondence

BoxFolder
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
151880
161881 April 28
 

Series 3: Business Correspondence

BoxFolder
1171865 March 20
181866 January 25
191867 December 6
201868
21Stephens, 1871
221872 January-July
23Gordon, Harris, 1872 September-October
24Gordon, 1872 November
25Gordon, 1873
26Gordon, Stephens, 1874
27Gordon, Stephens, 1875
281876
291877
30Gordon, 1878
31Gordon, 1880
 

Series 4: Personal Papers

BoxFolder
132Correspondence, Undated
33Travel Notes
34Travel Writing-Newspaper Clippings
35Writings
36Writings By Other People
37Drawings for "Major Jones' Courtship"
38Misc.-"Major Jones' Courtship"
39Business Receipts
40Newspaper Clippings
41Envelopes
Augusta Mirror [Microfilm reel: ms2684-1]
"Major Jones in Europe," etc [Microfilm reel: ms2684-1]