|Repository:||University of West Georgia|
|Creator:||Thomasson, James Jefferson, 1851-1946.|
|Title:||J. J. Thomasson papers|
|Quantity:||2.67 Linear feet (5 boxes)|
|Abstract:||James Jefferson Thomasson (1851-1946) was owner of The Carroll County Times from 1899 to 1941.|
James Jefferson Thomasson was born April 27, 1851 at Liberty Hill in Heard County, Georgia, the son of Thomas Jefferson Thomasson and Sarah Ann (Tomlinson) Thomasson. His mother died August 12, 1851 and his father about two years later. He was reared by his uncle, Beverly Daniel Thomasson and educated at the Carrollton Masonic Institute, paying his way by teaching part time and other work. He spent a part of two years in railroad engineering and later surveyed mineral lands in Alabama.
Thomasson went to Arkansas in 1872 and later taught school in northern Louisiana. He returned to Georgia in 1873 and spent 1874 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he read law in the offices of Van Dyke, Cook and Van Dyke, but returned to Carrollton in the fall of 1874 and married Miss Amanda F. Blalock.
In 1880 he moved with his family to Arkansas where he taught school for six years. When his health failed he entered journalism in the village of Okolona, practicing law in connection with his newspaper. In 1890 he established the Prescott Democrat in Prescott, Arkansas, continuing this until September 1893, when he was appointed by President Cleveland a member of Townsite Board No. 12 in the Cherokee Strip (now Oklahoma). Returning to Prescott he resumed journalism and for several years was recording secretary of the Arkansas Press Association and head of the public school system of Nevada County.
In December 1899 he returned to Carrollton and purchased The Carroll County Times, which had less than 500 circulation and an outdated plant. By the time he sold this paper in 1941 at age ninety the paper had a circulation of nearly 5,000 and a modern newspaper and job plant. Mr. Thomasson throughout the years was a leader in the growth and progress of Carroll County.
Thomasson was a lifelong Democrat, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and a lifelong prohibitionist. He served as the official historian for the Coweta Circuit Bar Association and was the official historian of Carroll County. He was a member of the Georgia Press Association, the National Editorial Association (NEA), and the World Press Congress. He was vice president of the NEA for Georgia for several years.
Thomasson died December 28, 1946.
This collection consists of original typed sections and copies of material for Papa's Papers, a compilation of newspaper articles written by James Jefferson Thomasson which was edited by Madeline H Barrow and published by Gateway Publishing in 2004. Also included are Mr. Thomasson's original handwritten articles and other materials.
Arranged in two accessions. Files arranged alphabetically by title.
J. J. Thomasson papers. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, University of West Georgia.
The first accession of papers was donated November 3, 2004 by James J. Thomasson Jr. The second accession was donated June 1, 2010 by Candy Childrey, granddaughter of J.J. Thomasson.
Processed by Shannon Danielle Smith, 2010
SponsorshipFinding aid converted with funds from a UWG FY14 Presidential Assistance Grant.
Open to all users; no restrictions
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Series I:: First Accession
|1||1||1st Section Copies|
|2||1st Section Originals|
|3||2nd Section Originals|
|4||3rd Section Originals|
|5||4th Section Originals|
|6||5th Section Originals|
|7||6th Section Originals|
|8||7th Section Originals|
|9||8th Section Copies|
|10||8th Section Originals|
|11||A & M School|
|13||Candy's Files Sent via E-mail|
|2||1||Carroll County "Negro Population"|
|5||Civil War and Reconstruction|
|8||Establishment of Carroll County|
|9||Handwritten Articles [1 of 5]|
|10||Handwritten Articles [2 of 5]|
|11||Handwritten Articles [3 of 5]|
|12||Handwritten Articles [4 of 5]|
|13||Handwritten Articles [5 of 5]|
|16||History of Carroll County|
|17||History of Heard County|
|4||Lincoln and Reconstruction|
|5||Material from Candy's CD ROMS|
|6||Material concerning Indians|
|8||Maps—Carroll County, Ga. And Tennessee|
|10||McIntosh Reserve Park Photographs|
|15||Newspaper Clippings [1 of 2]|
|16||Newspaper Clippings [2 of 2]|
|17||Newspaper Copies [1 of 2]|
|18||Newspaper Copies [2 of 2]|
|19||Notes on Envelope|
|20||Off the Record|
|22||Reconstruction [1 of 2]|
|23||Reconstruction [2 of 2]|
|4||1||Tabulation of Votes for Democratic White Primary|
|6||Thomasson Family History|
|7||World War Veterans, Carroll County|
|8||World War Veterans, Originals|
Series II:: Second Accession
|2||Bennett Blake Papers|
|8||Edited Copy [1 of 2]|
|9||Edited Copy [2 of 2]|
|19||Life of James Jefferson Thomasson|
|21||Newspaper Articles [1 of 2]|
|22||Newspaper Articles [2 of 2]|
|29||World War Veterans|