J. J. Thomasson papers
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J. J. Thomasson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of West Georgia
Creator: Thomasson, James Jefferson, 1851-1946.
Title: J. J. Thomasson papers
Dates: 1831-2003
Quantity: 2.67 Linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract:James Jefferson Thomasson (1851-1946) was owner of The Carroll County Times from 1899 to 1941.
Identification: MS-0026

Biographical/Historical Note

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1899 he returned to Carrollton and purchased The Carroll County Times, which had less than 500 circulation and an outdated plant.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.

Scope and Content Note

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.

Index Terms

Carroll County times (Carrollton, Ga. : 1872)
Carrollton (Ga.)--History.
Thomasson, James Jefferson, 1851-1946.--Archives.
Thomasson, James Jefferson,--Papa's papers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Processed by Shannon Danielle Smith, 2010


Finding aid converted with funds from a UWG FY14 Presidential Assistance Grant.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users; no restrictions

User Restrictions

As stipulated by U.S. copyright laws

Container List


Series I:: First Accession



111st Section Copies
21st Section Originals
32nd Section Originals
43rd Section Originals
54th Section Originals
65th Section Originals
76th Section Originals
87th Section Originals
98th Section Copies
108th Section Originals
11A & M School
12Bowdon Bulletin
13Candy's Files Sent via E-mail



21Carroll County "Negro Population"
2Childrey Discs
4Civil War
5Civil War and Reconstruction
7Court System
8Establishment of Carroll County
9Handwritten Articles [1 of 5]
10Handwritten Articles [2 of 5]
11Handwritten Articles [3 of 5]
12Handwritten Articles [4 of 5]
13Handwritten Articles [5 of 5]
14Handwritten Copies
15Handwritten Material
16History of Carroll County
17History of Heard County



4Lincoln and Reconstruction
5Material from Candy's CD ROMS
6Material concerning Indians
8Maps—Carroll County, Ga. And Tennessee
10McIntosh Reserve Park Photographs
11Miscellaneous Originals
12Miscellaneous Papers—Originals
13Muster Roll
14Newspaper Articles
15Newspaper Clippings [1 of 2]
16Newspaper Clippings [2 of 2]
17Newspaper Copies [1 of 2]
18Newspaper Copies [2 of 2]
19Notes on Envelope
20Off the Record
21Pioneer Days
22Reconstruction [1 of 2]
23Reconstruction [2 of 2]



41Tabulation of Votes for Democratic White Primary
2Typescript Sections
3Typewritten Pages
4Typewritten Sections
5Thomasson Family
6Thomasson Family History
7World War Veterans, Carroll County
8World War Veterans, Originals

Series II:: Second Accession



11Birthday Wishes
2Bennett Blake Papers
3Book Sections
4Carroll County
5Carrollton Clinic
6Civil War
8Edited Copy [1 of 2]
9Edited Copy [2 of 2]
10Editor's Notes
11Education System
12Handwritten Notes
14In Memory
17Legal Documents
19Life of James Jefferson Thomasson
20McIntosh Reserve
21Newspaper Articles [1 of 2]
22Newspaper Articles [2 of 2]
23Papa's Papers
28Thomasson Family
29World War Veterans