Guide to the  Singletary & Carmichael

Records Group 153

Date Span  1915 - 1951

Extent  ca. 4 cubic feet

Organizational History:  In 1913, A.D. Whiddon and William Singletary purchased John Sanders & Co., a dry good and farm supply store in Dothan, AL.  They established Singletary and Whiddon to provide those same goods to farmers of the Wiregrass.  In 1923, the store was located on the 132-140 block of South Foster Street, Dothan.  In 1936, the store became Singletary and Carmichael, owned by William Singletary and his nephew Archie Carmichael.  (Stepp, Wendell H., and Pamela A. Stepp.  Dothan:  A Pictorial History.  The Donning Company/Publishers, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, 1984.)

Recently, the company has undergone name and ownership changes; it is now Carmichael Electronics.  In 1998, Larry Cable purchased the store from Archie Carmichael, IV.  The current owner, Steve Crisp, acquired the assets of Carmichael Electronics from the bank in 2000 and renamed the business Wiregrass Electronics.

Scope/Content:  Collection documents the finances of Singletary & Whiddon as well as Singletary & Carmichael, including: general account ledgers, fertilizer ledgers, accounts receivable ledgers, purchase orders, and receipt books

Collection Organization:  Organized into four series:

  1. Daily Cash Journals – 21 journals, 1915 - 1951. Includes cash balances and business transactions, showing date of transactions, names of customers, quantities, costs and descriptions of merchandise purchased.  Cash journals reconciled the till.

  2. General and Sub-Ledgers– 12 ledgers, 1916-1945.  Three general account ledgers, 1916 – 1923.  The general account ledgers report balances for expenses, including: accounts for purchased merchandise, freight and express accounts and account with First National Bank of Dothan.  This series contains two types of sub-ledgers (extracts from the general ledgers):  Fertilizer Ledgers (7), 1916 – 1945 and Accounts Payable Ledgers (2), 1919 - 1926.  Because the state taxed fertilizer, the store kept separate fertilizer ledgers that list customers’ names and postings of amounts and prices of fertilizer sold.  Also, the store extended credit to customers, so it kept separate accounts payable ledgers that list customers’ names with amounts they owed.

  3. Receipts - Contains 3 items.  One receipt books from 1946 – 1948, consisting of a copy of sale receipts given to customers. Two purchase order books from 1943-1948 consisting of copies of cash paid out for items purchased by store.

  4. Miscellaneous – Contains blank receipt book, blank insurance ledger, and ephemera.

All series are arranged chronologically

Provenance:  Archie Carmichael, IV, donated collection to William Holman, Executive Director of Dothan Landmark Foundation, Inc.  Holman donated the collection to The Wiregrass Archives.

Processing Notes:  No original order, so The Wiregrass Archives staff divided the collection into four series to facilitate access.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Historical Collections:  Singletary & Carmichael Records, Dothan Landmarks Foundation, Inc. Records, RG030. Wiregrass Archives, Troy University--Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.

Access Limits?  Open

Proc Date  4/1/2008

Processor B. Strickland


INVENTORY

Series 1:  Daily Cash Journals  -Journals include daily cash balances and business transactions.

File Number   File Title

153

08-1537

ITM

001

 

Cash Book [June 12, 1915 - March 10, 1916]

153

08-1537

ITM

002

 

Cash Book [March 11, 1916 - September 07, 1916]

153

08-1537

ITM

003

 

Cash Book [September 09,1916 - January 01, 1917, July 19 – July 21, 1917, August 19 - 25, 1919]

153

08-1537

ITM

004

 

Cash Book [December 02, 1916 - July 16, 1917]

153

08-1537

ITM

005

 

Cash Book [January 01,1917 - October 22, 1917]

153

08-1537

ITM

006

 

Cash Book [May 01, 1918 - March 29, 1920]

153

08-1537

ITM

007

 

Cash Book [August 19,1919 - September 25, 1920]

153

08-1537

ITM

008

 

Cash Book [October 27, 1921 - October 13, 1922]

153

08-1537

ITM

009

 

Cash Book [September 06, 1923 - October 18, 1924]

153

08-1537

ITM

010

 

Cash Book [October 18, 1924 - October 07, 1925]

153

08-1537

ITM

011

 

Cash Book [November 14, 1925 - November 03, 1926]

153

08-1537

ITM

012

 

Cash Book [May 31, 1928 - May 06, 1929]

153

08-1537

ITM

013

 

Cash Book [March 09, 1939 - April 06, 1940]

153

08-1537

ITM

014

 

Cash Book [April 08, 1940 - April 26, 1941]

153

08-1537

ITM

015

 

Cash Book [April 28, 1941 - July, 31, 1942]

153

08-1537

ITM

016

 

Cash Book [August 03, 1942 - May 22, 1943]

153

08-1537

ITM

017

 

Cash Book May 24, 1943 - July 31, 1944]

153

08-1537

ITM

018

 

Cash Book [August 01, 1944 - July 31, 1945]

153

08-1537

ITM

019

 

Cash Book [August 01, 1945 - March 01, 1947]

153

08-1537

ITM

020

 

Cash Book March 01, 1947 - July 31, 1949]

153

08-1537

ITM

021

 

Cash Book [August 01, 1949 - February 14, 1951]


Series 2: General Ledger  - The general ledgers include balances for expenses including: accounts for purchased merchandise, freight and express accounts and account with First National Bank of Dothan. Fertilizer ledgers contain alphabetical indexes of customers’ names and posting of amounts and prices of fertilizer sold. Accounts payable ledgers contain a list of customers’ names with amounts owed.

File Number   File Title

 153

08-1537

ITM

022

 

General Ledger [September 01, 1916 - June 30, 1917]

153

08-1537

ITM

023

 

General Ledger January 01, 1918 - December 27, 1920]

153

08-1537

ITM

024

 

General Ledger [January  01, 1921 - December 28, 1923]

153

08-1537

ITM

025

 

Fertilizer Ledger [1916 - 1917]

153

08-1537

ITM

026

 

Fertilizer  Ledger [1918 - 1919]

153

08-1537

ITM

027

 

Fertilizer Ledger [1920 - 1923]

153

08-1537

ITM

028

 

Fertilizer Ledger [1923 - 1924]

153

08-1537

ITM

029

 

Fertilizer Ledger [1925 - 1930]

153

08-1537

ITM

153

 

Fertilizer Ledger [1938 - 1941]

153

08-1537

ITM

031

 

Fertilizer Ledger [1943 - 1945]

153

08-1537

ITM

032

 

Accounts Payable [November 01, 1919 - May 23, 1919]

153

08-1537

ITM

033

 

Accounts Payable [May 21, 1925 - March 19, 1926]


Series 3: Receipt books – Cash receipt books contain a copy of sale receipts given to customers.  Purchase orders contain copies of cash paid out for items purchased by store.

File Number   File Title

153

08-0307

001

001

 

Cash Receipts [1946 - 1948]

153

08-0307

001

002

 

Purchase Order Book [1943 - 1944, 1947 - 1948]


Series 4: Miscellaneous

File Number   File Title

153

08-0307

001

003

 

Blank Receipt Book

153

08-0307

ITM

034

 

Blank Northern Assurance Insurance Ledger

153

08-0307

001

004

 

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