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Date Span 1915 - 1951
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
Series 1: Daily Cash
Journals -Journals include daily cash
balances and business transactions.
Cash Book [June 12, 1915 - March 10, 1916]
Cash Book [March 11, 1916 - September 07, 1916]
Cash Book [September 09,1916 - January 01, 1917, July 19 – July 21, 1917, August 19 - 25, 1919]
Cash Book [December 02, 1916 - July 16, 1917]
Cash Book [January 01,1917 - October 22, 1917]
Cash Book [May 01, 1918 - March 29, 1920]
Cash Book [August 19,1919 - September 25, 1920]
Cash Book [October 27, 1921 - October 13, 1922]
Cash Book [September 06, 1923 - October 18, 1924]
Cash Book [October 18, 1924 - October 07, 1925]
Cash Book [November 14, 1925 - November 03, 1926]
Cash Book [May 31, 1928 - May 06, 1929]
Cash Book [March 09, 1939 - April 06, 1940]
Cash Book [April 08, 1940 - April 26, 1941]
Cash Book [April 28, 1941 - July, 31, 1942]
Cash Book [August 03, 1942 - May 22, 1943]
Cash Book May 24, 1943 - July 31, 1944]
Cash Book [August 01, 1944 - July 31, 1945]
Cash Book [August 01, 1945 - March 01, 1947]
Cash Book March 01, 1947 - July 31, 1949]
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.
General Ledger [September 01, 1916 - June 30, 1917]
General Ledger January 01, 1918 - December 27, 1920]
General Ledger [January 01, 1921 - December 28, 1923]
Fertilizer Ledger [1916 - 1917]
Fertilizer Ledger [1918 - 1919]
Fertilizer Ledger [1920 - 1923]
Fertilizer Ledger [1923 - 1924]
Fertilizer Ledger [1925 - 1930]
Fertilizer Ledger [1938 - 1941]
Fertilizer Ledger [1943 - 1945]
Accounts Payable [November 01, 1919 - May 23, 1919]
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.
Cash Receipts [1946 - 1948]
Purchase Order Book [1943 - 1944, 1947 - 1948]
Series 4: Miscellaneous
Blank Receipt Book
Blank Northern Assurance Insurance Ledger
Ephemera - Ad for Plow
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