Lewis H. Cottongim Seed Company records
Collection number: ahc.MSS905f
Scope and Content
This collection contains an account book providing a history of business and personal finances of Lewis Cottongim and other family members. The book includes lists of seeds sold, income, land sales, rental payments received, records of taxes paid, and other expenses. Also a part of the collection is correspondence between Lewis and his cousin Jack Steely, a realtor in St. Petersburg, Florida, regarding property ownership. Of special interest are details of vegetable and flower seed varieties sold.
- Cottongim, Lewis H. (Person)
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This collection is open for research.
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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.
The Lewis H. Cottongim Seed Company was established under the name Cottongim's Seed Store by Henry Pope "H.P." Cottongim (1868-1931) in 1917 on Broad Street, Atlanta, Georgia. H.P. Cottongim and his wife, Clara Ellen Hill, had two sons: Lewis Henderson (1895-1964) and Leonard Tipton (1900-1962). In 1921 Lewis married Ruth Clara Isom (1896-1989) and he became president of the company in 1931. The store sold vegetable and flower seeds, poultry feed, and later added hardware. In 1987, the building was purchased by the Georgia State Department of Industry and Trade and moved to Agrirama (later Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village) in Tifton, Georgia.
1.58 linear ft. (one oversize box)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was processed in 2019.
- Account books -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Agriculture -- Georgia
- Cottongim, Lewis H.
- Crops -- Georgia
- Farm supplies -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Flowers -- Georgia
- Hardware stores -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Lewis H. Cottongim Seed Company (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Seed industry and trade -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Vegetable gardening -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Lewis H. Cottongim Seed Company records
- Allison Maier and Jennie Oldfield
- June 2019
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- Finding aid is written in English.