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Charles L. Thompson collection

Charles L. Thompson collection

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Finding aid for the Charles L. Thompson collection

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

September 11, 1012



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-26T12:01-0600
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Title: Charles L. Thompson collection
Dates: 1858-2010
Quantity: 1.25 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection consists of documents and photographs relating to the family history of the architect Charles L. Thompson of Little Rock, Arkansas. Also included is a photograph album belonging to Helen Wing, whose family lived near the Thompsons, as well as two photographs of Helen and her brothers.
Identification: BC.MSS.10.18
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection contains one box of documents and two boxes of photographs. A larger box contains a photograph album, a copy of the history of Thompson's work in Arkansas, and large photographs.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of documents and photographs relating to the family history of the architect Charles L. Thompson of Little Rock, Arkansas. The photographs span five generations, from Thompson's grandparents to his grandchildren. Also included is a photograph album belonging to Helen Wing, as well as two photographs of Helen and her brothers. Helen, whose family lived near the Thompsons, was a lifelong friend of Thompson's daughter, Myra Thompson Thibault.

In the finding aid, the initials CLT are frequently used to refer to Charles Louis Thompson.


Biographical Information

Charles Louis Thompson was born November 16, 1868, in Danville, Illinois, to James C. and Henrietta Lightner Thompson. He was the third of six surviving children when his parents died, James in 1879 and Henrietta in 1882. After James' death the family moved to Kokomo, Indiana, to live with Henrietta's sister. When Henrietta died, the younger children were placed with relatives in the area, while Charles quit school and went to work in a mill to help support his siblings.

In addition to his work at the mill, Charles worked for an architect, who trained him as a draftsman. At the same time he studied architecture through correspondence courses. With his skills in the field established, Charles advertised for work in a national magazine. In 1886 he moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, to accept a draftsman position with architect Benjamin Bartlett.

In 1888, Thompson because a full partner in Bartlett and Thompson. When Bartlett moved to Mississippi in 1890, the firm continued as Charles L. Thompson, Superintendent and Architect. Over the next 38 years, Thompson had partnerships with several other architects. By the time he retired in 1938, his work could be seen in more than 2000 buildings throughout the state.

Thompson married Lillian McGann in 1889, and the couple had two daughters and a son. Four years after Lillian's death in 1904, Thompson married Mary Watkins. This marriage also produced two daughters and son, and lasted for over 51 years. Thompson died December 30, 1959.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Architecture -- Arkansas -- Little Rock.
Charles L. Thompson and Associates.
Little Rock (Ark.)
Little Rock Senior High School. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Quapaw Quarter (Little Rock, Ark.)
Thompson, Charles L., 1868-1959
Thompson, Henrietta Lightner, 1840-1882
Thompson, James Columbus, 1837-1879

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles L. Thompson collection, MSS.10.18, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Pam Dunaway, Judy Dunaway and Jacque Dunaway, April 2010


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