Guide to the George Washington Thatcher Papers,
1903-1986

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Thatcher, George Washington, 1868-1950,
Title: George Washington Thatcher Papers
Dates: 1903-1986 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 14 boxes (16 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 135
Summary: Records of the Consolidated Theatre Company, Thatcher Music Company, as well as general business papers. Contains a good record of theatre performances and movies. Also a ledger of Luna Thatcher.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

The George Thatcher Corp. owned and started many businesses in Logan. The brothers George Washington and Brigham Guy Thatcher, in partnership with William Spicker operated the Consolidated Theatre Co. (built the Lyric, Capitol, and Main). The Thatcher family owned the Thatcher Banking Co. (rooms were rented in this building) and the Thatcher Music Co. The C.C. Anderson and Bon Marche stores were operated by them also.

Content Description

The collection was sorted into the following record groups and repaired when necessary. The loose papers were separated into: Thatcher family and business papers (includes legal documents concerning estates and the C.C. Anderson and Bon Marche stores); and business papers concerning the Consolidated Theatres and the Thatcher Music Co.

All the bills paid were sorted, in consecutive order, from 1950 to 1986, followed by The Unemployment Compensation Fund and Tax forms (1970-1981), along with misc. bills (1938-1971) and deposit books (1944-1971).

The ledgers for the G. Thatcher Corp., the Theatres, and the Thatcher Music Co. are at the end of the collection. Three oversized folders of business paper can be found in the last box, along with two maps. A poster of an attraction at the Capitol Theatre has been mounted on museum board and placed into the broadside collection.

The ledgers from the Lyric and Capitol Theatres are particularly interesting since they are a record of the movies and plays that came through Logan during the 1920s and 1930s. The ledgers of the Thatcher Music Co. show what musical instruments were available in the Logan - Montpelier area. Ledger No. 10 (Thatcher Music Co.) contains interesting business and family history on pages 15-22.

Other papers in the collection are concerned with Thatcher family member and their legal matters.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the George Washington Thatcher Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: George Washington Thatcher Papers USU_COLL MSS 135, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 135, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged in chronological order.

Processing Note :  

Processed in May of 2000

Acquisition Information :  

These papers were a gift from Eugene Needham.

Related Materials :  

The manuscript collections 3, 22, and 47 and the Marie Eccles-Caine Collection Caine MSS 9 have more information on the Capital Theatre, the Thatcher Banking Co. and the Thatcher family.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Miscellaneous Thatcher Family and Business Papers, 1924-1927
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Prints of Thatcher family members, a note in shorthand, a letter stating B.G. Thatcher's death Undated
1 2 Legal papers concerning Luna Y. Thatcher's estate Undated
1 3 Papers concerning Patience Thatcher's death and estate Undated
1 4 New and used stock certificates Undated
1 5 Business papers concerned with C.C. Anderson stores Undated
1 6 Business papers concerned with Bon Marche stores Undated
1 7 Misc. business papers for the G. Thatcher Corp. Undated
1 8 Legal papers concerning the Baby Grand Undated

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Business papers concerned with the Consolidated Theatre Co. (Capitol and Lyric); loose ledger sheets for the Thatcher Music Co., Undated
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 A rough draft of a program for the Capitol and printed fliers Undated
2 2 Stage seating, inventory and business paper for the Capitol Undated
2 3 Loose ledger sheets for the Capitol 1924-1927
2 4 Inventory lists for the Lyric Undated
2 5 Ledgers for the Lyric 1924-1927
2 6 Misc. papers found in Lyric ledgers Undated
2 7 Correspondence concerning the Theatres Undated
2 8 Blank stationary for Consolidated Theatre Co. Undated
2 9 Misc. business papers concerning the Theatres Undated
2 10 Loose ledger sheets for the Thatcher Music Co., choir journals Undated

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Bills paid by the G. Thatcher Corp., 1950-1985
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1 Bills Paid 1950 January to March
3 2 Bills Paid 1950 September to October
3 3 Bills Paid 1950 November to December
3 4 Bills Paid 1951 January to February
3 5 Bills Paid 1951 March to April
3 6 Bills Paid 1951 May to June
3 7 Bills Paid 1951 July to August
3 8 Bills Paid 1951 September to October
3 9 Bills Paid 1951 November to December
3 10 Bills Paid 1952 January to February
3 11 Bills Paid 1952 March to April
3 12 Bills Paid 1952 May to June
4 1 Bills Paid 1952 July to August
4 2 Bills Paid 1952 September to October
4 3 Bills Paid 1952 November to December
4 4 Bills Paid 1953 January to February
4 5 Bills Paid 1953 March to April
4 6 Bills Paid 1953 May to June
4 7 Bills Paid 1953 July to August
4 8 Bills Paid 1953 September to October
4 9 Bills Paid 1953 November to December
5 1 Bills Paid 1954 January to February
5 2 Bills Paid 1954 March to April
5 3 Bills Paid 1954 May to June
5 4 Bills Paid 1954 July to August
5 5 Bills Paid 1954 September to October
5 6 Bills Paid 1954 December to November
5 7 Bills Paid 1956 January to February
5 8 Bills Paid 1956 March to April
5 9 Bills Paid 1956 May to June
5 10 Bills Paid 1956 July to August
5 11 Bills Paid 1956 September to October
5 12 Bills Paid 1956 November to December
6 1 Bills Paid 1957
6 2 Bills Paid 1958 January to February
6 3 Bills Paid 1958 March to April
6 4 Bills Paid 1958 May to June
6 5 Bills Paid 1958 July to August
6 6 Bills Paid 1958 September to October
6 7 Bills Paid 1958 November to December
6 8 Bills Paid 1965 January to February
6 9 Bills Paid 1965 March to April
6 10 Bills Paid 1965 May to June
6 11 Bills Paid 1965 July to August
6 12 Bills Paid 1965 September to October
6 13 Bills Paid 1965 November to December
7 1 Bills Paid 1966 January to February
7 2 Bills Paid 1966 March to April
7 3 Bills Paid 1966 May to June
7 4 Bills Paid 1966 July to August
7 5 Bills Paid 1966 September to October
7 6 Bills Paid 1966 November to December
7 7 Bills Paid 1984 January to February
7 8 Bills Paid 1984 March to April
7 9 Bills Paid 1984 May to June
7 10 Bills Paid 1984 July to August
7 11 Bills Paid 1984 September to October
7 12 Bills Paid 1984 November to December
8 1 Bills Paid 1985 January to February
8 2 Bills Paid 1985 March to April
8 3 Bills Paid 1985 May to June
8 4 Bills Paid 1985 July to August
8 5 Bills Paid 1985 September to October
8 6 Bills Paid 1985 November to December

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Unemployment Comp./Fund Taxes, 1971-1978
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
8 7 Unemployment Comp./Fund Taxes 1970
8 8 Unemployment Comp./Fund Taxes 1971
8 9 Unemployment Comp./Fund Taxes 1972
8 10 Unemployment Comp./Fund Taxes 1973
8 11 Unemployment Comp./Fund Taxes 1974
8 12 Unemployment Comp./Fund Taxes 1975
8 13 Unemployment Comp./Fund Taxes 1976
8 14 Unemployment Comp./Fund Taxes 1977
8 15 Unemployment Comp./Fund Taxes 1978

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Bills paid/Taxes, 1939-1986
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
9 1 Unemployment Comp. Fund/Taxes 1939-1942
9 2 Unemployment Comp. Fund/Taxes 1979
9 3 Unemployment Comp. Fund/Taxes 1981
9 4 Electric bills paid 1986
9 5 Misc. bills paid 1938, 1948-1949, 1959, 1967, 1971
9 6 Misc. bills paid Undated
9 7 Four deposit books 1944-1945, 1956, 1962, 1966-1971

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General Ledger, 1903-1987
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
10 General Ledger 1950-1986
Ledgers 1-4 and 6-8 (oversize) 1911-1950
Box
ledger
11 1 Thatcher Music Co. 1911
ledgerr
11 2 G. Thatcher Corp. 1925-1938
11 3 Luna Y. Thatcher's Ledger 1903 January 1 to 1904 July 9
11 4 G. Thatcher Corp. 1919-1939
11 5 Ledger for the Luna Y. Thatcher's Estate 1923-1938
11 7 G. Thatcher Corp. 1939 January to 1944 December
11 8 G. Thatcher Corp. 1945 January to 1950 January
Ledgers 5, 9-16 and 19 1900-1987
Box
ledger
12 5 G. Thatcher Group 1937-1943
12 9 For rent
(loose papers are in folder with it)
1950 October to 1953 September
12 10 Thatcher Music Co.
(has interesting family notes written in it)
1900-1938
12 11 Bank register 1955 October to 1959 April
12 12 Bank register 1963 January to 1966 November
12 13 Receipt book 1982 November to 1983 October
12 14 Receipt book 1983 October to 1984 November
12 15 Receipt book 1984 November to 1985 October
12 16 Receipt book 1986 September to 1987 August
12 19 G. Thatcher Corp. 1952 August to 1955 October
Folder
12 1 Loose papers pulled from ledger #19 Undated
13 18
(business and performances for the Capitol and Lyric theatres p. 1-488; oversize)
1925-1930
14 18 Remainder of #18
p. 439-681; oversize. Also includes two maps)
1930-1931
Folder
14 1 Income returns for G. Thatcher 1909-1915
Folder
14 2 Rent deposits, lists of tenants 1971-1976
Folder
14 3 Partnership tax returns 1918-1939

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Addendum, 1935-1941
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Check Registers from George Washington Thatcher, Jr. and Brigham Young Thatcher
Box
Folder
15 1 Check Register 1939-1941
15 2 Check Register 1935-1941
15 3 Check Registers, Lyric Theatre 1935-1937

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Spicker, William, 1886-1961.
    • Thatcher, George Washington, 1868-1950,
    • Thatcher, Luna Caroline Young, 1842-1922.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Capitol Theatre (Logan, Utah)
    • Consolidated Theatre Company (Logan, Utah)
    • Lyric Theatre (Logan, Utah)
    • Thatcher Music Company (Logan, Utah)
    • Subject Terms :
    • Theater--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)
    • Theater--Utah--Logan.
    • Family Names :
    • Thatcher family.

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