THOMAS FAMILY PAPERS, 1885-1978 (Accession 147)
The Thomas Family Papers is a valuable source of information concerning family life in Rock Hill, S.C. during the period from 1920-1945. The collection includes diaries, Thomas Tours brochures, newspaper clippings speeches, financial and estate records, genealogies, menus, photographs, memorabilia and extensive body of correspondence comprising the largest part of the collection. Dr. Roy Zachariah Thomas brought his family to Rock Hill when he assumed the position of professor of Chemistry at Winthrop College in 1914. The correspondence in the collections traces the growth of the Thomas family and the tour business, Thomas Tours, Inc., that Dr. Thomas founded in the 1920’s. Letters exchanged by family members give keen insight into the following: 1) the activates offered by Winthrop Training School and Winthrop College in the 1920’s and early 1930’s, 2) the burgeoning tour business, 3) the social events offered by Duke University during the mid-1930’s, 4) life during the depression, 5) the rigorous training of ROTC cadets at Clemson University during the early 1940’s, 6) the accelerated training of enlisted men and officers of the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, 7) the effects of the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan, and 8) the growth of one of Rock Hill’s prominent families. See also the college records for biographical and personal information on Roy Zachariah Thomas.