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Lowry Axley papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Axley, Lowry, approximately 1890-1960.
Title: Lowry Axley papers
Dates: 1910-1956
Extent: 2.25 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Identification: MS 0035

Biographical/Historical Note

Lowry Axley (ca. 1890-1960) was an educator, historian, and author. He was a native of Murphy, North Carolina. After his service as a Captain in World War I, he taught in the public schools of Savannah, Georgia for 27 years, during many of which he was head of the English department at Savannah High School. Axley retired in 1950. He was the author of numerous articles and wrote a history of the Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah. Axley was also a member of several Savannah civic, military, and philanthropic organizations.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles and papers written by Lowry Axley, and photographs and silhouettes. They contain information relating to school matters, World War I and II, and the Junior College movement that led to the creation of Armstrong Junior College in Savannah, Georgia. The visual materials were previously extracted and cataloged separately from the collection.

Index Terms

Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Axley, Lowry, approximately 1890-1960.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Georgia--Social life and customs.
Herty, Charles H., (Charles Holmes), 1867-1938.
Inglesby, Helen Hatch, 1914-1999.
Irene (Mound)
Letters (correspondence)
Manuscripts (document genre)
Savannah (Ga.)
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1939-1945.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Lowry Axley papers, MS 35, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lowry Axley, 1952-1956


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List




Correspondence, 1922-1929, 39.0 items.
Correspondence, 1930-1939, 62.0 items.
Correspondence, 1940-1949, 54.0 items.
Correspondence, 1950-1956 and undated, 13.0 items.
World War I, Postcards, Trench Orders and one letter, 23.0 items.
World War II, Membership cards in France Forever and citation from Office of Price Administration, 3.0 items.
Publicity. Newspaper clippings
Personal reading log, and list of books donated to Savannah High School Library, 1949-1951, 2.0 items.
Program participation and organization membership, 13.0 items.
Kiwanis Club, 1934-1939, 5.0 items.
Military organizations, 1927 1943-1947, 5.0 items.
All American Bulletin, 82nd Div. 1927; Military Order of World Wars; Veterans Council of Administration; Army and Navy Club of Savannah; Report of Committee to select site for new armory.
Chatham County Teachers' Association, 1932, 1939-1949, 35.0 items.
Correspondence, constitutions, resolutions, circulars, committees, etc.
Correspondence, 1927-1941, 51.0 items.
Publicity, clippings, 1928-1935, 71.0 items.


2Writings and School Matters
Three notebooks of correspondence, circulars, bulletins, and questionnaires regarding the junior college movement in Savannah, GA.

Published papers, 23.0 items.
Anecdotes, 5.0 items.
Book reviews, 1934-1937, 24.0 items.
Clippings, newspapers articles, 1927-1939, 23.0 items.
Editorials, clipping, 1934-1946, 32.0 items.
Typescripts of papers, 16.0 items.
Student writings, 1926-1952, 33.0 items.
Papers by students, commendations, prizes, etc.


3Writings on Education

Radio broadcasts, 1939-1948, 57.0 items.
Papers on education by Axley, 7.0 items.
Papers on education by other Savannahians, 10.0 items.
Summer schools, 7.0 items.
Statistics, 1937-1945, 3.0 items.
Committee on instruction, 1944 and undated, 2.0 items.
School survey and forum, 5.0 items.
Teachers and PTA, 1930-1947, 11.0 items.
Minimum Foundation Program of Education for Georgia, 1947 and undated, 9.0 items.
School charities, 1937-1949, 34.0 items.
Shoe Fund; book fees, etc.
Student activities, 1910-1940, 9.0 items.
Blue and White, Fund, Fact and Fancy.
First District Public School Protective Association, 1939, 5.0 items.


1Photographs and silhouettes

Irene mound excavations, 1937, 9.0 items.

Dr. Charles Herty's Laboratory, 38.0 items.

Olivet Writers' Conference, 19.0 items.

Tibetan Book at the Telfair Academy, 10.0 items.

Animal studies, 13.0 items.

Nature studies, 21.0 items.

Helen Hatch Inglesby silhouettes, 17.0 items.
10 originals.

Student artwork, 5.0 items.

African-American adults, 38.0 items.

African-American children, 26.0 items.

African-Americans, including Indian Albert, Jack Johnson, & hucksters, 13.0 items.

African-American religious services; Bishop ("Daddy") Grace, 45.0 items.


2Photographs and silhouettes

Parades, 18.0 items.

Miscellaneous Savannah scenes, 38.0 items.
Dedication of Yamacraw Bluff, acceptance of sundial in Johnson Square, monuments, President Hoover aboard Dept. of Commerce vessel, weather kiosk in Wright Square, President F.D. Roosevelt at Georgia Bicentennial Pageant, visit of Army transport, Chateau Thierry.

Oyster roast

Miscellaneous, 86.0 items.
John Marsellus, Savannah High School marionette play (Fun, Fact, and Fancy), Butler Island plantation, Midway Church, Highland Marker at Darien, Nino Martiini, Sugar mill ruins at Elizafield plantation, cotton field, river scenes, Hermitage mansion being razed, Savannah high School before occupancy, Andrew Johnson's tailor show, polo, Savannah Electric and Power Company, automobile races, Bok Singing Tower, Tybee beach scenes, Oglethorpe oak at Darien and unidentified.

Helen Hatch Inglesby silhouettes, 26.0 items.