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Lillian Chaplin Bragg papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Bragg, Lillian Chaplin, 1895-1967.
Title: Lillian Chaplin Bragg papers
Dates: 1858-1967
Extent: 2.5 cubic feet (6 boxes)
Identification: MS 0083

Biographical/Historical Note

Lillian Chaplin Bragg (1895-1967) was the daughter of Nellie Wallis and Albert Vernon Chaplin, Superintendent of Bethesda Orphan Home from 1876 to 1914. She was a teacher and a journalist for the Savannah Morning News, and wrote many articles on Savannah and Georgia History, several books on local history, and short stories, many of which have some basis in events which occurred in Chatham County.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains personal (Including Charles Coburn) and family correspondence; family photographs; Chaplin family genealogy; stories and articles, some with accompanying photographs, mainly on Savannah; and notes and rough drafts for these articles. The largest and most important part of this collection is on the Bethesda Orphan Home. Many folders contain several drafts of an article, as well as notes, clippings, and correspondence. Folders 7-107 include notes, articles, manuscripts by Lillian C. Bragg, filed under subject matter. Folder 16 is missing, as noted in 1999.

Index Terms

Bartow, Francis S., (Francis Stebbins), 1816-1861.
Bethesda Home for Boys (Savannah, Ga.)
Bluffton (S.C.)
Bonaventure Cemetery (Savannah, Ga.)
Bragg, Lillian Chaplin, 1895-1967.
Catholic Cemetery (Savannah, Ga.)
Chaplin family.
Coburn, Charles.
Colonial Park (Cemetery : Savannah, Ga.)
Confederate States of America.
Crimean War, 1853-1856.
Daufuskie Island (S.C.)
Fort McAllister (Ga. : Fort)
Genealogies (histories)
Hibernian Society (Charleston, S.C.)
Isle of Hope (Ga.)
Lee, Robert E., (Robert Edward), 1807-1870.
Letters (correspondence)
Low, Juliette Gordon, 1860-1927.
Manuscripts (document genre)
Martus, Florence.
Mordecai Sheftall Cemetery (Savannah, Ga.)
Oglethorpe Sanitarium (Savannah, Ga.)
Owens-Thomas House (Savannah, Ga.)
Pirates' House (Savannah, Ga.)
Riley, Alice, d. 1735.
Rome (Ga.)
Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Tomo-chi-chi, -1739.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Aerial operations.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Equipment and supplies.
Wanderer (Schooner)
World War, 1939-1945.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from collector's daughter.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Lillian Chaplin Bragg papers, MS 83, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lillian Chaplin (Bragg) Atkinson Davis, 1970


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




11Items 1-56: Personal correspondence View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
Includes letters to and from members of family, friends, publishers, Charles Coburn, 1948-1967.
2Items 57-94: Atkinson letters
Letters to Lillian Bragg Atkinson from her husband, May 6-November 30, 1943. Letters edited by Lillian C. Bragg and collected under the title Love Letters of a Leatherneck.
3Items 95-107: Dubois letters
Letters written to Kate Dubois, great aunt of Lillian C. Bragg, by her beau Charles H. Fowler, a member of British Medical Corps in Calcutta, India, 1858-1859. Edited and collected by Lillian C. Bragg under the title From Bombay to Calcutta; also letter from Harry Maule, editor, Random House to Lillian C. Bragg, October 20, 1943 concerning the letters. Letter from D.H.J. Canter to E. Dubois. Charleston, South Carolina, 1889, 2 p. Regarding grocery prices and delivery.
4Items 108-118: Robinson letters
Letters from William George Robinson, cousin, to Lillian C. Bragg. Sussex, England, March 13, 1962-February 7, 1963; letter from Bernard Robinson to Lillian C. Bragg. Gloucestershire, England, February 20, 1963, 1 p. Tells of death of his father William George Robinson; Robinson family photograph.
5Items 119-133: Newspaper clippings, 1957-1965 and undated
Regarding Lillian C. Bragg.
6Items 134-176: Personal data
Includes family photographs and Chaplin genealogy.
7Items 177-182: Abraham's Home
Typed and newspaper articles on Abraham's Home, Savannah, Georgia.
8Items 183-192: Anderson, Major Edward G. Various drafts of a manuscript based on journal of Major Edward G. Anderson
9Item 193: Anderson, Major Edward G. L.C. Bragg's personal copy of Major Anderson's journal
10Items 194-207: Apostles
Typed articles on the twelve Apostles.
11Item 208: Balloon, Confederate
Typed article "Concerning the Only Balloon of the Confederacy."
12Items 209-211: Bamboo Farm
Newspaper articles on the Bamboo Farm, U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Introduction Station; source for newspaper articles, visitors guide to Bamboo Farm.
13Items 212-220: Bartow, Francis S.
Typed articles and handwritten notes on Brig. General Francis S. Bartow of Georgia.
14Items 221-225: Beggar's Cup
Typed articles on the history of a silver cup in the possession of a Savannah resident.



215Item 226-228: Bethesda Orphan Home
Memories of Nellie Wallis Chaplin, 1887-1916 as told to her daughter, L.C. Bragg.
16Item 229: Bethesda Orphan Home ( 407.0 p. )
Draft of Stick a Daisy in Your Hat, story of Bethesda based on reminiscences of Nellie Wallis Chaplin,
17Item 230: Bethesda Orphan Home ( 318.0 p. )
Draft of Stick a Daisy in Your Hat.
18Items 231-247: Bethesda Orphan Home
Sketches of Bethesda in typed articles and newspaper articles; notes on Bethesda.



319Items 248-292: Bethesda Orphan Home
Letters to Lillian C. Bragg regarding her writings on Bethesda, 1948-1962; includes letters from Charles Coburn.
20Item 293-337: Bethesda Orphan Home
History of Bethesda, drafts and notes.
21Items 338-341: Bethesda Orphan Home
Bethesda: A Pageant of a Place, by Martha Calladaudet Waring, 1927; reminiscences of Bethesda by Roy Moulton, a Bethesda boy around 1890.
22Items 342-372: Bethesda Orphan Home
23Items 373-384: Bethesda Orphan Home
Newspaper clippings regarding Bethesda; Bethesda News, June 1948, July 1954 and April 1952.
24Item 385-390: Bible Stories
Typed articles on Old Testament figures and events.
25Item 391: Bluffton, South Carolina
Names of families living in Bluffton and Grahamville, South Carolina.
26Items 392-399: Bragg, Kendrick
Letters, typed articles and newspaper article by Kendrick R. Bragg, Jr. (Sonny) on World War II experiences; article by L.C. Bragg about experiences of her son, K.R. Bragg, Jr.
27Item 400: Butler Cup, undated
"A Slave Cup Comes Home," article on history of cup given by Major Pierce Butler to his slave Morris; printed in Savannah Morning News Magazine.
28Items 401-402: Buchanan, Franklin
Typed and newspaper articles "The Confederate Navy's Yankee Admiral;" article on Admiral Franklin Buchanan appeared in Savannah Morning News Magazine, May 22, 1960.
29Items 403-411: Castles in the Air
Typed and newspaper articles on castle-like and neo=Gothic architecture in Savannah; photographs.
30Items 412-446: Cemeteries
Typed and newspaper articles and notes on Bonaventure, Catholic and Colonial Cemeteries in Savannah; list of people buried in cemetery on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina; article on cemetery of Midway-Yellow Bluff area; notes on Sheftall Cemetery in Savannah; notes on cemeteries outside of Georgia; photographs, particularly of Gracie in Bonaventure Cemetery.
31Items 447-453: Chaplin, Nellie Wallis
Drafts of "Nellie," story based on life of Nellie Wallis Chaplin, L.C. Bragg's mother.
32Items 454-455: Charge of the Light Brigade
Story of William Coffey, soldier in the English Light Brigade during the Crimean War, as told by his daughters, Mrs. A. Wiley Harrel and Mrs. J.L. Price, both of Savannah, to L.C. Bragg.
33Items 456-463: Christ Church
Typed and newspaper articles on Christ Church in the Colonial period; newspaper article on John Wesley; photograph.
34Items 464-466: Christmas, 1864
Typed article on surrender of Savannah, December 21, 1864 and notes for article; extracts from letters of General W.T. Sherman, 1860-1865.



435Items 467-468: Cobb Irvin S.
Typed articles on writer Irvin S. Cobb and his wife Laura Baker Cobb of Savannah.
36Items 469-471: Confederate Monument
Newspaper article and notes on confederate Monument in Forsyth Park, Savannah.
37Items 472-474: Connie and Duke
Typed articles "Our Friend Connie" on cook and servant of L.C. Bragg, and "Duke," Bragg family's dog.
38Item 475: Cooper, H.S.
Typed article on Mr. H.S. Cooper, Singer Sewing Machine Man in Savannah for over sixty years.
39Items 476-477: Cottineau de Kerloguen
Denis L. Notes on career of Captain Cottineau, commander of a U.S. ship during the Revolution.
40Items 478-484: Davis, Charles Strout, Jr.
Correspondence with L.C. Bragg regarding his historical novel, 1961-1962.
41Items 485-487: Dennis, Joe
Article on Joe Dennis, Savannah Morning News Magazine, January 1, 1960; notes and photograph.
42Items 488-489: Dogwood
Typed articles on dogwood trees.
43Items 490-498: Epitaphs
Letters and typed articles regarding epitaphs, most of them on New England tombstones.
44Items 499-504: Flags
Typed and newspaper articles on U.S., Georgia, and local flags; notes on flags.
45Items 505-506: Garden for the Blind
Typed and newspaper articles on the Fragrant Garden for the Blind, Forsyth Park, Savannah.
46Items 507-508: Georgia Day
Material for article on meaning of Georgia Day to 4th graders.
47Items 509-511: Georgia Infirmary
Typed and newspaper and magazine articles re Georgia Infirmary, Negro hospital in Savannah.
48Items 512-523: Habersham, James
Typed and newspaper and magazine articles re James Habersham's clothing; correspondence to L.C. Bragg from Louise White and Royal Daniel, both of Quitman, April-May 1960, regarding portrait of Habersham; newspaper article on portrait; photograph of portrait.
49Items 524-547: Hair Jewelry
Typed and newspaper articles on hair jewelry; list of hair jewelry exhibited at the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences in Savannah; photographs and drawings of hair and mourning jewelry; photographs and drawings of examples of hair jewelry; pamphlet Savannah's Antique Hair and Mourning Jewelry, 1945, by L.C. Bragg and Cornelia Wilder.
50Items 548-550: Harris, Joel Chandler
Typed articles on Joel Chandler Harris in Savannah, 1870-1876.
51Items 551-552: Hibernian Society
Newspaper articles on meeting of Hibernian Society and Saint Patrick's Day parade, The Free State, March 17, 1960.
52Item 553: Horses
Manuscript of article on horses in last century.
53Items 554-560: Houses, Savannah
Miscellaneous typed and newspaper articles on houses in Savannah; also notes.
54Items 561-567: Huger, Caesar
Material on murder and trial of Caesar Huger; includes drafts of a story based on Huger trial, "Murder in the Morning," and notes on Caesar Huger trial.
55Items 568-574: Ironwork, Savannah
Manuscript, newspaper article, and notes on Savannah ironwork.
56Items 575-616: Ironwork, Savannah
Photographs, positives and negatives, of Savannah ironwork.
57Items 617-643: Isle of Hope
Newspaper article; typed and handwritten history of Isle of Hope before 1900; sketches of various houses at Isle of Hope, typed and handwritten; reminiscences of long-time residents of Isle of Hope, typed and handwritten; photographs of W.M. Robert's house.
58Items 644-656: Jail, Chatham County
Typed and newspaper articles; notes. Manuscript "Forty=Five Days in a Georgia Jail."



559Items 657-671: Lacy (Leacy) Roger
Drafts of articles, Georgia's First Grand Master of Masons," and "A Good Man and a Vile Woman in Many Respects;" typed and handwritten notes.
60Items 672-682: Lee, Robert E.
Typed and newspaper articles on Robert E. Lee by L.C. Bragg and Frank B. Screven; photographs and notes.
61Items 683-684: Low, Juliette Gordon
Typed articles.
62Items 685-687: Low House (Colonial Dames House)
Typed articles.
63Item 688: McAllister, Fort
Notes only.
64Items 689-690: Medlock, Charles, Jr.
Typed and newspaper article "He Loves His Guns," Savannah Morning News Magazine, April 2, 1961.
65Items 691-695: Meldrim, Caroline L.
Reminiscences of Broughton Street, Savannah. Newspaper article "Broughton Street 50-60 Years Ago," Savannah Morning News-Evening Press Magazine, May 5, 1967 and notes.
66Items 696-699: Miscellaneous
Four notebooks with ideas and background information for articles.
67Items 700-729: Miscellaneous
Notes, typed and newspaper articles. Includes articles on Georgia place names, Johnny Mercer, Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Savannah, Fort Pulaski, Savannah Sugar Refinery, and Stories of Old Savannah, 1848 by L.C. Bragg and Margaret Godley.
68Items 730-733: Monck's Corner
Typed articles on Trappist Monastery at Monck's Corner, South Carolina.
69Item 734: Morgan, Nell Chaplin
Article "My Rocking Chair Days" by Nell Chaplin Morgan.
70Items 735-743: Murders
Newspaper and typed articles; notes regarding murders in Georgia.
71Item 744: Oglethorpe Sanitarium
Typed article.
72Items 745-746: O'Keefe, David
Typed and newspaper article on David O'Keefe, King of Yap, Savannah Morning News Magazine, February 28, 1860.



677Items 757-759: The Rainauds
Typed and newspaper article "Wanderlust Calls," Savannah Morning News Magazine, July 19, 1964. Story of a couple living on a boat in the Savannah River.
73Item 747: Owens-Thomas House
Notes only.
74Item 748: Park Extension (Forsyth Park)
Notes only.
75Items 749-753: Pirate's House
Typed articles and photographs.
76Items 754-756: Punishments, Colonial
Typed and newspaper articles.
78Items 760-762: Redmond, Mary Hall
Story of I.D. Hall, railroad detective, as told to L.C. Bragg by his daughter Mary Hall Redmond.
79Items 763-771: Riley (Ryley), Alice
Typed and newspaper articles on the first woman hanged in Georgia, "The Woman Savannah Hanged," Savannah Morning News Magazine, April 19, 1959; notes.
80Items 772-773: Rome, Georgia
Typed articles.
81Item 774: Sallette, Robert
Typed article.
82Items 775-780: Savannah, miscellaneous
Typed articles and notes.
83Items 781-782: Savannah Scenes
Mock-up of proposed book Savannah Scenes by L.C. Bragg and Margaret Godley, illustrations by Lenora Quarterman.
84Items 783-786: Savannah Schools
Typed, newspaper articles and notes on public schools in Savannah. Newspaper article "Savannah's First Free School," Savannah Morning News Magazine, October 25, 1959.
85Items 787-789: Savannah Streets
Typed and newspaper article on origin of street names, "Savannah Streets...How they were named," Savannah Morning News Magazine, November 15, 1959.
86Items 790-794: Sewing Machine
Typed and newspaper articles "My Life with Little Beauty," Savannah Morning News Magazine, October 25, 1959.
87Items 795-796: Silver
Notes on hallmarks.
88Items 797-811: Slaves
Articles, correspondence, notes by L.C. Bragg and others. Includes "Old Elsie" by Mrs. William H. Ray and "Savannah Negroes Owned Slaved" by L.C. Bragg, Savannah Morning News Magazine, May 3, 1964.
89Items 812-816: Superstitions
Typed and newspaper articles and correspondence.
90Item 817: Tannatt Family Portrait, 1961 January 15
Newspaper article "Old Local Painting Hailed as Art Find," Savannah Morning News Magazine.
91Items 818-823: Tattnall, Josiah
Notes only.
92Item 824: Telegraphs
Article "Telegraphs of Long Ago."
93Items 825-830: Telfair Academy
Typed articles and notes.
94Item 831: Thunderbolt Cricket Farm
Typed article.
95Items 832-837: Tomochichi
Typed and newspaper articles on Tomochichi and Tomochichi monument, Wright Square, Savannah; notes. Newspaper article "A Dollar for a Monument," Savannah Morning News Magazine, August 12, 1962.
96Items 838-843: Twain, Mark
Typed articles and notes.
97Items 844-845: Valentine's Day
Typed and newspaper article on origins of Valentine's Day.
98Items 846-851: Veteran's Administration
Material regarding tutoring of a disabled veteran by L.C. Bragg.
99Items 852-863: The Wanderer
Typed articles on the slave ship The Wanderer; article "The Saga of The Wanderer," Georgia Magazine, April-May, 1961, p. 14-15; notes.
100Items 864-872: Walz, John
Article "A Carved Memorial," Savannah Morning News Magazine, September 9, 1963; typed articles, notes and correspondence regarding John Walz and his sculpture.
101Items 873-878: Waving Girl
Correspondence regarding Florence Martus of Savannah.
102Items 879-883: Wesley, John
Typed and newspaper articles, "Mr. Wesley's Primitive Physic," Savannah Morning News Magazine, October 17, 1965 and "The Faces of John Wesley" by J. Loy Scott and L.C. Bragg, Savannah morning News Magazine, May 19, 1965.
103Item 884: Whitefield, George
Typed article, "Whitefield's Love Life."
104Item 885: Whitemarsh Island
Notes only.
105Items 886-893: Willink, Henry F.
Typed articles on Savannah ship builder Henry F. Willink, Jr.; photograph.
106Items 894-900: Wills
Typed articles on old unusual wills; copies of wills and marriage settlement; notes.
107Items 901-902: Writing Class
Typed articles on Arthur Gordon's class in writing, meeting in Savannah, 1958.