Rosa M.E. Williams Burroughs scrapbook, daguerreotypes, and paintings
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Rosa M.E. Williams Burroughs scrapbook, daguerreotypes, and paintings

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Burroughs, Rosa M.E. Williams, 1809-1853.
Title: Rosa M.E. Williams Burroughs scrapbook, daguerreotypes, and paintings
Dates: circa 1820-1839
Extent: 0.55 cubic feet (1 volume, 4 folders)
Identification: MS 0112

Biographical/Historical Note

Rosa M. E. (Williams) Burroughs (1809-1853) was the daughter of Captain Richard F. Williams of Burnside Island, near Savannah, Georgia. Rosa married Reverend Benjamin Burroughs (1807-1854) on December 22, 1831. Benjamin, a Presbyterian minister, was the son of Benjamin Burroughs and Catherine (Eirick) Burroughs. Rosa and Benjamin were stationed in Milledgeville, Georgia until 1833, when Benjamin became the minister at the White Bluff Church in Savannah, Georgia. In April 1835, Rosa and Benjamin moved to Tallahassee, Florida. They had ten children.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a scrapbook kept by Rosa E. M. Burroughs and photographs. The scrapbook includes a watercolor still life by Firmin Cerveau, engravings of Oglethorpe College, and the capitol at Milledgeville. It is decorated with cut-out flowers and ornaments, sentimental poems on lace paper, and cut-out engravings of the U.S. Capitol and the White House. The photographs include two miniatures of Reverend Benjamin Burroughs and Rosa M.E. Williams Burroughs, three daguerreotypes of Burroughs family members, a photograph of Laura Williams Gibbs, and a watercolor of the U.S. Barracks at Savannah by M.J. Williams.

The folders of photographs are noted as "VM" (visual materials) in the collection inventory.

Index Terms

Burroughs family.
Burroughs, Benjamin, 1807-1854.
Burroughs, Catherine Eirick.
Burroughs, James Powell.
Burroughs, Rosa M.E. Williams, 1809-1853.
Burroughs, William, active 1855-1870.
Rogers, Nathaniel, 1788-1844.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Rosa M.E. Williams Burroughs scrapbook, daguerreotypes, and paintings, MS 112, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Adele T. Burroughs, 1960.


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



1Scrapbook, circa 1820-1839



11Miniature of Reverend Benjamin Burroughs, signed by the painter Nathaniel Rogers (1788-1844)



12Miniature of Rosa W.E. Williams Burroughs



23Daguerreotype of William Burroughs



24Daguerreotype of Mrs. Catherine Eirick Burroughs



25Daguerreotype of James Powell Burroughs



26Photograph of Laura Williams Gibbs (Mrs. Kingsley Gibbs)



37Watercolor of the U.S. Barracks at Savannah by M.J. Williams