Chatham Academy papers
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Chatham Academy papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Chatham Academy. Trustees.
Title: Chatham Academy papers
Dates: 1868-1957
Extent: 1.0 cubic feet (1 box, 3 volumes)
Identification: MS 0134

Biographical/Historical Note

Chatham Academy was incorporated as a state academy in 1788. It became part of the Savannah public school system in 1869. In 1899 the building burned and a new one was erected with funds in the keeping of the Trustees of Chatham Academy. In 1908, the Chatham Academy fronting on Bull Street was built, also from funds from the Trustees supplying the cost for erection. In 1957, the Trustees, under an Act of the General Assembly of Georgia, transferred and conveyed all properties real and personal to the Board of Public Education of Savannah and turned over to the Georgia Historical Society all extant minute books.

Scope and Content Note

In this collection the minutes of the meetings of the Trustees begin in 1868, but the first volume of minutes also contains acts pertaining to the Academy, 1788-1808 and memoranda and extracts from old minute books, 1815-1868. The second volume contains minutes through 1957. In both minute books, newspaper clippings relevant to the Chatham Academy are included. The third volume is an account book, 1868-1904. The loose papers are mainly insurance payments, bids from contractors, reports of the Building Committee and other material relating to the rebuilding of Chatham Academy after the fire of 1899. A few minutes of the meetings of the Trustees, 1900-1901, are included with the loose papers. In an oversized folder are blueprints for Chatham Academy submitted by Henry Urban for the rebuilding after the fire of 1899. Many of the early records of Chatham Academy, including minute books, are in the E.C. Anderson Papers, Southern Historical Collection of the University of North Carolina.

Index Terms

Account books.
Architectural drawings (visual works)
Chatham Academy.
Chatham County (Ga.)
Letters (correspondence)
Minutes (administrative records)
Urban, Henry, active 1899.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Chatham Academy papers, MS 134, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Trustees of Chatham Academy, 1957 (volumes); Mrs. G. Arthur Gordon, 1954 (loose papers)


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.

Separated Material

The architectural plans for Chatham Academy, including a letter to Henry Urban (architect) from Mr. Cunningham of the Building Committee, are filed with the Georgia Historical Society collection of architectural drawings, MS 1361AR (box 3, folder 2); see the index to the MS 1361AR for the exact location.


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

Container List



1Minute Book, 1868-1935
Contains minutes of meetings of Trustees of Chatham Academy; extracts from old minute books at meeting of Trustees, 1815-1861; copies of four acts pertaining to the establishment and early history of Chatham Academy, 1788-1808; memoranda and resolutions pertaining to Chatham Academy, including on the death of Trustees and biographical information; reports of the Building Committee to the Trustees; and newspaper articles relating to Chatham Academy.


2Minute Book, 1940-1957
Contains minutes of meetings of Trustees of Chatham Academy, including reports of the Treasurer of the Trustees and newspaper articles relating to Chatham Academy.


3Account Book, 1868-1904
Contains accounts of Trustees of Chatham Academy, 1868-1900 with notes that accounts have been examined and found correct, January 16, 1904.



14-7Minutes of meetings of Chatham Academy Board of Trustees, 1900-1901



28-52Papers, 1899-1900
Included are checks for insurance payments, 1899; letters and bids from contractors for rebuilding of Chatham Academy, including letters from architect Henry Urban referring to plans submitted; contracts awarded; reports of Building Committee to the Trustees, 1900.



353-117Papers, 1901-1914
Contains correspondence, bids, and contract regarding new Chatham Academy building, including correspondence with architect Henry Urban, 1901; correspondence, bids, and financial statements for Chatham Academy High School, built 1908; correspondence, bids, and contracts for repairs on Chatham Academy.
Architectural plans and papers, 1901-1914
Includes the Architectural plans for Chatham Academy which are not filed in the MS Collection, but instead with the Georgia Historical Society collection of architectural drawings, MS 1361AR ; see index to the MS 1361AR for exact location.


118-120Architectural plans for Chatham Academy, submitted by Henry Urban, 1900
Included are plans showing incorrect design, according to Urban, and accompanying letter explaining plans. Also included is a letter from Urban to Mr. Cunningham of the Building Committee.