Thomas Gamble scrapbooks and photographs
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Thomas Gamble scrapbooks and photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Gamble, Thomas, 1858-1945.
Title: Thomas Gamble scrapbooks and photographs
Dates: 1883-1945
Extent: 1.1 cubic feet (2 boxes, 1 folder)
Identification: MS 0271

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Gamble (1868-1945) was a native of Virginia. He moved to Savannah, Georgia as a newspaper reporter and worked for several years as city editor of the Savannah Evening Press. Gamble acted as secretary to Savannah mayors Herman Myers, Richard J. Davant, William J. Pierpont, and Murray M. Stewart. Gamble served as mayor of Savannah from 1933 through 1937 and again from 1937 until his death in 1945. He was the author of several books, newspaper articles, and pamphlets on Savannah history, was the editor of the Savannah Mirror of Commerce, and founder and editor of the Naval Stores Review. For biographical details see Cyclopedia of Georgia, edited by A. D. Candler and C. A. Evans (Atlanta, 1906).

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of eleven scrapbooks complied by Thomas Gamble on various historical topics and individuals as well as three folders including a city council resolution, an issue of Naval Stores Review, items pertaining to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's visit to Savannah, and correspondence. Also included are three photographs. One shows Thomas Gamble with General George C. Marshall, Savannah Mayor Thomas Maxwell Hoynes, and Police Chief Lysaught. There are two copies of a photograph of Gamble with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mrs. Sarah Delano Roosevelt, and Governor Eugene Talmadge.

The folder containing photographs is noted as "VM" (visual materials) in the collection inventory.

Index Terms

Coram, Thomas, 1668?-1751.
Gamble, Thomas, 1858-1945.
Georgia--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Jasper, William, approximately 1750-1779.
Jay, William, 1792-1837.
López, Narciso, 1797-1851.
Oglethorpe, James Edward, 1696-1785.
Pułaski, Kazimierz, 1747-1779.
Roosevelt, Franklin D., (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Roosevelt, Sara Delano, 1854-1941.
Savannah (Ga.)--History--Siege, 1779.
Savannah (Ga.)--History.
Talmadge, Eugene, 1884-1946.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Thomas Screven Carr was a grandson of the creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Thomas Gamble scrapbooks and photographs, MS 271, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lester Karow, 1965 (Item 1); Thomas Screven Carr, 1974 (Item 2).


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




11City Council Resolution, concerning the death of Gamble, 1945 July 25
Issue of Naval Stores Review dedicated to the memory of Gamble, July 21, 1945.
2Items pertaining to visit to Savannah by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933 November
3Loose correspondence from scrapbook (Volume 1)
Contains clippings, many with Gamble's by-line, badges, cards and letters of membership in various organizations, 1883-1894.
2 The Story of Sergeant William Jasper: Hero of the Revolution, 1775-1779
contains newspaper clippings portraying the life of William Jasper.
3 The Romance of William Jay Savannah Architect of 1818-1825
Scrapbook tracing William Jay's life and career. Also included in this scrapbook are some reader responses to the articles on Jay.
4 The Story of Casimir Pulaski and the Siege of Savannah in 1779
Scrapbook containing information on Pulaski and Poland. Various photostats relating to Pulaski directly or to the use of his name. List of biographical references on Pulaski. Information on the 150th anniversary of his death. Correspondences in response to Gamble's request for information or material pertaining to Pulaski. Back cover of book contains copies of Congressional resolutions commemorating Pulaski's death and a two cent U.S. stamps issued in his honor.



25 Georgia's Part in the Making of the American Constitution
Scrapbook on Georgia's involvement in the Constitutional Convention. Also clippings of local Constitutional Anniversary parties. Notes of Major William Pierce on the Federal Convention of 1787 ( American Historical Review Vol. III). A pamphlet by Julia M. Bland entitled "Georgia and the Federal Constitution: Proceedings of State Constitutional Conventions, and Proceedings of the State Legislature with Respect to the Amendments Proposed by the United States Congress on September 25, 1789, March 4, 1794, and December 9, 1803." Pamphlet entitled "Georgia and the Constitution" by Prof. E. Merton Coulter. Details on the discovery of William Few's grave.
6 Captain Thomas Coram and the Plans for the Royal Province of Georgia in Maine and for the Colony of Georgia in Carolina
7 Character of the Early Colonists of Georgia-Report By Thomas Gamble to the Joint Committee on Memorials, Savannah, GA.
Scrapbook describing early Georgia colonists in an effort to dispel the references to them as being "convicts."
8 Fifty Years' Memories of Life in Savannah, Georgia
Scrapbook recounting historic events from 1888 through 1938.
9 James Edward Oglethorpe "Paladin of Philanthropy" and 'Imperial Idealist"
Scrapbook looking at the life of Oglethorpe and his work in the founding of Savannah.
10 Savannah's Interest in Filibustering Expeditions to Free Cuba
Scrapbook of articles written by Gamble.
11 Siege of Savannah and the Assault on the British Defenses by French and American Forces, 1779 October 9
Mostly a scrapbook of newspaper articles by Gamble relating to the actual assault or people involved in the action.
1Item 1: Photograph of Gamble (then mayor of Savannah Beach, now Tybee Island), with General George C. Marshall (then a colonel at Fort Screven), Savannah Mayor Thomas Maxwell Hoynes, and Police Chief Lysaught
1Item 2: Photograph of President Roosevelt's visit to Savannah, 1933 November 18
Pictured are Roosevelt, Gamble, Mrs. Sarah Delano Roosevelt, and Governor Eugene Talmadge. 2 copies.