William Brown Hodgson papers
New Search | Return to Search Results | View/Save/Print PDF

William Brown Hodgson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hodgson, William Brown, 1800-1871.
Title: William Brown Hodgson papers
Dates: 1842-1870
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (1 box)
Identification: MS 0388

Biographical/Historical Note

William Brown Hodgson (1801-1871) was born in Georgetown, D.C., and spent several years in the near East as Dragoman and Consul. He mastered thirteen languages, although he never attended college. In 1842, he married Margaret Telfair and moved to Savannah where he spent the rest of his life. Hodgson joined the Georgia Historical Society and was named a curator in 1845. He was also a member of the American Oriental Society. He published several studies on North African languages, Georgia fossils (principally the Megatherium), all of which are in the Georgia Historical Society's library. Hodgson died in 1871 while visiting New York City. A new headquarters and library for the Georgia Historical Society was erected by Margaret Telfair in memory of her husband; Hodgson Hall was dedicated on February 14, 1876.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of seven letters, one plan, and one scrapbook. Most of the materials center on Hodgson's personal and social life in Savannah, the American Oriental Society, and Hodgson's work with various languages. The collection contains a plan of the Villages of Telfairville, Burke County. The scrapbook is in such a deteriorated condition it cannot be used. It contains clippings and a few papers describing chateaux, etc.


Index Terms

African languages.
American Oriental Society.
Berrien, John Macpherson, 1781-1856.
Burke County (Ga.)
Himyaritic language.
Hodgson, William Brown, 1800-1871.
Letters (correspondence)
Plans (maps)
Scrapbooks.

Location of Originals

Originals of the American Oriental Society letters are in the Collection of the American Oriental Society, Yale University.

Original copy of the Berrien-Hodgson letter, March 14, 1848, part of a private collection.


Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

The scrapbook is greatly deteriorated and cannot be used.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

The letter to Durand purchased from Symmachus Trading Company, Boston, Massachusetts.

Preferred Citation

[item identification],William Brown Hodgson papers, MS 388, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Elmer O. Parker, 1969 (Berrien letter); Mrs. Howard J. Morrison, 1970 (American Oriental Society letters). Purchased, 1951 (letter to Durand).


Restrictions

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.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 

Fldr

Item

11W.B. Hodgson to Charles Durand. London, 1842 September 3 ( 2.0 p. )
Unsigned. Regarding shipping personal effects of Mrs. Hodgson and Miss Telfair to Savannah; will be in Paris for several months.
 

Fldr

Item

12John Macpherson Berrien to W.B. Hodgson. Washington, 1848 March 14 ( 1.0 p. )
Photocopy of original in a private collection. Re removal of Alexander Telfair's remains from Virginia to Savannah.
 

Fldr

Item

13Pierce Butler to W.B. Hodgson, 1861 July 13 ( 2.0 p. )
Note of thanks for Madeira wine; will drop by for tea.
 

Fldr

Item

14Plan of the Villages of Telfairville, Burke County, Georgia ( 1.0 p. )
Surveyed by J.J. Boyd, April 28, 1870; lithograph by R.H. Howell, Savannah, Georgia.
 

Fldr

Item

25W.B. Hodgson to W.W. Greenough. New York, 1843 September 30 ( 1.0 p. )
Acknowledges with appreciation membership in American Oriental Society.
 

Fldr

Item

26W.B. Hodgson to W.W. Greenough. Savannah, 1844 May 3 ( 3.0 p. )
Discusses his work on African languages, the recent discovery of the Himyarite Alphabet by the Reverent Mr. Forster and the Numidian inscriptions from Tunis.
 

Fldr

Item

27W.B. Hodgson to J.J. Dinwell. Savannah, 1845 April 2 ( 1.0 p. )
Ordering proceeding of the American Oriental Society.
 

Fldr

Item

28W.B. Hodgson to unknown recipient. New Port, 1846 July 16 ( 2.0 p. )
Declines invitation to read a paper before the American Oriental Society; discusses his work on Georgia fossils.
 

Fldr

Item

29W.B. Hodgson to William Dwight Whitney. Savannah, 1858 April 12
Discusses the engraved stone found in a Creek tumulus, comparing it with other language characters.
 

Fldr

Item

210-11W.B. Hodgson to William Dwight Whitney. Ocean House, New Port, and Savannah, 1859 August 5, 1860 November 22
Regarding circular of American Oriental Society.
 

Fldr

Item

212Scrapbook. In deteriorated condition: DO NOT USE