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Howard Meriwether Lovett papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Lovett, Howard Meriwether, 1866-1945.
Title: Howard Meriwether Lovett papers
Dates: 1886-1948
Extent: 2.0 cubic feet (4 boxes)
Identification: MS 0502

Biographical/Historical Note

Howard Meriwether Lovett (1866-1945), the daughter of Thomas Molloy Meriwether and Henrietta Caroline Smith, was born in Newton County, Georgia. She married Watkins Price Lovett. They lived in Screven County, Georgia. After her husband's death, she lived in several places with her daughters and son. She was the author of Grandmother Stories from the Land of Used-to-Be (Atlanta: Columbian Book Store, 1913), numerous articles of historical interest, published in various magazines and newspapers, and scripts for plays.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of letters to Howard Meriwether Lovett, mostly about her writings, and many from prominent literary persons; manuscripts, printed and unprinted, of her writings, arranged alphabetically; a copy of Grandmother Stories; her scrapbook; and pamphlets and periodicals, many of which were used for source material for her articles. The collection contains some photographs, including one of the chimney of the Confederate Powder Works, a steamboat on the Savannah River, and two views of Green Street.

The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondents; the articles, alphabetically by title.

Index Terms

Augusta (Ga.)
Confederate Powder Works.
Letters (correspondence)
Lovett, Howard Meriwether, 1866-1945.
Manuscripts for publication.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from daughter of the creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Howard Meriwether Lovett papers, MS 502, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Caroline Lewis Lovett, 1963.


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 1-5: Regarding Howard Meriwether Lovett
Biographical sketch by Caroline L. Lovett, clippings, photograph, and an incomplete typescript: "The Meriwethers in History."
2Items 6-22: Correspondence, A-F
Correspondents: Matthew Page Andrews (2), 1916-1927, James Etheridge Callaway, 1917; Pauline Howard Comer, 1936; Wymberly Jones De Renne, 1908; Dorothy Dix (Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer), undated; Clement A. Evans, 1886; Louis W. Fargo (10), 1915-1916.
3Items 23-39: Correspondence, G-H
Correspondents: Mary A.H. Gay, enclosing poem, 1908; Mary Goulding Helmer, 1908; R.J. Hancock, 1909; Harry Hammond, 1908; E.H. Hanna, 1917; Charles W. Hickman (including one of Sidney S. Fisher to him) (7), 1908-1910; Charles W. Hubner (3), 1915; A.L. Hull, 1908; Mrs. Charles R. Hyde, and one of H.M. Lovett to her, 1918.
4Items 40-53: Correspondence, J-M
Correspondents: Charles Edgeworth Jones (4), 1918; Grace King (4), 1915-1925; James G. Lester, 1907; H.M. Lovett to Mrs. McCall, undated; Elizabeth Avery Meriwether, 1914, enclosing her statement to the public regarding publishers and printers; Frances L. Mitchell, 1918; Julia Moore, undated.
5Items 54-65: Correspondence, P-S
Correspondents: Thomas Nelson Page, 1910; Harvey Witherspoon Phillips (3), 1909-1910; Ulrich Bonnell Phillips (2), 1929; Kate Mason Rowland, 1916; Lucy W. Russell, 1909; Mildred Lewis Rutherford, undated, regarding ad for Grandmother Stories in her magazine; Isabella L. Hayner, 1915, regarding Mrs. Frances B. Sayre; J.E.D. Shipp, 1909; George Gilman Smith (2), undated.
6Items 67-88: Correspondence, T-W
Correspondents: Linwood Taft (5), 1935; Ella May Thornton, 1933, enclosing her paper "Bi-Centennial Treasure Hunt;" Henry C. Tindall II, undated; Lucy Maury Van Doren, 1910; John Donald Wade (8), 1924-1925; Annie Mackintosh Wall, 1907; C.C. Williams; Katherine H. Wootten, 1927; John A. Wyeth (2), 1915.
7Item 89: Writings of Howard Meriwether Lovett."Airy Mount." 1st version
8Item 90: Writings of Howard Meriwether Lovett. "Airy Mount." Published version
9Items 91-92: Writings of Howard Meriwether Lovett. Audubon."
1093-116Items 93-116: Writings of Howard Meriwether Lovett.
Augusta: "Historic Augusta" (2 versions); "To the Hill;" "Life on the Savannah" (ms. and typescripts); "Sextons of Old St. Paul's" (typescript and 2 clippings from different sources); "A Call to the Church;" "the Christ Church Industrial Home at Lake Hope, Wrightsboro Road" (clipping). Photographs: Celtic Cross erected by Colonial Dames at St. Paul's Church; St. Paul's Church (interior and exterior); "Aunt Molly" (African American woman); steamboat on Savannah River at Augusta; chimney of Confederate Powder Works; Meadow Garden; Bell tower; tombstone of William Longstreet; tombstone of William Thomson; Green Street (2 views)
11Item 117: Writings of Howard Meriwether Lovett. "The Bayard of the Revolution" - John Laurens
12Items 118-119: Writings of Howard Meriwether Lovett. Book reviews by H.M. Lovett: Virginia, the Old Dominion, by M.P. Andrews; Augustus Baldwin Longstreet by J.D. Wade
13Item 120: Writings of Howard Meriwether Lovett. Brick Church, Screven County, Centennial, 1927
14Item 121: Writings of Howard Meriwether Lovett. "Brockenbrough House, Tappannock, Va."


2Writings of Howard Meriwether Lovett

Item 122: "A Ghost and Two Thoroughbreds"
With explanatory note by C.L. Lovett.
Item 123: "Haunted Spring"
Last page missing; a dream.
Item 124: "Hermit of Silver Spring"
Written for Harry Stillwell Edwards' house party. Typescript and printed version.
Item 125: "Holly Rollers: a report"
An experience in Screven County.
Items 126-131: "Llangollen: An Adventure in Education"
Photocopy of engraving of John M. Daniel; engraving of Llangollen in Wales; letter to and from Carl Bridenbaugh, Director of the Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Va. 1947-1948. Regarding ms. of "Llangollen;" photocopy of engraving of Meriwether Smith.
Item 132: "Llangollen: An Adventure in Education"
Typed copy of "Llangollen," by H.M. Lovett.
Item 133: "Longstreet-Humorist"
Item 134: Macon: Baber Blackshear. "Macon Physician is Eulogized for Contributions to Science; Other Dixie Doctors Praised," by William Grierson Sutherland, pseudo. Of H.M. Lovett; clipping from Macon Daily Telegraph, 1921 May 1
Regarding Dr. Ambrose Baber.
Item 135: "Merrymakers' Retreat: The Only Established School for Dancing in the South"
Operated by the Misses Mary and Birdie Baber-Blackshear.
"Macon in the Civil War"
Published version.
Item 137: "'Mid Georgia Hills"
Items 138-143: "Nancy of Witchton"
Regarding Aunt Nancy Roberts, an African American woman; with photographs.
Item 144: "The Negro Question"
Photocopy of clipping from Macon Daily Telegraph, June 9, 1920.
Item 145: "Old-Fashioned Old Lady"
Regarding H.M. Lovett's grandmother's picture. Photocopy of clipping from Woman's Work, July 1893.
Item 146: "An Oxford Without Spires"
Regarding Oxford, Ga.
Item 147: "A Phantom Passenger"
Story of an old passenger on a train.
Item 148: "A Soldier of the Old School: George Washington Rains"
With picture.
Items 149-151: Rural Education: reply of H.M. Lovett to editorials in the Atlanta Constitution, 1918
Items 152-153: "Father Ryan of the South," Published in The Commonweal, 1929 September 18
With picture.
Item 154: "Early Atlanta Days Recalled by Scott's Monthly Magazine"
Regarding the issue of February 1867. Clipping from Atlanta Constitution, March 25, no year.


3Writings of Howard Meriwether Lovett

Item 155: "Father Tabb's Memorial"
Clipping from The Commonweal, May 20, 1921.
Item 156: "Tappahannock-on-the-Rappahanock: A Voyage of Historical Discovery"
Clipping from The Confederate Veteran, 1925.
Item 157: "Thirteenth Colony"
Item 158: "Thirteenth Colony"
Typescript for a book.
Item 159: "To Bind and to Loose"
Item 160: "Travels About Home"
Item 161: "Two Republicans: William H. Crawford of Georgia Entertains Lafayette"
Items 162-163: "two Virginia Poets"
Regarding Father Ryan and Edgar Allen Poe; picture of Father Ryan.
Item 64: "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Published critique of the book.
Items 165-166: "Washington's Spurs"
With photograph of Brockenbrough House in which they were found.
Items 167-168: "Life of Georgia' 'modest poet' told by a former Augusta Resident"
With photograph. Regarding Richard Henry Wilde.
Item 169: "The Woman of the New South"
An essay.
Plays based upon Grandmother Stories, and arranged in the order of the Foreword to the plays
Item 170: Plays: Forward
Item 171: "The ride of Ruth Sevier"
Items 172-174: "Silverheels"
Two versions.
Item 175: "A Desparate Chance: Agnes Hobson"
Items 176-177: "Hannah Clarke of Hornet's Nest"
With biographical sketch of her.
Item 178: "A Brave Deserter"
Item 179: "A Hairbrained Adventure"
Item 180: "At the Bend of the Road"
Item 181: "Jack Jouett Rides"
Item 182: Grandmother Stories form the Land of Used-to-Be, by Howard Meriwether Lovett. Atlanta: Columbian Book Store, 1913, 254.0 p.
Item 183: Scrapbook
Clippings, circulars, letters, reviews, etc. regarding Howard Meriwether Lovett and Grandmother Stories. Among correspondents are Mark Sullivan, William Cole Jones, Emerson Hough (5), Theodore D. Jervey.
Items 184-186: Grandmother Stories
circulars, reviews, etc.
Items 187-207: Grandmother Stories



455Item 208: Charles W. Hickman. Mounted clippings of articles by Dr. Charles W. Hickman, account of his murder and memorials; letter to him from Sidney S. Fisher, 1906
articles by others regarding Dr. Crawford W. Long.
56209-220Items 209-220: 8 letters of Mary Day Lanier (Mrs. Sidney Lanier) to Mrs. Cosby Smith (great aunt0in0law of H.M. Lovett), 1867-1868
with typed copies of some of them.
57Item 221: The Birth of America, a play, by Matthew Page Andrews (Baltimore: Norman, Remington Co.), 1920 ( 60.0 p. )
58Item 222: Augusta, Ga. Pageant Book, Augusta Bicentennial, 1735-1935 ( 133.0 p. )
(Augusta: Phoenix Printing Co., 1935), Illus. Inscribed to H.M. Lovett by Linwood Taft, Director.
58Item 223: Augusta, Ga. Pageant Book, Augusta Bicentennial, 1735-1935 ( 133.0 p. )
Sibley Mansion: descriptive sale brochure, undated.
59Items 224-229: Baber and Baber-Blackshear
Clippings and pamphlet regarding Dr. Ambrose Baber; Historic Sketch of the Earliest Beginning of Christ Church, Macon Georgia... by Mary Baber-Blackshear, 1939; letter from Birdie Baber-Blackshear laid in.
60Item 230: Extracts from Southern Literary Messenger, containing two installments of "Sketches of Private Life and Character of William H. Crawford", 1837
61Item 231: An Irish Knight of the Nineteenth Century: Sketch of the Life of Robert Emmet, by Varina Anne Davis (New York: John W. Lovell Co.), circa 1888 ( 91.0 p. )
62Items 232-239: Clippings, pamphlets, sketches, pictures
Regarding Dr. Crawford W. Long.
63Items 240-243: Pamphlets
Regarding Matthew Fontaine Maury, with picture of him.
64Items 244-247: Pamphlets, miscellaneous
Three Hundred Days in a Yankee Prison... by John H. King (1904); An Address Delivered by Miss Mildred Lewis Rutherford...: Civilization of the Old South (1916); South Carolina, A Primer, by State Dept. of Agriculture, Commerce and Immigration (1904); Woodrow Wilson..., by Edwin Anderson Alderman (1924).
Scott's Monthly Magazine, February 1867 (Atlanta, Ga.); The Southern Planter, February 1857.
66Items 250-254: Clippings
Regarding Old Farnham Parish Church, Virginia; Georgia's famous trees; John James Audubon; Dr. Alexander Means; Old Church in Burke County, Ga.