Ellen McAlpin notebook and visitors' book
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Ellen McAlpin notebook and visitors' book

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: McAlpin, Ellen, 1856-1934.
Title: Ellen McAlpin notebook and visitors' book
Dates: 1882-1913
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0512

Biographical/Historical Note

Ellen McAlpin (1856-1934) was born at the Hermitage Plantation, the daughter of Angus McAlpin. She finished her education at Madame Le Fevre's School in Baltimore, Maryland, after which she returned to Savannah. As a young woman she became interested in the work of the Savannah Port Society. She organized and was the first President of the Young Women's Port Sewing Society. She was one of the organizers of the Young Women's Christian Association in Savannah and served on its board for many years. She was also active in the Women's Auxiliary of the Independent Presbyterian Church. She lived in the McAlpin home on the corner of Oglethorpe Avenue and Barnard Street. In 1909 she bought the old Mercer home at 817 Whitaker Street. In both of these homes she kept a "guest house" for visitors to Savannah in the winter season.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a notebook and visitors' book belonging to Ellen McAlpin. The notebook contains notes on religious philosophy: quotations from scripture, philosophers, prophets, etc. It is dated New York, 1882. In the back of the notebook is a list of callers received and notes on her return visits. The visitors' book is dated 1904-1913 and gives the names, addresses, and comments of her guests. A handwritten poem about guests by O.W. Holmes (Oliver Wendell Holmes), is pasted into the front cover. The poem appears to have been copied by E.M.C., the person who gave McAlpin the book according to its inscription.

Index Terms

Georgia--Social life and customs.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894.
McAlpin, Ellen, 1856-1934.
Visitors' books.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Ellen McAlpin notebook and visitors' book, MS 512, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1965 (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

Item 1: Notebook of religious philosophy, 1882 September 28
Dated in New York. In the back is a list of callers received noting her return visits.
Item 2: Visitors' book for her visitors, 1904-1913
Gives names, addresses, and comments. Inside the front cover is pasted a ms. poem regarding guests by O.W. Holmes, undated.