Lydia Austin Parrish letters
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Lydia Austin Parrish letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Parrish, Lydia, 1871-1953.
Title: Lydia Austin Parrish letters
Dates: 1947-1952
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0607

Biographical/Historical Note

Lydia Austin Parrish (ca. 1872-ca. 1953) was born in New Jersey and was the wife of Maxfield Parrish, well-known American artist. For many years she spent her winters in her home on St. Simons Island, Georgia, where she became interested in coastal Georgia history, especially the preservation of African American spirituals. She organized the Spiritual Singers' Society of Coastal Georgia; the group made regular appearances at the Cloister Hotel and other places. Parrish also collected spirituals, both words and music, which were published in her Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands (New York: 1942). For several years before her death, she collected materials for a book on the Georgia Loyalists who left for the Bahamas as refugees after the Revolutionary War.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of letters and post cards from Lydia Austin Parrish to Lilla M. Hawes, then Director of the Georgia Historical Society, written from St. Simons Island, Georgia, and Windsor, Vermont. The letters, dated 1947-1952, pertain to Parrish's work on her proposed book on the Georgia Loyalists of the Revolutionary War. The letters also contain information in regard to mutual acquaintances and her family.

Index Terms

American loyalists--Georgia.
Georgia Historical Society.
Letters (correspondence)
Parrish, Lydia, 1871-1953.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired by director of the Georgia Historical Society from the creator, and then donated by the director.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Lydia Austin Parrish letters, MS 607, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lilla M. Hawes, date unknown.


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



1Letters, 1947-1948 ( 32.0 items. )


2Letters, 1949-1950 ( 32.0 items. )


3Letters, 1951-1952 ( 25.0 items. )