William H. Teasdale collection on the Savannah Cotton Exchange
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William H. Teasdale collection on the Savannah Cotton Exchange

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Teasdale, William H., approximately 1873-1949.
Title: William H. Teasdale collection on the Savannah Cotton Exchange
Dates: 1885-1930
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (1 volume, 1 folder)
Identification: MS 0686

Biographical/Historical Note

William H. Teasdale (ca. 1873-1949), a native of Durham, England, arrived in Savannah, Georgia, at the age of 17. He married may Silva in 1900. He was the Superintendent of the Cotton Exchange for 35 years, until his death in 1949. The Cotton Exchange building was opened in Savannah, Georgia in 1887. The site, at the foot of Drayton Street, was obtained by an act of the Georgia General Assembly in 1885. Also in 1885, a city ordinance granted permission to bridge the slip at the foot of Drayton Street upon which the building would be erected. William Gibbons Preston of Boston, Massachusetts, was the architect and construction began in1886.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of one volume of minutes concerning the construction and dedication of the Savannah Cotton Exchange building. The remainder of the collection is composed of items relating to the maintenance of the building, invitations to the formal opening, and a notice of a meeting of the Building Committee with a committee list. The volume includes a photograph, taken in March, 1886, of the slip and building site, a copy of a drawing of the front elevation, and a blueprint of the building site.

Index Terms

Architectural drawings (visual works)
Blueprints (reprographic copies)
Business enterprises--Georgia--Savannah.
Cotton trade--Georgia--Savannah.
Minutes (administrative records)
Preston, William Gibbons, 1842-1910.
Savannah Cotton Exchange.
Teasdale, William H., approximately 1873-1949.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from wife and daughter of collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], William H. Teasdale collection on the Savannah Cotton Exchange, MS 686, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. W.H. Teasdale and Margaret Silva, 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



1Minute book of the Building Committee, 1885 June 20-1888 February 15
Pictures, clippings, and blueprints laid in.



12 Specifications for the New Building for the Savannah Cotton Exchange, Savannah, Georgia by W. G. Preston, 1886



13Invitation to the formal opening of the Savannah Cotton Exchange (Printed card (2 copies).)



14Notice of a meeting of the Building Committee, 1888 February 14 ( 1.0 p. )
Lists names of those on committee.



15W. H. Teasdale, Secretary and Sup't to William Gibbons Preston. Savannah, 1926 April 15 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding repair to a window. Letter returned; Preston died in 1911.



16J. Ferris Cann to W. H. Teasdale. Savannah, 1930 January 22 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding "Permanent Fund of Exchange."



17Formula "To Clean Brick of the Cotton Exchange"



18Memorandum of the property of the Exchange, undated
Written on the inside of an envelope.