Save the Market Building Association records
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Save the Market Building Association records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Save the Market Building Association (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: Save the Market Building Association records
Dates: 1953-1956
Extent: 1.0 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Identification: MS 0712

Biographical/Historical Note

The Save the Market Building Association was organized on September 24, 1953 for the purpose of saving the City Market building from destruction and to find a practical plan for its use. The City of Savannah had closed the public market and had leased the building to a group of Savannah merchants who proposed to tear it down and erect a parking garage on the site. The association wrote letters seeking endorsements of their effort to save the building and asking for suggestions for the use of the building. Letters came to them not only from Savannah but also from elsewhere in Georgia and the United States. They held a public meeting to give others an opportunity to express themselves, manned tables in the public squares and on the streets asking passersby to sign their petition to save the building, and they questioned the legality of the City's leasing to others the public square upon which the market stood. The building was razed in April 1954 and a parking garage was erected on the site.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the records of the Save the Market Building Association in Savannah. They show the work of the association (a group of concerned citizens) in its unsuccessful attempt to save a historic building. The collection includes the minutes of the association; the association's constitution; financial records; members and lists of others; correspondence, 1953-1956; papers regarding endorsing organizations; suggestions for use of the building; surveys; circulars; clippings and pamphlets. Also included are two scrapbooks containing letters, clippings, postal cards, pictures, etc. pertaining to the City Market, 1953. The scrapbooks were kept by Emily Ravenel. Also in the collection are the petitions circulated in the squares and on the Savannah streets by members of the association.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Financial records.
Letters (correspondence)
Minutes (administrative records)
Public buildings--Conservation and restoration.
Save the Market Building Association (Savannah, Ga.)
Surveys (documents)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Save the Market Building Association records, MS 712, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lowry Axley, 1954; Emily G. Ravenel, 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




11Minutes, 1953 September 24-December 5 ( 12.0 items. )
Includes the organization meeting, meetings of the Advisory Committee, and of the public meeting and a notebook of notes for minutes kept by Emily Ravenel, first secretary to the Advisory Committee.
2Constitution ( 3.0 items. )
printed copy, typed copy, and handwritten rough copy.
3Finances ( 5.0 items. )
Letter of W.P. Holt, Treasurer, turning over balance to Miss Emily Ravenel, October 31, 1953; Report of the Treasurer, November 1, 1953; Cash report of Advisory Board, October-November 1953; Treasurer's report, undated; letter of Lowry Axley to Mrs. F.M. Hawes, with final financial statement, August 10, 1954.
4Members and other lists of names ( 7.0 items. )
List of persons who attended the organization on the back of which and attached, are names of 8 African American women who worked in the City Market for 40 years and more; list of members (2); notebook with names of members, persons who were called or contacted by mail; list of Advisory Committee, list of ladies who served in squares with petitions; names and addresses of City Aldermen.
5Correspondence, 1953 September 24-October 20 ( 24.0 items. )
6Correspondence, 1953 October 27-December 27 ( 26.0 items. )
7Correspondence, 1954 January 6-1956 January 5 and undated ( 29.0 items. )
8Endorsing organizations ( 13.0 items. )
Letters, resolutions, etc. of other organizations endorsing efforts to save the Market building, September-October 1953.
9Miscellaneous ( 5.0 items. )
Suggestions for the use of market building (others are in correspondence) (2); estimated survey of free parking spaces in City Market area; survey of free parking spaces in City Market area; "A memorial Concerning Loss of State Property in Savannah," by Henry A. Alexander of Georgia Historical Commission (2 p. mimeographed).
10Circulars ( 3.0 items. )
two by the Save the Market Building Association; another is an ad by a seafood market in the City Market area.
21-2Two scrapbooks containing letters, clippings, postal cards, pictures, etc. pertaining to the City Market, 1953 ( 2.0 items. )
Scrapbooks kept by Emily Ravenel.



211Clippings, 1953-1954 ( 65.0 items. )
12Pamphlets ( 3.0 items. )
1 regarding the restored French Market in New Orleans; 2 regarding parking garages.
Petitions bearing signatures of endorsement ( 294.0 items. )