Mary Eliza Sweet commonplace book
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Mary Eliza Sweet commonplace book

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Sweet, Mary Eliza, 1810-
Title: Mary Eliza Sweet commonplace book
Dates: 1824-circa 1833
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (1 volume)
Identification: MS 0781

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Eliza Sweet (b. 1810) was the daughter of the Rev. George Dunbar Sweet and Rachel Ross Porcher Sweet. In 1829, she married Ambrose Baber, a physician and diplomat. Sweet was 14 years old when she began her commonplace book.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of Mary Eliza Sweet's commonplace book, dated "Savannah, 8 May, 1824." The latest dated entry is 1833. The book contains poems (Ambrose Baber, John M. Harney's "Farewell Address to Savannah," Valeria G. Berien Burroughs, and others, most signed with initials); sentimental and philosophical thoughts, hand painted flower decorations. Laid in are later items: clippings, 1859 and 1871; advertising cards; account of Mary Baber-Blackshear with Dr. Alvin E. Siefel, Macon, April 1, 1941; envelope addressed to Miss Birdie Baber-Blackshear, March 8, 1941.

Index Terms

Commonplace books.
Georgia--Social life and customs.
Savannah (Ga.)
Sweet, Mary Eliza, 1810-

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Mary Eliza Sweet commonplace book, MS 781, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. A.J. Waring, Jr., 1964.


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: Commonplace book. Savannah, 1824 May 8