Murray McGregor Stewart and Elizabeth Pollock Stewart Waring papers
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Murray McGregor Stewart and Elizabeth Pollock Stewart Waring papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Stewart, Murray McGregor, 1869-1928.
Creator: Waring, Elizabeth Stewart, 1903-1984.
Title: Murray McGregor Stewart and Elizabeth Pollock Stewart Waring papers
Dates: circa 1886-circa 1924
Extent: 1.25 cubic feet (11 volumes)
Identification: MS 1017

Biographical/Historical Note

Murray McGregor Stewart (1869-1928) prominent in Savannah, Georgia, and was the city's mayor, 1919-1923. He was the son of Major James Turner Stewart and Elisa Miller Reid Stewart. He married Harriet Jones of Baltimore, Maryland, and had five children, including Elizabeth Pollock Stewart (1903-1984).

Murray Stewart was a cotton broker. He began in his father's cotton gin, James T. Stewart and Son. He later formed Stewart, Moorehead Co. and finally Stewart Cotton Co. He was active in promoting the fertilizer industry in Savannah. He owned Southern Fertilizer and Chemical Co. He was President of Vidalia Compress and Power Co. which he moved to Savannah as the Mutual Warehouse and Compress Co.

Elizabeth Pollock Stewart married Charles E. Waring (1900-1973) of Savannah, Georgia.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of minute books for Murray McGregor Stewart's businesses: the Vidalia Compress and Power Co., 1903-1921; the Stewart-Moorehead Company, 1906-1919; the South Atlantic Cotton Company, 1908-1910; and the Stewart-Wilson Company, Stewart Farm Company, and Seacoast Farm Company, 1917-1918. Also included is an album (ca. 1886), including photographs of Murray McGregor Stewart's classmates, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers, and the Junior Lawn Tennis Club; an unidentified cotton broker's account book, 1915-1919; and a code book used by cotton brokers in Savannah, titles "Private Code..." by Carl R. Heye (Bremen, Germany, 1924).

This collection also contains four scrapbooks created by Elizabeth Pollock Stewart in London, England, 1914. They consist of newspaper clippings from the Daily Mirror regarding World War I in Europe.


Index Terms

Brokers.
Business enterprises--Georgia--Savannah.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Cotton trade.
Minute books.
Photographs.
Scrapbooks.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Stewart, Murray McGregor, 1869-1928.
Waring, Elizabeth Stewart, 1903-1984.
World War, 1914-1918.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from one of the creators.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Murray McGregor Stewart and Elizabeth Pollock Stewart Waring papers, MS 1017, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Elizabeth Pollock Stewart Waring, 1978.


Restrictions

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.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

Box

Volume

11Album, circa 1886
includes photographs of Stewart's classmates, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers, and the Junior Lawn Tennis Club.
 

Box

Volume

22Minute book of the Vidalia Compress and Power Co., Vidalia, Ga., 1903-1921 (Typed sheets glued into the book; most are carbon copies.)
 
3Minute book of the Stewart-Moorehead Company, Savannah, Ga., 1906-1919 (Typed sheets glued into the book; most are carbon copies.)
 
4Minute book of the South Atlantic Cotton Company, Savannah, Ga., 1908-1910 (Typed sheets are glued into the book; most are carbon copies.)
 
5Unidentified cotton broker's account book, Savannah, Ga., 1915-1919
Possibly the Stewart-Moorehead Company's account book, because of code used.
 
6Minute book of the Stewart-Wilson Company, Stewart Farm Company, and the Seacoast Farm Company, Savannah, Ga., 1917-1918
 

Box

Volume

37"Private Code..." by Carl R. Heye (Bremen, Germany), 1924
For Messrs. Stewart-Moorehead Company of Savannah. Code book to be used by cotton brokers.
 
8-11Elizabeth Pollock Stewart's scrapbooks. London, England, 1914 August-October
Newspaper clippings from the Daily Mirror, re World War I in Europe.