John Insley Coddington collection on Walter Charlton Hartridge
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John Insley Coddington collection on Walter Charlton Hartridge

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Coddington, John Insley, 1902-1991.
Title: John Insley Coddington collection on Walter Charlton Hartridge
Dates: 1939-1972
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (1 box)
Identification: MS 1200

Biographical/Historical Note

John Insley Coddington (1902-1991) was a professor at Harvard College. After he left the school, he worked for many years in the State Department in Washington. He was a Fellow in the National Genealogical Society and served as the society's president and was editor of its National Genealogical Society Quarterly

Walter Charlton Hartridge (1914-1974) of Savannah, Georgia, edited and published several collections of family letters and was the author of the text of a book of etchings and drawings of Savannah. He also published a number of articles on the Santo Domingo refugees in America. He was a student under John I. Coddington at Harvard; the two men kept in touch through letters and visits throughout the remainder of Hartridge's life.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of letters from Walter C. Hartridge of Savannah to John I. Coddington of Washington and Bordentown, New Jersey. A few copies of Coddington's replies are included. The letters concern their mutual interest in genealogy: questions and answers pertaining to various families. Among the families they were interested in are Fatio, Gaudry, Walton, O'Driscoll, Huard, and Brewt.

Other letters in the collection written to Coddington are Martha Bullard Richmond to Miss Akin, July 3, 1956, regarding Hartridge's impending marriage; Susan Hartridge (Mrs. Walter C.) October 20, 1964, enclosing a snapshot of W.C. Hartridge III; Robert Gignilliat Kenan, February 13, 1966; Nell McIntire Eller, March 23, 1948; Edith D. Johnston, April 14, 1941, regarding her book The Houstouns of Georgia; Gertrude N. L'Engle, September 3, 1952.

There are several snapshots of W.C. Hartridge III in the collection, as well as clippings and printed materials.

Index Terms

Coddington, John Insley, 1902-1991.
Fatio family.
Genealogies (histories)
Hartridge, Walter Charlton, 1914-1974.
Huard family.
Letters (correspondence)
Walton family.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Insley Coddington collection on Walter Charlton Hartridge, MS 1200, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John I. Coddington, 1975.


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, 1939-1942 ( 16.0 items. )


2Letters, 1947-1948 ( 23.0 items. )


3Letters, 1949 ( 20.0 items. )


4Letters, 1950 ( 20.0 items. )


5Letters, 1951 January-June ( 22.0 items. )


6Letters, 1951 July-December ( 25.0 items. )


7Letters, 1952 ( 29.0 items. )


8Letters, 1953 ( 14.0 items. )


9Letters, 1954 ( 28.0 items. )


10Letters, 1955 ( 32.0 items. )


11Letters, 1956-1964 ( 27.0 items. )


12Letters, 1965 ( 22.0 items. )
including two snapshots of W.C. Hartridge III.


13Letters, 1966 ( 27.0 items. )


14Letters, 1967-1968 ( 22.0 items. )


15Letters, 1969-1970 ( 22.0 items. )


16Letters, 1972 and undated ( 20.0 items. )


17Miscellaneous notes ( 9.0 items. )
Includes Hartridge genealogical notes.


18Clippings ( 10.0 items. )


19Printed materials ( 8.0 items. )
"The Refugees from the Island of St. Domingo in Maryland," by W.C. Hartridge (reprint from Maryland Historical Magazine, XXXVIII, no. 2, June 1943); The Florida Historical Quarterly, XXXI, No. 1, October 1952, containing "The Fatio Family," by W.C. Hartridge; Loan Exhibit, Sorrel-Weed House (Savannah: 1940); Prospectuses for books by W.C. Hartridge; Savannah: Etchings and Drawings by Christopher Murphy, Jr., Text by Walter Charlton Hartridge; The Letters of Don Juan McQueen; The Letters of Robert Mackay to His Wife; programs for the Annual Meeting of the Florida Historical Society (1968) at which W.C. Hartridge was a speaker; Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia Quadri-State Meeting (1965).