Maude Heyward collection on women's clubs
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Maude Heyward collection on women's clubs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Heyward, Maude, 1872-1942.
Title: Maude Heyward collection on women's clubs
Dates: 1767-1939
Extent: 3.0 cubic feet (6 boxes)
Identification: MS 1278

Biographical/Historical Note

Elise Heyward Howkins (d. 1942) and Maude Heyward (1872-1942) were the daughters of J. Guerard and Pauline Heyward. Both women were active in the Savannah, Georgia social scene and were members of several women's clubs. Elise Howkins was the president of the Savannah Federation of Women's Clubs from 1917-1942. In this role, she became very involved with clubs throughout the state, primarily on projects that involved civic improvement. Maude Heyward was the branch librarian for the Savannah Public Library at Hodgson Hall for several years and also served as the genealogist for the Georgia Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

Scope and Content Note

These papers deal with Elise Heyward Howkins' club work, Maude Heyward's genealogical notes on the family, and family correspondence. The clubs and organizations in which Mrs. Howkins actively participated are the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs, Savannah Federation of Women's Clubs, Women's Auxiliary to St. Joseph's Hospital, Huntingdon Club, George Washington Bicentennial Commission, Girl Scouts of America, Women's Auxiliary to the Georgia Medical Society, Women's Auxiliary to the Medical Association of Georgia, Tallulah Falls Industrial School, Catholic Women's Club, Red Cross First-Aid Classes, Audubon Society, War Camp Community Service. Miss Heyward was active in the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames of America. These papers are yearbooks, reports, constitutions and by-laws and some miscellaneous papers. Also included are programs of annual meetings of Georgia State Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, 1921, 1928, and 1930. As Maude Heyward was a librarian at the Savannah Public Library and a genealogist for the Colonial Dames of America, these materials are assumed to have been collected by her.

Index Terms

Account books.
Administrative records.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs.
Heyward, Maude, 1872-1942.
Howkins, Elise Hayward, d. 1942.
Letters (correspondence)
Savannah (Ga.)--Social life and customs.
Women--Societies and clubs.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Maude Heyward collection on women's clubs, MS 1278, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. John Smallbrook Howkins, 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



1Correspondence, 1878-1939
These letters deal primarily with Mrs. Elise Howkins' civic work and Miss Maude Heyward's correspondence with or about Mr. Thomas de St. Bris.

Family correspondence, 1878-1897, 18.0 items.
Correspondents: matron of Abrahams Home; Wm. Hone and Co.; Robert Moore; J.G. Heyward; Thomas de St. Bris (2); Sally; John Smallbrook (Joseph) Howkins; Elise Heyward; Achille de Caradeuc and Pauline (de Caradeuc) Heyward.
Family correspondence, 1903-1906, 10.0 items.
Correspondents: John Smallbrook Joseph Howkins, Elise (Heyward) Howkins and J.S.J. Howkins, Jr.
Family correspondence, 1913-1919, 22.0 items.
Correspondents: Elise H. Howkins; Tom; Thomas de St. Bris, Alvey A. Adee; Heyward Howkins; August Belmont and Co.; and Maude Heyward.
Family correspondence, 1920-1929, 38.0 items.
Correspondents: J. Randolph Anderson; Elise (Heyward) Howkins, Thomas Purse; Heyward Howkins, Elizabeth Howkins; "Gere" Howkins; J.S.J. Howkins, Jr.; Dr. and Mrs. Cassidy; Thomas de St. Bris; Lucy (Barrow) McIntire; Edith M. Horne; Maude Heyward; Lawrence Lee; Frederick Gaston, A.S. Salley, Jr.; Jeannette H. Hackett (Mrs. C.W.); James B. Heyward; Milton J. Little; Christopher P.H. Murphy; and Gordon Saussy.
Family correspondence, 1930-1935, 22.0 items.
Correspondents: Elise Heyward Howkins ; Mary Young Van Allen (Mrs. R .D.); Mattie Bell Gholston (Mrs. J. W.); A. R. Rogers; Arthur Lucas; Eugene Talmadge; Charles G. Day; W.C. Parkins; Mrs. George Brown; Franklin D. Roosevelt to All NRA Women's Committees; Sam Park; Hiram W. Johnson; Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences; Luella S. Laudin; H.A. Gray; Estelle M. Sternberger; and Edith Adams Ritchie.
Family correspondence, 1936-1939, 17.0 items.
Correspondents: Maude Heyward, Curtis T. Everett; Prentiss B. Gilbert; Morgan and Co.; American Consular Service; J. Bellot; J. Ferris Cann; Sam Park; Georges Brunel; John L. Timoney; Lou Henry Hoover (Mrs. Herbert), and Elise (Heyward) Howkins.
Family correspondence, undated, 29.0 items.
Correspondents: Mrs. H.T. Wilson; G.H. Howkins, Elise (Heyward) Howkins; J.S. Howkins; Heyward Howkins; Thomas de St. Bris; J.S. Howkins, Jr.; and Tom. Most of these papers are partial letters.


2Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs Papers, 1916-1937
These papers belonged to Mrs. Elise (Heyward ) Howkins from her long activity in the federation.
Yearbooks: 1916-1917; 1917-1918; 1918-1919; 1919-1920; 1920-1921; 1921-1922; 1922-1923; 1924-1925 ; 1927-1928; 1928-1929 ; 1929-1930; 1930-1931; 1934-1935; 1935-1936; 1936-1937.

Miscellaneous committee reports and Annual Meeting programs, 1916-1935, 20.0 items.


3Miscellaneous Club papers, belonging to Mrs. Elise (Heyward) Howkins and Miss Maude Heyward

Savannah Federation of Women's Clubs, 1913-1929, 3.0 items.
These papers consist of the Constitution and the Bylaws of the Federation, organized in 1913; a year book, 1913-1916; and a certificate appointing the Federation to the Sponsors Committee of the Pulaski National Memorial Celebration, held in Savannah, Georgia and Washington, D. C., October 9-11, 1929.
Record book of the Women's Auxiliary to St. Joseph's Hospital. Savannah, Georgia, 1915-1916, 1.0 volume
Georgia Society of the Colonial Dames of America papers, 1921-1934, 12.0 items.
These papers consist of the Bylaws as amended through 1921, 1927, 1931 and undated; directories for 1929, 1931, supplement to 1931, and 1934; Historians Report: "Thirty-six Years Under Six Presidents" for the Annual Meeting in 1931; a pamphlet "The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America: Its Aims and Achievements," Augusta, Georgia, April 20, 1922; and two addresses delivered by Walter Glascoe Charlton: "The Making of Georgia" and Oglethorpe."
Georgia State Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, 3.0 items.
These papers are programs for the Annual Meetings for 1921, 1928, and 1930; This Federation was organized June, 1902.
Huntingdon Club Papers, 1921-1924, 3.0 items.
Contained here are yearbooks for 1921-1922, and 1924-1925; and a roster, 1923-1924.
George Washington Bicentennial Commission papers, 1932, 2.0 items.
Here is the "General Program for the Nation-Wide Celebration of the Two hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington;" and a "List of Programs for Organizations and List of Authorities for Reference."
Girl Scouts of America papers, 1928 and 1937, 2.0 items.
Here are a bibliography of the holdings of the Library at the Juliette Low Memorial Girl Scout Headquarters (Savannah Girl Scouts) as of February, 1928; and the Constitution and Bylaws of Girl Scouts, Inc. as of 1937.
Women's Auxiliary to the Georgia Medical Society, 1931 and 1936, 2.0 items.
Contains the Constitution and Bylaws as of 1931; and a program for the Twelfth Annual Convention, 1936.
Women's Auxiliary to the Medical Association of Georgia, 1927 and 1932, 2.0 items.
Contains the Constitution and Bylaws as of 1927; and a program for the Eighth Annual Session, 1932.
Savannah Health Center, 1927-1932, 2.0 items.
Contains Annual Reports for 1929 and 1932.
Miscellaneous club pamphlets, various dates, 20.0 items.
Contained here are constitutions, bylaws, programs, reports, directories, etc., of clubs that Mrs. Howkins and Miss Heyward either belonged to or else were interested in.


4Miscellaneous papers

Miscellaneous papers, various dates, 16.0 items.
Contained here are a biographical sketch of Elise (Heyward) Howkins; typed copy of a letter from Thomas Heyward, Jr. to his father, 1767; U.S. Geodetic and Coast Survey of the surrounding, area of Hazzard's Creek; J.G. Heyward's appointment as a Second Lieutenant in Company A, Savannah Volunteer Guards, 1879; 2 packets of rice from J.S. Howkins Jr.'s wedding; "Tales of My Grandmother...Tickton Hall," re Heyward family; "Hurricane of 1804-Tybee Island" from the memoirs of the Bolton Family; Heyward Howkins "'Certificate of Distinction" from Morton's School for Boys, 1902; notes for Maude Heyward's legal fight against the estate of Thomas de St. Bris; Thomas della Torre's passport; typed copy of the inscriptions on John McNish's (circa1780-1826) and William Cowper McNish's (1826-1826) tombstones; program from Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carrel, 1926; "The Story of St. Pauls Church, Augusta, Georgia, A.D. 1750-1906;" description and history of the Pulaski Monument; speech to be made before the Conservation of the Savannah Federation of Women's Organizations; "History of War Camp Community Service of Savannah, Ga," by Mary C. Crane (Mrs. Horace A.); Certificate appointing Elise (Heyward) Howkins to the Exhibitors Committee at the Chicago Exposition.
Miscellaneous genealogical notes, many of which are written in French and are about the de St. Bris family and the Xerex family, Undated, 35.0 items.
Newspaper clippings, concerning Mrs. Elise (Heyward) Howkins and her civic and social club duties, 95.0 items.
Newspaper clippings, concerning members of the Heyward-Howkins family: Miss Maude Heyward, T. S. Heyward, J.S. Howkins, Jr., and Thomas de St. Bris, 7.0 items.
Tallulah Falls Industrial School, 1916-1936, 7.0 items.
Contained here are papers giving the history, the aims and achievements, and the needs of the school. Of special note is the brief article on Jessie Lawrence, the first woman graduate of Tallulah Falls Industrial School to obtain a college degree (1935). Mrs. Howkins was involved with the school in her capacity as President of the Savannah Federation of Women's Clubs.
Two photographs of J.S. Howkins, Jr. and one probably of Mrs. Howkins and Miss Maude Heyward, 3.0 items.
Hardbound materials loose in the box



425Account book, 1897-1899, 1.0 volume
This book probably belonged to Mrs. Howkins as it covers both house­hold accounts and club accounts.
Guest book for "The Dunes" at Tybee island, 1902
Mr. and Mrs. Howkins, J.S. Howkins, Jr. and G. Heyward Howkins are the first signers of the book.
Autograph book, 1881
The inscription reads to; "Elise Heyward from her dear Madam."
"My Trip Abroad", 1910-1923
This is Miss Maude Heyward's diary of her trips to Europe.



Scrapbook. Savannah, Georgia, 1916
Catholic Women's Clubs of Savannah.
Scrapbook. Savannah, Georgia, 1916
Parliamentary Law Study Club, Red Cross First-Aid Classes, Audubon Society, Preparedness items, and Conservation Committee of the Savannah Federation of Women's Clubs.
Scrapbook. Savannah, Georgia, 1917
Continues coverage of the Savannah Federation of Women's Clubs.



Scrapbook. Savannah, Georgia, 1917-1919, 1.0 volume
"Liberty War Scrapbook." This book contains pictures and newspaper clippings of Mrs. Howkins' work with the War Camp Community Service during World War I.
Scrapbook, 1919-1920
Savannah Federation of Women's Clubs.