R.J. Nunn Trust Fund minute book, correspondence, and financial records
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R.J. Nunn Trust Fund minute book, correspondence, and financial records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Nunn, Richard Joseph, 1831-1910.
Creator: R.J. Nunn Trust Fund (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: R.J. Nunn Trust Fund minute book, correspondence, and financial records
Dates: 1913-1979
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (1 box)
Identification: MS 1292

Biographical/Historical Note

The R.J. Nunn Trust Fund was established under the will of Dr. Richard Joseph Nunn. Its purpose was to provide income for the following organizations in Savannah, Georgia: Zerubbabel Lodge #15; F.A.M.; Board of Trustees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite; Georgia Historical Society; Young Women's Christian Association; Savannah Female Orphan Asylum; and the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia. It was incorporated in June 1913 and continued until it was dissolved by the Board of Trustees on March 9, 1978. Its remaining funds were distributed equally among the beneficiaries.

Richard Joseph Nunn (1831-1910) was born in County Wexford, Ireland. Before coming to Savannah, he received preliminary instruction in medicine in London and Dublin. He graduated from Savannah Medical College in 1854 and began practice in Savannah. Nunn served in the Confederate States Army with the Oglethorpe Siege Artillery, rising through the ranks to captain. He resigned in 1863 because of failing health and resumed his medical practice in Savannah. He became prominent in medical and Masonic circles in Georgia and was for a time on the teaching staff of Savannah Medical College. He went to Europe in 1875 because of his health, but he returned in the fall of 1876 to assist with the yellow fever epidemic in Savannah. He published studies on freemasonry, the medical history of Savannah, and women's diseases. He was the long-time curator of the Georgia Historical Society and served as its vice-president.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a minute book, 1913-1978, correspondence, and financial records from the R.J. Nunn Trust Fund. When the corporation dissolved in 1978, the Fund's records were turned over to the Georgia Historical Society. The correspondence includes the charter and a list of stock owned by the corporation. Also included are papers concerning the dissolution of the corporation.

Index Terms

Financial records.
Georgia Historical Society.
Letters (correspondence)
Minute books.
Nunn, Richard Joseph, 1831-1910.
R.J. Nunn Trust Fund (Savannah, Ga.)
Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia.
Trusts and trustees.
Young Women's Christian Association.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from creating body.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], R.J. Nunn Trust Fund minute book, correspondence, and financial records, MS 1292, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Trustees of the R.J. Nunn Trust Fund, 1977.


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



1Minute book, 1913 September 24-1978 March 9
Contains financial statements.


1Correspondence, 1913-1914 ( 44.0 items. )
Contains charter and list of stock owned by the corporation.


2Correspondence, 1915-1916 ( 37.0 items. )


3Correspondence, 1917-1919 ( 24.0 items. )


4Correspondence, 1920 ( 35.0 items. )


5Correspondence, 1921-1924 ( 40.0 items. )


6Correspondence, 1925-1928 ( 45.0 items. )


7Correspondence, 1929-1931 ( 35.0 items. )


8Correspondence, 1932-1933 ( 34.0 items. )


9Correspondence, 1934-1938 ( 48.0 items. )


10Correspondence, 1939-1941 ( 29.0 items. )


11Correspondence, 1942-1945, 1971 ( 34.0 items. )


12Financial statements, 1968-1979 ( 8.0 items. )


13Papers regarding dissolution of the corporation, 1977 ( 3.0 items. )