James Vernon McDonough collection on William Jay
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James Vernon McDonough collection on William Jay

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: McDonough, James Vernon, 1905-1959.
Title: James Vernon McDonough collection on William Jay
Dates: 1794-1834
Extent: 3.0 cubic feet (6 boxes, 1 tube)
Identification: MS 1343

Biographical/Historical Note

No biographical information is available.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of James Vernon McDonough's research notes, rough draft, and carbon copy of the final draft of his dissertation on William Jay. McDonough collected information concerning William Jay and his contemporaries in the early 19th century in preparation for his doctoral dissertation at Princeton University in 1950. Numerous photographs and negatives of Savannah buildings are included in this collection, including the Albion Chapel; Artel House; the Bank of the State of Georgia; Barker House; Barrow-Stoddard House; Branch Bank of U.S.; Bulloch-Habersham House; Champion-McAlpion House; Chatham County Court House; City Hotel; Cranston-Elliott House; 314 E. Broughton; Exchange; First African Baptist Church; Governor's Mansion; Hermitage; Independent Presbyterian Church; James Habersham Jr. House; James Moore-Wayne House; Kilpatrick House; Low House; Minis House; Moggerhanger; Murphy House; New Caledonian Society; Old Fire Station; Ortel House; Porter Gilmer House; President's House, Columbia, South Carolina; Richardson-Owens Thomas House; Savannah Theatre; Scarborough House; Sorrell-Weed House; Spencer-Woodbridge House; Telfair House; Theatre Port Louis; U.S. Arsenal, Augusta; Wayne House; Weyman House; and the William Mason-Smith House.

Index Terms

Jay, William, 1792-1837.
McDonough, James Vernon, 1905-1959.
Research notes.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from wife of collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], James Vernon McDonough collection on William Jay, MS 1343, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. J.V. McDonough, 1981.


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.

Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


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

Container List




11Carbon draft of William Jay dissertation ( 1.0 items. )
2Rough draft and notes of dissertation ( 8.0 items. )
3Worksheets (architectural) ( 8.0 items. )
4Working notes and measurements ( 5.0 items. )
5Jay family wills ( 7.0 items. )
6Footnotes and correspondence ( 2.0 items. )
7Lectures ( 7.0 items. )


2Notes on William Jay



38Images used in dissertation. Figures 1-94 ( 94.0 items. )
9Images used in dissertation. Figures 95-137 ( 42.0 items. )
10Images used in dissertation. Figures 138-171, miscellaneous ( 47.0 items. )



Albion Chapel, 6.0 items.
Artel House, 1.0 items.
Bank of the State of Georgia, 3.0 items.
Barker House, 9.0 items.
Barrow-Stoddard House, 6.0 items.
Branch Bank of U.S., 6.0 items.
Bulloch-Habersham House, 31.0 items.
Champion-McAlpion House, 1.0 items.
Chatham County Court House, 2.0 items.
City Hotel, 7.0 items. View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
City of Savannah, 23.0 items.
Cranston-Elliott House, 4.0 items.
314 E. Broughton, 1.0 items.
Exchange, 6.0 items.
First African Baptist Church, 9.0 items.
Gov. Mansion, 3.0 items.
Hermitage, 5.0 items.
Independent Presbyterian Church, 12.0 items.
James Habersham Jr. House, 6.0 items.
James Moore-Wayne House, 1.0 items.
Kilpatrick House, 2.0 items.
Low House, 3.0 items.
Minis House, 3.0 items.
Moggerhanger, 2.0 items.
Murphy House, 1.0 items.
New Caledonian Society, 2.0 items.
Old Fire Station, 1.0 items.
Ortel House, 2.0 items.
Porter Gilmer House, 3.0 items.
President's House, Columbia, South Carolina, 2.0 items.
Richardson-Owens Thomas House, 48.0 items.
Savannah Theatre, 18.0 items.
Scarborough House, 18.0 items.
Sorrell-Weed House, 11.0 items.
Spencer-Woodbridge House, 1.0 items.
Telfair House, 37.0 items.
Theatre Port Louis, 3.0 items.
U.S. Arsenal, Augusta, 1.0 items.
Wayne House, 9.0 items.
Weyman House, 5.0 items.
William Mason-Smith House, 3.0 items.
W.S. Brown, Mobile, Alabama, 1.0 items.


5Negatives of figures in dissertation inclusive numbers and miscellaneous slides; magic lantern slides of miscellaneous architecture



653Miscellaneous drawings and articles ( 16.0 items. )
54Miscellaneous pictures ( 17.0 items. )
Tube: Map. Pitville Parade ( 2.0 items. )
A-1343-001 Medal commemorating Rev. William Jay and his pastorate of 50 years at Argyle Chapel, Bath, England, Jan. 30, 1841 View online.