George B. Allan diary
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George B. Allan diary

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Allan, George B., 1869-1943.
Title: George B. Allan diary
Dates: circa 1905-1950
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 volume)
Identification: MS 1428

Biographical/Historical Note

George B. Allan was born on April 11, 1869 in Durham, England to William Allan (b. 1842) and Anne Bailes Allan (b. 1848). He arrived in Savannah, Georgia in 1885 and began working as a clerk for D.C. Bacon & Co. lumber and naval stores (which became Stillwell, Pike, & Millen) as well as Vale Royal Mills. In 1886, he joined the Savannah Volunteer Guards. Then, in 1898, Allan enrolled with the Chatham Artillery in the Spanish-American War and was mustered into service as a sergeant on May 15th. Allan lived in Cuba from 1899 to 1902. After his arrival back to the United States, he married Florence Hoyes (d. 1942) in 1909. Allan died in Dallas, Texas in 1943.

Scope and Content Note

The George B. Allan diary is a multi-year record kept by George B. Allan. These events include primarily personal happenings involving career changes, travel, and family records such as, births, marriages, and deaths. On occasion, local events such as disasters, community meetings, and yacht races were also recorded. Each page of the diary carries a printed heading with the month and day followed by ruled lines. Allan recorded significant events both past and present that occurred on any given day rather than writing a strictly chronological account. On several pages, it appears that someone besides Allan made entries in the diary; writing styles and inks change, plus the death of George Allan is recorded in two entries, February 23 and March 3, 1943.

Index Terms

Allan family.
Allan, George B., 1869-1943.
Allen family.
Georgia--Description and travel.
Savannah (Ga.)
Sweat family.
Sweet family.
Yacht racing--Georgia--Savannah.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], George B. Allan diary, MS 1428, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Josiah Hatch, 1980.


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.

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1George B. Allan diary, circa 1905-1950