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Ruth Barnes papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Barnes, Ruth B., b. 1892.
Title: Ruth Barnes papers
Dates: 1930-1966
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (1 box)
Identification: MS 1479

Biographical/Historical Note

Ben S. Barnes and his wife, Ruth Barnes (b.1892) were socially prominent and active members of Savannah, Georgia, society in the 1930s. During this period, they lived in the Gordonston neighborhood with two sons, Ben Jr. and Henry.

The Barnes' were very active members of Savannah society in the first half of the twentieth century and served in a large number of social and civic clubs and groups. Ruth Barnes was active in the Gordonston Garden Club, on a number of committees with the Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.), served as a member of the board of managers of the Savannah Public Library, and as president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Independent Presbyterian Church. An alumnae of Agnes Scott College, she was particularly active in the Savannah branch of the American Association of University Women in which she served as president from 1934-1935, and as the general chairman of the National Convention of the A.A.U.W. in 1937.

Ben S. Barnes was also an active member of Savannah society. As manager of Weil Brothers, Mr. Barnes served as president and member of the Savannah Cotton Exchange, was on the board of the Young Men’s Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.), a member and Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Savannah Rotary Club and was a deacon at the Independent Presbyterian Church.


Scope and Content Note

This collection is primarily comprised of scrapbooks created by Mrs. Ruth Barnes from 1930-1937. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, letters, and notes regarding the social engagements and civic involvement of Ruth Barnes, her husband, Ben S. Barnes, and their sons, Ben Jr. and Henry. The bulk of the clippings relate to Ruth Barnes' involvement in the Savannah branches of the American Association of University Women and the Young Women's Christian Association. Overall, the clippings provide a sense of the social activity of prominent Savannah society members in the 1930s.

In addition, there is one folder of newspaper clippings related to local history and one folder of miscellaneous ephemera containing a receipt, yearbook for the American Association of University Women, 1930-1931, pamphlet from the Owens-Thomas House Museum in Savannah, Georgia, printed sermon from First Presbyterian Church in Macon, Georgia, and a pamphlet on the history of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation in Atlanta, Georgia.


Index Terms

Barnes, Ruth B., b. 1892.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Pamphlets.
Savannah (Ga.)--Social life and customs.
Scrapbooks.
Women--Education.
Women--Georgia--Savannah.
Women--Societies and clubs.
Young Men's Christian Association (Savannah, Ga.)
Young Women's Christian Association (Savannah, Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was donated by the creator's daughter-in-law.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Ruth Barnes papers, MS 1479, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Ben S. Barnes, Jr., 1991.


Restrictions

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. Or Copyright has 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 as the owner of copyright in items created by the donor. Although copyright was transferred by the donor, copyright in some items in the collection may still be held by their respective creator(s). For further information contact the Division of Library and Archives.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 

Scrapbooks, 1931-1937

Box

Fldr

11Volume 1, 1931-1932
2Volume 2, 1930-1936
3Volume 3, 1936-1937
4Loose pages, 1933-1935
 

Clippings, 1956-1966

Box

Fldr

15Clippings, 1956-1966
 

Miscellaneous, 1930-1952

Box

Fldr

16Miscellaneous, 1930-1952
Includes receipt, AAUW yearbook, 1930-1931; pamphlet for Owens-Thomas House, 1952; pamphlet titled "A Brief Sketch of The Temple : the house of worship of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation on Atlanta, Georgia" by Rabbi David Marx, undated; printed sermon titled "Legacies of Lanier : a sermon by Rev. Albert Grady Harris, D.D.", 1942.