Matthew M. Hopkins gelatin dry plate negatives
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Matthew M. Hopkins gelatin dry plate negatives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hopkins, Matthew M., (Matthew Martin), 1863-1943.
Title: Matthew M. Hopkins gelatin dry plate negatives
Dates: circa 1889-1900
Extent: 0.3 cubic feet (1 box, 1 folder)
Identification: MS 1590

Biographical/Historical Note

Matthew Martin Hopkins (1863-1943) was born in Savannah 25 June 1863. As a young man he became affiliated with the cotton business. By 1882, he worked for the Duckworth Company (known through the years as Muir, Duckworth and Co.; Duckworth, Turner and Co.; Duckworth and Co.; and the Duckworth Cotton Co.). In 1898, he went to work for Gaudry, Crisp and Co. That company carried his name in 1901-1902 as Gaudry and Hopkins. After 1902 Hopkins became the co-manager of the Savannah office of Duckworth Cotton Co. until it closed in 1929.

Hopkins married Marie A. DeBruyn Kops. At the time of his death, 24 October 1943, there were 3 surviving children. Hopkins was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and was active in their choir. He was treasurer of both the Savannah Opera Association and the Savannah Benevolent Association.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of glass gelatin dry plate negatives produced by Matthew M. Hopkins. The majority of images in this collection are of Chatham County, Ga., although there a few unidentified images and 1 from Warm Springs, Ga. The glass plate negatives which Mr. Hopkins produced have been scanned at 150 dpi and printed. Only these paper prints are available for research. The approximate collection dates are 1889-1900. The collection is arranged by subject: Agriculture (plantations), Buildings, Geographical Locations, People, and Transportation (ships).

Index Terms

Gelatin dry plate negatives.
Hopkins family.
Hopkins, Matthew M., (Matthew Martin), 1863-1943.
Plantations--Georgia--Chatham County.
Savannah River (Ga. and S.C.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Matthew M. Hopkins gelatin dry plate negatives, MS 1590, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Felton C. Farrar, 1995.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Glass plate negatives are restricted from patron use.

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



11590.01. Agriculture, plantations. Beaulieu (Olmstead residence)


21590.02. Agriculture, plantations. Deptford (old tree)


31590.03. Buildings, mills. Warm Springs, old mill


41590.04. Buildings, street views (Savannah). 225 E. Hall Street--Baldwin residence (built 1888)


51590.05. Buildings, street views (Savannah). 126 W. Harris Street, Gammell house (built 1839), Pulaski Square


61590.06. Buildings, street views (Savannah). Oglethorpe Square, Robert Bolton House


71590.07. Geographic locations, cities and towns. Unidentified


81590.08. Geographic locations, counties. White Bluff, Habersham Point


91590.09. Geographic locations, unidentified landscapes. Unidentified


101590.10. People, identified families. Matthew M. Hopkins family


111590.11. People, identified groups. Weirs Cave Group


121590.12. People, groups of men. Unidentified


131590.13. People, groups of women. Misses Comer and Boyd


141590.14. Transportation, ships. Matthew Hopkins boat (Savannah River)


151590.15. Transportation, ships. Savannah yachts (Savannah River)


161590.16. Transportation, ships. Ocean Steamship Company steamer