G. Ed Johnston collection of research materials on Georgia and South Carolina steamboats
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G. Ed Johnston collection of research materials on Georgia and South Carolina steamboats

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Johnston, G. Ed, 1911-2010.
Title: G. Ed Johnston collection of research materials on Georgia and South Carolina steamboats
Dates: 1890-1940s
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 1597

Biographical/Historical Note

G. Ed Johnston (1911-2010) was born in Screven County, Georgia. He attended school and college in Savannah, Georgia before serving as a U.S. Army Captain and embarking on a career with the Central of Georgia Railway. He was also active in Rotary International. Johnston was married to Alice Lee Johnston. He is buried in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains information about steamboats in coastal Georgia and South Carolina. Most of the materials pertain to the history of a side wheel steamer named Alpha, which was later named Clivedon. This Steamer’s route was on the Beaufort-Savannah Line, and sailed from Beaufort, South Carolina to Savannah, Georgia. Within the collection there are brochures, photographs, blue prints, certificates of enrollment, and miscellaneous items about the Clivedon and other steamers, such as the Clayton and the Katie. There are also newspaper articles about Hampton County, South Carolina and Beaufort, South Carolina. The entire collection is photocopies.


Index Terms

Allen, Robert Ward, 1856-1931.
Alpha (Steamboat)
Clivedon (Steamboat)
Hampton County (S.C.)--History.
Katie (Steamboat)
Lawton, John, 1830-1908.
Merchant (Steamboat)
Steamboat lines.
Steamboats--Georgia--Savannah.
Steamboats--South Carolina--Beaufort.
Steamboats.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown prior to donor's possession of the materials.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], G. Ed Johnston collection of research materials on Georgia and South Carolina steamboats, MS 1597, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of G. Ed Johnston, 1996.


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.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 
Folder 1: Certificates of Enrollment (1890-1942) for the Alpha, the Clayton, and the Clivedon; letters about the Alpha; history of John Lawton (owner of the Alpha); copies of the Savannah Morning News Digest (1890-1891);newspaper clippings about and blue prints of the Clivedon, 1890-1942
 
Folder 2: copies of photos of the Clivedon; brochures for the steamers Merchant and Clivedon
 
Folder 3: notes and letters about the Clivedon and the Katie (steamers); newspaper article on history of Hampton County, South Carolina; Robert Ward Allen’s obituary (a famed Savannah river hunter)