John H. and Gladys Monroe family papers
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John H. and Gladys Monroe family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Monroe, Gladys Madison Louise, 1908-1966.
Creator: Monroe, John H., 1880-1941.
Title: John H. and Gladys Monroe family papers
Dates: 1885-1948
Extent: 1.1 cubic feet (3 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 1684

Biographical/Historical Note

John H. Monroe (1880-1941) was born in Monroe County, Florida, on June 20, 1880. In 1900, he joined the Savannah Fire Department, with which he served until his death on February 6, 1941. Monroe was appointed fire chief on January 27, 1913, and on April 30, 1941, was voted chief Emeritus by the Savannah City Council in recognition of his long and valued service. John Monroe married Alice L. Eddy and they had two daughters, Gladys Madison Louise Monroe (1908-1966) and Elaine Francis Monroe (1904-1970). Gladys Monroe attended Savannah High School and in 1933 graduated from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of newspaper clippings, Savannah High School yearbooks, correspondence, a scrapbook, deeds, a photograph album, loose photographs, and stereographs. The deeds, 1885-1940s, concern the area at Rose Dhu plantation south of Savannah, along the Vernon River; the collection also contains a plat map of the plantation. Correspondence relates to the land at Rose Dhu plantation. The newspaper clippings concern the Monroe family's civic and social activities, including John's position as fire chief and Gladys' performance in Savannah High School plays. Yearbooks, the Savannah High School Bluejacket, are dated 1920, 1921, and 1927; the 1927 yearbook shows Gladys involved in numerous school clubs. The scrapbook belonged to Gladys and is a school memory book. It includes photographs, clippings, friendly notations, and a list of graduation presents. Gladys' photograph album includes images of her and her friends in Savannah and at the beach, circa 1923. Most photographs have captions with people identified. Other images in this collection include stereographs of Savannah, photographs of Coffee Bluff, and photographs of groups of people. There is one oversize folder with an undated group photograph of the Savannah Fire Department.

The papers are arranged by form, then alphabetically by subject; the yearbooks are arranged chronologically. The containers of visual materials are marked as "VM" in the collection inventory.


Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Deeds.
Fire departments--Georgia--Savannah.
Letters (correspondence)
Monroe, Gladys Madison Louise, 1908-1966.
Monroe, John H., 1880-1941.
Photograph albums.
Photographs.
Real property--Georgia--Chatham County.
Savannah (Ga.)--Photographs.
Scrapbooks.
Stereographs.
Yearbooks.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], John H. and Gladys Monroe family papers, MS 1684, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Leslie Tucker, Historic Savannah Foundation, 1999.


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

 

Box

Fldr

11Anderson lot
 
2Columbia Ward
 
3Dittmersville
 
4Grant Ward
 
5Grimshaw Ward
 
6Liberty Ward
 
7Rose Dhu
 
8Tybee
 
9Plat maps of Rose Dhu plantation
 
10Tax records and receipts
 
11Land, correspondence
 
12John Monroe documents
 
13Scrapbook
 
14Newspaper clippings, John Monroe
 
15Newspaper clippings, Gladys Monroe
 

Box

Volume

21Yearbook, Bluejacket, 1920
 
2Yearbook, Bluejacket, 1921
 
3Yearbook, Bluejacket, 1927
 

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Fldr

11Photo album
 

vm_box

Fldr

12Loose photographs from the photo album
 

vm_box

Fldr

13John Monroe
 

vm_box

Fldr

14Gladys Monroe
 

vm_box

Fldr

15Coffee Bluff
 

vm_box

Fldr

16Stereographs (Savannah, Georgia)
 

vm_box

Fldr

17Unidentified group photographs
 

vm_oversizefolder

1Savannah Fire Department