Jack B. Humphries collection of autograph albums
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Jack B. Humphries collection of autograph albums

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Humphries, Jack B.
Title: Jack B. Humphries collection of autograph albums
Dates: 1828-1889
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (1 half box)
Identification: MS 1722

Biographical/Historical Note

Jack Bowen Humphries was a student at the University of Florida from 1945 to 1954 and then a teacher at Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Florida. The autograph albums that make up this collection were originally part of a collection of Humphries papers at the University of Florida relating to his experience as a student at the university and his WWII service. It is assumed that the autograph albums were collected by him or other family members, but the connection between the album owners and the Humphries family is unclear.

The autograph album owners were likely all residents of the coastal Georgia area in the mid 1800s. The albums belonged to Louisa Turner of Charleston, S.C.; Mary Tupper, possibly of Portland, Maine; Bet M. Oxley of the St. Mary's, Georgia area; and Freddie Lang of Savannah, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains four individual autograph albums. The albums belonged to Louisa Turner, Mary Tupper, Bet M. Oxley, and Freddie Lang. The albums contain autographs, sentimental verse, expressions of friendship, and illustrations. There are several color illustrations and, in the Louisa Turner album, a watercolor painting. Several of the pages note locations in the southern Georgia area, including Savannah and St. Mary's, and Charleston, S.C. The albums date from 1828-1889 and are organized chronologically.

Index Terms

Autograph albums.
Lang, Freddie.
Oxley, Bet M.
Tupper, Mary.
Turner, Louisa.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The albums were originally received by the George A. Smathers Libraries of the University of Florida with the Jack B. Humphries collection. University of Florida staff removed the albums from the collection and donated them to the Georgia Historical Society as the relationship of Jack B. Humphries to the creators of the albums was unclear.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Jack B. Humphries collection of autograph albums, MS 1722, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries, 2005.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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.


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

Container List




11Louisa Turner album, 1828-1832
2Mary Tupper album, 1851-1852
3Bet M. Oxley album, 1854-1889
4Freddie Lang album, 1881-1883