Iva Roach Benton photograph and letter
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Iva Roach Benton photograph and letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Benton, Iva Roach
Title: Iva Roach Benton photograph and letter
Dates: circa 1895 -1920
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (2 folders)
Identification: MS 1764

Biographical/Historical Note

Iva Roach Benton was born in Indiana in approximately 1880 and died around 1950. She married Fred C. Benton who owned a photography studio in Oakland City, Indiana. Benton was an artist and photographer in several cities including Indianapolis, IN; El Paso, TX and Milledgeville, GA.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of one photograph and one letter with its envelope. The photograph was most likely taken or retouched by Iva Roach Benton and developed by Baldwin & Barnes of Milledgeville, Georgia. The photograph is of female prisoners driving a team of horses to plow a field. The inscription on the back of the letter reads: Prisoners at work late 1890s or early 1900s. The letter was written by Benton in Milledgeville, Georgia and the envelope is addressed to Mrs. E.W. Stults in Norwood, West Virginia. She addresses the letter itself to both her brother and sister and discusses her personal life including her rheumatism and a possible trip to Macon, Georgia

Index Terms

Benton, Iva Roach
Card photographs (photographs)
Convict labor--Georgia--Milledgeville.
Female offenders--Georgia--Milledgeville.
Letters (correspondence)
Milledgeville (Ga.)
Stults, E.W., Mrs.
Women prisoners--Georgia--Milledgeville.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Iva Roach Benton photograph and letter, MS 01764, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Phyllis Melick, 2005.


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.


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

Container List




11Women convicts photograph, circa 1895-1920
2Iva Roach Benton letter, 1900