Allie Goodwin Myrick Bowden papers
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Allie Goodwin Myrick Bowden papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Bowden, Allie Goodwin Myrick, 1895-1993.
Title: Allie Goodwin Myrick Bowden papers
Dates: 1923-1992
Extent: 0.51 cubic feet (1 box, 1 OS folder)
Identification: MS 1897

Biographical/Historical Note

Allie Goodwin Myrick Bowden was born on 31 December 1895 at the Dovedale Plantation in Baldwin County, Georgia. She attended Georgia Normal and Industrial College (present day Georgia College and State University) in Milledgeville, Georgia from 1911 to 1915 and earned her B.A. degree. In 1921, she graduated from Columbia University and went on to teach psychology at the Georgia College and State University and became head of the psychology department.

On 1 August 1923 she married Captain Edwin T. Bowden, an officer in the U.S. Army, then professor of military science and tactics at the Georgia Military College. Until Edwin's death in 1963, Allie played the demanding role of army wife while her husband served at Ft. Benning and Ft. Screven in Georgia, South Carolina, Hawaii, Wyoming, Washington, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Rhode Island. From 1942 to 1945, Allie lived in Macon, Georgia, while her husband served in North Africa, Italy, and Belgium. Following the end of World War II, she and her family were stationed in Ohio and Washington, D.C. She continued to live in the D.C. area until 1973, when she moved to Austin, Texas to be closer to her children. Bowden died on 27 October 1993.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, memoirs, photocopies of photographs, genealogies, wedding memory book, and a book belonging to Allie Goodwin Myrick Bowden from 1923 to 1992. Included within this collection is the book Bowden published in 1952, The Story of the Myricks, a genealogy on the Bowden family, a check and receipt as well as a photostat copy of her Delayed Birth Certificate, and memoirs written of various experiences throughout her life including memories of being a child at her family's Dovedale plantation in Baldwin County, Georgia. There is also an oversize folder with a portrait photograph of Allie by Underwood and Underwood studios.

Index Terms

Birth certificates.
Black-and-white photographs.
Bowden family.
Bowden, Allie Goodwin Myrick, 1895-1993.
Checks (bank checks)
Genealogies (histories)
Letters (correspondence)
Myrick family.
Plantation life--Georgia--Baldwin County.
Receipts (financial records)

Administrative Information

Processing Information

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.