Ruby A. Rahn research materials on Savannah Area steamboats
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Ruby A. Rahn research materials on Savannah Area steamboats

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Rahn, Ruby A., 1883-1975.
Title: Ruby A. Rahn research materials on Savannah Area steamboats
Dates: 1957-1967
Extent: 3.5 cubic feet (7 boxes)
Identification: MS 2002

Biographical/Historical Note

Ruby A. Rahn was born on 21 May 1883 in Effingham County, Georgia. She worked as a public school teacher in Savannah, Georgia. She died on 23 November 1975 in Savannah.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains research notes, histories, photograph reproductions and other research materials compiled by Rutby A. Rahn from 1957 to 1967. Rahn extensively researched the steamboat activity on the Savannah River from 1807 to about 1908 in order to compile her book on the river, River Highway for Trade: The Savannah, published in 1968. Rahn collected information about various steamboats from marine reports, newspapers, and other materials and wrote brief histories of their activities on the Savannah River.


This collection is arranged into 7 boxes:

Box 1: Research notes on the following steamboats: Enterprise, Oculmgee, Carolina, Santee, Cherokee, Macon, Hamburg, Ivanhoe, Altamaha, Georgia, Oglethorpe, John Stoney, William Gaston, Lamar, Samuel Howard, George Washington, Free Trade, Edgefield, Enterprize, Dolphin, Darien, Governor Taylor, Superior, Commerce, Richmond, Seminole, Pee Dee, Col. Henry, Hawkinsville, Robert Collins, Gen. Lee, 1957-1967

Box 2: Research notes on the following steamboats: Thorn, Charleston III, John T. Lamar, Tugalo, William Gaston (II), William Seabrook, Swan I, Swan II, Richmond, Ivanhoe, Elbert, Eliza, John Randolph, Mary Summers, Etiwan, St. Helena, Pee Dee, Caledonia, Charleston II, Commerce, Edgefield, George Washington, Governor Taylor, Darien, General Green, Henry Schultz, Hamburg, Hamburg II, Marion, John David Mongin, Macon, Pendleton, Savannah (I), William Gaston (I), Cotton Plant, William Loundes, Augusta, 1957-1967

Box 3: Reproductions of photographs and articles used in Rahn's research, chronology of steamboats on the Savannah River, lists of pole boats on the Savannah River, research notes on the following steamboats: Pee Dee, Calhoun, Independence, James Adams, Jasper, Kershaw, Altamaha, Darien, Cheraw, Caledonia, Erin, Eva, Excel, Charles Downing, Thomas Salmond, Richland, Cotton Plant, Amazon, Advance, De Rosset, Mary Summers, Bellevue, Southerner, Dictator, Express, Leesburg, Resolute, San Antonio, William Wray, Mataree, Tybee, Volunteer, Liberty, Welaka, William Cumming, 1957-1967

Box 4: Journal of the Steamship Historical Society of America: Steamboat Bill, photograph reproductions, research notes, brief histories on various steamboats, chronologies, 1957-1967

Box 5: Research notes on the following steamboats: Savannah, Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, George Washington, Maid of Orleans, Tugalo, Free Trade, Bonnets of Blue, John Stoney, Henry Schultz, Marion, Caledonia, Columbia, Etiwan, Cherokee, Santee, Charleston (I), William Gaston, Cotton Plant, Water Nymph, Dolphin, John D. Mongin, John Randolph, 1957-1967

Box 6: Brief histories on various steamboats, draft for Rahn's River Highway for trade - the Savannah, research notes on the following steamboats: St. Matthew's, Southerner, Sam Jones, Pulaski, Cincinnati, David W. St. John, Welaka, Gov. Worth, William Lebby, Teaser, Robert Collins, A. Sibley, Sarah Spalding, Newbern, J. Stone, Santee, Water Nymph, Wave, Tomochichi, Amazon, John G. Lawton, Ida, Flag of Truce, Nellie Baker, States Rights, Charles Hartridge, 1957-1967

Box 7: Research notes on the following steamboats: Thomas S. Metcalf, Superior, Wateree, Hancock, David L. Adams, Amory Sibley, Dekalb, Henry L. Cook, Oregon, Tybee, Thomas Metcalf, Tennessee, Manassas, Gen. Berry, Falcon, Clarion, H. M. Cool, Standish, Emelie, Oak, Jeff Davis, Helen, Fashion, Excel, Planter, Columbia, Gov. Troup, John A. Moore, Talomico, William Stark, Rosa, Ethel, William T. Wheless, North State, Alice Clark, Isis, Two States, Alpha, Carrie, Cumberland, Enterprise, North Carolina, Andrew Jackson, South Carolina, Georgia, Charleston, Columbia, Altamaha, Samuel Howard, Ockmulgee, Bonnets of Blue, Cherokee, Basil Lamar, Chatham, Dolphin, Despatch, Duncan McRae, Free Trade, Florida, Forrester, Georgia (II), Hamburg (II), John Stoney, Oglethorpe, Ocamulgee (II), 1957-1967

Index Terms

Drafts (documents)
Local histories.
Rahn, Ruby A., 1883-1975.
Research notes.
Savannah River (Ga. and S.C.)
Steamboats--Georgia--History--19th century.

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