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Bessie M. Lewis collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Lewis, Bessie.
Title: Bessie M. Lewis collection
Dates: 1849-1980
Extent: 20.55 cubic feet (39 boxes, 3 volumes, 1 oversize folder, 1 envelope)
Identification: MS 2138

Biographical/Historical Note

For many people Bessie Lewis (1889-1983) was synonymous with the history of Darien and McIntosh County, Georgia. However, she was actually born and raised in northeast Ohio. Known affectionately to most people as "Miss Bessie," she was almost a fixture of the Darien area.

For many years Lewis taught school even though her training was in music. Through the years she turned from a schoolteacher to educating people through a variety of other mediums. She became the editor and publisher of the McIntosh County News. She wrote numerous newspaper and magazine articles, published a novel, had many speaking engagements and was the church organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Darien for more than thirty years. In 1929, she also became the official McIntosh County historian. Lewis was also associated with the Georgia Historical Commission in different capacities--as an employee and a volunteer.


Scope and Content Note

The Bessie Lewis Collection consists of the files, research and biographical information that Lewis accumulated during her lifetime. The collection contains both primary and secondary documents. Lewis is best known for her historical research and writing, that research is the backbone of the Bessie Lewis Collection.

The collection is arranged into four series: biographical; genealogical research; general research; and visual materials. The original order of this collection was maintained. Files and file names were retained as created and named by Lewis.

The visual materials series contains photographs, photograph albums, and other mediums. The material in the first box is mostly snapshots, family photographs, etc. In the second box, there are images that correlate to Lewis' research, both general and genealogical. There is also artwork by people such as Acee Blue Eagle and Mildred Huie (mostly published works, only a few originals). The dates of images range from ca. 1850-1975, the earliest are the family images. Most of the photographs are black and white, however, there are a few color images as well as an ambrotype (Box 1), and tintypes in the photo album.

The boxes and volumes containing visual materials have been noted as "VM" in the collection inventory.


Index Terms

Advertising, Newspaper--Georgia--Darien.
African Americans--History--1863-1877.
African Americans--History--1877-1964.
Agriculture--Georgia.
Altamaha River (Ga.)
Animals.
Archaeology and history--Georgia.
Art, American--Georgia.
Blue Eagle, Acee, 1907-1959.
Boatbuilding.
Broughton family.
Burkholder family.
Campbell, Tunis G., (Tunis Gulic), 1812-1891.
Church history.
Coastal Georgia Historical Society.
Crowley family.
Darien (Ga.)--History.
Dean family.
Diaries.
Eggers, Peter.
Fort King George (Ga.)
Fortification--Georgia.
Genealogies (histories)
Georgia Historical Commission.
Georgia--Description and travel.
Georgia--History--1865-
Ghost stories, American--Georgia.
Hightower family.
Historic sites--Georgia.
Historic sites--South Carolina
Historical fiction, American--Georgia.
Historical markers--Georgia.
Historical reenactments--Georgia.
History--Research.
Hudson (Ohio)
Huie, Mildred Nix.
Hunting--Georgia.
Indian art--North America.
Indians of North America--Georgia--History.
Islands--Georgia.
King family.
Lewis family.
Lewis, Bertha B. Thompson, approximately 1884-1916.
Lewis, Bessie.
Lewis, Charles Emory, 1892-1979.
Lewis, Katherine Witty, 1857-approximately 1945.
Lewis, Raymond Edwin, 1877-1944.
Lewis, Wilbert W., 1854-1933.
Local histories.
Martin family.
McIntosh County (Ga.)
McIntosh family.
Music.
Patriotic societies.
Photograph albums.
Photographs.
Planned communities--Georgia.
Plantations--Georgia.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)--Georgia--Darien.
Research notes.
Rivers--Georgia.
Saint Simons Island (Ga.)
Sapelo Island (Ga.)
Savannah (Ga.)
Scots--Georgia.
Scrapbooks.
Spanish mission buildings--Florida.
Spanish mission buildings--Georgia.
Spanish-American War, 1898.
Townsend family.
Treutlen, John Adam, 1733-1782.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States--History--French and Indian War, 1754-1763.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
United States--History--War of 1812.
Watkins family.
Wiggs family.
Wilkinson family.
Wills.
Witt family.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access a portion of the visual materials in this collection.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Bessie M. Lewis collection, MS 2138, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Bessie M. Lewis, 1981.


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.


Separated Material

Lewis' collection of maps have been separated from the collection and catalogued in the Georgia Historical Society map collection, MS 1361-MP. Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 

SERIES 1:: Biographical

This series contains letters, diaries, photographs, memoirs, and other biographical data. The majority of items were created in Lewis' lifetime; however, there are also several diaries from her father's family that date from the mid to late nineteenth century. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject. Correspondence and diaries are at the end, arranged chronologically.
Contests

Box

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11Lessons from the Shepherd Correspondence School of Contest Technique, 1949-1950
2Bulletins from the Shepherd Correspondence School of Contest Technique, 1949-1950
3Lewis' submissions to contests and magazines
4Divorce. Documents relating to Lewis' divorce, 1923
Fairhope

Box

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15Reminiscences of arriving at Fairhope, Ga.
6Deeds
7Miscellaneous articles, reminiscences, and notes relating to the history of Fairhope, Ga.
(see also: 1915-16 correspondence to Ray Lewis)
8Written description and blueprint maps
9Publicity--"The Star of the Empire," brochure and flyer, 1911
Family

Box

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110Correspondence regarding the death of Ray Lewis (1944) and obituary
11Miscellaneous documents related to Ray Lewis: marriage license, discharge from Ohio National Guard
12Obituaries, stock receipts, Department of Game and Fish license and forms of Wilbert W. Lewis
13Memorabilia: calling cards, programs, report cards, etc.
14Witty family documents: deeds (1870) and letter (1876)
15Food Stamps information, 1979-80
Genealogy, Lewis

Box

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116Correspondence, 1931-1970
17Documents
18Forms
19Research notes
20Hudson, Ohio: misc. notes, pamphlets, articles, etc.
21Interests: Afghan and crochet instructions.

Box

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21Maxims: scrapbook with poems and sayings, and 3 pages of Bible verses
2Miscellaneous: certificates, vitae, clippings, address book, etc.
3Newspaper clippings about Bessie Lewis
4Recipes
5Teaching: grade book (1916) and planning book (1921)
Family correspondence

Box

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31To Father (Lewis) from Ray, 1896-1899
2To unknown (Webb?) from Will, 1897-1898
3To Ray and Bertha from Lewis parents, 1912-1913
4To Ray and Bertha from Bessie, 1913
5To Ray and Bertha from Lewis parents, 1914
6To Ray and Bertha from Bessie, 1914
7To Ray, misc. business, 1914
8To Ray from brother Charles, 1914, and brother-in-law Bert Middleton, 1915
9To Ray and Bertha from Lewis parents, 1915
10To Ray and Bertha from Bessie, 1915
11Miscellaneous, 1914-1915

Box

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41To Ray from parents, 1916
2-3To Ray from Bessie, 1916
4To Ray from misc., 1916
5To Ray from Don, 1916-1917
6To Ray from Villa M. Stone?, 1916-1917
7Postcards to Ray, 1916-1917
8To Ray and Bessie from parents, 1917
9To Ray from Bessie, 1917
10To Ray from misc., 1917
11Miscellaneous, 1917-1918
12To Katherine Lewis and Ray Lewis from misc., 1936-1943
13Miscellaneous, undated
Bessie Lewis correspondence

Box

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51To Bessie, 1932-1939
2To and from Bessie, 1940-1949
3To and from Bessie, 1951-1959
4To and from Bessie, 1960-1969
5To and from Bessie, 1970-1975
6To and from Bessie, 1976-1980
7Correspondence between Ira Wylly and Bessie, 1979
8Miscellaneous and undated
9Miscellaneous cards
10Postcards
Diaries and account books

Box

Volume

61C. S. Lewis account book, 1849-1884
2E. E. Lewis account book, 1858-1869
3W. W. Lewis diary, 1875-1877
4Account book, 1876-1910
5W. W. Lewis account book, January 01, 1876-September 30, 1878; and diary, February 22, 1877-April 10, 1878
6W. W. Lewis diary 1876 (September 21-December 31) and account book, 1880-1881
7W. W. Lewis diary, April 11, 1878-April 01, 1880
8W. W. Lewis time book, 1917-1918 (September-December)
1C. S. Witty school exercise book,1857, and small sheets of music
2W. W. Lewis diary and account book, 1874
3W. W. Lewis diary, 1874 (August 29-November 06), account book 1875
4M. C. Lewis account book, 1879-1902
51886 Reprint of 1863 Richmond Enquirer, from 1849-1884 C. S. Lewis account book
Scrapbooks and various bound volumes

Box

Volume

71Scrapbook, 1874-1878
2E. E. Lewis diary, July 21, 1887-July 06, 1888
3Midway Church Records, published, 1894
4Scrapbook of articles by R. Lewis, approx., 1898
5Bible, given to B. Lewis, December 25, 1900
6Scrapbook, undated
1Piece of paper from 1874-1878 scrapbook, has jokes on it
2Items from Bible
Diaries of Bessie Lewis

Box

Volume

81March 03-November 17, 1927
2November 18-December 31, 1927
3January 01-November 09, 1927
4January 07-December 31, 1948
5January 01-December 31, 1951
6January 01-December 11, 1952
7November 21, 1955-April 28, 1956
8April 29-May 29, 1956
(desk calendar)
9April 29-December 06, 1956
10December 07, 1956-August 05,1957; January 01-April 25, 1958; November 23, 1958-June 16, 1959
11January 01-December 31, 1960
121961, a few notes throughout
13January 01, 1961-January 02, 1962
14January 10-December 31, 1962
151962, a few notes throughout

Box

Volume

91January 01-December 31, 1963
2January 01-December 31, 1964
3January 01-November 30, 1965
4March 15-December 31, 1966
51966 To-do lists
6January 01-December 31, 1967
7January 01-December 31, 1968
8January 01-December 31, 1969
91969 Account book
10January 01, 1970-January 03, 1971
11January 03-December 30, 1971
12January 01-October 25, 1972
13January 01-December 25, 1973
141974, a few notes throughout
15January 09-December 31, 1975
16January 01-December 31, 1978
Financial and business

Box

Fldr

101Bills and receipts, (1942-1947)
2Financial, incl. deed debt retirement (1957), loan statements (1970), check transaction register (approx. 1971), and burial vault purchase agreement for her brother Charlie McIntosh County News (1979)
McIntosh County News
3Advertising, incl. contracts, receipts, bills, and directions for ad insertions
4American Press Association: correspondence and remittances
5Beaumont and Hohman: correspondence and bills
6Governor's Race 1946: letter from Ellis Arnall re: Jimmie Carmichael's bid for election, form letter from Arthur Hardy supporting J. Carmichael, and the Democratic Primary Election consolidated returns from McIntosh County
7Miscellaneous: incl. letter from U. S. Representative Hugh Peterson (1943), receipts, and 3 advertising mats (2 are grocery ration point charts, 1943)
8Pulpwood Publicity: bills, newsletters, reports, and advertising instructions

Box

11-12Sheet music and music books

Oversize_box

1Sheet music

oversize_volume

1Scrapbook: newspaper clippings from northern Ohio papers, often re: Lewis', circa 1880s-early 1900s
(see also "Oversized Scrapbook" Series 1, Box 7, Folder 2)
 

SERIES 2:: Genealogical research

This series contains Lewis' genealogical research. Each genealogy file generally contains the correspondence with the person who requested the research. Quite often, copies of Lewis' responses are included. The inclusion of the exchange between Lewis and the patron spell out what kind of information the client wanted: general genealogical information or pedigree proof for societies. Lewis' responses may also help the researcher better understand her methods of research and her line of thought. The letters from both Lewis and the client are often filled with the genealogical data that one or the other of them has uncovered. The correspondence also has discussions on why a particular person could or could not be an ancestor. This series is arranged alphabetically by surname. Any names in parentheses are secondary families covered in that file.

Box

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11Alston (Tayloe, Wormsly)
2Alvarez, Manny
3Amerson
4Anderson
5Atkinson
6Atwood
7Aycock (Smith, Thomas)
8Bacon, Thomas
9Bailie
10Baisden
11Baker
12Boykin
13Barnwell
14Baxter
15Bennett, Ruth (Reddish)
16Brackenridge
17-19Broughton
20Brown, Miriam
21-22Burkhalter/Buckhalter
23Burnett

Box

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21Calder (Garrason)
2Calk (Swain)
3Campbell (Macarten)
4Casey (Hornby, Buist, Carr)
5Chapman
6Clancy
7Clinch
8Cole
9Comer
10Couper
11Cox (Sallette)
12-13Crowley (Shirley, Quinn, Lynes)
14Crisp
15Cunningham (Pearis)
16Dean/Deen
17Dean
18Delegal, Philip
19Downey (Clark)
20Drysdale
21Dunnam (Dubose)
22Dunwoody
23Dyal
24Echols (Hubbard)
25Ellerbee
26Fillingaime (Wheeler, Murray, Bacon, Foster)
27Fleming (Reese)
28Floyd
29Forbes (Wallace)

Box

Fldr

31Gaylord
2Gignilliot (Harrison)
3Gwinnett, Ann
4Hall
5Harris, Ezekiel
6Hartstene
7Hawkins
8Henderson
9Hightower (Jurdine)
10Hightower (Lewis)
11Hightower (and connections)
12Hope
13Hopkins
14Hutson
15Jackson (McIntosh, Campbell, Mitchell, Starr)
16Jernigan
17Jones (Ballard)
18Jurdine
19Kenner
20King
21King, Julia
22Lambdin (Harrell, McIntosh, Sweeting, Smith)
23Leavett
24Lee (Hardy)
25Livingston
26Logie (Wright)
27Loyer

Box

Fldr

41McCreary (McCrary)
2McCullough
3McDonald
McIntosh

Box

Fldr

44"The McIntosh Family Tree"
5Bain?
6Barnard
7Donald
8-9Family
10George (Rice Hope)
11Col. James
12John Moore
13Jordan
14Lachlan
15Roderick
16William
17William Alexander
18McLead
19McLean

Box

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51Mack
2Mackay
3Mallard
Martin

Box

Fldr

54-6Lyle, Amos
7McPhail
8Genealogical correspondence, miscellaneous
9Genealogical research, miscellaneous
10Monroe
11Morgan, Levi
12Mosher
13Murphy (Desbouillon)
14Newman
15Osgood (Quarterman)

Box

Fldr

61Pace
2Payne
3Peck
4Pelot
5Pendarvis
6Pepper
7Persons (Flournoy)
8Poppell
9Powell
10Qualls (Grimes)
11Roberson
12Scott (Hawkins)
13Scoville (Blakesley)
14Smallwood
15Sommerfeld (Jones)
16Sumner
17Stephens
18Stephenson
19Stone (Stevens)
20-21Townsend
22Troup

Box

Fldr

71Walton
2-3Watkins (Woodson)
4Whitaker
5White, George (Millen, Groves)
6Whitefield (Ferguson)
7-8Wigg
9-12Wilkins
13Winslett
14Winwood, Ann
15Woodruff (O'Neal)
16Woodward (Long, Barksdale, Alford)
17Wylly, Thomas
18Wills: Brownson, Clark, Cubbadge, Demetrie, Donaldson, Fulton, Gray, Lewis, McLowd, Mackay
 

SERIES 3:: General research

This series contains materials covering a variety of subjects and contain different types of information. Each file contains one or more of the following main categories: handwritten research notes, correspondence, photocopies, typewritten notes, manuscripts, histories or reports. The primary documents contained in this series are mainly her research notes and the correspondence. Most everything else in this series is secondary sources. Some of the files contain only photocopies. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject. Boxes 18 and 19 contain miscellaneous research notes that Lewis had not separated into files. These notes found in Lewis' original notebooks. Each file consists of one notebook. If there is a list of contents, it comes from Lewis' own list on the front of that particular notebook.
Acee Blue Eagle

Box

Fldr

11Programs, correspondence (about Blue Eagle), articles, and research
2Correspondence, 1954-1958 and undated.
3Altamaha River: correspondence, research, poems, articles, drafts of "So Sings the Mighty River" (published version in Box 19)
4Animals: newspaper clippings, anecdotes, pasted in book (see also "Low Country Diary" Box 13)
Archaeology

Box

Fldr

15Research and newspaper articles
6Excavation data from unnamed site
Articles

Box

Fldr

17Ellsworth: research and stories about Ellsworth
8Historical: "The Sacrificed Generation" (about the Civil War) and an article about the founding of Georgia
9Ashantilly, notes from The Southern Agriculturist
Augusta

Box

Fldr

110Battle and Siege, accounts of, notes
11Historical notes
White House
12Manuscript
13Correspondence, 1962-1975
14Robert Mackay, notes and essay
15Notes
16Title: notes and other documents relating to title/deed search, and two essays
17Azilia, notes and essay

Box

Fldr

21Ballast Islands: short article
2Baisden's Bluff Academy: two histories
3Barnwell, John, notes
4Bicentennial report by the State of Georgia: "200 Years of Days to Remember"
5Black Island (Varner notes), photocopies
6Blackbeard Island, notes, correspondence, essay, and newspaper article
7Blackburn, Joyce: biographical sketch
8Bosomworth-Musgrove, correspondence re: Bosomworth, notes, and newspaper article
(see also Musgrove Box 14)
9British-American officers, 1720-1763:
photocopies from The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine vol. XXXIII
10Brown, Col. Thomas: correspondence re: Brown and notes
11Buffalos: notes and draft of a "Low Country Diary" article
The Buffer
Draft

Box

Fldr

212-13Handwritten (published version in Box 19)
14Typed
15Butler's Island: notes, notes from speech, newspaper article

Box

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31Cannon's Point: notes from speech, essay, newspaper article
(see also St. Simon's Island Plantations Box 15)
2Cate, Margaret Davis, "Sketches of Coastal Georgia," by M.D. Cate, notes not related to M.D. Cate (possibly from the M.D. Cate Library)
3Census, Georgia: notes on number of inhabitants in 1741, photocopies of 1850 census of Liberty County and McIntosh County
4Chanty: incl. one heard in 1911 and one written by Lewis
5Charlton County (Trader's Hill), notes
6Children scrapbook: loose clippings and letters from oversized scrapbook
7Church records: notes from unidentified church records
Churches

Box

Fldr

38Baptist: correspondence and "Historical Sketches of County Line Baptist Church"
9Christ Church, Savannah: transcription of incorporation and "Christ Church Pew Holders in the Colonial Period 1763, 1765"
10Methodist: notes and photocopies
11Miscellaneous: correspondence and church histories
12Presbyterian: notes and bulletin from Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah
13Clay, Joseph (letters): notes
14Coastal Georgia Historical Society: correspondence, brief St. Simon's Lighthouse history, and 1977 membership list
15Coastal History (Mrs. Floyd), manuscript
16 Coastal Illustrated, articles
17Colonial Dames: 1962 South Carolina Eligibility List, and list of names (possibly first settlers)
18Corleton papers: notes
19Cotton, Sea Island (Thomas Spalding): notation
20Couper, John: article in Bulletin of the American Malacological Union, Inc., 1977
21Cumberland Island: notes and newspaper articles
22Custer, General: biographical sketch and newspaper clippings
Darien

Box

Fldr

41Adams letters, transcriptions
African Americans
2Notes and newspaper articles
3Tunis G. Campbell: notes, correspondence re: Campbell and newspaper article
4Altamaha Telegraph Co.: notes
5Anti-Slavery: correspondence and report on Darien Antislavery Petition by Harvey H. Jackson
6Aquatic Club: transcriptions of letters and reports from the Brunswick Advocate
7Bank of: correspondence re: bank and notes
8Cemetery: correspondence, newspaper article, notes, and historical marker draft
Churches
9Episcopal: newspaper articles, centennial bulletin from St. Andrew's
10First African Baptist: notes and bulletin from 151st anniversary
11Methodist: notes and manuscript of "The United Methodist Church in Darien and McIntosh County, 1835-1978, A Chronicle" by Lewis
Presbyterian
12Notes, newspaper articles, various bulletins, and essays by Lewis
13Records: bound transcriptions.
Civil War
14Burning: notes, correspondence, manuscript by Lewis
15Capture of men at Ebenezer, photocopies
16Muster rolls, photocopies and transcriptions
17Women, photocopies
18Coastal Area Development: correspondence and reports

Box

Fldr

51Colonial records, transcription
2Commission visit, notes
3Duel, Hopkins-McIntosh, notes
4Ellicot, notes
5King, Dr. Spencer: correspondence, 1968-1969
6Fire Engine "Rufus E. Lester," newspaper article by Lewis
7-9Gazette: notes, 1819, 1870s-1890s
10Gazetteer of Georgia, notes from 1837
11Golf, letter re: formation of Darien Golf Club, 1977
12Hilton Recollections: published reminiscences of Thomas Hilton
13Histories: correspondence, notes, essays, newspaper articles, and manuscripts
14History: Eveleigh letter, photocopy of letter to Oglethorpe, 5 August, 1734
15History of McIntosh County (talk): speech notes
16Hopkins, John L.: notes
17Hurricane of 1824: notes
18Land: notes on ownership and sale of properties
19Laws: notes and photocopies
20Letters, 1937-1969
re: miscellaneous aspects of Darien
21Mail stage: notes on Joseph Page proprietor of Savannah and Darien Mail Stage
22Maps, photocopies

Box

Fldr

61McIntosh, George: correspondence re: G. McIntosh
2McIntosh, John Houston: notes from newspapers re: J. H. McIntosh
McIntosh County
3Land use: draft of history of land use
4Markers, typed text
5Newspapers: two newspaper articles re: McIntosh newspapers
6Military
(see also Scottish-Highlanders), photocopies
Miscellaneous
7Poem about Darien and an article about a hurricane
8-9Notes
10Name: history and articles
11Oglethorpe Oak: typewritten draft of article
12Pageant: "This Travelled Land," correspondence, notes, drafts, program and articles
13Parks and recreation: correspondence
14Revolution (Provincial Congress): notes and photocopies
15Road to Savannah: correspondence
16Roads and trails: notes
17Schools: notes and 1 issue of school newspaper from Todd-Grant
18Settlers: lists
19Steam Sawmill: notes
20"They Called Their Town Darien," correspondence, drafts, articles
21Waterfront: notes and manuscript
22Waterworks: correspondence and archaeological reports
23Wesley visit: notes
24Yellow fever: notes
Daughters of the American Colonists (DAC)

Box

Fldr

71Constitution and bylaws (1937-1945) and misc. reports
Correspondence
21941 re: Midway marker
31941-1945
41946-1947
51948-1949
61956
71968, 1971, and undated
8National Defense: reports
9Deeds and grants: Susan Young to Moses May and misc. notes
10Demetrius Island (Creighton Island): correspondence and notes
11Doboy: article
Dr. Bullie's Notes

Box

Fldr

712Correspondence, notes, and newspaper articles
13-17Manuscript
18Handwritten transcription
19Dorchester, Ga.: correspondence and notes
20Dorchester, SC: photocopy of article from SC Historical and Genealogical Magazine
21Dunlop's Voyage: photocopy of article from SC Historical and Genealogical Magazine

Box

Fldr

81Ebenezer: photocopies
Eggers, Peter

Box

Fldr

82Correspondence with P. Eggers, manuscript, and newspaper articles
3Journal: from work camp, in B. Lewis' handwriting
4Etowah Mounds: archaeological data sheets (1957) by Lewis Larson, Jr.
5Fancher, Betsy: correspondence and research for B. Fancher
6Flags: notes and pamphlets
7Floods: newspaper articles
Forts

Box

Fldr

88Photocopies
9Ft. Argyle: 1 page of notes
10Ft. Barrington: notes and newspaper articles
11Beards Bluff Fort: 1 photocopy of plan
12Ft. Frederica: research notes, pageant program, and newspaper articles
Ft. Jackson
13Research notes
14Report
15Ft. James: 1 page of notes
Ft. King George

Box

Fldr

91Archaeology: survey reports
2Association: correspondence, scrapbook, by-laws, land lease agreement, petition to amend charter, and certificate of incorporation
3Construction (Barnwell): research notes, articles, and manuscript
4Correspondence, 1932-1971 and undated
5Georgia Historical Commission inventory
6Historical sketch, "Old Fort King George" pamphlet and typewritten manuscript
7-8History
9Log, 1971
10Maps

Box

Fldr

101Marker: research notes, description, and newspaper articles
2Martin, Patrick, will of: transcription
3Museum: suggestions for hostesses, newspaper articles and draft
4Museum exhibit plan: draft
Notes
5-6Miscellaneous research notes
7-8Colonial Office
9South Carolina Archives
10Publications, "Old Fort King George," "The Story of Old Fort King George," and a bibliography
11Publicity: newspaper articles
12Significance: typewritten manuscript
13Site: correspondence, research notes, manuscripts, and newspaper articles
14Swiss Soldiers: research notes and manuscript
15Talk: lecture notes, "The Story of Old Fort King George," and a newspaper article

Box

Fldr

111Ft. McAllister: newspaper article
2Ft. Morris: correspondence, report, and newspaper article
3Ft. McIntosh (Beaver, Pa.): correspondence and conjectural outline of fort
4Ft. Prince George (Pallachuccolas Fort): article
5Galphinton Marker: correspondence, 1965
6Gascoigue Bluff: article copied from The American Neptune
7Georgia Archives: correspondence, 1933-1974
8Georgia Historical Commission: correspondence (1958-1972), notes, brochures, and employee's manual
9Ghost stories: correspondence and manuscripts
10Ghosts of the Inland Waterways: correspondence and manuscripts
11Golf: Seapines; Charles Price; R. W. Ballentine: correspondence and research notes
12Grimke, John F.: photocopy of article from S.C. Historical and Genealogical Magazine
13Gwinnett, Button: typed manuscript
14Hall, Lyman: newspaper article and photocopies
15Hampton Point: typed manuscript
(see also St. Simon's Island Plantations Box 15)
16Harris Neck: correspondence, photocopies, and historical report
17Historical Markers (Text): typed manuscripts
18Hopeton-on-the-Altamaha: typed manuscript
19Howe, Robert: correspondence from U.S. Representative Charles E. Bennett
Huie, Mildred, book

Box

Fldr

1120Correspondence, 1970-1976
21Notes and manuscripts
22Pictures: flyer for special showing of photos, drawings and documents at Left Bank Gallery

Box

Fldr

121Ideas and information: notes, manuscripts, possible story ideas
2Indian letters: notes and photocopies
3Indian trader: Williams, John Francis, notes and transcriptions
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124Research notes
5Notes, photocopies, and manuscripts
6Newspaper articles
7Huspaw: research notes
8Story manuscript
9Irish Settlers in Georgia: transcribed list
10Jeckyll Island: notes, manuscript, and newspaper articles
11Kemble, Fanny: research notes and newspaper article
12Larson, Lewis: correspondence, archaeological reports, and newspaper articles
13Lewis Island: research notes
14Laurel Grove: typewritten manuscript
15League of Women Voters: correspondence, pamphlets, and newspaper articles
16Liberty County records: notes
17Library: Lewis' (inventory)
18Log houses: excerpt from article by Willow Zelinski, 1953
"Low Country Diary"

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131-2Articles
3-4Drafts and notes
5Drafts and notes 1977, also "History of Methodist Episcopal Church (Darien)"
6-14Drafts and notes
15Loyalist claims: notes
16Loyer, Adrian: correspondence re: Loyer, a silversmith
17Lumbering: photocopied article and notes

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141McIntosh County Cemetery Records, compiled by Evelyn White
2McIntosh Trail Arts Council: correspondence and background information
3Mallow: notes, certified copy of deed, manuscripts and newspaper articles
4Meeting House Tract (St. Andrew's Parish): transcription of newspaper articles
5Meigs, Peveril (Saw Mills): correspondence and notes
6"A Mico in the Making," typed manuscript
7Midway (Liberty Independent Troop): research notes and newspaper article
8Midway records: strangers, photocopies
Midway Society

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149Correspondence, research and manuscript
10Programs, pamphlets and newspaper articles
11Minorcans in Georgia
12Miscellaneous: single pages from untitled manuscripts, poetry, a few notes
13Musgrove, Mary: letters, photocopies
14Musgrove Plantation: newspaper articles
15African Americans: correspondence, research notes, photocopies, and newspaper articles
16Oglethorpe Accounts: notes
17Passports: photocopy of index to "Passports issued by governors of Georgia, 1785 to 1809"
18Patterson Island: research notes and typed manuscript
19Pine Harbor: photocopies of Joint Public Notice re: construction of commercial marina facility and letter protesting, and booklet on history by Lewis
20Price, Charles: correspondence, notes, newspaper article

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151Recruiting Information: questions and answers re: U.S. Navy for recruitment purposes; and Certificate of Merit for Lewis
2Remembrancer, The: notes
3Retreat Plantation: notes and manuscripts
(see also St. Simon's Island Plantations Box 15)
4Rice: copies of various journal articles
5Roswell (Ga.): notes, speech notes, newspaper articles
6St. Simon's Island Plantations: research notes and speech notes
7Sapelo: a letter re: Spalding, 1 page notes, and a newspaper clipping
Savannah

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158First Settlers: photocopies and pageant book from 200th anniversary of founding of Georgia
9First Steamship: correspondence and research notes
10State Houses: paper by Lilla Hawes
11Sugar refinery: brochure and typed manuscript
12Savannah Historical Research Association: revised constitution and by-laws, 1935
Savannah Morning News articles

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1513Historical: manuscripts and articles
14Narrative: manuscripts
15Savannah River: 1 letter and 3 photocopied maps
16Scarbrough, William: 2 letters re: Scarbrough
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1517Correspondence and research
18Manuscripts and newspaper articles
19General's Cut: typed manuscript
20Memorial: correspondence and program from dedication
21Military records: research and photocopies
22Ship, City of Savannah: correspondence, research and typed manuscript
23Ship wreck: research notes
24Ships: correspondence, research and photocopies

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161Slavery: photocopies
2South Carolina: S.C. commissions and "Guide Maps to Development of S.C. Parishes, Districts, and Counties."
3South Newport: 1 page of research notes
Spanish Missions

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164Correspondence and research
5Archaeology: correspondence and reports
6Identification: research notes and research papers
Translations
7Correspondence and English translations of Spanish-language documents
8English translations of Spanish-language documents
9Spanish settlement: correspondence and booklet "First Settlement of the United States by Catholic Spain"
10Sunbury: notes and newspaper articles
11Sutherland's Bluff: notes and newspaper article
12"Third Story" manuscript
To Save Their Souls

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1613-15Correspondence: congratulations; Margaret Mitchell; miscellaneous
16Publicity (includes a book jacket)
17Reviews

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171Truetlen (John Adam): research notes
2Truetlen: research
3Truetlen (Salzburgers): photocopied journal article
4Tuckosee King: map
5Uniforms: notes and photocopied images
6University of Georgia: research notes
7Walton: photocopy of George Walton's will
War

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178Civil (South Newport): photocopies
9French and Indian: research notes
Revolutionary
10Research notes, transcriptions and photocopies
11Battle of Kettle Creek: correspondence re: battle and bicentennial edition of The True Citizen
12World War II: post war planning/rationing, miscellaneous bulletins and newspaper articles
131812: research notes
14Waring, A. J., Jr.: correspondence, research, manuscripts, and "Laws of the Creek Nation"
15Whitney, Eli: bibliography of sources re: Whitney
16Winyaw Indigo Society: rules of the society
17Woodboo, Ravenel: handwritten manuscript, "Woodboo, 1957"
18Woodmanston (LeConte Garden): 1 page of notes and a map
19Wolf Island: research notes
20 Your Georgia: criticism
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181Golden Islands; article on Troup; Fort on Cumberland Island; and Egmont
2Sherman gives islands to "negroes;" old newspaper directory; N.Y. frontier Indian data; amusing epitaphs, poems on balloon age; prices and exports, sale "Indian Princess;" poem on air transportation
3Oglethorpe's journey to the Coweta's; name of witnesses to treaty; orphans of Darien at Bethesda; Oglethorpe about the Spanish forts; depositions against Oglethorpe and McIntosh; 2nd embarkation of Highlanders: muster roll; Goldsmiths'; "Deserted Village"
41763-1780; Black Island; Herd's ? Island; poem: Another Nile
5Oglethorpe's letters and other accounts of the Spanish invasion; note concerning John McIntosh and Jas. McQueen unable to be returned from Spanish prison; Egmont's diary: an objection to O. settling on Altamaha; reason England had been...
6-8Miscellaneous; includes Dunwoody papers
9Grants; Harris Neck fences law; Lewis Cr. adjacent to Capt. McIntosh old...; roads; Darien committees; Rev. War
10Miscellaneous
11Maj. Gen. Horton
12Death of Col. Wm. P. Hopkins; lottery names; death of Alex. Campbell Wylly; death of Brailsford 1833; marriage of John Gould and Catherine Calder; death of Mrs. Ann McIntosh at Cedar Point; death of Chas. Dunham; marriage of Francis R. Shackleford to Miss Caroline Dunwoody; marriage of Pierce Butler and Fanny Kemble; Bryan-Troup wedding; married at Marengo: Charles H. Spalding to Eliza V. Houston; John F. Green; "David Crockett;" reviews of Fanny Kemble's book; death of Rev. Portell; volunteers to Florida; Fannie Kemble's book
Courthouse records; Mrs. Farver: notes from old newspapers and from scrapbook; parishes; chicken recipes; Storm of 1898
Tunis G. Campbell; Richard Leake journal; Chas. Thorpe death: 96 yrs. old; Catholic records

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191Campbell, Tunis
2McIntosh County
3Scots: bagpipes, swords, targets etc., material for Highlanders story
4Miscellaneous; includes notes on 1824 hurricane
5McGregor notes; letter of John Couper about Rory McIntosh; Southern Agriculturist notes; Sugar cane; Civil War
61790-1803; death of Wm. McI. of Mallow; death of Wm. McIntosh the Elder; dispute between Paul Grimball and John H. McIntosh; mention of John Houghton; John H. McIntosh; lots in Darien 1803; Sapelo Island duel; adv. sale of Black Island
7Miscellaneous
8Period of the Revolutionary War; Confederate records; Geo. McIntosh; Oglethorpe: by T. Spalding; order book of Col. Elbert; Confederate records; Geo. McIntosh; shipyard at Southerland Bluff; Col. James McIntosh
9Murder of Tilley by Burch: Gambler; John H. McIntosh; Abraham F. Powell: James Copeland; Col. John McIntosh of St. Simon's Island next kin of Donald McIntosh deceased; hurricane of 1804; grand jurors; Pelot-Cooper marriage; Jas. Gignilliat died; Jacob Wood: E. Brailsford marriage; Jane Delegal adms. of estate of Philip Delegal; death of wife of Jacob Wood; marriage of Edward Delegal and Jane Delegal; resolutions against British; War of 1812
10Imported blacks; Civil War data; gazetteers: Wolf Island; T. G. Campbell data from Wormsloe--trial, etc.; Indian mounds at Sapelo; 1818-1819 data; recollections of John Kell; smuggled slaves; correspondence about exchange of military prisoners; Judge Berrien, John L.; Trial; saw mill; Baillie; McIntosh; D. Pres. Church
Egmont and other on early conditions in Carolina and Georgia; Creek migration legend; Egmont on Sir Robert Walpole; Philip Del. in Carolina and Ga. 14 years last part; letter hinting desirability of ridding Ga. of Oglethorpe; story of young Wm. McI. running away to join his father on way to Florida; list of passengers and crew on ship with Wesley
English army commissions; journal of John Wesley; petition of Highlanders against slavery; dress of the Scots; Dr. Bulloch's genealogy of McIntoshes; employment of John McLeod as minister to the Scots at Darien; letter of O. about Hugh Mackay; Busk; acct. of O. entertaining Spanish officers
Miscellaneous

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201"The Buffer," published (newspaper article pasted in book, 2 volumes)
2Research notes--miscellaneous
1"The Buffer," published (newspaper article pasted in book)
2"So Sings the Mighty River," published (newspaper article pasted in book)

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1 The Darien Gazette combined with McIntosh County News, January 3, 1946-December 26, 1946, and 11 May 1944

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2Scrapbook: newspaper clippings re children, delinquent youth, orphanages, etc.
(see also folder "Children," Series 3, Box 3, Folder 6)
 

SERIES 4:: Visual materials

This series contains photographs and other visual materials. The materials remain arranged as Lewis had them. As the visual materials were separated from the manuscript materials in this collection during processing, most of the visual materials folders correspond to manuscript folders.
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11Animals: miscellaneous pets, dogs, and horses

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12Fairhope: Fairhope Hotel
Family

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13Bessie Lewis: miscellaneous photos as a young woman and several as an older woman

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14Ray Lewis: photos of him in his uniform

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15Identified, miscellaneous

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15A-8Unidentified

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19Memorabilia: miscellaneous people and places, 4 photos taken by Ray Lewis during Spanish-American War

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110Hudson, OH: identified and unidentified houses and street views

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111Hunting: hunters and their quarry

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112-13People, miscellaneous and unidentified: ranges from circa 1850-1960, includes an ambrotype

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114Teaching: photos of cows, a building, and a woman

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115Diary, 1958-1959:
2 photos of Witty house (Ohio) and 2 of the Altamaha River

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1Family photograph album
Genealogy

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21John McIntosh Mohr: copy photos of the Indian chief and treaty chest

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2McIntosh, William: his grave and that cemetery, and miscellaneous McIntoshes

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23McIntosh, William John ?: photos of autograph and Sara, his wife

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24Wigg: unidentified children, 1967-1968
General information

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25Acee Blue Eagle: unidentified African-American man, Chief Roley McIntosh, and miscellaneous images of Blue Eagle and works by Blue Eagle (1 original)

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26Agriculture: various unidentified fields and farm machinery

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27Altamaha River: 1 image

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28Archaeology

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29Boats; Cypress Dugout; Ronald Forsyth: various stages of making cypress dugouts
Darien

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210Bridge

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211McIntosh, George: grave site, Cathead area, General's Island, Black Island, and Altamaha River
Daughters of the American Colonists

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212Women at 34th Annual General Assembly, Washington, D.C.

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213Sunbury Cemetery

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214Eggers, Peter
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215Fort King George Association: 1 photo, probably of site

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216Fort King George: publicity, Altamaha River view of site

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217Fort McIntosh: published photos of restoration project, 1977

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218Horses: various unidentified horses

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219Huie, Mildred: pictures, many published drawings and 3 originals

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220Larson, Lewis: human skeletons at an archaeological excavation

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221Lumbering: logs being loaded onto railroad cars

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222Mallow: "sunrise over the Sapelo", circa 1929

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223Sapelo: photos of Jimmie Moore, a Coast Guard dog, a rattlesnake, a turtle, swans, and the Reynold's mansion, 1943

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224Scotch Highlanders: 4 maps on a short strip of microfilm

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225Spanish missions: photo of display about Santa Domingo de Talaje

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226 To Save Their Souls: congratulations; photos from Lillie Bruce letter, her house and boats

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227Geographical locations: miscellaneous and mostly unidentified, tabby ruins, landscapes. Identified are old mill stones between Lower Bluff and Darien, house of Kathleen Colley and Marion Boyd, McIntosh County Health Center

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228Georgia historical sites: published prints and information of historic locations around Georgia

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229Miscellaneous: 2 photos of cars, and an African American baptism at Prospect Hill, Waccamaw (?)

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230Postcards: miscellaneous, includes Darien, Sunbury, Savannah, Valona, St. Augustine, Hudson (OH), and postcards from the Stephen Foster Museum (White Springs, Fl.)

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231Huie, Mildred: pictures, 2 oversized published drawings
 
Artifacts
A-2138-001 Modified weaving shuttle View online.
A-2138-002 Quilt pattern drawn in pencil View online.
A-2138-003 Unfinished quilt square, fan pattern View online.
A-2138-004 Off-white tatted lace edging View online.
A-2138-005 Knitted lace edging View online.
A-2138-006 Wooden pipe stand with slots for three pipes View online.
A-2138-007 Longchamp leather covered pipe View online.
A-2138-008 Wooden pipe View online.
A-2138-009 12 gauge shot gun shell loader View online.
A-2138-010 Coin bank shaped like a small book View online.
A-2138-011 Printing plate of an illustration of a stilt house View online.
A-2138-012 Printing plate showing wooden grave markers View online.
A-2138-013 Campaign button for William McKinley and Garret Hobart, the Republican candidates in the 1896 presidential election View online.
A-2138-014 Embossed leather wallet or card case with a Asian dragon design View online.
A-2138-015 United States penny View online.
A-2138-016 Brown leather wallet used by Wilbert W. Lewis as a State of Georgia Department of Game and Fish Deputy Warden View online.
A-2138-017 Small leather notebook View online.