Agnes Durden papers
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Agnes Durden papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Durden, Agnes, b. 1905.
Title: Agnes Durden papers
Dates: 1981-1994
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (2 folders)
Identification: MS 2141

Biographical/Historical Note

Agnes Schwalb Durden was born on 17 March 1905 in Norfolk, Virginia and moved to Savannah, Georgia at the age of seven. She attended the University of Georgia where she was very active with art, the drama club, and the glee club. After graduation, she returned to Savannah where she opened a studio for violin, piano, and kindergarten classes. In 1930, she married Dr. Otto W. Schwalb and they had two children: Suzanne and Otto. After the death of Dr. Schwalb in 1945, Agnes married R. Wade Durden in 1959. Throughout her life, Durden was active in doll making and received numerous awards and special exhibits for her work which included dolls of the Georgia founding fathers and other colonial figures.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs, correspondence, clippings, and certificates regarding the dolls made by Agnes Durden from 1981 to 1994. Many of the dolls that Durden made were in commemoration of Georgia's 250th Anniversary and were on exhibit at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Durden, Agnes, b. 1905.
Letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Processing Information

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. Search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


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