Marie Elizabeth and Anne Louise Reddy papers
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Marie Elizabeth and Anne Louise Reddy papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Reddy, Anne Louise, 1894-1978.
Creator: Reddy, Marie Elizabeth, 1890-1980.
Title: Marie Elizabeth and Anne Louise Reddy papers
Dates: 1916-1980
Extent: 1.45 cubic feet (3 boxes, 3 folders, 1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 2161

Biographical/Historical Note

Marie Elizabeth (1890-1980) and Anne Louise (1894-1978) Reddy were the elder daughters of William James Reddy and Susan Elizabeth Handle. They were both born in Savannah. Marie earned a B.A. in education from the University of Georgia and an M.A. in education from Columbia University. Anne graduated with a B.S. from Georgia State College for Women and a M. A. in education from Columbia University. Both women were teachers. Anne was the fifth grade teacher and lower school principal at the Pape School and Savannah Country Day School for 42 years. She then served as principal of St. Paul's Lutheran Church School. Marie spent 23 years teaching first grade at the Montgomery Street School (the old St. Patrick's School) and 27 years at Oglethorpe Ave. School. After she retired from Oglethorpe, she went back to work teaching first grade at St. Paul's Lutheran Church School.

The two sisters resided together and were active in many community organizations. The two shared many interests, particularly bird watching, and both were members of the Savannah Audubon Society. Marie was interested in and wrote poetry. She was a member of the Poetry Society. She was also interested in genealogy and was a Girl Scout leader for many years.

Marie died on August 20, 1980 in Hilton Head, South Carolina at the age of 90. Both sisters are buried in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of various papers of Anne and Marie Reddy. The collection contains correspondence, notes, programs, invitations, certificates, membership cards, news clippings, and some materials from the various organizations that these women were involved in. There is a large group of materials pertaining to the Savannah Audubon Society, including minutes and financial information. There is also material on the Girl Scouts, the Poetry Society, United Daughters of the Confederacy - Savannah Chapter, Society of Mayflower Descendants, and Magna Charta Dames. The various organizations include Colonial Order of the Crown, American Association of University Women, Plantagenet Society, Society of Descendants of Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Huntington Club, Daughters of the American Revolution - Bonaventure Chapter, Sovereign Colonial Society Americans of Royal Descent, Kappa Delta Pi - Kappa Chapter, Project Head Start, Alpha Delta Kappa - Epsilon Chapter, Order of Washington, and Association of Childhood Education. The programs and invitations file includes programs from the dedication of the carving on Stone Mountain, annual dinners of the Revolutionary Battle Park, and Georgia Day as well as wedding invitations. Most of the material dates from the 1940s-1950s. The oversized folder contains certificates. There is a 1916 certificate to Anne from the Savannah Normal School of Play and Physical Training, a 1925 certificate of membership to Marie for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Bonaventure Chapter, and two certificates of membership to Anne and Marie for the Huguenot Society of South Carolina, dated 1971. Marie's diploma from the University of Georgia (1935) is also in this folder.

This collection consists of 3 folders of photographs. The first folder contains pictures of people and 1 picture of the old Hermitage plantation home (after it was no longer lived in). The other two folders contain over 80 pictures of ironwork in Savannah. About half of the ironwork photographs were identified and are in folder 2. The unidentified photographs of ironwork are in folder 3. In 1943, Anne Reddy gave a slide show presentation on ironwork in Savannah at a joint meeting of the Savannah Historical Research Association and the Georgia Historical Society. These photographs may have been taken for this presentation.

The folders containing photographs are noted as "VM" (visual materials) in the collection inventory.

Index Terms

Audubon societies--Georgia--Savannah.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Girl Scouts--Georgia--Savannah.
Letters (correspondence)
Minutes (administrative records)
Poetry Society of Georgia.
Programs (documents)
Reddy, Anne Louise, 1894-1978.
Reddy, Marie Elizabeth, 1890-1980.
Research notes.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Marie Elizabeth and Anne Louise Reddy papers, MS 2161, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Nelson Wilde, 1980.


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

Savannah Audubon Society



11Financial information
2Member dues
3Notes and information
6Bird lists
7Girl Scouts
8United Daughters of the Confederacy, Savannah Chapter
9Society of Mayflower Descendants
10Magna Charta Dames
11Poetry Society
12Various organizations (See above for more details)
13Genealogical booklets
11956 Yearbook of Savannah Country Day School



2Music sheets, poetry, war rations book
3Erdman Bowman's play, "On Stage with the Founding Fathers"
5Programs and invitations
6Newspaper clippings
1-2Account books of the Savannah Audubon Society, 1927-1955



33-4Bird Notes by Marie Reddy and Minutes of Audubon Society Meetings, 1922-1955
(2 copies)
5-6Minutes of the Savannah Audubon Society, 1916-1950
7Marie Reddy' research notes, 1937
8Minutes of the Association for Childhood Education, 1938-1942


1Certificates from Savannah Normal School of Play and Physical Training, 1916; Daughters of the American Revolution, Bonaventure Chapter, 1925; Huguenot Society of South Carolina, 1971


11 Diploma from the University of Georgia, 1935


1Anne L. Reddy, undated ((1 item))


1Marie E. Reddy and 1st grade class at Oglethorpe Ave. School, undated ((1 item))
Savannah Audubon Society


1Breakfast at Wormsloe, April 2, 1955, (4 items)
Dr. DeLoach, Speaker


1Savannah Audubon Society Bird Count at Wormsloe, Spring 1951, (3 items)


1Girl Scout Camp Lowlands (near Thunderbolt, Ga.). Marie Reddy (troop leader), Mrs. Martin (camp nurse), Troop #16


1Josephine Reddy, Marie Sheehan and her brother, undated ((1 item))


1Mrs. Martin, nurse, undated ((1 item))


1"Old" Hermitage, undated ((1 item))


1Edwin Markham, the poet, and Sarah Sheftall, circa 1920s ((1 item))


2Photographs of ironwork in Savannah, identified ((41 items))

124 Abercorn St., Owens-Thomas House, (4 items)

329 Abercorn St., Andrew Low House, (3 items)

16-18 Barnard St., Savannah Tobacco Co., (1 item)

230 Barnard St., McAlpin House, (4 items)

28 Bull St., Christ Episcopal Church, (2 items)

425 Bull St., (1 item)

443-51 Bull St., Armstrong House, (1 item)

20 E. Gordon St., Congregation Mickve Israel, (1 item)

123 Habersham Kehoe House, (1 item)

207 E. Liberty, Convent of St. Vincent de Paul, (1 item)

14 W. Macon St., Green-Meldrim House, (2 items)

114 E. McDonough St., (1 item)

124 E. McDonough St., (1 item)

107-109 E. Oglethorpe Ave., (1 item)

110 E. Oglethorpe Ave., (1 item)

423 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Wetter House (Savannah Home for Girls); demolished, (2 items)

202 E. Taylor St., (1 item)

Forsyth Park, (1 item)

Monterey Square, (1 item)

Warren A. Candler Hospital, (1 item)

Wormsloe, (2 items)

Factor's Walk, Emmett Park, (2 items)

Iron bench, (2 items)

Fireplaces and Mantles, (4 items)


3Photographs of ironwork in Savannah, unidentified