Mysterious Savannah Doorway scrapbook
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Mysterious Savannah Doorway scrapbook

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Marks, Harriet.
Title: Mysterious Savannah Doorway scrapbook
Dates: 1962-1963
Extent: 0.35 cubic feet (1 oversize volume)
Identification: MS 2388

Biographical/Historical Note

Harriet Marks taught History at Herschel V. Jenkins High School in Savannah, Georgia. From 1962-1963 her class undertook a group historical research project to learn about the history of the doorway. This scrapbook is the final product of that project.

The house the doorway belonged to was built by Thomas Gibbons in 1796 and originally stood at 1 West Broad Street in Savannah, Georgia. The doorway was installed in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1927 after being purchased in 1916 from the Artley Company. It is in the Greek Revival style.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains one oversize scrapbook titled "Mysterious Savannah Doorway". It was a project in historical research done by the history class of Harriet Marks at Herschel V. Jenkins High School in Savannah, Georgia from 1962-1963. The scrapbook itself focuses not only on the doorway, originally at 1 West Broad Street, but the process of doing historical research. It contains photographs and correspondence regarding the doorway and the creation of the scrapbook. Each page or series of pages covers a step in the process. There is an introduction, list of questions the class wanted to answer, answers to the questions, a timeline of the research the class did, a family tree and short essay on the Gibbons family, who built the house the doorway came from, newspaper clippings on Thomas Gibbons, a timeline of the doorway's building's ownership, a hand drawn map of Savannah in 1800, a large drawing of the doorway, a list of the students, adults and teachers involved in the creation of the scrapbook, and a bibliography of the sources used. Contents include two letters to Harriet Marks from James Biddle, Associate Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's American Wing.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Gibbons family.
Gibbons, Thomas, 1757-1826.
Greek revival (Architecture)
Herschel V. Jenkins High School (Savannah, Ga.)
Letters (correspondence)
Marks, Harriet.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.). American Wing.
Savannah (Ga.)
Savannah (Ga.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--History.

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