Photographs of old Savannah

Photographs of old Savannah

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Photographs of old Savannah
Dates: circa 1900
Quantity: 1.5 Linear feet (1 oversized volume)
Abstract:The collection consists of an undated album of 179 photographic views of Savannah mounted on 17 plates. The pictures are in pairs as if done for stereopticon.
Coll. Number: ms1496

Biographical/Historical Note

Founded in 1733 by colonists led by James Edward Oglethorpe, Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and one of the outstanding examples of eighteenth-century town planning in North America. Savannah was, by design, the first step in the creation of Georgia, which received its charter from King George II in April 1732, as the thirteenth and last of England's American colonies.

After establishing cordial relations with Chief Tomochichi of the resident Yamacraw Indians, and Indian trader and liaison Mary Musgrove, Oglethorpe began to carry out his concept for the layout of Savannah. Oglethorpe and Savannah's coplanner, William Bull of South Carolina, laid out a town loosely based on the London town model but featuring wards built around central squares, with trust lots on the east and west sides of the squares for public buildings and churches, and tything lots for the settlers' homes on the north and south sides of the squares.

Oglethorpe and the Georgia Trustees originally conceived Savannah, and the new colony, as a philanthropic endeavor. It was the Trustees' intention to provide a refuge for English debtors who could establish the basis for an agrarian class of small, yeoman farmers working in concert with a business and mercantile class in Savannah, thus providing a commercial outpost to the neighboring colony of South Carolina.

The early history of Savannah is remarkable for the sheer diversity of its people. Religious observance played an important role in the early life of Savannah. In addition to its founding English settlers, Jews arrived from London in the summer of 1733; they later founded the Congregation Mickve Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation in the South. In the spring of 1734 came Evangelical Lutherans from Salzburg, known as Salzburgers, who settled on the Savannah River at a town they named Ebenezer. Scottish Highlanders and German Moravians came in 1736, followed by Dutch, Welsh, and Irish settlers. John Wesley and Charles Wesley conducted Anglican services. In 1737 the Reverend George Whitefield arrived and soon after founded Bethesda, colonial America's first orphanage. --- New Georgia Encyclopedia (Retrieved March 11, 2009)

Index Terms

Photograph albums.
Savannah (Ga.)--Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Photographs of old Savannah. MS 1496. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: De Renne family papers, 1770-1986 (bulk 1873-1940).

Other Finding Aids note

In the first page of the volume is a list of available negatives and their corresponding numbers.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Photograph album