Francis R. Goulding papers

Francis R. Goulding papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Ben Ali, fl. 1812-1860
Creator: Goulding, F. R., (Francis Robert), 1810-1881
Title: Francis R. Goulding papers
Dates: circa 1850-1986
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 oversized folder A, 2 artifacts, 2 microfilm reels)
Abstract:Collection consists of correspondence, patent petitions, manuscripts of writings, notes, and other papers of Goulding; family correspondence (1861-1918); correspondence (1931-1968) with the Georgia State Library, where Goulding's papers were previously housed, and others concerning the collection; and manuscripts by Ben Ali, an Arabic slave from Sapelo Island, Ga., and correspondence, articles, and other papers (ca. 1930-1986) relating to the manuscript.
Coll. Number: ms2807

Biographical/Historical Note

Rev. Francis R. Goulding was born in 1810 in Liberty County, Georgia. His father, the Rev. Thomas Goulding signed the Declaration of Independence and founded Liberty County.

Francis attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 1830. In 1833 he graduated from the Theological Seminary at Columbia, S.C. and also married Mary Wallace Howard. They had 6 children, two of whom have correspondence in this collection.

Goulding was Presbyterian minister in Bath, Ga. and while there he perfected his invention of the sewing machine which he never patented, allowing later credit to go to Elias Howe.

Goulding published his first of several childrens' books, The Young Marooners, in 1853. He died in 1881 at Roswell, Ga.

Index Terms

American literature--Georgia.
Arabic literature--Georgia.
Arabs--Georgia--Sapelo Island.
Authors, American--Georgia.
Georgia State Library.
Goulding family
Presbyterian Church--Clergy.
Presbyterian Church--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Ownership and Custodial History

Transferred from Georgia State Law Library, 1992.

Preferred Citation note

Francis R. Goulding papers, MS 2807. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.


The Francis R. Goulding Collection contains materials originally given to the Georgia State Library in 1932.

Extract from Atlanta Journal magazine, 3 July 1932, concerning the Goulding family's gifts to the State Library; the artifacts listed are also included in this collection:

The tools with which his grandfather is said to have made the first sewing machine have been loaned to the state library by Frank Goulding, of Atlanta, for exhibit with the memorial collection. These tools, a rather crude brace bit and spoke shaver, were given Mr. Goulding by his uncle, the captain (Benjamin L. Goulding). Mr. Goulding has also lent a walking stick, made of teakwood from the Himalayan Mountains and which must have belonged to Thomas Goulding... for on its silver head is engraved, 'Dr. Goulding, May, 1705.'

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Goulding Materials

11Charles Goulding's grave
3Columbia Theological Seminary, pamphlet
4Correspondence: F.R.G. to Benjamin Lloyd Goulding, 1870
5Correspondence: F.R.G. to B.L.G., 1871-1874
6Correspondence: F.R.G. to B.L.G., 1877-1881
7Correspondence: F.R.G. to Charles Goulding
8Correspondence: F.R.G. to others
9Correspondence: B.L.G. to F.R.G.
10Correspondence : to F.R.G.
11Correspondence : to B.L.G., 1869-1887
12Correspondence : to B.L.G., 1895-1918
13Correspondence : others
14Manuscript on ants
15Notes (F.R.G.) on Instinct, Nos. 1-3
16Notes (F.R.G.) on "various Subjects", Nos. 1-3
17Patent petition for crayon holders
18Photo-Roswell home
20Sheet music, "From Greenland's Icy Mountains"
21Sheet music, "Missionary Hymn"
22State Library materials

Series 2: Ben Ali Materials

Manuscript- on microfilm [Microfilm reel: ms2807-1]
Manuscript- on microfilm [Microfilm reel: ms2807-2]
21Manuscript (in archival notebook)
2Slides of ms.
3Affadavit of Benjamin L. Goulding
4Al-Ahari, Muhamad
6Correspondence: Austin, Allan
7Correspondence : Cate, Margaret
8Correspondence: Brown, Mary Jo McGee
9Correspondence : Coastal Georgia Historical Society
10Correspondence: Danner, Victor
11Correspondence : Davis, Curtis
12Correspondence: Glidden, Harold W.
13Correspondence: Herskovits, Melville
14Correspondence: Library of Congress
15Correspondence: Matthews, Charles D.
16Correspondence : Parrish, Lydia
17Correspondence : Shelby, Gertrude M.
18Correspondence : Swaney, W.B.
19Correspondence : Wetmore, Alexander; Smithsonian
20Hodgson, W.B.; paper presented to Ethnological Society, 1857
21 Journal of Negro History, 1940
22Notes on ms., State Librarian
23Photographs of ms.
24Photostatic copy of ms.
OS Folder
1AEnlarged photographs of ms.

Series 3: Artifacts

1Wooden Cane inscribed "Dr. Goulding May 1785"
2Wooden Cane, inscribed "1759-1851"
314 metal/wooden pieces used in machine (includes "brace" and "spoke shave")
2Magnifying glass
3Metal Clamps and Washer (4 items)
4Example of stitching on Goulding sewing machine