Ellen Sumner collection

Ellen Sumner collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Sumner, Ellen L., d. 1994
Title: Ellen Sumner collection
Dates: 1971
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms2862

Biographical/Historical Note

Ellen L. Sumner was a history bibliographer with the University of Georgia Libraries. She passed away in 1994.

Alfred Heber Holbrook was the founder of the Georgia Museum of Art. Much of the museum's collection of American paintings was donated by Holbrook, in memory of his first wife, Eva Underhill Holbrook. Included in this collection are works by such luminaries as Frank Weston Benson, William Merritt Chase, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Georgia O'Keeffe, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Jacob Lawrence, and Theodore Robinson. Over the years it has been impossible to separate the history of the museum from the story of Holbrook's generosity. Holbrook retired from an active New York law practice at the age of seventy. He began a personal quest to learn about the world of art, an interest piqued by his passion for visiting museums. In his retirement he was determined to study art in a gentle southern climate. A trip to Athens in the mid-1940s led to his introduction to Lamar Dodd, head of the university's art department. Instantly, the two began a friendship, sharing a joint vision of enriching the visual arts environment in Georgia. Holbrook, clad in a knee-length pink artist's smock with pipe in hand, attended art classes at the university. The Georgia Museum of Art was founded in 1945, and Holbrook became its first director and one of the university's and the state's most beloved citizens. Holbrook continued to serve as the museum's director past his ninetieth birthday. New Georgia Encyclopedia - Georgia Museum of Art http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-654 (Retrieved September 15, 2009)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of photographs taken in 1971 by Ellen Sumner, a librarian at the University of Georgia. The photographs are of houses, churches, buildings, interiors, and statues in Athens, Savannah, Penfield, and Greensboro. The Athens photographs are of Oconee Hill Cemetery, sorority houses and interiors (Alpha Gamma Delta. Kappa Alpha Theta, Gamma Phi Beta, Phi Mu), and the other houses in the Milledge Avenue area. There is also an undated photograph of Alfred Holbrook, Director of the Georgia Museum of Art.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Athens (Ga.)--Photographs.
Church buildings--Georgia--Athens--Photographs.
Greek letter societies--Dwellings--Georgia--Athens--Photographs.
Holbrook, Alfred Heber, 1874-1974 -- Photographs
Museum directors--Georgia--Athens--Photographs.
Oconee Hill Cemetery (Athens, Ga.). -- Photographs
Public Buildings--Georgia--Greensboro--Photographs.
Public buildings--Georgia--Athens--Photographs.
Public buildings--Georgia--Penfield--Photographs.
Public buildings--Georgia--Savannah--Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ellen Sumner collection, 1971. MS 2862. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Photographs Athens, Georgia - Houses
2Photographs Athens, Georgia - Sorority Houses & Interiors
3Photographs Athens, Georgia - Oconee Hill Cemetery
4Photographs Greensboro, Georgia - Houses, Churches, Buildings
5Photographs Greensboro, Georgia - Houses
6Photographs Penfield, Georgia - Buildings, Houses, Interiors
7Photographs Savannah, Georgia
8Photograph - Alfred Holbrook