Margaret Mitchell photographs

Margaret Mitchell photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Margaret Mitchell photographs
Dates: 1920s
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Coll. Number: ms3031

Biographical/Historical Note

"Margaret Mitchell was the author of Gone With the Wind, one of the most popular books of all time. The novel was published in 1936 and sold more than a million copies in the first six months, a phenomenal feat considering it was the Great Depression era. More than 30 million copies of this Civil War-era masterpiece have been sold worldwide in thirty-eight countries. It has been translated into twenty-seven languages. Approximately 250,000 copies are still sold each year. Shortly after the book's publication the movie rights were sold to David O. Selznick for $50,000, the highest amount ever paid for a manuscript up to that time. In 1937 Margaret Mitchell was awarded the Pulitzer Prize...On August 11, 1949, Mitchell and her husband decided to go to a movie, A Canterbury Tale, at the Peachtree Art Theatre. Just as they started to cross Peachtree Street, near 13th Street, a speeding taxi crested the hill. Mitchell stepped back; Marsh stepped forward. The driver applied the brakes, skidded, and hit Mitchell. She was rushed to Grady Hospital but never regained consciousness. During the five days before she died, crowds waited outside for news. U.S. president Harry Truman, Georgia governor Herman Talmadge, and Atlanta mayor William B. Hartsfield all asked to be kept informed of her condition. Special phone lines were installed at Grady Hospital, and friends manned the lines in four-hour shifts. Mitchell died on August 16, 1949, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta." - "Margaret Mitchell." New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Retrieved August 25, 2008)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of two 8" x 10" photographs and nine 4" x 5" negatives of Margaret Mitchell and others during the early 1920s. Copy prints (produced by the UGA Libraries Photographic Services) of some of the negatives are also included with the collection. The negatives have been placed in the Negative File (Neg. #s 6987-6995).

Index Terms

Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949 -- Photographs
Negatives (photographic)
Women novelists, American--Georgia--Atlanta--Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Margaret Mitchell photographs. MS 3031. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Restrictions on Access

Permission to reproduce these images must be obtained from the Margaret Mitchell Estate.

Related Material

For related materials regarding Margaret Mitchell located in the Hargrett Library, see also the following collections:

Margaret Mitchell family papers, MS 905; Margaret Mitchell scrapbook, MS 1614; Margaret Mitchell letter to Marjorie Rawlings, MS 2444; Margaret Mitchell letter to Miss Ellen Elliott, MS 2513; Mitchell-Marsh family papers, MS 3060; Margaret Mitchell letters, MS 3326; Margaret Mitchell letter to Mr. Rubin, MS 3600m.

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