Mitchell-Marsh family papers

Mitchell-Marsh family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Marsh, John R., (John Robert), 1895-1952
Creator: Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
Title: Mitchell-Marsh family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1925-1949
Dates: 1918-1995
Quantity: 2.6 Linear feet 2 document boxes, 1 half box, 1 oversized box
Coll. Number: ms3060

Biographical/Historical Note

Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949) was an American author who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for Gone with the Wind. The movie adaptation of it in 1939 became the highest-grossing film in Hollywood, and received a record ten Academy Awards. For more information, see the article Margaret Mitchell in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Margaret Mitchell's second marriage was to John Robert Marsh on July 4, 1925, and the couple set up housekeeping in a small apartment affectionately called "The Dump." They entertained the newspaper crowd and other friends on a regular basis. Marsh, originally from Maysville, Kentucky, worked for the Georgia Railway and Power Company (later Georgia Power Company) as director of the publicity department.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Margaret Mitchell, John Marsh and the Marsh family including correspondence, writings, printed material and photographs. Most of the correspondence is from John Marsh and Margaret Mitchell to John's mother and sister, Frances regarding health problems, family news, Gone With the Wind (book and movie), and the complications sudden fame brought to their lives. There are also several letters from John Marsh to his family concerning his wife's death.

Index Terms

Authors, American.
Family papers.
Gone with the wind (Motion picture)
Marsh family
Marsh family -- Correspondence
Marsh, John R., (John Robert), 1895-1952 -- Correspondence
Marsh, John R., (John Robert), 1895-1952 -- Family
Marsh, John R., (John Robert), 1895-1952 -- Health
Marsh, John R., (John Robert), 1895-1952 -- Photographs
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949 -- Death and burial
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949 -- Family
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949 -- Gone with the wind
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949 -- Health
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949 -- Photographs
Novelists, American--20th century.
Printed ephemera.
Women authors, American--20th century.
Writings (document genre)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Mitchell-Marsh family papers, ms3060, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Restrictions on Access

Permission to reproduce material 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, ms905; Margaret Mitchell scrapbook, ms1614; Margaret Mitchell letter to Marjorie Rawlings, ms2444; Miss Ellen Elliott, ms2513; Margaret Mitchell photographs, ms3031; Margaret Mitchell letters, ms3326; Margaret Mitchell letter to Mr. Rubin, ms3600.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence

11. Correspondence
Margaret Baugh
Myron Beck (editor of Atlantian), 6 May 1952
Bessie Jordan, 1952
John Marsh, 1918-1949
Margaret Mitchell, 1925-1943
Marianne Walker, 1995
2Craig Zane, 1995
3-5Frances Marsh Zane, 1937-1952
7Rollin Zane, 28 July 1936
8Sandy Zane, 1992

2. Writing

22. Writing
Re: Margaret Mitchell at Macon Writers Club, 1936
Re: translations of Gone With The Wind, 24 August 1937
"My Sweet Miss Peggy" by Bessie Jordan
"Peggy" by Frances Marsh Zane, 1981
"My dearly beloved young lady" by Frances Marsh Zane
"To J.R.M." by Frances Marsh Zane

3. Estate Papers

23. Estate Papers
Will, John R. Marsh, 1949, 1951
Appraisal of books and furnishings, 1952

4. Printed Material and clippings

24. Printed Material and clippings
Printed material
Gone With The Wind movie program
Gone With The Wind sheet music, 1937
Clippings, 1918-1922
Clippings, 1936-1939
Clippings, 1940-1949
Clippings, 1950-1989
Clippings, 1949
Atlanta Journal Memorial Issue
Clippings, 1993-1995

5. Artifacts

25. Artifacts
Scrap of cloth from evening coat worn by Margaret Mitchell to Gone With The Wind movie premiere

6. Photographs

36. Photographs
Mitchell, Margaret
Mitchell, Margaret (in frame)
Marsh, John
Marsh, John (in frame)
Margaret Mitchell House (Atlanta, GA)

7. Oversize Material

47. Oversize Material
Record album of four 33 1/3 rpm records of Gone With The Wind movie premiere in Atlanta, GA December, 1939
Cassette copy (4 tapes) - Premiere of Gone With The Wind in Atlanta, Georgia - Commentary by Jack Harris, 1939 December 15
Side A: Introduction to Gone With The Wind Introduction to Loew's Grand Theater in Atlanta, GA Guests enter building Evelyn Keyes enters Loew's Side B: Laurence Olivier, Olivia De Havilland enter Loew's John Whitney, Myron Selznick enter Loew's Claudette Colbert enters Loew's Herbert Swope [?] enters Loew's William Hailey enters Loew's Description of Peachtree Street 4 Tape 2 Side A: Clark Gable says hello with his wife (Carole Lombard) and gives a short speech Side B: 20 minutes before opening of Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell David O. Selznick Ona Munson says hello Ann Rutherford says hello Clark Gable arrives in car 4 Tape 3 Side A: Purpose of recording - to document the entering and exiting of Loew's Clark Gable 4 hours later - the final theme to Gone With The Wind Movie over - Chip Roberts talks about movie The stars inside the movie take curtain calls, give speeches Side B: Clapping - The main cast gives speeches, Margaret Mitchell thanks everyone 4 Tape 4 Side A: Calvin McPherson commenting on the role of Scarlett One of Margaret Mitchell's teachers Jack Forster [?] (New York World Times) comments on Atlanta and movie Side B: Moviegoers talk about the movie Commentary wraps up
Originals of some printed material