Mitchell-Marsh family papers

Mitchell-Marsh family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
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, bulk 1925-1949
Quantity: 2.6 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 half box, 1 oversized box)
Coll. Number: ms3060

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." - "Margaret Mitchell." New Georgia Encyclopedia. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org (Retrieved August 25, 2008)

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 from 1918-1995. The papers include correspondence, writings, printed material and photographs. Most of the correspondence is from John Marsh and Margaret Mitchell to John's mother and sister, Frances. The letters discuss 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.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

Authors, American--20th century.
Correspondence.
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.
Photographs.
Printed ephemera.
Women authors, American--20th century.
Women novelists, American--20th century.
Writings (document genre)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mitchell-Marsh family papers. MS 3060. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Collection is restricted. Please contact the repository for terms governing use of this collection.


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; Miss Ellen Elliott, MS 2513; Margaret Mitchell photographs, MS 3031; Margaret Mitchell letters, MS 3326; Margaret Mitchell letter to Mr. Rubin, MS 3600m.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Correspondence

Box
1Series 1 Correspondence
Subseries 1A Margaret Baugh
Subseries 1B Myron Beck (editor of Atlantian), 6 May 1952
Subseries 1C Bessie Jordan, 1952
Subseries 1D John Marsch
20 January 1918
27 March 1922[?]
6 September 1922
30 July 1924
11 August 1924
20 January 1925
1925
20 September 1931
22 March 1936
26 June 1936
19 July 1936
1 August 1936
26 September 1936
25 November 1936
1936
1 January 1937
3 April 1937
2 September 1937
5 November 1937
20 November 1937
29 May 1938
22 November 1939
December 1939
17 November 1940
4 February 1941
23 January 1943
10 December 1943
4 March 1944
24 September 1945
23 October 1945
5 December 1945
18 April 1947
8 May 1947
30 May 1947
8 August 1947
26 August 1949
19 September 1949
22 November 1949
Subseries 1E Margaret Mitchell
1925
1925
1925
26 February 1925
7 March 1925
11 March 1925
1925[?]
1926
16 January 1926
23 August 1926
28 August 1926[?]
1927[?]
October 1928 [?]
1 December 1928
10 December 1928
27 February 1930
13 January 1936
25 February 1936
10 April 1936
17 April 1936
29 April 1936
27 May 1936
19 August 1936
29 November 1936
21 June 1937
21 June 1937
6 December 1937
31 December 1937
2 May 1938
21 July 1938
13 August 1938
10 October 1938
13 April 1939
3 May 1939
20 December 1940
21 January 1941
10 August 1942
9 December 1943
10 December 1943
Box
2



Subseries 1F: Marianne Walker

1995
2Subseries 1G Craig Zane, 1995
Subseries 1H Frances Marsh Zane
10 November 1937
1 September 1946
2 September 1949
18 April 1952
7Subseries 1I Rollin Zane, 28 July 1936
8Subseries 1J Sandy Zane, 1992
 

Series 2: Writings

Box
2Series 2 Writings
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
 

Series 3: Estate Papers

Box
2Series 3 Estate Papers
Will, John R. Marsh, 1949 1951
Appraisal of books and furnishings, 1952
 

Series 4: Printed Material and Newsclippings

Box
2Series 4 Printed Material and Newsclippings
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
Clippings, undated
 

Series 5: Artifacts

Box
2Series 5 Artifacts
Scrap of cloth from evening coat worn by Margaret Mitchell to Gone With The Wind movie premiere
 

Series 6: Photographs

Box
3Series 6 Photographs
Mitchell, Margaret
Mitchell, Margaret (in frame)
Marsh, John
Marsh, John (in frame)
Margaret Mitchell House (Atlanta, GA)
Unidentified
 

Series 7: Oversize Material

Box
4Series 7 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 of Premiere of Gone With The Wind in Atlanta, GA Commentary by Jack Harris, December 15, 1939
Box
4Tape 1
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
4Tape 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
4Tape 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
4Tape 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