Mary Ellen Orme family papers

Mary Ellen Orme family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Mary Ellen Orme family papers
Dates: 1898-1940s
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms3353

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Ellen Orme was born 13 September 1922 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dickinson of 777 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia. She was heralded as as a southern belle in local newspapers and watched lovingly by high-class Atlanta and her family. At 20, she married Robert Irving Gresham, who was in the U.S. Air Force, readying to go to the European theater in World War II. He later did and received a bronze star for his service.

Ashley Anne Orme was born in 1892 and seems to be a female relative of Mary Allen Orme. She is similarly revered as an upcoming southern belle. Her childhood is equally documented, and she is incredibly beautiful and well-regarded by the early 1900s.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of one baby book for Mary Ellen Orme, one baby book for Anne Ashley Orme, and one photograph album from the wedding of Mary Ellen Orme.

The baby book for Mary Ellen Orme includes autographs from her parents, her weight up to five years of age, gifts her parents received on her behalf, numerous photographs, newspaper clippings about Mary Ellen Orme in her childhood, a lock of her hair at age 2, and notes about her firsts (steps, words, outing, party, etc).

The baby biographical record book for Anne Ashley Orme details many of the same things seen in Mary Ellen Orme's book - weight, naming, firsts. However, this book is from 1891, and Anne Ashley Orme was born May 5, 1892. There are many photographs and newspaper clippings about Anne Ashley Orme in her childhood.

The album is about Mary Ellen Orme's marriage to Lieutenant Robert Irving Gresham (who was stationed at Miami Beach, Florida, in the United States Army Air Corps at the time) in 1942. Inside are newspaper clippings (announcements) and many photographs of the marriage. Also included in the scrapbook are World War II pamphlets (from 1944) and a citation for a bronze star to Robert Gresham. There are also more newspaper clippings and photographs from Mary Ellen's childhood.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Baby books.
Orme, Anne Ashley
Orme, Mary Ellen, 1922-
Orme, Mary Ellen, 1922- -- Photographs
Wedding albums.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary Ellen Orme family papers. MS 3353. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Copy of a book page about Orme paintings
2Baby book (Mary Elllen Orme), 1922
3Baby book (Ashley Anne Orme), 1892
4Wedding album, 1942