Marguerite Hodgson family papers

Marguerite Hodgson family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Hodgson, Marguerite Thomas, 1924-2010
Title: Marguerite Hodgson family papers
Dates: 1829-2005
Quantity: 34.5 Linear feet (45 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3737

Biographical/Historical Note

Marguerite Thomas Hodgson (1924-2010) was the daughter of Ralph Reginald Hodgson (1886-1968) and Isabella Thomas (1887-1955). She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English, was a member of Chi Omega sorority, and served as their advisor/treasurer for many years.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of biographical information, genealogy, correspondence, writings, financial papers, photographs, printed material, scrapbooks, artwork, and artifacts. In addition to the Hodgson family, Marguerite Hodgson did genealogy research on other branches of her family, including the White family of White Hall, Thomas family, Richards family, and Morton family.

Correspondence is mainly organized by the recipient with the majority being to Marguerite Hodgson. Of special interest is the correspondence of Isabella Thomas concerning her trip to Europe in 1910.

Financial papers include estate papers, deeds, Hodgson Brothers accounts ledger and correspondence about Hodgson property in Athens. The Hodgsons operated several businesses in Athens, originally beginning in 1842 as Hodgson Brothers carriage makers. They also owned the property on which the Varsity and Dairy Queen were located, and some of their family homes in Athens later became sorority or fraternity houses.

Printed material includes certificates, diplomas, genealogy booklets about the Hodgson family, and penmanship workbooks of William and Robert Hodgson in 1831.

Scrapbooks include a World War I scrapbook of Ralph Hodgson and a scrapbook of clippings from the newspaper series “Early days on the Georgia gridiron” by Ralph Hodgson and John Stegeman. Artwork consists of sketches done by Marguerite Hodgson and her mother Isabella.


This collection is organized into 10 series: biographical material, genealogy, correspondence, writings, financial, scrapbooks, artwork and blueprints, printed material, photographs, and artifacts.

Index Terms

Account books
Business records--Georgia.
Hodgson family
Hodgson, Marguerite Thomas, 1924-2010
Morton family
Thomas family
White family

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Marguerite Hodgson family papers, ms 3737, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related collections in this repository: Harry Hodgson Sr. letter, ms 524; Hugh Hodgson collection, ms777; William Hodgson mathematics notebook, ms990; Harry Hodgson papers, ms 1391; Hodgson's, Inc. business records, ms1634.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Biographical Information

11Anne Bishop Hodgson
2Asbury Hull Hodgson
3Edith Frances Hodgson
4Hugh Leslie Hodgson
5Isabella Thomas Hodgson
6Isabella (Belle) Turner Hodgson
7Joseph Marshall Hodgson
8Marguerite Thomas Hodgson
9Ralph Reginald Hodgson
10Ralph Reginald Hodgson military service papers, 1917-1942, undated
11Richards family
12George Dudley Thomas
13Katherine Richards Morton Thomas
14Robert Paine White/Marguerite Thomas
15Marguerite Thomas White
16Wedding invitations

2. Genealogy