Margaret Mitchell Collection
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Margaret Mitchell Collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
Title: Margaret Mitchell Collection
Dates: 1863-1971
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: 1 linear ft. (2 document cases and 1 oversized box)
Identification: ahc.MSS146

Biographical/Historical Note

Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell (1900 – 1949) was the daughter of Mary Isabelle “Maybelle” Stephens (1872 – 1919) and Eugene Muse Mitchell (1866 – 1944) of Atlanta, Georgia. Mary Mitchell was president of the Atlanta Woman Suffrage League and a member of Atlanta Woman’s Club, and Eugene Mitchell was an attorney and a founder or member of numerous organizations, including Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Historical Society, and Young Men’s Library Association. Mitchell’s brother, Stephens, was four years her senior. Mitchell attended numerous Atlanta public schools before graduating from Washington Seminary in 1918. She later attended Smith College, but withdrew after her first year to take charge of the family household following her mother’s death in January 1919. Although she made her society debut in 1920, Mitchell chose a different path than her contemporaries, taking a job at the Atlanta Journal, where she wrote under the name of “Peggy Mitchell.” From 1922 to 1926, Mitchell penned articles, book reviews, interviews, as well as profiles of Georgia Civil War generals. In 1922, Mitchell married Berrien “Red” Upshaw; however, the couple divorced two years later in October 1924. On July 04, 1925, she married John R. Marsh, a newspaperman, later a manager of the advertising department of the Georgia Power Company. The Marsh’s wedding reception was held in an apartment at 979 Crescent Avenue – a house Mitchell nicknamed “The Dump.” Soon after the marriage, Mitchell’s health deteriorated, forcing her to leave her job at the Journal to convalesce. It was during this period that she began writing Gone With The Wind (GWTW), the book that would make her famous. After the novel’s publication in 1936 by Macmillan, Mitchell was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1937. The equally famous motion picture, GWTW, had its world premiere at the Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta on December 15, 1939. On August 11, 1949, Mitchell was struck by an off-duty cab driver while crossing the intersection of Peachtree and 13th – a mere three blocks from “The Dump.” Margaret Mitchell died five days later. She is buried in Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery, along with other members of her family.

Scope and Content Note

The Margaret Mitchell collection is comprised of material pertaining to the life of Atlanta author Margaret Mitchell, including correspondence, newspaper articles, and other printed materials. The correspondence – originals and copies of cards, letters, postcards, notes, and telegrams – provides detail into Mitchell’s professional relationships with fans and publishers, as well as her involvement with the Atlanta Historical Society. The Baugh (secretary to Stephens Mitchell, brother and executor to Mitchell’s estate), Blair (executive secretary, Atlanta Historical Society), Draper, Marsh, Oliner, and Wilson correspondence pertains to the estate of Margaret Mitchell and various projects to honor and memorialize her life and work. Personal relationships with the Harris family (publisher, Marietta Daily) and Mitchell Gibson (Mitchell’s godson) are also documented. The printed material, including booklets, programs, and other publications documents Mitchell’s private life, cultural and intellectual interests, and public recognition as an author and for her civic contributions during World War II.


This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff, then chronologically. Correspondence begins with Margaret Mitchell, followed alphabetically by creator/recipient.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--History
Atlanta Historical Society.
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Fiction

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Margaret Mitchell Collection, MSS 146, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of various donors: 1954 (DU-54); 1965 (65-15); 1973(1973.103); 1979 (79-305); 1981 (1981.248.01); 1992 (1992.289); 1996 (1996.128, 1996.165); 2005 (2005.138); and 2006 (2006.160, 2006.194)

Description Control

The collection was reprocessed in 2007.


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Related Material

Visual material removed (DU-54) and is housed in VA uncat oversize box 317.

Container List




11Articles, Southern Confederacy, copies, 1863, undated
2Article, “Old Grant home was not burned because owner was a Mason,” Atlanta Constitution, typescript, 1911
3Articles by Margaret Mitchell, original, typescripts and copies, 1923-1925
4Articles, “From Chattanooga to Atlanta in 1864: A Personal Reminiscence,” Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, typescripts, 1931
5Articles, “The Private Life of Margaret Mitchell,” typescripts, Collier’s Magazine, typescripts, 1937
6Article, “How Margaret Mitchell Celebrated the Anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta,”, 1948
7Biographic information, Margaret Mitchell, 1937,undated
8Booklets, “Margaret Mitchell and Her Novel Gone With The Wind,”(1 copy signed by M. M.), 1936
9Booklet, “The Macmillan Company,”, undated
10Cards, condolences, 1949
11Codicil to the Will of John Marsh, copy, 1952
12Margaret Mitchell - Correspondence, outgoing, original, 1933
13Margaret Mitchell - Correspondence, outgoing, originals and copies, 1936
14Margaret Mitchel - Correspondence, incoming/outgoing, originals and copies, 1937
15Margaret Mitchell - Correspondence, incoming/outgoing, originals and copies, 1938
16Margaret Mitchell - Correspondence, incoming/outgoing, originals and copies, 1939
17Margaret Mitchell - Correspondence, incoming/outgoing, originals and copies, 1940
18Margaret Mitchell - Correspondence, outgoing, originals and copies, 1941
19Margaret Mitchell - Correspondence, outgoing, originals and copies, 1942
20Margaret Mitchell - Correspondence, incoming/outgoing, originals and copies, 1943
21Margaret Mitchell - Correspondence, outgoing, originals and copies, 1944
22Margaret Mitchell - Correspondence, outgoing, copy, 1945
23Margaret Mitchell - Correspondence, outgoing, originals and copies, 1946
24Margaret Mitchell - Correspondence, outgoing, originals and copies, 1947
25Margaret Mitchell - Correspondence, outgoing, originals and copies, 1948
26Margaret Mitchell - Correspondence, outgoing, originals and copies, 1949
27Margaret Baugh - Correspondence, incoming/outgoing, original and copies, 1957
28Myron Beck - Correspondence, outgoing, copy, 1952
29Ruth Blair -Correspondence, incoming, original and copies, 1930, 1950-1952, 1954, 1957
30Jesse Draper - Correspondence, incoming, originals, 1954, 1970



21Hugh Mitchell Gibson - Correspondence, incoming, copies, 1949, 1952
2John Marsh - Correspondence, incoming/outgoing, originals and copies, 1933, 1937, 1940, 1947, 1950-1951
3Stan Oliner - Correspondence, incoming, originals, 1960
4Frank Wilson - Correspondence, incoming, original, 1949
5Frank Wilson - Ephemera, Harris family, 1937, 1943, undated
6Frank Wilson - Ephemera, Mrs. Meyer Regenstein, undated
7Frank Wilson - Guest book, 1948
8Frank Wilson - Invitations, 1948, undated
9Frank Wilson - Ordinance, copy, Margaret Mitchell Drive, 1954
10Frank Wilson - Patron list, Atlanta Smith College Club, undated
11Frank Wilson - Programs, The New York Southern Society, 1938
12Frank Wilson - Program, U.S.S. Atlanta, Navy Department, 1941
13Frank Wilson - Program, The New Atlanta Cruiser Drive, 1943
14Frank Wilson - Program, Georgia Hall of Fame Committee, 1971
15Frank Wilson - Publications, The Mark Twain Quarterly, Spring and Summer, (signed by Cyril Clemens, editor), 1937
16Frank Wilson - Signature, “Margaret Mitchell Marsh", undated
17Frank Wilson - Transcript, interview with Margaret Mitchell, WSB, 1936
18Frank Wilson - Tribute to Margaret Mitchell, Trust Company, undated


MSS OVS 2.21Map, North Georgia, 1939
Poster, Czechoslovakian (GWTW), undated
Publications, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine, 1951 August 12, 1952 October 5, 1954 May 16