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Margaret Mitchell guest book

Identifier: ahc.MSS482f

Scope and Content

This collection contains a guest book titled "College Scrap Book" which recorded the name, date and "happy thought" of each signer. The book belonged to author Margaret Mitchell.


  • 1915-1920


Conditions Governing Access

This 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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 4, 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.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1984
Margaret Mitchell guest book
Paul Crater
May 2015
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305