Digital Collections (Armstrong)
The Living in Savannah Scrapbooks contain photographs taken by Armstrong Junior College students for their Contemporary Georgia courses in 1939-40 and 1940-41. Both albums are part of the Florence Powell Minis Collection housed in Lane Library.
Student photographers are credited on the appropriate pages. The Text page of each volume includes its title page and preface. As the students indicated in the second preface, Volume 1 “concentrated on the homes of the people of Savannah, particularly in the slum districts.” In Volume 2, they noted that
This year we have attempted to confine our pictures to people, believing that the pitiful plight of our lower classes would be presented most forcefully by its members.
We believe that these pictures speak for themselves and so have refrained from inserting any comments in this volume. In our opinion the importance of being aware of such a situation cannot be overemphasized; but even more important than being aware, is doing something about it.
It is the sincere hope of the entire class that this volume may be the first step toward some definite action on the part of our readers.
Artwork of Savannah was published in 1893 by the W. H. Parish Publishing Co. of Chicago. Armstrong State University’s copy is a part of the Florence Powell Minis Collection housed in Lane Library. This book consists of two distinct parts.
“A Historical Sketch of Savannah” was written by historian Charles H. Olmstead in the somewhat flowery language of the Victorian period. The “Sketch” traces Savannah’s history in considerable detail from its founding to the evacuation of the British forces in 1782, and very briefly from then until 1893. The other part of Artwork of Savannah consists of 89 photographs and plates of Savannah in the 1890s, and includes views of Olmstead’s home at Beaulieu.
Last updated: 6/13/2018