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Meguiar ephemera

Identifier: ahc.MSS920f

Scope and Content

This collection contains ephemera found in the Cherokee Garden Library historic book, Floral Keepsakes (1854) by John Keese (1805-1856). The book was owned and inscribed by sisters Sweetie and Mary Lizzie Meguiar. Items include correspondence and essays written by the Meguair sisters while attending College in Kentucky. Also a part of the collection are letters from friends, such as Helen Mary Shelby (1857-1904), also a student of the same college. The essays cover topics such as: Mary, Queen of Scots, music and flowers, college life for women, dreams, home, memories, flattery, and farewells. Items of particular interest are dried flowers from bouquets and a cross-stitched bookmark.


  • approximately 1850-1880, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Jimmie "Sweetie" Meguiar (1860-1954) and her sister Mary Lizzie Meguiar (1858-1940) were born in Springfield, Tennessee, in Robinson County, to James M. Meguiar (1822-1862) and Sallie Couts (1832-1915). They attended Louisville Female Seminary, (also known as Louisville Female College), in Kentucky. In 1878 Sweetie Meguiar married Walter Wood Eckles (1856-1922) and they had two daughters: Georgia Hooper (1882-1968) and Bessie M. Eckles (1887-?). Mary Lizzie Meguiar married Daniel Latimer Durrett (1839-1902) in 1878. Durrett was a tobacco dealer in Springfield. They raised five children together: Minnie, Sallie, Ola, Thomas and James.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2005

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.
Meguiar ephemera
Serena McCracken
July 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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