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Dr. A. Elizabeth Taylor Collection (MC 50)

Biographical Note

Antoinette Elizabeth Taylor, PhD, was born 10 June 1917 in Columbus, Georgia, the daughter of Thomas Earl and Angie M. Taylor. Her father was a partner in the Miller-Taylor Shoe Company and she grew up expecting to go to college. The family lived mainly at 1503 Hilton Ave. in Columbus. She graduated with honors from the University of Georgia in 1938 with a bachelor's degree in history. She went to the University of North Carolina for her master's degree in history with an emphasis on southern history. She taught a year at Judson College in Marion, Alabama and then decided to pursue a doctorate at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Graduate work was a little out of the ordinary at that time for women but because of World War II graduate schools had more openings as the men were off at war. She was one of the first Columbus women to earn a doctorate. She wrote her dissertation on "The Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee". After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Taylor moved to Denton, Texas in 1943, where she taught history for 38 years at Texas Woman's University. After retiring, she wrote articles for the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, The Georgia Historical Quarterly and an article about Augusta Howard in the Dictionary of Georgia published by UGA. An award was established in her honor by the Southern Association for Women Historians. Upon her retirement in 1981, she returned to Columbus and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She died 10 October, 1993 and is buried in Parkhill Cemetery.

Scope and content Note

Half of this collection consists of the writings and research of Dr. A. Elizabeth Taylor on the subject of Woman Suffrage. The other half of the collection documents her interests and her family involvements in the social life of Columbus, Georgia, including the Marguerite Garden Club of which her mother was a member, the Ivy Garden Club, the Mardi Gras and Heritage balls supported by her brother and his wife.

There is also a collection of deeds dating from 1839 that show the transfer of ownership of Miller family property through the years. The connection to Dr. A. Elizabeth Taylor comes through on the April of 1944 last will and testament of Elizabeth A. Miller, whose daughter Angie Mae Taylor was Dr. Taylor's mother. The Walter Miller listed as a son in the will might be the same Walter Miller on whose dairy farm Columbus College was built.

There is also a collection of Columbus area high school yearbooks belonging to family members.

1839-1995 5 boxes (5 c.f.)

Note to researchers: See also

Magnolia Garden Club Collection MC 143
League of Women Voters MC 31

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Dr. A. Elizabeth Taylor Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Dr. A. Elizabeth Taylor Collection (MC 50)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia

Box and Folder List

Box 1
Journals

The Woman Suffrage Movement in Arkansas, 1956
The Woman Suffrage Movement in Florida, 1957
The Woman Suffrage Movement in North Carolina, 1961
The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas, 1951
The Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee, 1957
The Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee (reprint), 1978
The Abolition of the Convict Lease System in Georgia, 1942
The Origin and Development of the Convict Lease System in Georgia, 1942
The Last Phase of the Woman Suffrage Movement in Georgia, 1959
The Origin of the Woman Suffrage Movement in Georgia, 1944
Revival and Development of the Woman Suffrage Movement in Georgia, 1958
Bulletin of the Historical Society of Montgomery County Pennsylvania, 1948
"Lucretia Mott"
Proceedings of the Thirty-Third Annual Woman Suffrage Association, 1901
Proceedings of the Thirty-Fifth Annual Convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1903
Proceedings of the Thirty-Eighth Annual Convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1906
The Atlanta Historical Journal, Winter 1979-80, "Woman Suffrage Activities in Atlanta",
The Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Spring 1956," The Woman Suffrage Movement in Arkansas"
The Georgia Historical Quarterly, June 1944, "The Origin of the Woman Suffrage Movement in Georgia"
The Georgia Historical Quarterly, December 1958, "Revival and Development of the Woman Suffrage Movement in Georgia"
The Georgia Historical Quarterly, March 1959," The Last Phase of the Woman Suffrage Movement in Georgia"
The Florida Historical Quarterly, July 1957, The Woman Suffrage Movement in Florida"
Furman Studies, December 1980,"The South and Woman Suffrage: The Southern Woman as Crusader"
Missouri Historical Review, April-July 1920,"History of Woman suffrage in Missouri",
Edited by M.S. Scott
South Carolina Historical Magazine, October 1979,"South Carolina and the Enfranchisement of Women: The Later Years"
Proceedings of the 41st Annual Convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, July 1 to 6, 1909

Garden Gateways, The Garden Club of Georgia
1952-1954, Jan.-Feb. 1955, Mar.-Apr 1956, Mar-Apr 1957, Feb. 1958, May-June 1958, Feb. 1959, March 1960, Jan.-Feb. 1961, Jan.-Feb 1962, Sept-Oct 1963, Mar-Apr 1964, Mar-Apr 1965, Jan-Feb 1967, Mar-Apr 1966, Jan-Feb 1968, May-June 1969, Jan.-Feb 1970, Summer 1971, Jan-Feb 1972, Sept-Oct 1973,
Mar-Apr 1974, Sept-Oct 1975, Jan-Feb 1976, Mar-Apr 1977, Jan-Feb 1978,
May-June 1979, Jan-Feb 1980, Jan-Feb 1981, Winter 1982-83, Summer 1983, Spring 1984, Summer 1985

Box 2

Folder 1: Bill of sale Sept.12, 1913 for Taylor & Land Fine Shoes
Folder 2: Biographical
Folder 3: Columbus Centennial 1828-1928 program
Folder 4: Correspondence of Marguerite Garden Club
Folder 5: Deeds and Sales Contracts 1839-1899

April 4, 1839 D.J. Britt to S.C. Lindsay Link A
Dec. 10, 1881 A. E. Neill and G. H. Neill to Joseph Huff
Dec. 15, 1881 GH and A.E. Neill to Joseph Huff, lots 48, 33 8th district
March 21, 1883 Warranty Deed from J.B. David to O.H. Miller, lot 33,8th district
March 8, 1886 Deed of Richard E. Lindsay, exc of S C Lindsay to J.B. David, lots 28, 33
March 8, 1886 S.C. Lindsay to Mrs. A.E. Neill Link B
March 8, 1886 Warranty Deed from Joseph W. Huff to O.H. Miller, lot 33
March 5, 1889 Indenture made by Alabama E. Neil and G.H. Neil to O.H. Miller
March, 1890 Abstract of Title prepared by McCutchen & Bowden for T.Z. Miller, lot 25, 26; North Highlands Land Co to Philips to Tucker to Miller
June 15, 1899 City of Columbus seized property of Mrs. Mary B. Hill for taxes due

Folder 6: Deeds, Warranty titles 1900-1915

Jan. 15, 1900 Indenture between heirs of R.M. Harvey and Alfred E. Mitchell
January 28, 1901 Quit claim deed from city of Columbus to B.F. Harvey et al
April 20, 1901 Warranty Deed from O.H. Miller to Mary Miller (wife) lots 106, 33, 48, 278, 286
October 1903 Indenture from Montana between Wilfred E. Michell and Annie Michell of Georgia (name spelled Mitchell also)
Oct. 17, 1905 Warranty Deed from Joseph L Biggers to Lorenzo M. Biggers, lot 84. Original indenture lists date as March 30, 1893
March 7, 1907 A sworn affidavit concerning the heirs of R. M. Harvey, his brothers and sisters and Evan Harvey, both of Marion County, Georgia.
June 25, 1907 Indenture between W.E. Graddy and Home Savings Bank
September 1907 A petition of the family of W.E. Michell and Mrs. Annie Michell,
Son-in-law Lem Harvey , an application to sell and reinvest homestead of said Michells.
Dec. 14, 1909 L.G. Bowers and John Dozier Pou to H.E. Miller, lots 34, 35 of Bower Pou survey
Dec. 30, 1909 Agreement between James A. Bethune of Washington D.C. and others and Walter Miller concerning "the Bethune Tract", to rent the land.
Dec. 31, 1909 H.E. Miller purchased lots 3, 4, 5 of Bowers-Pou survey while Bowers-Pou gave to Louis Hamburger a note with mortgage on some real estate.
Jan. 1, 1910 Abstract of Title of H. E. Miller, Bower Pou survey
February 1910 FiFa Mrs. J.E. Graddy versus W.E. Graddy
June 2, 1910 Abstract of Title made for T. Z. Miller, W. E. Graddy lot, NE quarter lot 1 block 5 East Highlands
1911 Greenwood Land Company and others to Meritas Mills; Abstract of Title made for Miss Viola K. Miller
April 5, 1911 H. E. Miller , administrator of estate of Mary Miller, will sell lot 33 at auction.
April 5, 1911 Indenture between H.E. Miller and Mary Miller, Adm for Mary Miller

April 8, 1911 Abstract of Title for home place of Mrs. Mary Miller, the O.H. Miller place, lots 33 and 48 David J. Britt to S. C. Lindsay 1839, R.E. Lindsay for S.C. Lindsay to J. B. David 1881, R.E. Lindsay for S.C. Lindsay to A. E. Neill 1881,A.E. Neill and G.H. Neill to Jos. W. Huff 1881, J.B. David to O.H. Miller 1883, J.B. David to O.H. Miller 1886 (lots 48 and 33), AE and GH Neill to O.H. Miller 1887, Jos. W. Huff to O. H. Miller 1886 #33, OH Miller to Chas. Larned 1886, O.H. Miller to T.Z. Miller 1888, O. H. Miller to H.T. Calloway 1893( 48 and 49), O.H. Miller to Mary E. Miller (wife) 1901, O.H. Miller to G. W. Hamer 1895.
H.E. Miller was administrator for estate of Mary Miller.
Apr. 26, 1911 Map of O.H. Miller Place, 84.97 acres, bordering Lindsay Creek
November 16, 1911 Administrator's Deed, Indenture between H.E. Miller, adm of estate of O.H. Miller, and T. Z. Miller, lot 33
Feb. 24, 1914 Abstract of title tracing from 1856 from Seaborn Jones to B.Y. Martin to Thomas Spear,
John Grant to Sherwood C. Lindsay to Mrs. Julia Jeter, 1884. It finds that H.E. Miller has absolye fee simple title to lot 3 and west half of lot 4.
August 1914 Warranty Deed from Charles Philips to A.H Tucker, lot 25 North Highlands Land Co, 4th Ave and 30 th St.
April 1915 Warranty Deed From Charles Philips to A.H. Tucker

Folder 7: Deeds, Warranty Titles 1923-1966

June 20, 1923 T. Z. Miller and Mrs. Susan G. Slade Indenture, paid in full, lots 7,8,9
June 28, 1923 Bond for title Mrs. Susan B. Slade to T.Z. Miller, lots 7, 8, 9 of "Cooks Land"
March 12, 1929 Warranty Deed from L.G. Bowers to J.D. Thomason, subdivision property of Bowers and Hill, lots 3, 5 in block E
April 1941 Abstract of Title prepared for Miss Viola Miller
April 1944 Last will and testament of Elizabeth Angieline Miller; children Walter L .Miller, Viola Miller, Angie Mae Taylor, Jesse L. Miller and Frederick M. Miller. (2 copies)
April 5, 1949 Indenture between Woodrow C. Robinson and Miss Viola Miller
Feb. 14, 1951 Sales Contract between Viola Miller and Geo. O. Ingram
June 30, 1966 Easement for Georgia Power to Mrs. Viola Miller at 4238 Warm Springs Road

Note: These deeds convey the transfer of ownership of the Miller family property through the years. The connection to Dr. A. Elizabeth Taylor comes through on the last will and testament of Elizabeth A. Miller, whose daughter Angie Mae Taylor was Dr. Taylor's mother. ( April 1944)

Folder 8: Fertilization and diseases of lilies
Folder 9: First Annual Springer Gala Program, October 26, 1967
Folder 10: Garden Gateways, published by the Garden Club of Georgia 1941-1945
Folder 11: Georgia and Woman Suffrage, Columbus College 1983
Folder 12: Heritage Ball program, 1990, 1994
Folder 13: History of the Marguerite Garden Club 1929-1969
Folder 14: Mardi Gras Ball, St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, programs
1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999
Folder 15: Marguerite Garden Club 1978-1979
Folder 16: Marguerite Garden Club Yearbooks, 1929-1940 and 1946-1950
(her mother Mrs. Earl Taylor was a member)
Folder 17 : National Women's Party Papers: The Suffrage Years, 1913-1920
Guide to Microfilm edition, Photocopied excerpts
Folder 18: Newspaper Clippings
Folder 19: Organized Women in Mississippi: the Clash over Legal Disabilities in the 1920's
Folder 20: Photograph of Mrytle Blackman Dec. 1988
Folder 21: Rotary Club Photographs
Her father T. Earl Taylor was a member.
1. Rotary Club 1938 in front of Waverly Hotel on 13th St., labelled
2. Rotary Club 1980, labelled
3. Rotary Club 1988, labelled
Folder 22: Vest pocket Calendar 1898-99
Containing useful tables and much valuable information
Folder 23: page 9 of an unknown manuscript

Box 3

Founder's Park in the Promenade Garden Photo album
Chattahoochee Promenade Founder's Area 1988-1995 photos
Ivy Garden Club 1988- March 1991
Ivy Garden Club 1985-Dec. 1987
Ivy Garden Club Letters of Appreciation Awards 1984-1989
Ivy Garden Club Handbooks/Yearbooks 1985-1986
Ivy Garden Club " 1986-1987
Ivy Garden Club " 1987-1988
Ivy Garden Club " 1988-1989

Box 4
Magnolia District 1999-2002
Magnolia District 2003-2004
Magnolia district 2005-2006

Box 5

Ivy Garden Club 1970-1977
Marguerite Garden Club April 1934-April 1935
Rotary Club of Columbus 1986-1987

High School Yearbooks

Yearbooks housed in the Archives

Brookstone The Laureate 1969-1970
Brookstone The Laureate 1971
Columbus High School Cohiscan 1927
Columbus High School Cohiscan 1968
Columbus High School Cohiscan 1969
Columbus High School Cohiscan 1970
Columbus High School Cohiscan 1971 (belonged to Elizabeth Ann Taylor)
Hardaway High School Gold Nugget 1974 (David Taylor)
Hardaway High School Gold Nugget 1973 (David Taylor)
Hardaway High School Gold Nugget 1975 (John David Taylor)
Hardaway High School Gold Nugget 1975 (Wendy Harris)
Richards Junior High Warrior 1966 (Beth Taylor)
Richards Junior High Warrior 1967 (Beth Taylor)
Richards Junior High Warrior 1973 (Wendy Harris)

Who's Who Among American High School Students 1974-1975

Columbus Centennial Number Industrial Index April 18, 1928