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Collection Abstract

This collection consists of a series of twenty-one letters to J. A. “Mother” Dyar from Margaret Mitchell, Mitchell’s husband, John Marsh, and Mitchell’s secretary Margaret E. Baugh, dating anywhere from 1936 to 1950. Most are signed by “Peggy” Mitchell, a nickname that Margaret Mitchell went by beginning in the 1920s. One letter is handwritten and includes a handwritten envelope while the others are typed. The letters, mostly the exchange of two close friends, contain content related to Mitchell’s writing of Gone With the Wind as well as mentions of the movie. Also included in the collection are printed and electronic research materials related to the Dyar family including newspaper clippings and photographs related to the letters, dating from 1921 to 2017.

Date of Gift

2020

Start Date

1921

End Date

2017

Keywords

Margaret Mitchell, Margaret Mitchell Letters, American authors, Laura Dorough Dyar, J. A. Dyar, Mother Dyar, Dyar letters, Royston, Georgia

Disciplines

History | Modern Literature

Scope of Collection

1 box (0.25 linear feet) and 1.83 GB of electronic files

Gift of Ken Dyar and Rachel Rhodes-Dyar, 2020.

Margaret Mitchell Letters to J. A. Dyar

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