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McRitchie-Hollis family papers

 Collection
Identifier: NC-0001

Scope and Contents

The collection includes family papers of the McRitchie and Hollis families of Newnan, Georgia, including correspondence, business agreements, wills and estate planning documents, genealogical documents, and other materials.

Dates

  • 1707-1997 [bulk 1882-1974]

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open to all users.

Biographical / Historical

The McRitchie and Hollis families have played a significant historical role in the city of Newnan, Georgia.

Thomas McRitchie, son of David and Margaret Barrie McRitchie, married Elizabeth Deuchars in 1858. In 1866, they sailed from Liverpool to New Orleans with their three children, Margaret, Jean, and Thomas Berry McRitchie. After Elizabeth’s death, the children went with their great aunt to Newnan. Thomas Berry McRitchie later married Annie Elizabeth Askew, and they had four children, including Janet Howell, who married Edgar Baldwin Hollis, and Thomas Berry, Jr., who married Michigan native Phyllis Barabe.

Born in 1900 to Thomas Baldwin Hollis, Edgar Baldwin Hollis was appointed to the Newnan Water and Light Commission’s board of commissioners in 1947, serving until 1971. He and Janet Howell McRitchie had one son, Edgar B. Hollis, Jr., born on March 7, 1928. After attending Newnan High School, Hollis, Jr. received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emory University, then relocated to Washington, D.C., where he worked for the federal government for his entire career. He visited Newnan at least once per month while living in Washington, D.C. Edgar B. Hollis, Jr., died on June 17, 2006.

Extent

3.57 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Overview

Family papers of the McRitchie and Hollis families of Newnan, Georgia, including correspondence, business agreements, wills and estate planning documents, genealogical documents, and other materials.

Physical Location

Located at the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society in Newnan, Georgia. Please contact the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society for instructions on use.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Dr. Michael Camp in October 2019 as part of the Community Archives program at the University of West Georgia Ingram Library Special Collections.

Processing Information

In June 2019, University of West Georgia Ingram Library Special Collections and the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society executed a Memorandum of Agreement under which Special Collections would assess and prioritize processing of archival collections held by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, assess preservation needs, and arrange and describe archival materials, thereby making them more publicly accessible. Work on this project was conducted under the leadership of Dr. Michael Camp starting in August 2019.

Processing Information

Funding to support this project was generously provided by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) and the Board of Directors of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.
Title
McRitchie-Hollis family papers
Status
Completed
Author
Michael Camp
Date
2019
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Repository

Contact:
McRitchie-Hollis Museum
74 Jackson Street
Newnan GA 30263 USA
770-2510207