Margaret Mitchell collection, 1922-1991

Emory University

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mitchell, Margaret.
Title: Margaret Mitchell collection, 1922-1991
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 265
Extent:3.75 linear ft. (8 boxes), 7 oversized papers (OP), and AV Masters: 1 linear ft.
Abstract:Papers of Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell including correspondence, photographs, audio-visual materials, printed material, and memorabilia.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Researchers must contact MARBL in advance for access to audio-visual materials in this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Special restrictions apply: Requests to publish original Mitchell material should be directed to: GWTW Literary Rights, Suite 1580, One Georgia Center, 600 W. Peachtree St., N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30308-3603.

Related Materials in Other Repositories

Margeret Mitchell family papers, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia and Margaret Mitchell collection, Special Collections Department, Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library.


Various sources.


[after identification of item(s)], Margaret Mitchell collection, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by Kathy Shoemaker, September 2003.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell Marsh, author, was born November 8, 1900, in Atlanta, Georgia, and died there 16 August 1949, when she was struck by a taxicab. She was a feature writer and reporter for the Atlanta Journal and its Sunday Magazine (1922-1926). She married first Berrian K. Upshaw (1922), and then John R. Marsh (1925), an advertising executive. She wrote the book Gone With the Wind (1936), for which she won a Pulitzer Prize (1937). The book was made into a film (1939) which premiered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The Margaret Mitchell collection consists of the personal papers of author and journalist Margaret Mitchell and printed matter relating to her and to Gone With the Wind, both the book and the motion picture. The material, which dates from 1922-1991, includes approximately 100 letters written by Margaret Mitchell to friends and associates, including Harvey Smith, Julia Collier Harris, Julian Harris, Cary Wilmer, and Nelson Shipp. There are also photographs of Margaret Mitchell and an interview with Ralph McGill about Mitchell. The collection also includes musical adaptations of Gone With the Wind, audiovisual materials, printed material, and memorabilia relating to the motion picture.

Arrangement Note

Organized into five series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Photographs and Audiovisual materials, (3) Gone With the Wind musical materials, (4) Printed material, and (5) Memorabilia.

Description of Series