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Francis R. Goulding papers

Francis R. Goulding papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Francis R. Goulding papers
Creator: Goulding, F. R. (Francis Robert), 1810-1881
Creator: Ben Ali, active 1812-1860
Inclusive Dates: 1850-1986
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 Linear Feet 2 document boxes, 1 oversized folder, 2 artifacts
Collection Number: ms2807
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Francis Robert Goulding (1810-1881) graduated from the University of Georgia in 1830. Goulding authored the book The Young marooners on the Florida coast.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence, patent petitions, manuscripts of writings, notes, and other papers of Goulding; family correspondence; correspondence with the Georgia State Library, where Goulding's papers were previously housed, and others concerning the collection; and manuscript by Bilali (Ben Ali), an enslaved Arabic man from Sapelo Island, Ga., and correspondence, articles, and other papers relating to the manuscript.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

A facsimile of the Bilali manuscript is available for use. The original is restricted due to fragility.

Ownership and Custodial History

Transferred from Georgia State Law Library, 1992.

Preferred Citation

Francis R. Goulding papers, ms2807, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


The Francis R. Goulding Collection contains materials originally given to the Georgia State Library in 1932.

Extract from Atlanta Journal magazine, 3 July 1932, concerning the Goulding family's gifts to the State Library; the artifacts listed are also included in this collection:

The tools with which his grandfather is said to have made the first sewing machine have been loaned to the state library by Frank Goulding, of Atlanta, for exhibit with the memorial collection. These tools, a rather crude brace bit and spoke shaver, were given Mr. Goulding by his uncle, the captain (Benjamin L. Goulding). Mr. Goulding has also lent a walking stick, made of teakwood from the Himalayan Mountains and which must have belonged to Thomas Goulding... for on its silver head is engraved, 'Dr. Goulding, May, 1705.'

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 September 11.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Academic libraries -- Georgia
American literature -- Georgia.
Arabic literature -- Georgia.
Arabs -- Georgia.
Authors, American -- Georgia.
Clergy -- Georgia.
Enslaved persons -- Georgia
Georgia State Library
Goulding family
Inventions -- Georgia.
Inventors -- Georgia.
Presbyterian Church -- Clergy.
Presbyterian Church -- Georgia.
Slavery -- Georgia -- History.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Goulding Papers

11Charles Goulding's grave
13Columbia Theological Seminary, pamphlet
14Correspondence to Benjamin Lloyd Goulding, 1870
15Correspondence to Benjamin Lloyd Goulding, 1871-1874
16Correspondence to Benjamin Lloyd Goulding, 1877-1881
17Correspondence to Charles Goulding
18Correspondence to Alexander H. Stephens, Mrs. Thomas Goulding, others, 1861, 1862, 1870
19Correspondence: from Benjamin Lloyd Goulding
110Correspondence : to Francis R. Goulding
111Correspondence to Benjamin Lloyd Goulding, 1869-1887
112Correspondence to Benjamin Lloyd Goulding, 1895-1918
113Correspondence to others
114Manuscript on ants
115Notes on Instinct, Nos. 1-3
116Notes on "various Subjects", Nos. 1-3
117Patent petition for crayon holders
118Photo-Roswell home
120Sheet music, "From Greenland's Icy Mountains"
121Sheet music, "Missionary Hymn"
122State Library materials

Bilali (Ben Ali) Manuscript

21Manuscript reproduction
The original manuscript is very fragile; therefore, a reproduction is provided for research purposes.
22Slides of manuscript
23Affadavit of Benjamin L. Goulding
24Al-Ahari, Muhamad
26Correspondence: Austin, Allan
27Correspondence : Cate, Margaret
28Correspondence: Brown, Mary Jo McGee
29Correspondence : Coastal Georgia Historical Society
210Correspondence: Danner, Victor
211Correspondence : Davis, Curtis
212Correspondence: Glidden, Harold W.
213Correspondence: Herskovits, Melville
214Correspondence: Library of Congress
215Correspondence: Matthews, Charles D.
216Correspondence : Parrish, Lydia
217Correspondence : Shelby, Gertrude M.
218Correspondence : Swaney, W.B.
219Correspondence : Wetmore, Alexander; Smithsonian
220Hodgson, W.B.; paper presented to Ethnological Society, 1857
221 Journal of Negro History , 1940
222Notes on manuscript, State Librarian
223Photographs of manuscript
224Photostatic copy of manuscript
1AEnlarged photographs of manuscript


1Wooden Cane inscribed "Dr. Goulding May 1785"
2Wooden Cane, inscribed "1759-1851"
314 metal/wooden pieces used in machine (includes "brace" and "spoke shave")
32Magnifying glass
33Metal Clamps and Washer (4 items)
34Example of stitching on Goulding sewing machine