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Guinn family papers and photographs

Guinn family papers and photographs

Descriptive Summary

Title: Guinn family papers and photographs
Creator: Guinn, Austin Edgar, 1888-1945
Inclusive Dates: 1869-1959
Language(s): English
Extent: 4.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes, one oversized box)
Collection Number: ms4029
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Austin Edgar Guinn (1888-1945) was a Navy photographer and egg farmer from Butler, Georgia. Mr. Guinn served in the U.S. Navy from 1909-1922, first as a baker, then ship steward, and finally as a chief photographer. Always fascinated with photography, he served as ship's photographer on the USS Dixie and USS Shawmut before attending Navy Photography School in 1920. After leaving the Navy he purchased an old farm in Bulter and became a self-taught egg farmer, though the banks he tried to get initial loans from insisted he grow cotton. His Peach Valley Egg Farm produced a White Leghorn hen named Miss Peach Valley who broke the 300 egg per year record, and set A.E. Guinn on his way to numerous awards and positions held within several Georgia poultry associations.

Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs and documents regarding Austin E. Guinn's activities as a US Navy steward and photographer from 1909-1922, and as an egg farmer in Butler, Georgia from 1923 until his death in 1945. Included are photographs of events in the Mexican War, Navy ships in ports in the Caribbean and in World War I Atlantic convoys, Washington DC monuments seen from the air, photographs of Woodrow Wilson, General Pershing and Marshall Foch, aerial photos of the Billy Mitchell ship bombing tests, Glenn Curtiss' first seaplane, as well as various other airships in development by the Navy. There are also many pictures depicting life on the Peach Valley Egg Farm, including legal documents and genealogical information about the Guinn family and the egg farm.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Guinn family papers and photographs, ms4029, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Aerial photographs.
Agriculture -- Georgia -- Photographs.
Airplanes -- Photographs.
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930
Generals -- United States -- Photographs.
Guinn family
Historic sites -- Washington (D.C.)
Mitchell, William, 1879-1936
Naval aviation -- Training.
Naval maneuvers.
Pershing, John Joseph, 1860-1948
Poultry farms -- Georgia.
Presidents -- United States -- Photographs.
Sailors -- United States.
United States -- Navy -- Photographers.
United States. Navy
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924
World War, 1914-1918 -- Photographs.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Family

11Austin Edgar Guinn - photographs
12Guinn family photographs
14Legal documents, 1875-1913
18San Francisco earthquake postcards
21Snapshots - family photograph album
22Family photograph album
23Postcard album
4A.E. Guinn, Jr. large format photograph
39Guinn family photographs
314WWII ration coupons

2. Navy

19-10A.E. Guinn Navy records
111Woodrow Wilson photographs
112Glenn Curtiss hydroplane photographs
113General Pershing, Marshal Foch photographs
114Billy Mitchell bombing tests photographs, 1925
115Ships - 6x8 photographs
116Airplanes, balloons - 6x8 photographs
117General - 6x8 photographs
118General - small format photographs
119General - postcard format photographs
120Navy Photographic Services
121WWI battlefield photographs
122Mounted photographs
123Scenic photographs
24-5Navy photograph album
26Washington DC photograph album
27Log book - US Navy and Peach Valley Egg Farm
31Photograph album with clippings
32Souvenir cards - photograph album
33Photographic training notebook, circa 1920
34Eastman professional films catalog
35-7Negative album
4Washington DC large format photographs
4Large format Navy photographs

3. Farming

126Legal correspondence, 1888-1959
127Land deeds, 1869-1959
128Title and mortgages, 1887-1923
129Deeds - farm stock and equipment, 1884-1935
130FCA crop loans, 1934-1935
131Farm receipts
132Plats, 1959
133Checks and statements
134Farm record book
4A.E Guinn and chickens - mounted photograph
4Taylor County Turns Back the Clock, 1976
313Printed materials