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Isaac F. Arnow papers and historical manuscripts

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-003

Scope and Contents

This collection is based upon the records created and collected by Isaac F. Arnow. The collection contains St. Marys tax surveys, the enlistment roster for the Camden County Minute Men (a Civil War era military unit), undated tax records, St. Marys Board of Education Minutes, correspondence, and descriptive essays.


  • 1860-1947, bulk 1926-1944

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to research.

Biographical / Historical

Isaac Arnow, a native of St. Marys, Georgia was considered an authority on local historical data and hundreds of people called on him each year for information concerning family histories and land transactions in the area. Through his knowledge of land dealings over the years, he served as real estate agent, handling a majority of property transactions in St. Marys and Camden County.

He served as postmaster for 15 years and held numerous other political positions in St. Marys and Camden County. Isaac Arnow was a County Commissioner, City Councilman, member of the City and County Tax Equalization Board and County Treasurer. He was the oldest member of the St. Marys Methodist Church and served as a Steward and official of the church for many years.

Mr. Arnow recorded his vast knowledge of St. Marys in booklet form and The Tribune re-printed it during the early 1950s in weekly installments entitled “History of St. Marys and Camden County”.

He was married to Annie Mongin Arnow. They had four daughters. Isaac Arnow died in April of 1957 at the age of 87 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys, Georgia.


1 Linear Feet (2 archival boxes) : Text documents, handwritten and typed

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Found in collection.

It is belived that these materials came into the archive via several members of the Camden County Historical Commission who worked with or were directly related to Issac F. Arnow.

Related Materials

Given the lack of provenance, there are many research notes, manuscript drafts, and letters helped throughout the archive. Noteably in the Camden County history files, but perhaps also in the Arnow and other family history files.

Processing Information

This material in this collection was found in several distinct locations throughout the archive, filed awy based upon subject matter. Most of the Arnow records have been re-united in order to form this collection.

There are several subject-based writings which are still located in the subject-based Camden County History Files. In most cases those files are duplicates of material in this collection. Subsequent processing should consider noting the locations of these additional materials.

Guide to Isaac F. Arnow papers and historical manuscripts
In Progress
Harris, Harland
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bryan-Lang Archives Repository

P. O. Box 715
311 Camden Ave.
Woodbine Georgia 31569 United States