Jekyll Island Museum Archives

Founded in 1954, the Jekyll Island Museum is the steward of Jekyll Island's past. The mission of the Jekyll Island Museum is to protect all of the cultural resources of Jekyll Island and to preserve them to the highest standards possible, allowing for an engaging and enriching experience for the citizens of Georgia and beyond. The Jekyll Island Museum manages a collection of approximately 3,000 historic books and reference materials, 5,000 archival documents, 10,000 artifacts, and 20,000 images.

Friends of Historic Jekyll Island records
Friends of Historic Jekyll Island records
This collection contains the Friends of Historic Jekyll Presidents’ Books, which include operational records (meeting agendas, minutes, financial records, and other reports). The collection also retains documentation of projects undertaken by the organization: renovations of historic structures (duBignon Cottage, Hollybourne Porch, etc.), fundraising ventures (such as Dinner at the Club and Annual Auction), and educational efforts (newsletters and journals, trips, programs). It also includes Foundational documents (incorporation certificates, by-laws, etc.)
Jekyll Island Authority board minutes
Jekyll Island Authority board minutes
This collection contains board minutes of the Jekyll Island State Park Authority board meetings. This collection begins in 1950, at the boards inception and continues through present day. Please note the two most recent years of board minutes are held on the Authority website, until they are transferred to the archives.
Jekyll Island residential lease collection
Jekyll Island residential lease collection
This collection contains paper materials that cover the original leases issued to build homes on Jekyll Island during the early state era.
Jim Broadwell collection
Jim Broadwell collection
This collection contains the personal project files of Jim Broadwell, relating to the projects he worked on during his tenure as Project Manager of the Jekyll Island Authority.
June Hall & William B. McCash research papers
June Hall & William B. McCash research papers
This collection is the culmination of research by June Hall & William B. McCash resulting in two books relevant to the Jekyll Island Club Era, entitled The Jekyll Island Club and The Jekyll Island Cottage Colony.
Kate Brown Letters
Kate Brown Letters
This collection includes materials relevant to Kate Brown’s time as a tutor and social secretary for the Macy family at Jekyll Island. These materials include copies of Kate’s letters and other paper documents significant to the collection.
Kenneth B. Hard collection
Kenneth B. Hard collection
This collection contains materials relevant to the Jekyll Island Club as well as the state era. These materials include hand-colored postcards, photographs, negatives, CDs, letters, and other paper materials.
Robert E. Charlesworth collection
Robert E. Charlesworth collection
This collection consists of materials donated by the son of engineer H.P. Charlesworth and relevant to the first transcontinental telephone call that took place on Jekyll Island in 1915. These materials include photographs, a telephone set, telephone equipment, and other paper materials.
Roger K. Beedle collection
Roger K. Beedle collection
Roger K. Beedle, a retired engineer, was of assistance to the Jekyll Island Authority predominantly through the years of 1968-1978. Under his direction, a number of the island’s historic buildings were returned to active use. Beedle oversaw the Jekyll Island Authority’s efforts to maintain the buildings, documenting them as they were at that time, as well as recording the many changes accomplished during his ten-year involvement. This collection contains materials relevant to Roger K. Beedle’s work assisting the Jekyll Island Authority. These materials include photographs, correspondence, brochures and pamphlets, and blueprints documenting Beedle’s restoration and maintenance of Jekyll Island’s historic buildings.
Ronnie Smith papers
Ronnie Smith papers
These papers are the accumulation of Ronnie Smith's years as Director of Facilities Division within the Jekyll Island Authority.