Alicia Rhett papers
Papers of Alicia Rhett, artist and actress, best known for her role as India Wilkes in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind and for her career as an artist. The collection includes materials documenting her family and family line, personal scrapbooks documenting her career, materials relating to Gone With the Wind including fan letters, photographs, clippings, published materials, and character pencil drawings. Also included are her advertising work scrapbooks, original art consisting of sketchpads, finished and partial sketches, brochure layouts and designs, and materials related to her career as a professional portraitist. There are also notebooks and daybooks, personal correspondence, and photographs that acted as reference for her career as a portrait artist. In addition, there are a few items left to her by Marguerite C. Miller, a fellow Charleston artist who left her Tradd Street house to Rhett in her will.
- approximately 1890s-2012
- Majority of material found within 1930-2012
- Rhett, Alicia, 1915-2014 (Person)
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Alicia Rhett, artist and actress, was born 1915 in Savannah, Georgia, into the prominent Rhett family of South Carolina; she died in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2014. As an actress, she was best known for her role as India Wilkes in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. After growing up in Charleston, she became involved in local theater before being invited to audition for Gone with the Wind. When filming was complete, she returned to Charleston, where she worked as an accent coach and an announcer at Charleston radio station WTMA. Her last career was as a commercial and sketch artist, illustrator, and portrait painter. Active in the United Service Organizations during World War II, she helped establish the Charleston Artists Guild in 1953. She had a keen interest in antiques, the preservation of historic buildings, and the encouragement of young artists.
39.0 linear feet (25 cartons, 10 index card boxes, 3 flat boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 portfolio)
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Papers of Alicia Rhett, artist and actress, best known for her role as India Wilkes in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind and for her career as an artist. The collection includes family and biographical material as well as materials related to her careers as both an actress and an artist.
- Biographical and family materials, approximately 1890-2009
- Acting and Gone with the Wind, 1930-1999
- Art career, 1930-2012
Materials donated 2015 by George Stevens on behalf of Coastal Community Foundation.
Published books originally with the collection have been removed and cataloged separately.
Processed by Lauren Bickel, November 2022.
- Actors -- South Carolina -- Charleston
- Artists -- South Carolina -- Charleston
- Gone with the wind (Motion picture : 1939)
- Portrait painters -- South Carolina -- Charleston
- Rhett family
- black-and-white photographs
- clippings (information artifacts)
- color photographs
- drawings (visual works)
- family papers
- papers (documents)
- Inventory of the Alicia Rhett Papers, approximately 1890s-2012
- Lauren Bickel
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