"C" is for Cleveland, Georgia Allen (1851-1914)

May 1, 2018

Credit SC Public Radio

"C" is for Cleveland, Georgia Allen (1851-1914). Writer, activist. Georgia Allen Cleveland and her husband were noted for their generosity and charity in the Spartanburg community. Both played leading roles in the founding of Converse College. She kept a diary from 1890 to 1914 in which she chronicled life as an upper class married southern white female. Because of the richness of her entries, she left a legacy of South Carolina upcountry history that documented local, state, and regional history. Her diary is a valuable record of Victorian female domesticity from the grand to the mundane. Georgia Allen Cleveland’s delight is her children, her strong Episcopal faith, and her charity to others are prominent features throughout her diary that serve to underscore her character as an authentic authoress of South Carolina history and southern womanhood.