A0064 – Harriet & George Seegitz Collection

A0064 – Harriet & George Seegitz Collection


Title: Harriet & George Seegitz Collection
 Date span: 1900-1942
 Physical description: 1.3 linear ft. (2 boxes)
 Language note: English



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Acquisition Information: Gift of Janet Hakala (2016.021)

Preferred Citation: Collection title including series, box, and folder numbers, Boynton Beach City Library



Historical Note: George Seegitz (c. 1882-c1966) served in the Spanish-American war c. 1900-1903. His career focused on music, musical theater, and song writing. He lived in Cleveland, Ohio and Boynton Beach, Florida. In later life, he carved in wood and plexiglass and exhibited them in his home, Casa Artistica, on SE 5th Avenue at Seacrest Avenue, Boynton Beach, Florida. George Seegitz married Harriet Dittman (1886-1965) in 1907 and came to Boynton in 1929. Harriet Seegitz belonged to many local organizations, including the Boynton Woman’s Club, Needlecraft Club, Book Club, and Garden Club.

Scope and Content Note: Chiefly George Seegitz's Spanish American war medals, and supporting documents, and Harriet Seegitz's photographs, chiefly of local clubs in the 1930s, including the needlecraft club. Also includes two stamps, the California Gold Centennial for 3 cents (worth about 45 cents in 2020), and the US 1 and a half cent with Martha Washington (worth about 20 cents in 2020).

Military decorations
Spanish-American War (1898)
Women--Societies and clubs

Custodial History: Material collected by a niece of George Seegitz, Mrs. Donald R. Smith of Delray Beach. Collection came to Boynton Beach City Library from the Boynton Beach Historical Society. Some photographs noted as being in collection are missing.
Processing Information: Collection processed in 2017 / sms
Date of Finding Aid: May 2019 / gc 


Box 1
Folder 1: 2 stamps:
        1.    California Gold Centennial 3 cents
        2.    US 1 ½ cent with Martha Washington
Folder 2: List of George Seegitz’s Spanish American war medals, n.d.
Folder 3: Sharpshooter medal with empty envelope
Folder 4: George Seegitz’s military record 1900-1903 (copy)
Folder 5: Five photos, marked as given by Mrs. Donald R. Smith, Delray Beach. Identification on separate sheet. Available for viewing at FIU's Digital Collections.
          1.    Group portrait of women with instruments, c. 1932 (A0064-001)
          2.    Garden Club, Briny Breezes, c. 1932 (A0064-002)
          3.    Needlecraft Club at Briny Breezes, 1932 (A0064-003)
          4.    George Seegitz and wife, 1942 (A0064-004)
          5.    Needlecraft Club at Boynton Casino, c. 1932 (A0064-005)
Folder 6: 
        1.    Handwritten draft of letter from Mrs. Donald Sharp to US Government Records Department requesting to have medals restored. 1972-09-18
        2.    Letter from Eleanore Shoop, Deputy Recorder of Deeds, DC, returning service discharge and military record (not included here)

Box 2
Eight medals