Harry G. Lefever papers
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Harry G. Lefever papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Lefever, Harry G.
Title: Harry G. Lefever papers
Dates: 1966-2009, undated
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft. (6 document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS1011

Biographical/Historical Note

Harry Groff Lefever, born December 7, 1931, attended Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he earned an undergraduate degree in 1955. Lefever earned his Master's degree from the University of Chicago in 1962 and his Doctorate of Philosphy from Emory University in 1971. After teaching at Eastern Mennonite College for three years, he joined the Sociology Department at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1966. Lefever served as the department chair from 1975-1992. In 2003, he retired from teaching and was named Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Spelman College. He received several awards while teaching at Spelman, including the Presidential Award for Scholarly Achievement, the United Negro College Fund Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Fannie Lou Hamer Achievement Award. Lefever wrote several books related to race relations and the Civil Rights Movement, notably Undaunted by the Fight: Spelman College & the Civil Rights Movement 1957-1967 (2005) and Sacred Places: A Guide to Civil Rights Sites in Atlanta, Georgia (2008). Lefever's wife, Esther, was a district councilwoman for the Sixth District of Atlanta.

Scope and Content Note

The Harry G. Lefever papers consist primarily of records Mr. Lefever kept on neighborhoods and community organizations in Atlanta, Georgia. The papers reflect his involvement in community organizing; race relations and urban renewal; Atlanta inner-city neighborhoods and associations; and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. These files contain correspondence; articles from books, magazines, and newspapers; reports; and student papers on the relationship between the community associations and local government. There is a file on the "Atlanta Wall" scandal of 1962-1963, which includes copies of photographs, articles, and correspondence Mr. Lefever created and collected during his research. Lastly, there are eleven bound reports on neighborhood profiles and renewal plans. Of these reports, ten were created by the Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta in preparation for the 1996 Olympic Games. The other report outlines the history of ten neighborhood associations in the Neighborhood Planning Unit T.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--Race relations
Atlanta (Ga.). Bureau of Planning.
Atlanta Urban Design Commission
Bass Organization for Neighborhood Development (Atlanta, Ga.)
Bedford Pine (Atlanta, Ga.)
Cabbagetown (Atlanta, Ga.)
Candler Park (Atlanta, Ga.)
City planning--Georgia--Atlanta--Citizen participation
Community development--Georgia--Atlanta
Community organization--Citizen participation
Gladin, Collier B.
Grant Park (Atlanta, Ga.)
Homeowners--Georgia--Atlanta--Social conditions
Impact Council, Inc.
Inman Park (Atlanta, Ga.)
Inner cities--Georgia--Atlanta
Jackson, Maynard, 1938-2003
Kennedy, Paul J.
Kiepper, Alan F.
Lefever, Esther
Little Five Points (Atlanta, Ga.)
Local transit--Georgia--Atlanta
Mechanicsville (Atlanta, Ga.)
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
Reynoldstown (Atlanta, Ga.)
Thomas, Cathy, (Catherine W.)
Urban renewal--Georgia--Atlanta
Vine City (Atlanta, Ga.)
West End (Atlanta, Ga.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Harry G. Lefever papers, MSS 1011, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2009

Description Control

This collection processed in 2012


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Related Material

Harry G. Lefever photographs, VIS 203, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Container List




11Atlanta "Wall", 2002-2004, undated
2Bass Organization for Neighborhood Development, 1972-1975
3Bedford Pine/Buttermilk Bottom, 1970-2001, undated
4Beltline, 2005-2009
5Cabbagetown, 1966-2009, undated



21Cabbagetown Studies, 1969-1982 undated
2Candler Park, 1969-1977, undated
3Candler Park, 1978-2008, undated
4Candler Park MARTA Station, 1975-1978
5Candler Park NPU: Planning & Zoning, 1973-1979



31Freedom Parkway, 1978-2004
2Grady Homes, 1977-1978, undated
3Grant Park, 1970-2008, undated
4Great Park, 1977-1980, undated
5Inman Park, 1971-2008



41Little Five Points Community Pub, 1976-1985
2MARTA, 1971-1984, undated
3MARTA Relocation, 1970-1974, undated
4Reynoldstown, 1970-2009, undated



51Summerhill, 1966-2008, undated
2Vine City, 1966-2009
3West End, 1970-2009, undated



61Neighborhood Reports, 1993
2Neighborhood Reports, 1993
3Neighborhood Reports, 1993
4Neighborhood Reports, 1995-2002