Avary and Stephens family papers
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Avary and Stephens family 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: Avary family
Creator: Avary, Janie Stephens, 1868-1937
Creator: Avary, Mary Pierce, 1912-2004
Creator: Avary, Robert Lee, 1863-1939
Creator: Avary, Robert Lee, 1903-1989
Creator: Avary, Stephens Archer, 1907-1969
Creator: Stephens family
Creator: Stephens, Alexander William, 1874-1943
Creator: Stephens, Andrew Baskin
Creator: Stephens, Robert Grier, Dr., 1881-1974
Title: Avary and Stephens family papers
Dates: 1884-1966, undated
Quantity: 1.67 Linear feet (four document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS1028

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Lee Avary (1863-1939) was born in Dekalb County, Georgia. He graduated from Emory University (1886) and the University of Georgia (1890). He was admitted to the Georgia Bar Association (1890), practiced law in Atlanta, and was a teacher at Atlanta Medical College and Southern Medical College (both later Emory University). He married Janie Stephens (1868-1937), a grandniece of Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1812-1883), the vice president of the Confederacy. Robert and Janie had three children: Janie Carr Avary (1901-1903), Robert Lee Avary Jr. (1903-1989), and Stephens Archer Avary (1907-1969). Robert, Jr. served in the United States Army during World War II, practiced law in Atlanta, and married Jeanne Gerne (1926-2003). Stephens was a draftsman and married Mary Pierce (1912-2004). Both sons and their wives are buried in Decatur, Georgia. Janie S. Avary, was the sister of Alexander William Stephens (1874-1943) and Dr. Robert G. Stephens (1881-1974). Alexander never married and served as Superior Court Judge in Atlanta from 1918 to his death. Robert married Lucy Evans (1881-1962) in 1907 and had one son, Robert G. Stephens Jr. (1913-2003). Robert served as the United States representative from Georgia's Tenth Congressional district. Additional biographical information about the Stephens family has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

The papers consist of articles, advertisements, books, datebooks, legal documents, professional records, and personal correspondence of the Avary and Stephens families. There are articles from the Atlanta Journal Constitution and various magazines throughout the 1920's covering topics such as movie costumes, filet crochet, floor plans, and women's sports. Advertisements include a circular for Thomas Edison's phonograph acquired from the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, a 1950 campus map of Emory University, and a 1966 map of metropolitan Atlanta. The two books in the collection include one hymnal book published in 1884 and a photocopy of a book documenting Confederate flags from the Civil War. Personal correspondence consists of greeting cards, postcards, invitations, and letters written between family, friends, unknown persons. One letter contains a crochet pattern for a bedspread. The majority of the legal documents are that of Alexander W. Stephens' work as a judge. The financial records are Alexander's and Janie's bank ledgers, bills, and receipts. The datebooks and stenography notebook are unidentified.


Alphabetical according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Avary family--Correspondence
Banks and banking--Georgia.
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Court records--Georgia
Greeting cards.
Invitation cards--Georgia
Stephens family--Correspondence
Universities and colleges--Georgia--Atlanta

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Avary and Stephens family papers, MSS 1028, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1995

Description Control

This collection was 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.

Container List




11Advertisements, 1904 - 1966
2Articles, 1920, undated
3Books, 1884, undated
4Correspondence, 1893- 1898
5Correspondence, 1904- 1929
6Correspondence, 1930-1939



21Correspondence, 1940- 1952, undated
2Datebook, 1928
3Datebook, 1932
4Datebook, 1933
5Datebook, 1935



31Datebook, 1937
2Datebook, 1939
3Legal documents, 1888-1889
4Legal documents, 1899-1903
5Legal documents, 1904-1932



41Financial records - Alexander W. Stephens, 1925-1928, undated
2Financial records - Alexander W. Stephens, 1932-1934, undated
3Financial records - Alexander W. Stephens, 1935, undated
4Financial records - Alexander W. Stephens, 1936-1937, undated
5Financial records - Alexander W. Stephens, 1938-1940, undated
6Financial records - Alexander W. Stephens, 1951-1963, undated
7Financial records - Janie Stephens Avary, 1897- 1917, undated
8Stenographer notebook, undated