Norma K. and Edwin J. Seiferle papers
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Norma K. and Edwin J. Seiferle 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: Seiferle, Edwin J., 1912-1995
Creator: Seiferle, Norma K., 1910-1993
Title: Norma K. and Edwin J. Seiferle papers
Dates: 1867-1989, undated
Quantity: 10.59 linear ft. (twenty-two document cases and one oversize box)
Identification: ahc.MSS1050

Biographical/Historical Note

Edwin J. Seiferle (1912-1995), chemist, was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1912 and graduated with a doctorate of philosophy in chemistry from Iowa State University in 1940. Seiferle met Norma Kelton at Iowa State and they married in 1936. Norma K. Sieferle (1910-1993), botanist, was born in Brookings, South Dakota in 1910 and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in botany from South Dakota State University in 1933. She earned a master of science degree in botany from Iowa State University in 1937. The Seiferles settled in Atlanta, Georgia in 1958 where Edwin worked in research and development for Tennessee Corporation which merged into Cities Service in 1963. Edwin retired in 1974. Together the Seiferles became well known conservationists and served as consultants to the Georgia state officials and the United States Forest Service, for park and wilderness development and protection.

Edwin served as president of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club and was a founding member of the Georgia Conservancy. He was involved in several conservation efforts for Georgia, including fighting a proposal to extend the Blue Ridge Parkway into Georgia, protecting the Appalachian Trail from development, and opposing phosphate mining along the Georgia coast. The Conservancy was instrumental in the purchase and protection of Panola Mountain before it became a state park. Edwin founded and served as president of the Highpoint Civic Association for twelve years where he helped voice neighborhood concerns over highway development in north Fulton county.

Norma was appointed second president of the Georgia Botanical Society in 1962 and was involved in many conservation projects concerning the Georgia mountains and the Chattahoochee River. She completed extensive surveys of native flora for the state and was active in protection of endangered and threatened plant species. She was an environmental consultant to the IBM corporation to assist with developing their regional headquarters. She also served as grounds chairman (1975-1986) for design and restoration of the gardens and grounds of the Tullie Smith House of the Atlanta History Center. In 1965 Norma rescued a previously unknown native azalea, Rhododendron speciosum Chattahoochee (Chattahoochee Azalea), from the western part of Fulton County, in an area that later became part of the Fulton County Industrial District and registered it with the American Rhododendron Society in 1982. Norma Seiferle died in 1993 and Edwin Seiferle died in 1995.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains articles, memoranda, and correspondence relating to professional and civic organizations with which the Seiferles were involved. Among those organizations are the Atlanta Historical Society, the Georgia Conservancy, the Georgia Botanical Society, and the Highpoint Civic Association. The collection also contains personal correspondence, coursework, family history, environmental studies, and travel interests. Material highlights a wide range of topics such as wildlowers, native plants, national parks, conservation, ecology, and botany.


Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series: I. Personal and professional papers and II. Civic papers. Each series is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.


Index Terms

Appalachian Trail
Atlanta Historical Society
Botanists--Georgia
Botany--Georgia
Bushnell family
Chemists--Georgia
Conservationists--Georgia
Endangered plants
Endemic plants
Environmentalists--Georgia
Express highways--Georgia--Atlanta
Gardening--Southern States
Gardens--Conservation and restoration--Georgia
Georgia Appalachian Trail Club.
Georgia Botanical Society
Georgia Conservancy.
HIghpoint Civic Association (Atlanta, Ga.)
Kelton family
Mellinger, Marie, 1914-2006
Mines and mineral resources--Georgia
Mountains--Georgia
National Parks and Reserves
Parks
Seiferle family
Seiferle, Edwin J., 1912-1995
Seiferle, Norma K., 1910-1993
Trees
Tullie Smith House (Atlanta, Ga.)
Weeds
Wild flowers
Wild flowers--Identification
Wilderness Areas--Southeastern States

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Norma K. and Edwin J. Seiferle papers, MSS 1050, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1993 with a subsequent addition

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2014.


Restrictions

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

 

Series I. Personal and professional papers, 1867-1995, undated

(ten document cases)
This series contains personal documents such as family genealogy research, personal correspondence, sightseeing brochures, coursework material, Edwin's professional papers, and topics of personal interest such as plants, pollution, and parks. The Seiferle's travel histories are also included in this series.

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11American Rhododendron Society plant registry, Norma's azalea, 1982
2Brochures, Atlanta concerts and theater, 1958-1988, undated
3Brochures, Atlanta festivals, 1959-1988, undated
4Brochures, Atlanta maps, 1961-1967, undated
5Brochures, Atlanta museums, 1967-1982, undated
6Brochures, Callaway Gardens and Pine Mountain, Georgia, 1981-1985, undated
7Brochures, Chattahoochee National Forest, undated
8Brochures, Coastal Georgia, 1969-1981, undated
9Brochures, Georgia, general, 1963-1981, undated

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21Brochures, Georgia, sites, 1964-1981, undated
2Brochures, Georgia State Parks, 1980, undated
3Brochures, North Georgia mountains, 1963-1970, undated
4Brochures, Northeastern United States, 1964-1977
5Brochures, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, 1979-1981, undated
6Brochures, Savannah, Georgia, 1976-1981, undated
7Brochures, Southeastern United States, 1964-1984, undated
8Brochures, Stone Mountain, Georgia, undated
9Brochures, Thomasville, Georgia, 1981-1982
10Clippings, 1960-1986, undated
11Correspondence, 1964-1986

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31Coursework, Edwin, Advanced Plant Chemistry, undated
2Coursework, Edwin, Animal Ecology, 1939
3Coursework, Edwin, Animal Evolution, undated
4Coursework, Edwin, Applied Entomology, 1938
5Coursework, Edwin, Biochemical Aspects of Evolution, 1939, undated
6Coursework, Edwin, Entomology, 1936
7Coursework, Edwin, General Animal Physiology, 1938
8Coursework, Edwin, General Physiology, 1937
9Coursework, Edwin, General Zoology, 1936
10Coursework, Edwin, Hydrogen Ion Concentration of Insects research, 1940
11Coursework, Edwin, Insect Morphology, 1936

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41Coursework, Edwin, Insect Physiology, 1937
2Coursework, Edwin, Insect Toxicology, undated
3Coursework, Edwin, Insect Wing Venation diagrams, undated
4Coursework, Edwin, Levulose research, 1931-1933, undated
5Coursework, Edwin, Literature of Zoology and Entomology, 1939-1940
6Coursework, Edwin, Physiology, 1936
7Coursework, Edwin, Reports, 1939, undated
8Coursework, Norma, Experimental Design, 1939-1940
9Coursework, Norma, Pennsylvania Fungi, undated
10Coursework, Norma, Readings in General Mycology, undated

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51Coursework, Norma, Seeds, Bureau of Plant Industry, 1934-1935, undated
2Coursework, Norma, Subdivision Fungi, Key to the Classes, undated
3Coursework, Norma, Supplementary Key to the Main Groups of the More Conspicuous Fungi, undated
4Family, Bushnell, 1941, undated
5Family, Bushnell, 1939-1951, undated
6Family, Bushnell-Kelton, 1939-1969, undated
7Family, Evenson, A. Duane, 1983
8Family, Kelton, 1941-1952, undated
9Family, Kelton, John R., certificates, 1919-1970, undated

Location

MSS OS Box 2.320.1Family, Kelton, John R., certificates, 1902-1965

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510Family, Kelton, Maud B., certificates, 1941-1964
11Family, Kelton, Maud B. and John R., 1934-1971, undated

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61Family, letter and book, Aus Kirche und Welf (German), 1867-1873
2Family, Roe, Emma Seiferle, 1936-1963, undated
3Family, Seiferle, Edwin J., certificates, 1936-1983
4Family, Seiferle, Eleanor K. and Edwin A., 1961-1966
5Family, Seiferle, Mary Barbara, 1895-1955, undated
6Family, Seiferle, Mary Gertrude and Martin Albert, 1913-1963, undated
7Family, Seiferle, Norma K., 1956-1988

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71Georgia road maps, 1976-1982
2Graduate research correspondence, Edwin, 1934-1940
3Hiking equipment and food lists, 1944-1968, undated

Location

MSS OS Box 2.320.1Map, Edwin, faunal zones, undated

Location

MSS OS Box 2.320.1Maps, Tallulah Gorge, 1976

Location

MSS OS Box 2.320.1Maps, topographical, 1938-1977, undated

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74Parks, Alabama, 1982, undated
5Parks, Maine, approximately 1930s
6Parks, National, 1966-1977
7Parks, New Jersey, 1946-1952, undated
8Parks, New York, 1938-1952
9Parks, Pennsylvania, 1939-1950, undated
10Parks, Vermont, 1953, undated
11Parks, Wisconsin, 1966-1972
12Professional, Edwin, Durez Plastics & Chemicals; Hooker Electrochemical Company, Tennessee Corporation, 1952-1958
13Professional, Edwin, Family Lines System, muriatic acid plant correspondence, 1980

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81Professional, Edwin, General Chemical Company, 1932-1937
2Professional, Edwin, Jones-Hamilton Company, muriatic acid study, 1980
3Professional, Edwin, Jones-Hamilton Company, muriatic acid study, 1980
4Professional, Edwin, Jones-Hamilton Company, muriatic acid study, 1980
5Professional, Edwin, Post doctorate research fellow, General Aniline and Film Corporation, 1943-1947
6Professional, Edwin, resume, approximately 1975
7Professional, Edwin, Tennessee Corporation, 1968-1968
8Studies, American Indians, 1969-1971
9Studies, Atlanta, urban beautification and preservation, 1966, undated
10Studies, azaleas and rhododendrons, 1966-1971, undated
11Studies, biology, 1963-1986, undated
12Studies, birds, 1936-1942, undated
13Studies, books, 1969-1986, undated
14Studies, botanical illustrations, 1970

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91Studies, The Chemistry of Eight-Membered Carbocycles, 1951
2Studies, Colour Terminology in Biology, 1943
3Studies, endangered species, 1976
4Studies, gardening and horticulture, 1951-1988, undated
5Studies, government, 1945-1972
6Studies, mushrooms, undated
7Studies, native plants, 1971-1985, undated
8Studies, Noxious Weeds, bulletins nos. 65, 81, 1935-1938
9Studies, people, 1963-1975, undated
10Studies, plant classification, undated
11Studies, plant surveys, 1971-1973, undated
12Studies, pollution, 1964-1970, undated
13Studies, A Preliminary and Artificial Key to the Pilgrimage Wildflowers, undated
14Studies, preservation efforts outside of Georgia, 1966-1969
15Studies, rivers, 1966-1970
16Studies, seeds, 1982-1983, undated
17Studies, trees, 1952-1972, undated
18Studies, water, 1964-1970
19Studies, wilderness, 1966-1967
20Studies, wildfires, 1967-1968

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101Studies, wildflowers, 1957-1975, undated
2Travel, Alaska, 1982
3Travel, Australia, New Zealand, 1986
4Travel, Canada, 1979
5Travel, England and Wales, 1977-1978
6Travel, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, 1978
7Travel, Kenya, 1988
8Writings, Edwin, A Chemical Investigation of American Veratrum, thesis, 1940
9Writings, Edwin, Chemical Structure and Insecticidal Efficiency, undated
10Writings, Edwin, Insecticides Derived from Plants, undated
11Writings, Edwin, Insecticides Derived from Plants, oral paper, undated
12Writings, Edwin, Insecticides Derived from Plants, published, 1948
13Writings, Edwin, Naturally Occurring Nitrogen containing Gylcosides, 1938
14Writings, Norma, Endangered Plant Species, approximately 1970s
15Writings, Norma, The Joys of a Woodland Walk, undated
16Writings, Norma, A Possible Modification in Purity Analyses of Orchard Grass, 1937
 

Series II. Civic papers, 1920-1995, undated

(twelve document cases)
This series contains materials that highlight the organizations, clubs, parks, and societies that the Seiferles supported. Also a part of the series contains documents that detail legislation with which the Seiferles were involved.

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111American Horticultural Society, 1977-1982
2Appalachian Trail Conference, 1942-1975
3Appalachian Trail Conference, Guide to the Appalachian Trail in the Southern Appalachians, 1960
4Appalachian Trail Conference, Unity meetings, 1977-1978
5Appalachian Trail hiking and maps, 1938-1974, undated
6Appalachian Trail Project Office, endangered and threatened plant species, 1971-1978

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121Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1978-1988, undated
2Atlanta Historical Society, brochures, events, 1985, undated
3Atlanta Historical Society, horticulturist position, 1980-1984, undated
4Atlanta Historical Society, Land of Our Own exhibit, 1981-1983
5Atlanta Historical Society, Mary Howard Gilbert Memorial Quarry Garden, undated
6Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, ABC's of Gardening seminar fundraiser, 1978-1980
7Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, barn, 1985-1986, undated
8Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, books and resources, 1979, undated
9Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, Christmas and Candlelight programs, 1973-1980, undated
10Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, clippings, 1972-1985
11Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, correspondence, 1977-1985, undated
12Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, creekside repairs, 1981-1982
13Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, Denver Botanical Garden tour, 1983-1984
14Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, executive committee correspondence and minutes, 1986-1987
15Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, financial, 1973-1982, undated
16Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, grounds committee, 1974-1981, undated
17Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, history, 1972-1986, undated
18Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, long range plan, 1980-1984

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131Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, notes, 1975-1984, undated
2Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, parking area, 1981-1983
3Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, plant lists, 1972-1985, undated
4Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, plant orders and suppliers, 1973-1983
5Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, stationery, undated
6Atlanta Historical Society, Tullie Smith House restoration, vegetable garden, 1974-1986
7Atlanta Outdoor Activity Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 1975-1976
8Benton MacKaye Trail Association, 1980
9Black Rock Mountain State Park, Rabun County, Georgia, undated
10Blue Ridge Parkway Extension opposition, multiple organizations, 1961-1971
11Blue Ridge Parkway Extension opposition, multiple organizations, 1972

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141Blue Ridge Parkway Extension opposition, multiple organizations, 1973-1977
2Cohutta Mountains Unit wilderness preservation, 1959-1971
3Cohutta Mountains Unit wilderness preservation, 1972-1974
4Cooper Creek Scenic Area, Union county, Georgia, 1960-1962
5Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia, 1966-1971, undated
6Eastern Tree Seed Laboratory, Macon, Georgia, 1968
7Environmental organizations, 1935-1976, undated
8Fernbank Forest and Science Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 1964-1966
9Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, 1958-1967
10Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, 1968-1976, undated
11Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, Conservation Committee, 1966-1973
12Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, constitution and by-laws, 1958-1980

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151Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, National Trails System Act, 1965-1968
2Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, Smoky Mountain Wilderness Act, 1962-1969, undated
3Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, yearbooks, 1979-1985
4Georgia Botanical Society, Brasstown Bald Forest Highway project, 1970-1972
5Georgia Botanical Society, Chattahoochee National Forest biological survey, 1969-1971, undated
6Georgia Botanical Society, Chattahoochee National Forest biological survey, 1969-1971, undated
7Georgia Botanical Society, Chattahoochee River, 1964-1970
8Georgia Botanical Society, Chattahoochee River, 1971-1979, undated

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161Georgia Botanical Society, conservation projects, 1964-1969
2Georgia Botanical Society, conservation projects, 1970-1974
3Georgia Botanical Society, constitution and by-laws, 1966-1978, undated
4Georgia Botanical Society, correspondence, 1966-1974
5Georgia Botanical Society, financial, 1964-1982
6Georgia Botanical Society, Georgia Mountains Coalition, botanical importance map, 1972
7Georgia Botanical Society, Governor's Mansion, Heritage Garden, 1968-1975
8Georgia Botanical Society, Great Smoky Mountains National Park wilderness hearings, 1966-1969, undated
9Georgia Botanical Society, history, 1963-1972, undated
10Georgia Botanical Society, Lake Allatoona and Shoal Creek, 1969-1973
11Georgia Botanical Society, Marie Mellinger, 1969-1975

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171Georgia Botanical Society, membership, 1964-1972, undated
2Georgia Botanical Society, newsletters, 1976-1977
3Georgia Botanical Society, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Georgia, wilderness proposals, 1967-1969, undated
4Georgia Botanical Society, plant lists and botany trip surveys, 1964-1979, undated
5Georgia Botanical Society, State Parks Advisory committee, 1965-1966, undated
6Georgia Botanical Garden, stationery, undated
7Georgia Botanical Society, yearbooks, 1957-1958
8Georgia Conservancy, Board of Trustees, 1967-1972, undated
9Georgia Conservancy, by-laws and charter, 1967, undated
10Georgia Conservancy, conferences, 1967-1974
11Georgia Conservancy, conferences, 1975-1977
12Georgia Conservancy, conservation projects, 1967-1969
13Georgia Conservancy, education committee, undated
14Georgia Conservancy, executive committee, 1968-1969

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181Georgia Conservancy, field trips, 1967-1968
2Georgia Conservancy, field trips, 1969
3Georgia Conservancy, field trips, 1971
4Georgia Conservancy, GA 400 extension to North Georgia, 1975-1976
5Georgia Conservancy, history, 1967
6Georgia Conservancy, membership, 1967-1968, undated
7Georgia Conservancy, newsletters, 1967-1968
8Georgia Conservancy, newsletters, 1969-1984
9Georgia Conservancy, Panola Mountain State Park, 1967-1974, undated
10Georgia Conservancy, phosphate mining, Georgia coast, 1968

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191Georgia Conservancy, policy committee, 1968
2Georgia Conservancy, policy committee, 1969
3Georgia county list of natural areas and contacts, undated
4Georgia Forest Research Council, 1966-1968
5Georgia Highlands Optimum Plan, 1975, undated
6Georgia Historical Commission, 1967, undated
7Georgia Horticultural Society, 1979-1988, undated
8 Georgia State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 1972: Narrative Plan, draft, 1972
9Georgia State Parks, 1967-1969, undated
10Girl Scouts, Greater Atlanta and Northwest Councils, 1960-1967

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201Goals for Georgia, Wildlife Resources committee, 1971
2Great Smoky Mountains National Park, environmental assessment for the general management plan, 1976
3Great Smoky Mountains National Park, environmental assessment for the general management plan, 1977
4Highpoint Civic Association, 1976
5Highpoint Civic Association, 1977
6Highpoint Civic Association, 1978
7Highpoint Civic Association, 1979
8Highpoint Civic Association, 1980
9Highpoint Civic Association, Annual Review: 1979, Comprehensive Plan, Fulton County, 1979

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211Highpoint Civic Association, Comprehensive Plan, Fulton 2010, 1988
2Highpoint Civic Association, Draft Environmental Impact Statement, GA 400 Extension, Volume 1, 1986
3Highpoint Civic Association, GA 400 extension project, 1986
4Highpoint Civic Association, Neighborhood Buyouts, 1986
5Highpoint Civic Association, North Atlanta Tollway, 1972-1975
6Highpoint Civic Association, Sewer Regulations of 1980, Fulton County, revised, 1983
7Highpoint Civic Association, Staff Recommendations Report, Regional Development Plan, 1975
8Highpoint Civic Association, stationery, undated
9Highpoint Civic Association, Subdivision Regulations 1986, revised, 1986
10Highpoint Civic Association, Zoning Resolution, Fulton County, 1986-1987

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221Lake Sidney Lanier, Georgia, 1965-1974
2North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1968, undated
3Pine Log Mountain, Canton, Georgia, 1972-1973
4Pine Mountain, Georgia, Check-list of Vascular Flora, approximately 1970s
5Protection of Endangered, Threatened, Rare, or Unusual Species rules and regulations, 1974-1976, undated
6Rabun County, Georgia, 1964-1975, undated
7Rare and Endangered Vascular Plants of Georgia list, 1973
8Simpson Woods, Norcross, Georgia, plant surveys, 1979
9Soil Conservation Society of America, Georgia Chapter, 1970-1974
10Soil Conservation Society of America, Georgia Chapter, land use seminar, 1974
11State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1975-1985, undated
12Stone Mountain Memorial Park, Stone Mountain, Georgia, 1955-1966
13Sweetwater Creek, Douglas County, Georgia, 1965-1968
14Tallulah Gorge, Georgia Power Company study, 1976
15United States Forest Service, Communications with the Public, Edwin Seiferle lecture, 1975
16Wildflower Preservation Act, 1973
17Windsor-Dunwoody Civic Committee, 1971-1973