Charles Schley Gardner papers
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Charles Schley Gardner papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Charles Schley Gardner, 1892-1950
Title: Charles Schley Gardner papers
Dates: 1894-1954, undated
Quantity: 4.0 Folders
Identification: ahc.MSS117f

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Gardner (1892-1954) was born on August 9, 1892 in Marietta, Georgia to Albert Sidney Johnson Gardner and Mary Bones Sibley. Gardner had an older brother, Jesse Jordan Gardner, and two sisters, Emma Eve Gardner, and Mary Lois Gardner. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Gardner graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1916. He served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd lieutenant in World War I. On November 30, 1930, he was appointed Major in the Coast Artillery Corps. Charles Gardner served as president of the Nine o-Clocks social club in Atlanta, Georgia from 1937-1938. He died on August 1, 1950.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence from Charles Schley Gardner, one as a young man in 1907 and fourteen from his military service in France during World War I, dated 1918-1919. In addition, Gardner’s papers include his military identification card from 1917, Red Cross Christmas seals from 1918, certificates from college and the military, and newspaper clippings that follow his later life to his death in 1950. The bulk of the collection is Gardner’s correspondence home addressed to his mother, his brother Jesse, sister Mary Lois, and friends and other relatives. The letters describe the relative peace of his camp in early 1918, and later descriptions of air wafare and trench-digging. One letter mentions the involvement of the Young Men’s Christian Association (Y.M.C.A) in maintaining morale. Another letter, dated 10 Sep 1918, includes Gardner’s personal reflections about African American soldiers. In the same letter Gardner instructs his mother on personal finance matters.

Index Terms

World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American

Administrative Information

Existence and Location of Copies

Typed transcripts for letters in folder one are contained in folder two.

Preferred Citation

Charles Schley Gardner papers, MSS 117f, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1974

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2008.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Container List




11Correspondence, 1918
2Correspondence transcriptions, undated
3Correspondence, 1907-1918
4Personal items, 1894-1954