James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Peters, Edward C., d. 1937
Peters, Lucille Kuhrt
Peters, Richard, 1810-1889
|Title: ||Peters Family Papers|
|Dates: ||1848-1965, undated|
1.0 linear ft.
(3 document cases)
Richard Peters (1810–1889) was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, now part of Philadelphia. After serving an apprenticeship with architect William Strickland, Richard was offered a position by John Edgar Thomson on the Georgia Railroad as an assistant engineer in 1835. He first visited Atlanta (then called Marthasville) in 1844 and moved there permanently in 1846. In Atlanta, Peters was involved in railroad construction and management and real estate investment.
Richard Peters married Mary Jane Thompson in 1848 and purchased 405 acres in what later became Midtown, Atlanta. He was an avid live stock breeder and horticulturist and established a nursery in Atlanta in 1854. In 1871, he founded the Atlanta Street Railway Company, with George Adair, which built the first steet railway in Atlanta. After the Kimball House was destroyed by fire, Peters lead the efforts to rebuild it and at the same time, began to subdivide his north Atlanta land. In 1887, he donated four acres of land to help found Georgia Institute of Technology. Upon his death in 1889, his son Edward C. Peters became trustee of the Peters estate. Edward was a civic and business leader, and in 1890 he formed the Peters Land Company. He is primarily associated with the proposed development, Peter's Park. After Edward's death in 1937 the family home passed on to his son Wimberly, and then to Wimberly's wife, Lucille, who lived in the house until her death in 1970.
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains correspondence, bank books, receipts, advertisements, and legal documents from Richard Peters and members of his family. Most of the collection consists of receipts and vouchers of Richard Peters’ Estate. There are also substantial records of Richard’s agricultural work in raising and selling livestock. Other materials include letters between the family members, legal documents on land sales, pamphlets on the Butterfly Club, an insurance card, and advertisements for printers and clothiers.
Collection arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.
Peters Family Papers, MSS 169, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Estate of Lucille Kuhrt Peters, 1971 (1971.108)
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.
All visual arts materials have been separated from the collection and are unprocessed. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.
|1||1||Account book, Atlanta National Bank and Trader's Bank, Estate of Richard Peters, 1889|
|2||Book, agriculture business notes, 1848|
|3||Booklet, certificates of transfer of livestock, 1884-1885|
|4||Breeding and pedigree records of livestock, 1879-1887|
|5||Check receipt books, Atlanta National Bank, Estate of Richard Peters, May 1889-April 1890|
|6||Correspondence, agriculture business, 1859-1870|
|2||1||Correspondence, family, 1904-1965|
|2||Legal documents, 1879-1881|
|3||Miscellaneous items, Lucille Kuhrt Peters, undated|
|4||Newspaper clippings, Lucille Kuhrt Peters, 1925-1965|
|5||Pamphlets, angora goats, 1880-1882, undated, 1925-1965|
|6||Receipts and vouchers, Richard Peters' Estate, checks 1-79, February 1889-April 1889|
|7||Receipts and vouchers, Richard Peters' Estate, checks 81-160, April 1889-July 1889|
|8||Receipts and vouchers, Richard Peters' Estate, checks 161-201, April 1889-August 1889|
|9||Receipts and vouchers, Richard Peters' Estate, checks 1-50, February 1890-July 1891|
|3||1||Receipts and vouchers, Richard Peters' Estate, checks 51-100, July 1891-May 1893|
|2||Receipts and vouchers, Richard Peters' Estate, checks 101-126, July 1893-June 1897|