Peters Family Papers
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Peters Family Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Peters, Edward C., d. 1937
Creator: Peters, Lucille Kuhrt, d. 1970
Creator: Peters, Richard, 1810-1889
Title: Peters Family Papers
Dates: 1848-1965, undated
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft. (3 document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS169

Biographical/Historical Note

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 livestock breeder and horticulturalist and established a nursery in Atlanta in 1854. In 1871, he founded the Atlanta Street Railway Company, with George Adair, which built the first street 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 of Peters Park. After Edward's death in 1937, the family home passed to his son Wimberly, and then to Wimberly's wife, Lucile, 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 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.

Index Terms

Angora goat.
Animal breeding.
Atlanta (Ga.)
Business records--Georgia--Atlanta
Peters family
Peters, Lucille Kuhrt, d. 1970
Peters, Richard, 1810-1889

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2011.


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.

Related Material

Lucille Kuhrt Peters photographs collection, VIS 255, Kenan Research Center at the Altanta History Center.

Container List




11Account book, Atlanta National Bank and Trader's Bank, Estate of Richard Peters, 1889
2Book, agriculture business notes, 1848
3Booklet, certificates of transfer of livestock, 1884-1885
4Breeding and pedigree records of livestock, 1879-1887
5Check receipt books, Atlanta National Bank, Estate of Richard Peters, May 1889-April 1890
6Correspondence, agriculture business, 1859-1870



21Correspondence, family, 1904-1965
2Legal documents, 1879-1881
3Miscellaneous items, Lucille Kuhrt Peters, undated
4Newspaper clippings, Lucille Kuhrt Peters, 1925-1965
5Pamphlets, angora goats, 1880-1882, undated, 1925-1965
6Receipts and vouchers, Richard Peters' Estate, checks 1-79, February 1889-April 1889
7Receipts and vouchers, Richard Peters' Estate, checks 81-160, April 1889-July 1889
8Receipts and vouchers, Richard Peters' Estate, checks 161-201, April 1889-August 1889
9Receipts and vouchers, Richard Peters' Estate, checks 1-50, February 1890-July 1891



31Receipts and vouchers, Richard Peters' Estate, checks 51-100, July 1891-May 1893
2Receipts and vouchers, Richard Peters' Estate, checks 101-126, July 1893-June 1897