Perry family correspondence
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Perry family correspondence

Descriptive Summary

Repository: James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Carter, Laura E., b. 1843
Creator: Perry, Amanda (Minnie), b. 1847
Creator: Perry, Clara P., b. 1853
Creator: Perry, Cordelia, b. 1855
Creator: Perry, Grant D. , b. 1849
Creator: Perry, Laura L., b. 1823
Title: Perry family correspondence
Dates: 1852-1901, undated
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft. (1 document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS174

Biographical/Historical Note

Laura L. Perry, born in Virginia in 1823, married Jesse M. Perry of North Carolina and moved to Madison, Georgia. Laura and Jesse had five children: Amanda (Perry) Burruss, Grant D. Perry, Clara P. Perry, and Cordelia Perry. All of the children attended school in Monroe, Georgia, and went on to be school teachers in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. Additional biographical information on the Perry family has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence between the Perry family and extended family members including the Carters and the Chisolms. Transcription is available for the letters dated between 1852 and 1869. The topics include the experiences of the Perry children in school in Monroe, Georgia, as well as plantation and farming life after the Civil War. Other topics include difficulties with freedmen after the Civil War, failing banks in Georgia, poor health, and development in Atlanta.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

African Americans--Georgia
African Americans--Georgia--Atlanta--History
Banks and banking--Georgia.
Carter, Mary A., b. 1821
Farm life--Georgia
Financial institutions.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Hill, Benjamin H. (Benjamin Harvey), 1823-1882
Madison (Ga.)
Perry, Amanda (Minnie), b. 1847
Perry, Cordelia, b. 1855
Perry, Jesse M., b. 1819
Plantation life--Georgia.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate
Women teachers--Georgia

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Perry family correspondence, MSS 174, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1976

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.

Container List




11Correspondence, 1852-1869
2Correspondence, 1871-1885
3Correspondence, 1886-1901, undated
4Correspondence, transcription, 1852-1869