Dr. Benjamin R. Lacy Correspondence
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Dr. Benjamin R. Lacy Correspondence

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Lacy, Benjamin Rice, 1886-1981
Title: Dr. Benjamin R. Lacy Correspondence
Dates: 1907-1935
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: .25 linear ft. (one document box)
Identification: ahc.MSS224

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin Rice Lacy, Jr. (1886-1981) was born in Raleigh, North Carolina to Benjamin R. Lacy, Sr. and Mary L. Burwell. He received a Doctor of Divinity in Theology from Davidson College, North Carolina in 1919. He had been ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church in the United States in 1914. During World War I, he served as chaplain in the 113th Field Artillery in the 30th Division. At the end of the war, Benjamin Lacy moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he began work as pastor for the Central Presbyterian Church. In 1919, he also married his wife, Emma Elizabeth White. His four children were: Benjamin Rice III, William White, Robert Burwell, and Emma Elizabeth. Benjamin Lacy served in Atlanta, until 1926 when he became President of the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Other genealogical information about the family is currently unavailable.

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this collection consists of photocopies of letters sent to Benjamin R. Lacy during his career as a student and later Pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Many of the letters are of a personal nature, covering topics of daily life such as student life, sports, and his popularity as a pastor. The correspondence comes from a variety of sources including unexplained relatives, military comrades, and former schoolmates.


Files are arranged in the order originally presented by donor.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--Religion
Central Presbyterian Church (Atlanta, Ga.)
Lacy, Benjamin Rice, 1886-1981
Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dr. Benjamin R. Lacy Correspondence, MSS 224, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ms. Elizabeth Hipps, 1978 (1978.293)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2007.


Conditions Governing Access

The 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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




11Correspondence Index, undated
2Correspondence sent, 1921-1926
3Correspondence received, 1907-1923
4Correspondence received, 1923-1935