MacDougall Family Papers
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MacDougall 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: MacDougall family
Title: MacDougall Family Papers
Dates: 1924-1977
Quantity: 0.6 linear ft. (one document case and one oversize folder)
Identification: ahc.MSS228

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Leak MacDougall (1900-1960) was born in Wilmington, Delaware to Mr. and Mrs. R. J. MacDougall. When he was an infant, his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia and then later to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he attended public schools. He returned to Atlanta to enroll at Georgia Tech, where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering in 1925. During the 1930s and 1940s, he served as an officer in the U. S. Corps of Army Engineers and later as an administrator for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). After World War II he began working with Alex MacDougald and eventually was named president of MacDougald-Warren Construction Company. Within the community of Atlanta, he served as an advisor to Mayor William B. Hartsfield, and served on the Joint City-Fulton County Bond Commission to fund the expressway construction projects through the city. On 8 June 1928 he married Margaret Clarkson McDow (1903- 1986). Margaret Clarkson McDow was born 22 October 1903 in York, South Carolina to Thomas F. McDow (1863-1935) a prominent lawyer and legislator in South Carolina and Mary Simons Clarkson (?-1944). A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Mrs. MacDougall taught school in Mississippi and South Carolina before her marriage. In the 1950s she worked as the chairman of the City Executive Committee, which supervised elections in Atlanta. She was active in a variety of campaign reform programs, particularly the movement to eliminate the “county unit system” in statewide voting.

Scope and Content Note

The Papers of Robert and Margaret MacDougall consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings and scrapbook pages, and brochures and other printed materials. Many of these papers concern MacDougall’s work as an engineer, work as an administrator of the Works Progress Administration and his activities working with the city of Atlanta, particularly in the development of the expressways through the city and the bond issues to finance the projects. A second portion of these papers concern the activities of Mrs. Margaret MacDougall including: her political activities, work with the Atlanta Elections Commission; her work with the Atlanta League of Women Voters; issues of desegregation and education; and politics.


Files are arranged in an alphabetical order provided by the archives staff.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--Politics and government
Atlanta (Ga.). City Executive Committee.
Georgia Institute of Technology
League of Women Voters (Atlanta, Ga.)
MacDougall, Margaret McDow, 1903-1986
MacDougall, Robert Leak, 1900-1960
McDow, Thomas F., 1863-1935
United States. Works Progress Administration.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MacDougall Family Papers, MSS 228, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Robert L. MacDougall 1977 (1977.200, 1977.390, 1977.379) and 1978 (1978.154)

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, 1935, 1941
2Correspondence and telegrams, 1933, 1941
3Correspondence - copies of thank you condolence cards, 1960
4Newsclippings, 1945-1964
5Newsclippings, 1965
6Personal Papers, 1924-1965
7Margaret MacDougall Political Activities Atlanta City Executive Committee, 1953-1968
8Margaret MacDougall Political Activities League of Women Voters, 1947-1941
9Margaret MacDougall Political Activities McGovern For President, 1968
10Margaret MacDougall Political Activities The Primary Election Code, 1961
11Margaret MacDougall Political Activities Segregation in Atlanta Schools, 1954-1957
12Margaret MacDougall Political Activities Voting and the County Unit System, 1952



21Printed Material, 1961-1977
2Printed Material, 1976-1977
3Printed Materials Georgia Tech Distinguished Alumni Program, 1951
4Printed Materials Atlanta Woman of the Year Program, 1964
5Printed Materials Pamphlets written by Margaret MacDougall, 1954
6Scrapbook pages, 1928-1940
7Scrapbook pages, 1935-1945


MSS OS box 1.10Diploma, Georgia Institute of Technology, Appointment as Director of WPA, 1925,1940