Mary Lucas Butler Collection
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Mary Lucas Butler Collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Butler, Mary Lucas, d. 1967
Title: Mary Lucas Butler Collection
Dates: 1833-1966
Quantity: 0.2 linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: .2 linear ft. (1/2 document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS236

Biographical/Historical Note

Frederick William Lucas (1894-1966) was born in Athens, Georgia to John Hamlin Lucas and Kate Walker Moreno Lucas on 4 September 1894. His family, which include one brother, Theodore Moreno Lucas, and two sisters Kate Lucas and Mary Lucas (Butler), moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1900. As a young man he trained in the cotton brokerage firm of F. M. Crump and Company. He later worked for Cook and Company cotton brokerage, before opening his own firm Fred W. Lucas and Company in 1943. In addition to his military service in World War I, Fred Lucas also served the Memphis community as President of the Memphis Cotton Exchange, the Southern Cotton Shippers Association, the American Legion, and the American Red Cross. At the time of his death, he was unmarried and survived by his two sisters. Mary Lucas was also born in Athens, Georgia. She attended Washington University before being named Headmistress of the Lauzanne’s Private Girls School in Memphis. She was an active member of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities, serving for a time as President of the Association. She died in Memphis in 1967. No other family history or biographical information is currently available.

Scope and Content Note

A large portion of this collection consists of papers written about, or by, Fred Lucas and his sister Mary Lucas Butler. These papers include biographical information of Fred Lucas and college research papers written by Mary Lucas. Poetry and book reviews are also part of this collection. A particular part of the collection includes biographical and genealogical materials about Madame Sophie Sosnowski (1833-1899), an immigrant to Georgia from Poland. These papers were collected and given to Mary Lucas Butler.


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

Index Terms

Butler, Mary Lucas, d. 1967
Lucas, Frederick William, 1894-1966
Rutherford, Mildred Lewis, 1852-1928
Sosnowski, Sophie, 1810-1899

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary Lucas Butler Collection, MSS 236, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Norman Wilson Ruffin, Jr, 1978 (1978.91)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2008


Conditions Governing Access

The 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




11Biographical information for Fred W. Lucas, 1966
2College research papers (including one on the Treaty of Versailles 1919,written by Mary T. Lucas, 1925
3Poem written by Mary Lucas Butler, 1961
4Reviews of book by Mildred Lewis Rutherford, 1920
5Sosnowski family history and journal, 1899
6Sosnowski newspaper article: “Caroline Sosnowski, a sketch” from the Athens Banner, 1921