John J. Woodside Family Papers
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John J. Woodside Family Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Woodside, John James, 1864-1925
Title: John J. Woodside Family Papers
Dates: 1889-1950
Quantity: 7.0 linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: 7 linear ft. (1 document box, 4 oversize boxes)
Identification: ahc.MSS250

Biographical/Historical Note

John James Woodside, Sr. (b. 1864-d. 1925) was born in Louisville, Kentucky on 2 August 1864. He moved to Atlanta in 1881, where he established himself in real estate and rental properties and later founded the John J. Woodside Storage Company. During his years in Atlanta, he was active in a variety of civic and political activities. He served on the city water board and the police board. He also campaigned, unsuccessfully, for a seat on the Fulton County Commission in 1910. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and thirty-second degree Mason, as well as a member of the Georgia National Guard. He served fifteen years in the National Guard and retired with the rank of colonel. Woodside died on 26 June 1925. John J. Woodside married Margaret E. Roberts (b. 1866-d. 1951) on 26 June 1882. Margaret Roberts came from one of the pioneer families of Atlanta. She was born on 29 April 1866 to Ezekiel Mason and Mary McAfee Roberts. E. M. Roberts served as a Captain in the Confederate Army. Margaret Roberts Woodside’s civic activities included membership in the Atlanta Women’s Club, the Habersham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Florence Crittendon Home, and Home for the Friendless. She died on 30 August 1951. John and Margaret Woodside had one child, John James Woodside, Jr. Although there is very little biographical information regarding John J. Woodside, Jr. scrapbook pages within the manuscript collection indicate he was active in the auto racing community in Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the business records from Woodside Storage Company and also admission records from the Home for the Friendless. These are a variety of papers and documents that reflect the character of each member of the Woodside Family. The several cash books from Woodside Storage contain the business records of John J. Woodside, Sr. in the last few years of his life. The admissions books from the Home for the Friendless are records kept by Margaret Woodside during the years she served as President of this organization. The records document the names of the children accepted into the Home for the Friendless; the family life of the children; and their outcome (adopted, returned to parents, or sent to other relatives). The scrapbook and news clipping collection contains newspaper articles detailing the business dealings of the John J. Woodside Storage Company. It also contains newspaper clippings regarding the political work of John J. Woodside, Sr. in addition to the race car activities of John J. Woodside, Jr. There are very few dates attached to these news clippings.


Records books of the Home for the Friendless are stored in chronological order in box 1. Each cash ledger has its own oversize box. News clippings and scrapbook pages are also stored in a separate oversize box.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--Politics and government
Home for the Friendless (Atlanta, Ga.)
John J. Woodside Storage Company.
Woodside, John James, 1864-1925
Woodside, John James, Jr.
Woodside, Margaret E. Roberts, 1866-1951

Administrative Information

Custodial History

John J. Woodside and his wife Margaret created these papers over an extended period. The collection remained in the possession of the family until the donation to the Atlanta Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

The John J. Woodside Family Papers, MSS 250, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John J. Woodside III, 1977 (1977-100)

Description Control

Collection processed 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




11Home for the Friendless Admissions Book, 1908-1909
2Home for the Friendless Admissions Book, 1910
3Home for the Friendless Admissions Book, 1911
4Home for the Friendless Admissions Book, 1912
5Loose Account pages of Woodside Storage and Renting Agent, 1893
6Letters to voters, John J. Woodside campaigning for Fulton County Commission, 1910


MSS-OS 1.59Woodside Storage Cash Book, 1921-1923


MSS-OS 1.60Woodside Storage Cash Book, 1923-1924


MSS-OS 1.61Woodside Storage Cash Book, 1924-1925


MSS-OS 162Newspaper clippings and loose scrapbook pages of activities of John J. Woodside, Sr. and John J. Woodside, Jr., undated