Arthur C. Inman Papers
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Arthur C. Inman Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Inman, Arthur Crew, 1895-1963
Title: Arthur C. Inman Papers
Dates: 1895-1927
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: 1 linear ft. (one document box)
Identification: ahc.MSS281

Biographical/Historical Note

Arthur Crew Inman (b. 1895—d. 5 December 1953) was born in Atlanta to Henry Arthur Inman (1869-1951) and Roberta Sutherland Crew (1873-1933). His paternal grandfather was Samuel Martin Inman (1843-1915). Samuel M. Inman was born in Tennessee. After the Civil War he moved to Atlanta where he made his fortune as a Cotton Broker, in land investments and banking. Born into the luxury and wealth of 1890s Atlanta, Arthur C. Inman attended prep school at Haverford School in Pennsylvania, and later spent two years at Haverford College before dropping out. During his two years in college he complained, and saw a number of doctors, regarding non-specific illnesses. After college he moved to Boston, where he purchased several apartments and eventually became a recluse. He found it impossible to tolerate light and noise, refusing, at times, to leave his home. He married Evelyn Yates (1901-1984) on November 10, 1923. Evelyn played a key role in the public life of Arthur C. Inman, serving as his connection to the outside world. Arthur Inman is acknowledged as a poet and author, best known for his prolific diaries, written between 1918 and his death in 1953. The 155 volume set is held by Harvard University, with a published 2 volume edition in 1985.

Scope and Content Note

The Arthur C. Inman Papers consist exclusively of biographical research regarding Samuel M. Inman. Arthur Inman set out to write the biography of his Grandfather, Atlanta banker and cotton broker, Samuel Inman. The research notes consist of newspaper clippings, transcriptions of newspaper reports, transcriptions of interviews, and letters. Because Arthur Inman generally refused to leave his Boston apartment, the interviews were, most often, conducted by his wife, Evelyn. However, there are no indications of who conducted which interviews.


Files are arranged in the order originally presented by donor

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--Commerce
Cotton trade--Georgia--Atlanta
Inman, Arthur Crew, 1895-1963
Inman, Evelyn Yates
Inman, Samuel Martin, 1843-1915

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Arthur C. Inman Papers, MSS 281, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Arthur C. (Evelyn) Inman, 1967 (1967.25)

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




11Notes on S. M. Inman, undated
2Interviews, 1927
3Interviews, 1927
4Interviews, 1927
5Newspaper Clippings and Correspondence, 1896 and 1915; 1901 and 1905
6Correspondence, 1895-1896