Nellie Peters Black papers
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Nellie Peters Black papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Black, Nellie Peters, 1851-1919
Title: Nellie Peters Black papers
Dates: 1896-1907, undated
Quantity: 1.0 Folder
Identification: ahc.MSS32f

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Ellen "Nellie" Peters Black (1851-1919) was born to Mary Jane and Richard Peters in Atlanta, Georgia. As a child, she accompanied her mother on visits to Confederate hospitals in Atlanta during the Civil War where she gave wounded soldiers food. She continued to organize and participate in food drives for military hospitals for the rest of her life. In 1877, she married George Robinson Black and had three children: Louise, Anita, and Ralph. She held numerous positions in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, including President of the Woman's Auxiliary. She was a philanthropist and served on the board of several agencies such as the King's Daughters Hospital, the Atlanta Women's Club, the Hospital and Day Nursery Department of the Women's Building during the Cotton States and International Exposition (1895), and the Free Kindergarten Association.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains reminiscences by Nellie Peters Black about her father, her childhood, and her experience in Atlanta during the Civil War. Also included are newspaper clippings, a short biographical sketch, and a short story regarding Mrs. Black.

Index Terms

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Women--Societies and clubs

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Administrative Information

Existence and Location of Copies

A transcription of Nellie Peters Black's reminiscences is included in this collection.

Preferred Citation

Nellie Peters Black papers, MSS 32f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2012.


Conditions Governing Access

This 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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



1Letters and reminiscences, 1896-1907, undated View online.