Rawson, Collier, and Harris family papers
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Rawson, Collier, and Harris family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Harris , Julian
Creator: Harris, Julia Collier, b. 1875
Creator: Rawson, Edward
Title: Rawson, Collier, and Harris family papers
Dates: 1863-1952, undated
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft. (1 document case, 1 oversize box)
Identification: ahc.MSS36

Biographical/Historical Note

Edward Rawson was secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1650 to 1686. Two of his descendants, William A. Rawson and Edward Rawson, moved from New England to southwest Georgia in 1839 or 1840, and to Atlanta in 1869. Edward Rawson had a daughter, Mary was married to Captain John D. Ray (Captain 1st Georgia Volunteers). Mary Rawson Ray kepa a diary during the battle of Atlanta and the later evacuation. William A. Rawson is buried in Oakland Cemetery. William A. Rawson had a grandson, William Rawson Collier. William Rawson Collier had a daughter, Julia Collier, who married Julian Harris, son of Joel Chandler Harris. Julian Harris was advertising manager for the Uncle Remus Home Magazine. He was also the editor and general manager of the Columbus Enquirer Sun. Julia Collier Harris was associate editor of the Columbus newspaper.

Scope and Content Note

These papers consist of family correspondence, and legal and financial documents of the Rawson, Collier, and Harris families of Atlanta, Georgia.

Index Terms

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rawson, Collier, and Harris family papers, MSS 36, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1970 with subsequent additions.


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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




MSS OS box 1.51Scrapbook, 1906-1907
2Confederate loan document, advertisements, Forrest adn George Adair, 1868, 1903
3Declaration of full pardon and amnesty granted to William A. Rawson, 1866



11Newspaper clippings, 1900-1935
2Correspondence, 1892-1929
3Correspondence, 1933-1952
4Transcribed copy of 1864 diary of Mary Rawson Ray, undated
5Collier family invitations and newspaper clippings; biography of Edward Rawson, undated
6Copy of 1847 bill of sale for slave, undated
7Legal documents, 1897-1901
8World War II ration books, 1944
9Wedding book presented to Mrs. Rawson, 1899
10Miscellaneous, undated
11Deposition of Robert Nash, letter signed by Herbert Hoover, 1922