Piedmont Driving Club Records
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Piedmont Driving Club Records

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: Piedmont Driving Club
Title: Piedmont Driving Club Records
Dates: 1907-1998
Quantity: 1.75 linear ft. (4 document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS409

Biographical/Historical Note

The Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta, Georgia is a private country club whose mission is to "provide and maintain a proper place for enjoyment, social intercourse, pleasure and recreation for its members and their families." It was established in 1887 at a Chamber of Commerce meeting when James Kingsbery and 100 other men agreed to jointly purchase Benjamin Walker's 190 acre tract of land in present day Midtown for $38,000. The Walker home stood as the orgininal club house, but as club membership grew, additions were made including the dining terrace, designed by member, Philip T. Shutze, and a ball room designed by members of the Atlanta firm Hentz, Reid, and Adler. The club has hosted a variety of dignitaries including President Taft; Governor Joseph Terrill; President Cleveland; opera singers: Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar; and Jimmy and Rosalind Carter. The Club's roster has included Coca-Cola president Robert Woodruff, historian Franklin M. Garrett, and United States Attorney General Griffin Bell. Both the Atlanta Debutante Club and the Atlanta Junior League were organized there in 1911 and 1916, respectively. A press party for the premier of Gone With the Wind was also held at the club. The Nine O'Clocks, a social organization, hosts its annual costume ball there each New Year'' Eve.

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the records are invitations and announcements. The invitations include dinner dances with music by Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Tommy Tucker, among others. Invitations for seasonal parties, including the annual Halloween Ball with presentation of the debutantes, and Christmas and Valentine's Day parties are also included. Other invitations feature After the Opera suppers, dancing classes, and a variety of other themed parties. Announcements include information about administrative policies and changes, meeting notifications, and advance notifications of events. The records also contain annual reports (1952-1998), yearbooks (1909-1990s), programs, and records from the Centennial Subcommittee regarding the planning of the centennial celebration and Jack J. Spalding's written history of the club (1937-1969). Correspondence from 1959 related to construction on the building and the ballroom. Newspaper clippings cover topics such as the architecture, events at the club. and controversies regarding business deals being conducted on the grounds. Also included is the application file for Michael Russell, the first African American member of the club. There is also a scrapbook of photographs and news clippings of "Active Founders."


Alphabetical according to titles supplied by staff

Index Terms

Associations, institutions, etc.--Georgia--Atlanta
Invitation cards--Georgia--Atlanta.
Piedmont Driving Club

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Piedmont Driving Club Records, MSS 409, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Dr. Crawford F. Barnett, Jr., 1979 (1979.249); Natalie Cohen, 1979 (1979.321); and Sheffield Hale, 2009 (2009.153).

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2011.


Conditions Governing Access note

This 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




11Announcements, 1940s
2Announcements, 1950s-1990s, undated
3Annual reports, 1940s-1970s
4Annual reports, 1980s-1990s
5Events, 1937-1986
6Menus, undated
7Schedules of events, 1950s
8Schedules of events, 1960s
8Schedules of events, 1960s
9Schedules of events, 1970s-1980s
10Invitations, 1900s-1920s
11Invitations, 1950s



21Invitations, 1960s
2Invitations, 1980s
3Invitations, 1990s
4Invitations, undated



31Histories and Centennial Planning Subcommittee,, 1987
2Letters, construction,, 1959
3Newspaper clippings,, 1896-1967
4Michael Russell application materials,, 1992-1995
5Scrapbook, Honoring the Active Founders for Hal Hentz, 1940 May 28



41Yearbooks, 1909, 1936-1950
2Yearbooks, 1951-1959
3Yearbooks, 1960s
4Yearbooks, 1970s
5Yearbooks, 1980s
6Yearbooks, 1990s