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Burns Club of Atlanta documents

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: Burns Club of Atlanta (Ga.).
Creator: Ladies' Burns Club (Atlanta, Ga.)
Title: Burns Club of Atlanta documents
Dates: 1900-1985, undated
Quantity: 5.6 linear ft. (two document cases and two oversize boxes)
Identification: ahc.MSS433

Biographical/Historical Note

The Burns Club of Atlanta was organized in 1896 as a social and literary club commemorating Scottish poet Robert Burns. In 1907 it was chartered as a "special literary and memorial society." Qualifications for membership were "good citizenship and admiration and love for the great poet." The club was governed by elected officials such as chairman of the board, president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. Each year the club organized the "Burns Supper" to celebrate the poet's birthday on January 25. In 1911 the Burns Club built a replica of the original Burns Cottage for their club house in Ormewood Park, Atlanta. Three years later the club became a member of the Burns Federation, an organization headquartered in Scotland. The Ladies' Burns Club was founded in 1937 with Mrs. W.F. Melton as the first chairman. It disolved in November, 1984, but the Burns Club is active as of February 2017.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of records pertaining to the organization and administration of the Burns Club of Atlanta and the Ladies' Burns Club of Atlanta. Records include legal documents, correspondence, membership lists, program information, and pamphlets. Topics include the construction of the Burns Cottage, the Annual Anniversary Dinner, club operations, and poetry written by club members.

Index Terms

American poetry
Burns Club of Atlanta (Ga.).
Burns, Robert, 1759-1796
Ladies' Burns Club (Atlanta, Ga.)
Literature societies, etc.
Men--Georgia--Atlanta--Societies and clubs
Speeches, addresses, etc
Women--Georgia--Atlanta--Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Burns Club of Atlanta documents, MSS 433, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1980, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Related Material

Burns Club of Atlanta photograph collection, VA BCA, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center.

Container List




11Articles about Burns written by club members, 1947
2Booklets memorializing Burns, 1948, undated
3Burns Cottage, 1907-1929, undated
4Club legal documents and membership applications, 1912-1913, undated
5Correspondence, 1900-1939, undated
6History of the Burns Club, 1919-1945, undated
7Ladies' Burns club - correspondence, 1966-1984
8Ladies' Burns Club - minutes, 1937-1942
9Ladies' Burns Club - minutes, 1943-1952
10Ladies' Burns Club - minute book, 1960-1985
11Ladies' Burns Club - poetry, writing, notes, ephemera, 1967-1981, undated



21Ladies' Burns Club - yearbooks, 1940-1961
2Ladies' Burns Club - yearbook, 1960-1969
3Lists of members and club officers, 1949, undated
4Minutes, 1907-1914
5Newspaper clippings, 1937-1941, undated
6Newspaper clippings, 1965-1985, undated
7Pamphlets and newsletter, 1932, 1975-1979, undated
8Poetry, 1939, undated
9Programs - annual dinner, 1902-1929
10Programs and responses - annual dinner, 1930-1979
11Recipes, undated



31 The Robert Burns Annual and Chronicle, 1949, 1950
2 The Robert Burns Annual and Chronicle, 1943, 1946, 1947
3Speeches, 1918-1951, undated


MSS OS box 3.176Burns Country Scotland map, undated


MSS OS box 3.176Scrapbook, 1937-1945


MSS OS box 3.177Scrapbook, 1945-1954