Kontz family papers
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Kontz 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: Kontz, Christian, d. 1881
Creator: Kontz, Ernest Charles, 1865-1945
Title: Kontz family papers
Dates: 1847-1940, undated
Quantity: 1.96 linear ft. (one half document case and one oversize box)
Identification: ahc.MSS545

Biographical/Historical Note

Christian Kontz (d. 1881), a pioneer settler of Atlanta in 1848, was a native of Germany. His son, Judge E. C. Kontz, served as auditor and recorder of the City of Atlanta (1884-1910), and as a city councilman. J. P. Thornton was Judge Kontz' grandfather. W. A. Callaway was Thornton's friend. Additional biographical information about Christian Kontz has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, land deeds, legal documents, military documents, programs, invitations, and scrapbooks pertaining to the Kontz family. Of particular interest is an 1859 slave receipt as well as Christian Kontz' 1848 formal statement of intent to become a citizen of the United States and his 1866 certificate of citizenship. Also of interest is correspondence between Kontz and the War Department regarding the use of the Kontz residence as headquarters of the Third Military Division with resulting claims for reimbursement.

Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864
Callaway, W. A.
Thornton, J. P.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
University of Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Kontz family papers, MSS 545, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1984


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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




11Correspondence, loyalty oath, last will and testament, military, and legal papers pertaining to Christian Kontz, 1848-1872, undated
2University of Georgia commencement programs, alumni addresses, and ephemera, 1887-1940, undated
3Callaway war reminiscences, 1907
4Correspondence, genealogical information pertaining to Judge E. C. Kontz, 1889-1970, undated
5Programs and printed speeches, 1891-1927, undated
6Miscellaneous correspondence, genealogy, court records, 1847-1920, undated



MSS OS box 1.891Land deeds, certificate of citizenship, 1855-1871
Two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, undated