Expressway Beautification Association records
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Expressway Beautification Association 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: Expressway Beautification Association (Atlanta, Ga.).
Creator: Hughes, Peggy F.
Creator: Neely, Jean H.
Title: Expressway Beautification Association records
Dates: 1949-1956, undated
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft. (one half document case and two flat files)
Identification: ahc.MSS654

Biographical/Historical Note

The Expressway Beautification Association was formed in 1952 by co-chairs Jean H. Neely and Peggy F. Hughes, past-presidents of the Lenox Park Garden Club, to improve landscaping of the new North-South Expressway, now referred to as the I-75/85 or Downtown Connector, from downtown Atlanta to the Brookwood Station. The association consisted of over one hundred Atlanta garden clubs that worked with both federal and state highway departments, along with Atlanta landscape architect Eugene R. Martini as well as nurseryman Frank A. Smith, who provided designs and supervised the landscaping. Over 10,000 trees, shrubs, and vines were planted over a four year period. The association participated in this beautification project until its completion in 1956.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains reports, correspondence, and clippings that document the activities of the association. Included in the collection is a landscape planting report by the Federal Bureau of Public Roads that details the planting goals of the project. These materials illustrate the coordinated effort between the association, local landscape architects, and state and federal highway departments.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.


Index Terms

Express highways--Georgia--Atlanta
Expressway Beautification Association (Atlanta, Ga.).
Gardening--Georgia--Societies, etc.
Landscape design--Georgia--Atlanta
Lenox Park Garden Club (Atlanta, Ga.).
Martini, Eugene R., 1915-1965
Roads--Georgia--Atlanta
Smith, Frank A., 1917-1985
Urban beautification--Georgia--Atlanta
Women--Georgia--Atlanta--Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Expressway Beautification Association records, MSS 654, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1980

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2014.


Restrictions

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

 

Box

Fldr

11Atlanta Expressway Landscape Planting report, Bureau of Public Roads, Division of Engineering, 1954
 

Location

FF 240Atlanta Expressway Landscape Planting report, Bureau of Public Roads, Division of Engineering, Exhibits A-B, 1954 ( 10.0 sheets )
 

Location

FF 240Atlanta Expressway Landscape Planting report, Bureau of Public Roads, Division of Engineering, Exhibit C, 1954 ( 14.0 sheets )
 
2Atlanta Expressway Landscape Planting report, Bureau of Public Roads, Division of Engineering, Exhibits D-F, 1954
 
3Clippings, 1952-1956, undated
 
4Correspondence, 1949-1953
 
5Correspondence, 1954-1956, undated
 
6Landscape plans, 1950, undated
 
7Membership, 1953, undated
 
8Ordinances and resolutions, 1951-1953