Gambrell family papers
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Gambrell family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Gambrell family
Title: Gambrell family papers
Dates: 1930-1987, undated
Quantity: 1.2 linear ft. (three document cases, two audio cassettes)
Identification: ahc.MSS703

Biographical/Historical Note

This collection contains information on the children of Enoch Pepper and Amanda Latimer Gambrell of Belton, South Carolina. Dr. Mary Latimer Gambrell was born in 1889. Her Ph.D. was in history. She was appointed to be the president of Hunter College, where she had previously taught. She passed away in 1974. Barmore Pepper Gambrell was born in 1894. He was a prominent attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. Enoch Smythe Gambrell was born in 1896 and was also an attorney in Atlanta. He also served as a professor of law at Emory University from 1922 to 1940. In 1955, he was elected to the position of president of the American Bar Association. He passed away in 1986. Charles Glenn Gambrell was born in 1902 and was employed as a banker in New York. William Henry Gambrell was born in 1900 and was also a banker in New York. David H. Gambrell, son of Enoch Smythe Gambrell, served as the vice president of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society in the mid-1960s.

Scope and Content Note

Most of the material in this collection focuses on Enoch Smythe Gambrell and Barmore Pepper Gambrell. The other members of the family are covered sparingly. The records relating to Enoch Smythe include newspaper clippings, correspondence, copies of speeches, and numerous published pamphlets which contain articles written by him or on related topics. There are numerous pamphlets and clippings on his speech for the American Bar Association at Runnymede in England and an audiotape of that speech. Other items, collected by Enoch Smythe Gambrell, such as copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg address, are also in the collection. The records relating to Barmore Pepper Gambrell include correspondence, board certification documents, newspaper clippings, a bank book, and information on Major General Edwin Walker vs. Atlanta. Also included is an award that Barmore received in 1980 from the American Legend. Additional materials include pamphlets of the dedication of Gambrell Hall at the University of South Carolina and an audiotape of the dedication of Gambrell Hall at Emory University.

Index Terms

American Bar Association
Atlanta (Ga.)--History
Gambrell, Barmore Pepper, 1894-
Gambrell, E. Smythe, (Enoch Smythe), 1896-1986

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Audio recordings were made audio cassetes and can be made accessible only through conversion to digital audio. Patrons who request access to the audio content in this collection are responsible for digital conversion costs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gambrell family papers, MSS 703, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1989

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.


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




11Biographical Sketch of Enoch Smythe Gambrell, 1957, 1975
2Bill of Rights, undated
3Declaration of Independence, undated
4Gettysburg Address, undated
5Superior Court - State of Georgia, E. Smythe Gambrell, 1922
6American Bar Association election, 1955
7Newspaper clippings - E. Smythe Gambrell, 1954-1960, undated
8Runnymede - E. Smythe Gambrell, 1957
9E. Smythe Gambrell at Runnymede, 1965
10E. Smythe Gambrell correspondence and speeches, 1925, 1955-1965, undated
11E. Smythe Gambrell memorial scrapbook, 1987



21B.P. Gambrell's bank book, 1926-1930
2Correspondence of Barmore P. Gambrell, 1930, 1966, 1984
3Court of Appeals of District of Columbia, B.P. Gambrell, 1920
4District Court - Northern District of Georgia, B.P. Gambrell, 1920
5Supreme Court of District of Columbia, B.P. Gambrell, 1919
6Superior Court of State of Georgia, B.P. Gambrell, 1920
7Power of Attorney to B.P. Gambrell from William D. Grant, 1942-1945
8Reuben R. Arnold - B.P. Gambrell, 1956-1961
9Newspaper clippings - B.P. Gambrell, 1933, undated
10Walker v. Atlanta, 1962
11"Five Indicted in Bombing of Temple" - Atlanta Constitution, 1958
12American Legion Post 1 Award - B.P. Gambrell, 1980



31Atlanta Legal Aid Society pamphlet, 1965
2Atlanta Legal Aid Society pamphlet, 1966
3Atlanta Legal Aid Society pamphlet, 1968
4Atlanta Legal Aid Society survival correspondence, 1964, 1981
5"The Birthplace of the Magna Carta" - pamphlet, undated
6 American Bar Association Journal, 1956
7"Magna Carta, 1215, 741st Anniversary" pamphlet, 1956
8"Magna Carta 741st Anniversary luncheon" pamphlet, 1956
9American Bar Association 80th Anniversary, 1957
1080th Annual Meeting - American Bar Association, 1957


AV-MSS 703.001.001E. Smythe Gambrell at Runnymede - audio, 1957


AV-MSS 703.002.001Dedication of Gambrell Hall - audio, 1973