Wayt family papers
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Wayt 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: Wayt family
Creator: Wayt, Harriet Reynolds Dunnington, 1865-1924
Creator: Wayt, John Augustus, 1897-1980
Creator: Wayt, John Chiles, 1864-1940
Title: Wayt family papers
Dates: 1914-1920
Quantity: 0.42 linear ft. (one document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS736

Biographical/Historical Note

John Chiles Wayt (1864-1940) and Harriet Reynolds Dunnington Wayt (1865-1924) had four children: Beverly Dunnington (1896-1995); John Augustus (1897-1980); Isabelle Dunnington (Wayt) McBath (1902-1996); and Helen Brice (Wayt) Cocks (1899-1989). John Chiles was in the real estate and loan business. John Augustus was a student at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville (1914-1918) and attended the Georgia Institute of Technology (1918-1920). In 1918, John Augustus was stationed at Fort Screven in Tybee Island, Georgia. John Augustus married Josephine Kline Gibbs (1898-1971) and ran the Seven Branches cattle ranch in Roswell, Georgia, which was later home to the Georgia Steeplechase. Additional biographical information about the Wayt family has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, a business card, handwritten notes, school work, and church materials. Correspondence involves letters and newspaper clippings exchanged between family members. Many of the letters are to John Augustus Wayt while attending school and in the military (1914-1920). The business card belonged to John Chiles for his building materials business. School work includes John Augustus' class notes in chemistry and engineering; notes and lists include printed materials supporting programs offered by the Young Men's Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.) and speeches. There is also a booklet on lesson planning for Presbyterian church Sunday schools.


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

Index Terms

Associations, Institutions, etc.--Georgia--Atlanta.
Fort Screven (Ga.)
Georgia Institute of Technology.
Military training camps--Georgia
Tybee Island (Ga.)
Wayt family--Correspondence
Wayt, John Augustus, 1897-1980
Wayt, John Chiles, 1864-1940

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Wayt family papers, MSS 736, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1987

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2012.


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




11Business card, undated
2Correspondence, 13 September 1914 - 31 December 1917
3Correspondence, 1 January 1918 - 23 May 1918
4Correspondence, 5 June 1918 - 29 December 1918
5Correspondence, 1919 - 1920
6Correspondence, undated
7Loose envelopes, 1914 - 1920, undated
8Notes and lists, 1919, undated
9School papers, 1918 - 1920, undated
10Sunday school booklet, undated