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Hastings 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: Hastings family
Creator: Hastings, Donald M., 1901-1991
Creator: Hastings, Harry George, 1869-1962
Creator: Hastings, Louise Brown, 1901-1987
Creator: Hastings, Pearl M. Freeborn, 1869-1937
Title: Hastings family papers
Dates: 1891-1991, undated
Quantity: 4.23 linear ft. (2 document cases, 2 oversize boxes)
Identification: ahc.MSS752

Biographical/Historical Note

Harry George Hastings (1869-1962) was born in Springfield, Ohio on March 8, 1869. He later moved to Florida and in 1889 established the H. G. Hastings Company, a mail-order business specializing in garden and field seeds as well as nursery stock. Two years later, he married Miss Pearl M. Freeborn (1869-1937). The couple had two children while ilving in Interlachen, Florida: William Raymond Hastings and Harry Stanley Hastings. In 1899, H. G. Hastings moved his business and family to Atlanta. H. G. Hastings and Pearl Freeborn Hastings had their third child, Donald Madison Hastings, shortly thereafter.

In 1922, upon graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Donald M. Hastings, Sr. (1901-1991) joined his father's firm. Two years later, he married Louise K. Brown (1901-1987). The couple had two children: Mary Louise who later married Thomas Hal Clarke, Sr. of Atlanta and Donald Madison, Jr. In 1942, Donald M. Hastings, Sr., succeeded his father as president of H. G. Hastings Company. With his wife Louise, he co-authored The Southern Garden Book, which was published in 1948.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials including personal and business histories, details of civic and cultural organizations, and scrapbooks. A typescript copy of The Southern Garden is a part of this collection as well as a scrapbook that provides insight into the growth and development of the city of the Atlanta. A scrapbook created by Louise Hastings includes information on The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. as well as other gardening clubs and societies.


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

Index Terms

Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
Garden Club of Georgia.
Gardening--Societies, etc.
Gardening--Southern States
Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs
H. G. Hastings and Company
H.G. Hastings Company.
Hastings family
Hastings, Donald M., 1901-1991
Hastings, Harry George, 1869-1962
Hastings, Louise Brown, 1901-1987
Hastings, Pearl M. Freeborn, 1869-1937
Nurseries (Horticulture)--Georgia
Nurseries (Horticulture)--Southern States
Plants, Ornamental--Georgia
Plants, Ornamental--Southern States
Women gardeners--Georgia

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Hastings family papers, MSS 752, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1992

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2015.


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

Hastings Family photographs VIS 174; H. G. Hastings Company photographs, VIS 173, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

All visual arts materials have been removed and are located in VIS 174.

Container List



MSS OS Box 3.443Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, President's scrapbook, 1955


MSS OS Box 5.2Clipping, undated



11Clippings, 1933, undated
2The Garden Club of Georgia, Incorporated, 1973, undated
3The Garden Memorial Foundation, Incorporated, 1945-1946
4Georgia Association, 1921-1928
5Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs, 1921-1935, undated
6H. G. Hastings Company, 1914-1949, undated
7Hastings, Donald M., 1942-1972
8Hastings, Donald M., 1981-1991
9Hastings, Harry George, 1917-1943, undated



21Hastings, Harry Stanley, postcard collection, 1905-1909, undated
2Hastings, Louise B., 1943-1949, undated
3Hastings, Louise B., scrapbook, 1936-1978
4Hastings, Pearl M. Freeborn, 1899-1937, undated
5Hastings Pecan, 1955


MSS OS Box 5.2Sheet music, Uncle Remus's Revival Hymn, 1891
6 The Southern Garden Book, correspondence and clippings, 1946-1948
7 The Southern Garden Book, typescript, undated
8 The Southern Garden Book, typescript, undated