Colonial Dames of America Oral History Project collection
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Colonial Dames of America Oral History Project collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: National Society Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia. Atlanta Town Committee.
Title: Colonial Dames of America Oral History Project collection
Dates: 1986-1990
Quantity: 0.6 linear ft. (one document case; sixz audio cassettes)
Identification: ahc.MSS891

Biographical/Historical Note

The Oral History Project was initiated by Mrs. Lamar B. (Jane) Peacock during her term as historian for the Atlanta Town Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames of American in the State of Georgia. Five of the six interviews are conducted by Mrs. Peacock; one is conducted by Mrs. Barry L. Frazier. The following women were interviewed: Louise Richardson Allen, wife of Ivan Allen, Jr., former Mayor of Atlanta; Leila Daughtry-Denmark, the third woman to graduate from the Medical College of Georgia and creator of a Pertussis vaccine (for Whooping Cough); Laura Whitner Dorsey, an active volunteer for the Atlanta Junior League and Arts Alliance and co-founder of Gardens for Peace; Dorothy Felton, member of the Georgia State House of Representatives; Betty Foy Sanders, wife of Carl Sanders, former Governor of Georgia; and Bazoline Estelle Usher, former Supervisor of Education for Minority Pupils in the Atlanta Public Schools and a leader in the integration of the Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia. These six women were chosen for the project because they "made a difference" in Atlanta. They discuss the roles they played in shaping the city, as well as the historical events that affected their lives. One of them also discusses making her presentation at the Court of St. James in London (Great Britain)

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains original tapes and transcripts of six interviews.


The transcriptions are arranged alphabetically by last name. The tapes follow the same arrangement in a separate box.

Index Terms

Allen, Ivan, 1911-2003
Allen, Louise Richardson, 1917-2008
Atlanta Arts Alliance
Atlanta University
Daughtry-Denmark, Leila, 1898-2012
Dorsey, Laura Whitner, 1913-2003
Educational change--Georgia--Atlanta
Felton, Dorothy, 1929-2008
Frazier, Barry L., Mrs.
Fund raising--Georgia--Atlanta
Gardening--Societies, etc.
Gardens for Peace (Atlanta, Ga.).
Georgia. General Assembly
Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
Junior League of Atlanta
Medical College of Georgia
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Peacock, Jane Bonner
Pertussis vaccines
Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center
Sanders, Betty Foy, 1926-
Sanders, Carl Edward, 1925-
Usher, Bazoline, 1885-
Westminster Schools (Atlanta, GA.)
Working mothers

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Colonial Dames of America Oral History Project collection, MSS 891, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1990

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




11Interview with Louise Richardson Allen, 1986
2Interview with Leila Daughtry-Denmark, 1987
3Interview with Laura Whitner Dorsey, 1990
4Interview with Dorothy Felton, 1988
5Interview with Betty Foy Sanders, 1988
6Interview with Bazoline Usher, 1988


AV-MSS 891.001.001Interview tape - Louise Richardson Allen, 1986


AV-MSS 891.002.001Interview tape - Leila Daughtry-Denmark, 1987


AV-MSS 891.003.001Interview tape - Laura Whitner Dorsey, 1990


AV-MSS 891.004.001Interview tape - Dorothy Felton, 1988


AV-MSS 891.005.001Interview tape - Betty Foy Sanders, 1988


AV-MSS 891.006.001Interview tape - Bazoline Usher, 1988