Hastings Family Photographs
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Hastings Family Photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Hastings family
Title: Hastings Family Photographs
Dates: ca. 1905-1961, undated
Quantity: 11.0 images
Quantity: 11 black and white photographic prints (1 folder) (1 folder)
Identification: ahc.VIS174

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 living 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 B.S. 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. (1929- ). In 1942, Donald M. Hastings, Sr., succeeded his father as president of H. G. Hastings Company. With his wife, he co-authored The Southern Garden Book, which was published in 1948.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains portraits of H. G. Hastings and Pearl M. Freeborn Hastings. A group photograph of a United States delegation to Mexico includes H. G. Hastings, Pearl M. Freeborn Hastings and their three sons. Louise Brown Hastings appears in a group photograph of the 1961 Women of the Year. A photograph documenting an autographing event for The Southern Garden Book features Louise Brown Hastings, Donald M. Hastings, Sr. and their daughter, Mary Louise Hastings Clarke.


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

Index Terms

Atlanta's Woman of the Year Organization (Atlanta, Ga.).
Clarke, Mary Louise Hastings
Diplomats--United States
H.G. Hastings Company.
Hastings, Don, (Donald M.)
Hastings, Harry George, 1869-1962
Hastings, Harry Stanley
Hastings, Louise Brown, 1901-1987
Hastings, Pearl M. Freeborn, 1869-1937
Hastings, William Raymond

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[VIS Control Number], Hastings Family Photographs, VIS 174, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Thomas Hal Clarke and Donald M. Hastings, Jr., 1992 (1992.104).

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2008.


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Related Material

Hastings Family Papers, MSS 752; H. G. Hastings Company Photographs, VIS 173, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Container List



VIS 174.01VIS 174.01 Garden Memorial Foundation, Inc. incorporators including Donald M. Hastings, undated ( 1.0 image )


VIS 174.02-.05VIS 174.02-.05 Harry G. Hastings, undated ( 4.0 images )


VIS 174.06VIS 174.06 Louise Brown Hastings and Donald M. Hastings, Sr. autographing The Southern Garden Book, Members of the Habersham Garden Club and the Men’s Garden Club of Atlanta attending; Mary Louise Hastings (Mrs. Thomas Hal Clarke, Sr.) pictured front row, second from right, 1948 ( 1.0 image )


VIS 174.07-.08VIS 174.07-.08 Pearl M. Freeborn Hastings (Mrs. H.G. Hastings), ca. 1905, undated ( 2.0 images )


FF 321VIS 174.09 U.S. Delegation to Mexico; middle row, left to right: Stanley Hastings, H. G. Hastings, Ray Hastings, Mrs. H. G. Hastings, Donald Hastings, undated ( 1.0 image )


VIS 174.10-.11VIS 174.10-.11 Women of the Year, 1961; left to right: Mary Elizabeth Schroder, Mary Moore, Mrs. Howell Hanson, Louise Hastings, Helen McDuffie; Reception Hall, Atlanta Biltmore Hotel, 1961 ( 2.0 images )