Gatins Family photographs
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Gatins Family photographs

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
Title: Gatins Family photographs
Dates: circa 1860-1983, undated
Quantity: 1734.0 Images (113 color photographic prints, 1,351 black and white photographic prints, 254 cartes-de-visites, 6 cabinet cards)
Identification: ahc.VIS187

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1849, Joseph Gatins (1827-1905) moved to Atlanta with his two brothers, James and John. Joseph Gatins was a railroad clerk and freight manager of the Central of Georgia Railroad, and later and investment banker. In 1853, he married Bridget Cullen (?-1905) and the couple had a son, Joseph Francis Gatins, Sr. (1855-1936). Their other children were Mary Theresa Gatins (1861-1869), Julia (1863-1938), Thomas (d.1868) and Mamie R. (d.1936). Joseph Francis moved to New York City in 1900 where he continued his career as an investment banker. He was also the first owner of the Georgia Terrace Hotel in Atlanta.

Joseph Francis Gatins, Sr. married Kate Thomas (1855-1937) in 1881 and they had five children including a son, Joseph Francis Gatins, Jr. (1882-1927). He became a real estate investor, and in 1914 married Egle de Villelume-Sombreuil (1892-1990), and descendant of a prominent French family. The couple moved to France in 1915 and had a son, Joseph Francis Gatins III (1915-1983) who served in the French army during World War II and was a prisoner-of-war at five different German prison camps. After escaping in 1943, he married Sylvia de German-Ribon (1915-1987), a Columbian heiress. The couple moved to New York in 1946 and had a son, Joseph Francis Miguel Gatins (1946- ). After Joseph, there came five more children: Charles (1947-1995), Sophie (1949- ), Martin (1950- ), Egle (1950- ), and Miguel (1951- ). Following a long battle with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the family settled in Atlanta in 1952. Joseph Francis Miguel Gatins lived in Richmond, Virginia and worked as a reporter and special projects editor for The Richmond Times-Dispatch. In 2009, with help from family members and friends, he wrote the book We Were Dancing on a Volcano: Bloodlines and Fault Lines of a Star-Crossed Atlanta Family, 1849-1989, which chronicles four generations of the Gatins Family.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of images of Joseph Francis Gatins, Jr.; Egle de Villelume-Sombreuil Gatins; Joseph Francis Gatins III; Sylvia de German-Ribon Gatins; and Gatins III's children: Joseph Francis Miguel, Charles, Sophie, Egle, Martin, and Miguel. There are eleven scrapbooks that contain images of Joseph Francis Gatins III and his family. Also included are cartes-de-visites and cabinet cards of unidentified Villelume-Sombreuil family members.


Arrangement

The collection is organized into two series: I. Portraits, and II. Scrapbooks. The images are organized alphabetically within each series according to titles supplied by staff.


Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joseph Francis Miguel Gatins, 2010 (2010.122)

Description Control

Collection processed in 2010.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is 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

Gatins Family papers, MSS 1005, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center


Container List

 

Series 1. Portraits, circa 1860-1957, undated

73.0 Images (14 color photographic prints, 47 black and white photographic prints, 9 cartes-de-visites, 3 cabinet cards)
This series includes portraits of Joseph Francis Gatins III; Joseph Francis Gatins, Jr.; his mother, Egle de Villelume-Sombreuil Gatins; Sylvia de German-Ribon Gatins; Joseph Francis Miguel Gatins; Charles Gatins; Sophie Gatins; Egle Gatins; Martin Gatins; and Miguel Gatins. Also included are cartes-de-visites and cabinet cards of unidentified Villelume-Sombreuil family members, Egle's brother, Charles de Villelume-Sombreuil, and Charles Henry de Villelume-Sombreuil. Two images show Madame de Sombreuil.

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VIS 187.01VIS 187.01Charles de Villelume-Sombreuil, undated, 2.0 Images (2 color prints)

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VIS 187.02VIS 187.02Charles Henry de Villelume-Sombreuil, 1878, undated, 2.0 Images (1 carte-de-visite, 1 cabinet card)

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VIS 187.03VIS 187.03Egle de Villelume-Sombreuil Gatins, undated, 1.0 Images (1 black and white photographic print)

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VIS 187.04VIS 187.04Joseph Francis Gatins III, 1941-1943, 1957, undated, 11.0 Images (3 color photographic prints, 8 black and white photographic prints)

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VIS 187.05VIS 187.05Joseph Francis Gatins III with son, Joseph Francis Miguel, circa 1946, 1.0 Images (1 black and white photographic print)

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VIS 187.06VIS 187.06Joseph Francis Gatins III's children together, 1957, undated, 6.0 Images (2 color photographic prints, 4 black and white photographic prints)

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VIS 187.07VIS 187.07Joseph Francis Gatins, Jr., 1899, 3.0 Images (3 black and white photographic prints)

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VIS 187.08VIS 187.08Joseph Franics Miguel Gatins, circa 1946, 5.0 Images (5 black and white photographic prints)

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VIS 187.09VIS 187.09Joseph Francis Miguel Gatins with unidentified individuals, circa 1946, 5.0 Images (5 black and white photographic prints)

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VIS 187.10VIS 187.10Madame de Sombreuil, undated, 2.0 Images (2 black and white photographic prints)

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VIS 187.11VIS 187.11Martin Gatins, undated, 1.0 Images (1 black and white photographic print)

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VIS 187.12VIS 187.12Sophie Gatins, undated, 2.0 Images (2 black and white photographic prints)

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VIS 187.13VIS 187.13Sylvia de German-Ribon Gatins, 1915, 1957, 4.0 Images (4 black and white photogrphic prints)

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VIS 187.14VIS 187.14Sylvia de German-Ribon Gatins with son, Joseph Francis Miguel, circa 1946, 6.0 Images (6 black and white photographic prints)

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VIS 187.15VIS 187.15Unidentified locations, 1956, undated, 5.0 Images (1 color photographic print, 4 black and white photographic prints)

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VIS 187.16VIS 187.16Unidentified people, circa 1860-1890, undated, 17.0 Images (6 color photographic prints, 8 cartes-de-visite, 2 cabinet cards, 1 black and white photographic prints)
 

Series 2. Scrapbooks, circa 1860-1957, 1983, undated

1651.0 Images (99 color photographic prints; 1,304 black and white photographic prints; 245 cartes-de-visites; 3 cabinet cards)
This series includes scrapbooks containing images of Joseph Francis Gatins III, Egle de Villelume-Sombreuil Gatins, Sylvia de German-Ribon Gatins, and children: Joseph Francis Miguel, Charles, Sophie, Egle, Martin, and Miguel. Scrapbooks one and two contain cartes-de-visites and cabinet cards of unidentified Villelume-Sombreuil family members. Scrapbooks three through six include images of Egle de Villelume-Sombreuil Gatins and Joseph Francis Gatins III while on vacation. Scrapbook seven consists of images of Joseph Francis Gatins III while serving in the French military. Scrapbook eight includes images of Joseph Gatins III, Sylvia de German-Ribon Gatins, Egle de Villelume-Sombreuil Gatins, and Joseph Francis Miguel Gatins while they stayed in Saranac, New York 1943 to 1947. Scrapbooks nine through eleven consists of images of Gatins III, Sylvia, Egle, and children. Newspaper articles are included in scrapbooks seven, and nine through eleven, and contain a marriage announcement between Joseph Francis Gatins III and Sylvia de German-Ribon Gatins as well as information pertaining to Gatins III's children, and holiday cards addressed to Gatins III's family.

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VIS 187.17VIS OS Box 52Scrapbook 1, circa 1860-1890, 170.0 Images (167 cartes-de-visite, 3 cabinet cards)

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VIS 187.18VIS OS Box 53Scrapbook 2, circa 1860-1890, 78.0 Images (78 cartes-de-visite)

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VIS 187.19VIS 187.19Scrapbook 3, 1922-1923, 97.0 Images (97 black and white photographic prints)

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VIS 187.20VIS 187.20Scrapbook 4, 1923-1926, 39.0 Images (39 black and white photographic prints)

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VIS 187.21VIS 187.21Scrapbook 5, 1924-1929, 136.0 Images (136 black and white photographic prints)

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VIS 187.22VIS OS Box 54Scrapbook 6, 1930-1938, 213.0 Images (213 black and white photographic prints)

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VIS 187.23VIS OS Box 54Scrapbook 7, 1936-1938, 85.0 Images (85 balck and white photographic prints, 3 articles)

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VIS 187.24VIS OS Box 55Scrapbook 8, 1943-1947, 139.0 Images (139 black and white photographic prints)

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VIS 187.25VIS OS Box 56Scrapbook 9, 1943-1948, 254.0 Images (13 color photographic prints, 241 black and white photograpic prints, 3 articles)

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VIS 187.26VIS OS Box 57Scrapbook 10, 1943-1957, 1983, 210.0 Images (32 color photographic prints, 178 black and white photographic prints, 55 articles)

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VIS 187.27VIS OS Box 51Scrapbook 11, 1946-1952, undated, 230.0 Images (54 color photographic prints, 176 black and white photographic prints, 6 articles)