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Kontz family papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS545

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, land deeds, legal documents, military documents, programs, invitations, and scrapbooks pertaining to the Kontz family. Of particular interest is an 1859 slave receipt as well as Christian Kontz' 1848 formal statement of intent to become a citizen of the United States and his 1866 certificate of citizenship. Also of interest is correspondence between Kontz and the War Department regarding the use of the Kontz residence as headquarters of the Third Military Division with resulting claims for reimbursement.


  • 1847-1940, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

Christian Kontz (d. 1881), a pioneer settler of Atlanta in 1848, was a native of Germany. His son, Judge E. C. Kontz, served as auditor and recorder of the City of Atlanta (1884-1910), and as a city councilman. J. P. Thornton was Judge Kontz' grandfather. W. A. Callaway was Thornton's friend. Additional biographical information about Christian Kontz has not been determined.


1.96 linear ft. (one half document case and one oversize box)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1984
Kontz family papers
Sue VerHoef
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305