J. Newton Bell, Jr. papers
Collection number: ahc.MSS1133
Scope and Content
This collection contains articles, certificates, and handwritten notes from the professional career of J. Newton Bell. Also included in the collection are landscape architecture contract templates and plant resources such as catalogs and tree lists. Of special interest is a proclamation by the mayor of the City of Griffin, designating February 17, 2005 as J. Newton Bell, Jr. Day.
- 1950-2005, undated
- Bell, J. Newton (Jewell Newton) (Person)
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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.
J. (Jewell) Newton Bell, Jr. (1919-2008) was born in Griffin, Georgia, in 1919, to Jewell N. Bell (1880-1961) and Harriet Belle Stanley Bell (1896-1970). He earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia in 1940 and was the 15th registered landscape architect for the state of Georgia. Bell worked for Monroe's Landscape and Nursery Company in Atlanta, Georgia, where he prepared landscape plans for the Piedmont Driving Club in 1940. Bell joined the Air Force in 1942 and during World War II, drew targeting maps for bombing raids in the South Pacific theater and performed damage assessment after bombing raids. After being discharged from service, Bell began his landscape architecture business in Griffin. He worked on residential, public, and commercial buildings such as banks, government buildings, and churches in cities including Griffin, Athens, Perry, Newnan, and Covington. Bell later opened an antique and interior decorating business in Griffin and married Leila Searcy (1922-2015).
0.21 linear_ft. (one half document case)
System of Arrangement
This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was processed in 2017.
- Architecture -- Details
- Bell, J. Newton (Jewell Newton)
- City planning
- Driveways -- Design and construction
- Gardens -- Design
- Griffin (Ga.)
- Interior decoration -- Georgia
- Landscape architects -- Georgia -- Griffin
- Landscape architecture -- Georgia
- Plants, Ornamental -- Georgia
- Trees -- Georgia
- Trees -- South Carolina
- J. Newton Bell, Jr. papers
- Jennie Oldfield
- September 2017
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Finding aid is written in English.