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Ivan Allen Jr. collection,

Collection number: ahc.MSS846f

Scope and Content

This collection contains two letters written by Ivan Allen Jr. to the Reinsch family just before the Atlanta mayoral election in 1961. It also includes a certificate of appreciation given to Allen's son, Ivan Allen III, on behalf of the Association of the United States Army.


  • 1961, 1981


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Ivan Allen Jr. (1911-2003) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Ivan Allen Sr. (1876-1968) and Irene Beaumont (1890-1972). He attended the Georgia School of Technology, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce in 1933. He served as president of the Ivan Allen Company from 1946-1970 and also as mayor of Atlanta from 1962-1970. Allen is credited with leading Atlanta through an era of significant economic growth while maintaining relative calm during the Civil Rights Movement. In 1993, he was admitted into the Business Hall of Fame and nominated for the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award. Allen married Louise Richardson (1917-2008), the granddaughter of Atlanta businessman Hugh T. Inman (1846-1910), in 1936. Louise was active in various Atlanta community organizations including the Junior League of Atlanta and the Mimosa Garden Club, and was instrumental in saving the Swan House, which became a part of the Atlanta History Center. Ivan and Louise had three sons, Ivan III (1939-1992), Hugh Inman (1941-), and Beaumont (1951-2014).


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2005, with subsequent additions

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

Ivan Allen Jr. collection
Hallie Lonial
April 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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 Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305