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Finley Family papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS853

Scope and Content

This collection is divided into two series. Series I is primarily correspondance, both business and personal, spanning from the 1770s into the 1880s. Included are indentures, land grants, surveys, store accounts, a scrapbook and a funeral notice.

Series II is from the twentieth century and is the collected mementos of Robert S, Lowrence from Atlanta, Georgia. Included are scrapbooks, photograph albums, diplomas, certificates, correspondence, church bulletins, music programs, newspaper clippings and books. The Finley and Rounsaville families were related to Lowrance through his mother.


  • 1778-1992

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Families included in this collection are the Finley family, the Rounsaville family, and the Lowrence family. Relatives of these families lived in Chattooga, Heard, and Clark Counties in Georgia. Finley, assistant surveyor of Wilkes County, Georgia in the 1700s, was the recipient of the 18th century letters. Family members also lived in Ireland, Texas, and Alabama. They are also related to the Pruitt, Hanson, and Stephenson families of Georgia.

Robert Stuart Lowrance, Jr., born in 1906, spent his youth and most of his adult professional career in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Boys' High School, Atlanta, Georgia, and Davidson College, North Carolina, he did graduate work at Emory University, Oglethorpe College and Columbia University. Lowrence organized and directed the North Fulton High School Choir in Atlanta, Georgia, was an active Kiwanis member, and led and sang in many church choirs and special music groups. He excelled in sports and published three volumes of poetry. Lowrence was the recipient of many recognitions and honors.


5.5 linear ft. (5 document cases, one oversize box)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1994
Finley Family papers
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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