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James and Katherine Mason correspondence and book of poetry

Identifier: ahc.MSS1155

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence between James Walter Mason and Martha Katherine (nee Christian) Mason. These letters cover their courtship and first three years of marriage. Contents include poems that James wrote to Katherine, as well as topics such as the death of Katherine's mother and everyday life while James was away on business. James used a variety of names and nicknames for his wife, including Katherine, Kate, Mattie Kate, Sweetheart, and Kiddy. The collection also includes a small book of poetry titled Hobbies of 1927.


  • 1902-1927, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

James Walter Mason (1874-1957) was born in Dallas, Georgia, to James Miles Mason (1840-1914) and Amanda Jane Riley (1844-1925). He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1899. Later, Mason worked at the Atlanta Title Guarantee Co., serving as the vice-president before leaving the company in 1918 to practice law. In 1905, he married Martha Katherine Christian (1874-1925), the daughter of William Dempsy Christian (?-1880) and Rosa Lee Overby (1849-1902). After Katherine's death, James married Lucy Bowie Thompson (1892-1950).


0.417 linear ft. (one document case)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.
James and Katherine Mason correspondence and book of poetry
Louanne Heintz
November 2018
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Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

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

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Atlanta GA 30305