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A. W. Owen papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS903f

Scope and Content

This collection contains an unpublished autobiography by A. W. Owen and genealogical material on his family. The autobiography focuses on Owen's parentage, childhood, personal life, and teaching career. The genealogical material is a compilation of handwritten research on A. W. Owen, copies of censuses that contain his name, copies of letters he wrote, and excerpts from newspapers and books that mention him.


  • 1853-1984, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

A. W. Owen (1820-1864) was born in Greene County, Georgia, to Benjamin Owen (1787-?) and Ruth "Ruthy" Riley Owen (1790-?). In 1846 he became a schoolteacher at Mt. Zion School in Pike County, Georgia. In 1852 he married Martha Margaret Jones Orr (1836-1891) and they had one child, Emily Jane Owen (1853-1854). Owen taught at various schools throughout Georgia before settling at the Holland Free School in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1853. In addition to teaching, he was a candidate of the American Party (also known as the Know-Nothing Party) for Atlanta City Council in the 1855 election. After the start of the Civil War in 1861, he enlisted in the 2nd Georgia Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army as a private, and in 1862 he was promoted to corporal. Owen died as a prisoner of war in Point Lookout, Maryland.


1 folder(s)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2007

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

A. W. Owen papers
Kurt List
June 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