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Marie Dodd Ivan Allen family collection

Collection number: ahc.MSS1161

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents from Marie Dodd’s personal life as well as from her time working at the Ivan Allen Company. Business material includes a Fielder and Allen Co. catalogue, an Ivan Allen-Marshall Co. catalogue, the “Road to 100,000” incentive packet, company font and logo templates, and pricing manuals. There are also documents about Ivan Allen Jr., his accomplishments, and awards he received during his years as mayor of Atlanta and afterward. This collection also contains a scrapbook on Ivan Allen Sr. and the growth of his company, and newspapers that Dodd collected from the mid-1940s documenting World War II and FDR's death.


  • 1900-1993, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Marie Walters Dodd (1936- ) was born to William Horace Walters and Ottis Arnold Walters (1913-1990). She attended public school in Atlanta and graduated from Georgia State University (where she earned a Distinguished Alumni Award) and Atlanta College of Art (later called the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Atlanta campus). Afterward, she worked at the Atlanta Rotary Club, the American Red Cross, Emory University, and the Atlanta Historical Society. A successful fundraiser, she raised over $15 million dollars for the Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council and co-chaired a campaign that raised $15 million dollars to build the Atlanta History Center museum in 1993. Mayor Maynard Jackson appointed her to the Corporation for the Olympic Development of Atlanta prior to the 1996 Olympic games. Between 1981 and 1982, Dodd served as the first female chair on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. In addition, she served as a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Ivan Allen Company until retiring 1995. After moving to St. Simons Island, she continued community work as president of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society and as a member on the Board of Trustees at the Coastal College of Georgia Foundation. She married James L. Dodd Jr. (1924-2000) they have two daughters and four grandchildren.


2.33 linear ft. ((two document cases, one oversize box, and one flat file) )



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2010, with subsequent additions

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.


Marie Dodd Ivan Allen family 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 the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305