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Edward L. Daugherty visual arts material

Collection number: ahc.VIS207

Scope and Content

This collection contains drawings of projects including private gardens, corporate clients, schools, cultural institutions, large developments, parks, and cemeteries. Notable projects are the Atlanta Historical Society (Atlanta History Center), Atlanta Botanical Garden, Coca-Cola Headquarters Complex, Piedmont Hospital, Agnes Scott College, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and a large cross section of private residences in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. Also a part of the collection are microfiche of landscape drawing projects.


  • 1928-2013, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

Born in Summerville, South Carolina and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Edward L. Daugherty (1926- ) was at the forefront of the modernist movement in landscape architecture in the southeastern United States from the 1950s onward. After serving in World War II, he studied landscape architecture at the University of Georgia and continued his education at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, receiving an M.L.A. in 1951. Upon graduation, Daugherty traveled to England on a Fulbright Scholarship to study town planning. When he returned to the United States, he moved to Atlanta and began his own landscape architecture and urban planning practice in 1953. His work spans a broad range of projects including private gardens, corporate headquarters, schools and cultural institutions, and large developments. His notable projects include the grounds of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Avon corporate headquarters, the Georgia Governor's mansion, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Daugherty is a founding member and/or a board member of many organizations, such as the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Arts Festival, and Trees Atlanta. Daugherty has been recognized for his many achievements in landscape architecture. In 1971, he was made a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Atlanta Urban Design Commission honored him with an Award of Excellence for Lifelong Contributions to Landscape Architecture in Atlanta in 1987 and in 2010 he received the ASLA Medal, the highest honor that the society awards.


1314 item(s) (1077 sets of landscape drawings, 201 microfiches, three 16 mm films, 22 black and white photographs, seven slides, three black and white negative, and one map)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by client within assigned project categories.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

16 mm films can be made accessible only through conversion to digital film. Patrons who request access to the 16 mm films in this collection are responsible for digital conversion costs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1982 with subsequent additions

Related Archival Materials

Edward L. Daugherty papers, MSS 997, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Description Control

Collection processed from 2008 to 2009, with subsequent additions.

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Repository Details

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

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305