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Alston family visual arts material

Collection number: ahc.VIS236

Scope and Content

This collection consists of an ambrotype, cabinet card, photographic postcard, and portrait prints of the Alston family of Georgia and Alabama. Also included is a VHS tape, "Family Name," directed by Macky Alston, and a DVD, "Slavery by Another Name." Most of the photographs are unidentified family members and all are undated. Included is an 8 x 13 inch portrait print of Philip H. Alston Sr. Of note are photographs of Philip H. Alston Sr., his wife May Lewis Alston, and their children at various events.


  • 1870-2012, 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

The Augustus Holmes Alston family of Georgia and Alabama were English settlers who arrived in North Carolina in 1691. Augustus Holmes (A.H.) Alston (1847-1918), son of William and Elizabeth Howard Alston (1847-1918) served as an attorney and supernumerary circuit judge. He was born in Bibb County, Georgia, educated in Georgia public schools, and, just before attending college, he enlisted in the Civil War. Alston served in General Basil Duke's Brigade under General John T. Morgan, Ninth Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, and Company C. Alston married Anna Maria Ott (1845-1928) on December 17, 1867. The couple had ten children: Augusta Holmes Alston Lee (1869-1957); Edward Ott Alston (1871-1969); Robert Cotten Alston (1873-1938); Louise Alston Adams (1876-1971); Philip Henry Alston, Sr. (1880-1962); Elizabeth Drake Alston Grubbs (1884-1945); William Ott Alston (1887-ca. 1940); and Augustus Holmes Alston, Jr. (1890-1936). Alston moved his family to Alabama to practice law. In 1882, he was appointed judge of the probate court of Barbour County, Alabama, and served two terms. In 1889, Alston was elected as supernumerary judge and was re-elected twice, first in 1904 and second in 1910. He also worked as chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee of the 3rd District and of Barbour County. Alston's sons graduated from the University of Alabama; several sons became lawyers and moved to Atlanta, Georgia.


60 image(s) (28 photographic prints, 30 photographic negatives, one VHS cassette, one DVD)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2015 with subsequent additions.

Related Archival Materials

Alston family papers, MSS 1068, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2016.

Alston family visual arts material
Felicia Render
January 2016
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