J. Newton Bell, Jr. landscape architectural drawings
Collection number: ahc.VIS271
Scope and Content
This collection contains landscape drawings of mostly residential projects, but also includes some commercial properties and parks in Griffin and other Georgia cities. Drawings include general landscape plans and plant lists as well as plans for walls, foundation plantings, and traffic islands. Of special interest is Bell's 1940 senior thesis drawing of a country estate for his parents.
- 1940-1994, undated
- Bell, J. Newton (Jewell Newton) (Person)
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.
J. (Jewell) Newton Bell, Jr. (1919-2008) was born in Griffin, Georgia, in 1919, to Jewell N. Bell (1880-1961) and Harriet Belle Stanley Bell (1896-1970). He earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia in 1940 and was the 15th registered landscape architect for the state of Georgia. Bell worked for Monroe's Landscape and Nursery Company in Atlanta, Georgia, where he prepared landscape plans for the Piedmont Driving Club in 1940. Bell joined the Air Force in 1942 and during World War II, drew targeting maps for bombing raids in the South Pacific theater and performed damage assessment after bombing raids. After being discharged from service, Bell began his landscape architecture business in Griffin. He worked on residential, public, and commercial buildings such as banks, government buildings, and churches in cities including Griffin, Athens, Perry, Newnan, and Covington. Bell later opened an antique and interior decorating business in Griffin and married Leila Searcy (1922-2015).
System of Arrangement
This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was processed in 2017.
- Bell, J. Newton (Jewell Newton)
- Gardens -- Design
- Gardens -- Georgia
- Griffin (Ga.)
- Landscape architects -- Georgia -- Griffin
- Landscape architecture -- Designs and plans
- Landscape architecture -- Georgia
- Landscape gardening -- Georgia
- Plants, Ornamental -- Georgia
- Trees -- Georgia
- Urban beautification -- Georgia -- Griffin
- J. Newton Bell, Jr. landscape architectural drawings
- Jennie Oldfield
- September 2017
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Finding aid is written in English.