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Atlanta Symposium records

Collection number: ahc.MSS411

Scope and Contents

This collection includes records regarding the activities of the Atlanta Symposium. Documents include administrative records, minutes, and member presentations. Administrative records include the history of the organization, by-laws, correspondence, meeting notices, membership rosters. Of special note are secretary notebooks from 1907-1944. Minute records contain Symposium minutes throughout the organization's history. The bulk of the collection are member presentations and information on each member such as curriculum vitae, member data sheets, biographic and professional information.


  • 1907-2021, undated


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Biographical / Historical

Founded in December 1902, the Atlanta Symposium is a local men’s philosophical and social organization, whose motto is "plain living and high thinking." Membership is by invitation only. New members are elected by a secret ballot and unanimous vote. There are three officer positions: chairman, vice-chairman, and secretary. Meetings are held seven times a year, at which members present essays covering a broad range of subjects, including local and world history, science and technology, comparative religion, and philosophy.


4.17 linear ft. (10 document cases)




Records are organized into three series: I. Administrative records, II. Minutes, and III. Member presentations.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2006, with subsequent additions

Processing Information

Collection was reprocessed in 2020.

Atlanta Symposium records
Finding aid prepared by Serena McCracken
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305