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Richard Dees Funderburke research papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1242

Scope and Contents

This collection contains research materials produced by Richard Dees Funderburke throughout his academic and professional career. The majority of the collection includes newspaper articles that feature specific architects that were active during the victorian era in the southeastern United States, specifically Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Also included are notes, photocopied images, article drafts, and book proposals authored by Funderburke throughout his career. Lastly, there are theater and musical programs that were of personal interest.


  • 1975-2020, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Richard Dees Funderburke (1947- ) was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, to John Julian Funderburke (1918-1998) and Marie Dees Funderburke (1921-1989). He graduated from Pfeiffer University with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1969. In 1972 he earned his Master of Arts in History in Latin American History from Winthrop University. While attending Winthrop, he received a Fullbright Fellowship and attended the University of Kansas to work on his PhD in Latin American history but he was unable to continue due to lack of funds. Funderburke moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1984 to be with his partner and later husband, Jim Powell (1949-2021). He attended Georgia State University in 1997 where he studied urban history and researched victorian era architecture and wrote a dissertation on Atlanta architect Godfrey Leonard Norrman.

From 1991-2005, Funderburke worked for the City of Atlanta Urban Design Commission as an independent researcher and writer for site and district reports on historic landmarks and sites. He was also responsible for writing entries for the University of Georgia's New Georgia Encyclopedia. During his research for these projects, he looked into one of the first women architects in Georgia, Henrietta Dozier, who grew up during the victorian era. This led him to research gender roles and sexuality in Atlanta, Georgia and the greater Southeast.


6.67 linear ft. (16 document cases)




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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2022

Related Materials

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2023.

Richard Dees Funderburke research papers
Sara Matthews
February 2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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Atlanta GA 30305