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Peters Family Papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS169

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, bank books, receipts, advertisements, and legal documents from Richard Peters and members of his family. Most of the collection consists of receipts and vouchers of Richard Peters' Estate. There are also substantial records of Richard's agricultural work in raising and selling livestock. Other materials include letters between family members, legal documents on land sales, pamphlets on the Butterfly Club, an insurance card, and advertisements for printers and clothiers.


  • 1848-1965, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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

Richard Peters (1810-1889) was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, now part of Philadelphia. After serving an apprenticeship with architect William Strickland, Richard was offered a position by John Edgar Thomson on the Georgia Railroad as an assistant engineer in 1835. He first visited Atlanta (then called Marthasville) in 1844 and moved there permanently in 1846. In Atlanta, Peters was involved in railroad construction and management and real estate investment. Richard Peters married Mary Jane Thompson in 1848 and purchased 405 acres in what later became Midtown, Atlanta. He was an avid livestock breeder and horticulturalist and established a nursery in Atlanta in 1854. In 1871, he founded the Atlanta Street Railway Company, with George Adair, which built the first street railway in Atlanta. After the Kimball House was destroyed by fire, Peters lead the efforts to rebuild it and at the same time, began to subdivide his north Atlanta land. In 1887, he donated four acres of land to help found Georgia Institute of Technology. Upon his death in 1889, his son Edward C. Peters became trustee of the Peters estate. Edward was a civic and business leader, and in 1890 he formed the Peters Land Company. He is primarily associated with the proposed development of Peters Park. After Edward's death in 1937, the family home passed to his son Wimberly, and then to Wimberly's wife, Lucile, who lived in the house until her death in 1970.


1 linear ft. (3 document cases)



System of Arrangement

Collection arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Estate of Lucille Kuhrt Peters, 1971 (1971.108)

Related Archival Materials

Lucille Kuhrt Peters photographs collection, VIS 255, Kenan Research Center at the Altanta History Center.

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2011.

Peters Family Papers
Laura Starratt
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 the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305