Richards family papers
Scope and Content
This collection contains the diaries and typewritten transcripts of the diaries of Samuel P. Richards. Journals of Irene Richards, Sarah V. Richards, and Dora Richards. There is also correspondence, family history, a Bible, and scrapbooks containing various information. These papers chronicle daily events in Atlanta and prices and availability of goods. They also describe the shelling and evacuation of the city and also the travels of S.P. Richards to New York City as a refugee in 1864, and his return to Atlanta over a year later.
- 1842-1945, undated
- Richards, Samuel P. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.
Samuel Pierce Richards (1824-1910) and his brother Jabez J. Richards opened their "Book, Music, and Fancy Store" in Macon, Georgia in October of 1848. In 1855, they opened another store in Atlanta and the store proved so successful that eventually they closed the Macon store and established a headquarters in Atlanta. After fleeing to New York City during the Civil War, the brothers returned to Atlanta and postwar business began to grow. Samuel retired from the business in 1894. He left his business to his three sons.
3.8 linear ft. (8 document cases)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, 1968 and subsequent additions.
America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
- Samual P. Richards papers
- Paul Crater
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- Finding aid is written in English.