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James M. Wright Papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS211

Scope and Content

The bulk of the James M. Wright papers, circa 1964, consists of handwritten research on note cards, handwritten manuscripts, typescripts, and galleys of his book, The License System of the City of Atlanta (1964). Box 4 contains subject files containing articles, pamphlets, reports, surveys, and other printed material related to public utilities, taxation, religion, slavery, and transportation. Information about Wright’s background in education and employment is contained in the folder titled, “Education and Employment History, 1896-1938.”


  • 1896-1964


Conditions Governing Access

The 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

James M. Wright (1880-?) spent his youth in Missouri, and attended Norborne public schools. After high school, Wright completed undergraduate work at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, before graduating with a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He married Eva Burrus on 5 September 1906 in Liberty, Missouri and they had one son, James M. Wright. Wright taught at numerous academic institutions, among them Georgetown College and Baylor University, before accepting a faculty position at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, where he taught economics and sociology during the late 1920s and 1930s. He authored numerous scholarly articles about economics, law, and race relation, and later wrote, The License System of the City of Atlanta, published in 1964. Additional descriptive information regarding James M. Wright has not been determined.


4.8 linear ft.



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. William Green, 1976 (1976.144)

General Physical Description note

Extent: 4.8 linear feet (7 boxes)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2008
James M. Wright Papers: ahc.MSS 211
An Inventory of His Papers at the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Inventory prepared by Melanie Stephan
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 the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305