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Jennie Meta Barker research papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS53

Scope and Content

These papers consist primarily of newspaper clippings collected by Jennie Meta Barker about Atlanta and it's history. Most clippings relate broadly to Atlanta, but particular subjects include history, the arts, politics and government, business and organizations, notable Atlantans, and Georgia geography. In addition to clippings, there are also reports, pamphlets, publications, and correspondence relating to these topics. The collection also contains notes and chapters that Barker wrote for her unpublished history of Atlanta, as well as materials regarding her work in teaching and history. Many folders are labeled simply "Atlanta - news clippings," but may contain some hand written notes or other ephemera.


  • approximately 1820-1967, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1967


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

Jennie Meta Barker (1883-1978) was born to Thomas Nathaniel Barker (1846-1896) and Medora Elizabeth Lovejoy Barker (1847-1931). She attended Agnes Scott Institute (later called Agnes Scott College) in Atlanta, Georgia; the University of Chicago; Columbia University in New York; and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Barker taught history at Commercial High School in Atlanta, as well as a course on Atlanta history for teachers new to the Atlanta Public School system. In addition, she was on the Board of Directors at the Atlanta Historical Society and wrote for it's bulletin and other history journals. For many years she worked on, but never completed, a book on the history of Atlanta.


25.6 linear ft. (55 document cases, two oversize boxes, one oversize folder)