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G. Eric Harkness papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1088

Scope and Content

This collection contains landscape plans, pamphlets, reports, and a directory that provide details on the career of G. Eric Harkness. Materials are from a variety of projects, including commercial, residential, and government clients. Pamphlets show a wide range of interests and topics from ornamental plants to city street planning.


  • 1957-2006, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

George 'Eric' Harkness (1928-2010) was born in Ottawa, Carleton County, Ontario, in 1928 and married Ann Myers of Jenkins, Kentucky, in 1958. Harkness received a bachelor of science from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, and a master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard School of Graduate Design at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1957. The Harkness' moved to Atlanta in 1961. After working for a private landscape architecture firm, Harkness was hired by the City of Atlanta Bureau of Planning in 1965. There he worked on city planning and urban renewal development projects until 1990. After retiring from his city position, he worked as an independent landscape architect on primarily residential projects. Harkness was a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.


0.5 linear ft. (one document case)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by client or project.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2010

Related Archival Materials

G. Eric Harkness visual arts material, VIS 240, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2016.

G. Eric Harkness papers
Jennie Oldfield
May 2016
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 Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305