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William C. Pauley papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1091

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents which provide details of residential and commercial work by landscape architect William C. Pauley. Materials include plant lists, correspondence, and specifications. Projects are mainly from the Southeastern states and most of the work consists of residential clients from Georgia. Parks, cemeteries, and a hotel are included in Pauley's commercial clients. Of special interest are documents for East View Cemetery in Rome, Georgia, and Lincoln Memorial Park cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.


  • 1922-1953, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

William Crooks Pauley (1893-1985) was born in Lafayette, Indiana, and earned a master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Massachusetts State College in 1918. He served in the United States Army from 1918 to 1919 before moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 1919. He married Frances Emma Freeborn in 1930. He worked for E. Burton Cooke, Landscape Architect, C.A. Dahl Company, and Lakewood Nurseries of Atlanta, before opening his own practice in 1923 in downtown Atlanta. Pauley was the first landscape architect to hold a permanent practice in Atlanta and received the first license to practice landscape architecture in Georgia. Starting largely with residential projects, his work expanded to include schools, colleges, cemeteries, and parks, along with commercial projects. Pauley held many professional memberships including the Georgia Engineering Society, Atlanta Beautiful Commission, the State Examining Board of Landscape Architects, and was a member and fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.


0.21 linear ft. (one half document case)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by client name.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1986

Related Archival Materials

William C. Pauley landscape architecture drawings, VIS 184, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2016.

William C. Pauley papers
Jennie Oldfield
June 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 the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305