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Louise B. Hastings papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1096

Scope and Content

This collection contains bulletins, pamphlets, and programs that describe the social and civic activities of Louise Hastings. Additional material includes detailed histories and events of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. Of special note are handwritten speeches that Hastings gave to regional clubs.


  • 1926-1978, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Louise Katherine Brown Hastings (1901-1987) was born in Grovania, Georgia, to parents H. Rutherford Brown and Betty Daniel Brown. She graduated from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, and attended the Marine Biological Institute in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She married Donald M. Hastings (1901-1991) in 1924 and they had two children, Mary Louise (later Mary Louise Clarke) (approximately 1926- ) and Donald M. Hastings, Jr. (1929-2013). In 1942, Donald M. Hastings, Sr. succeeded his father as president of the family mail order seed nursery, H. G. Hastings Company of Atlanta, Georgia. Louise Hastings was the 1935 president of the Habersham Garden Club of Atlanta, Georgia, with whom she wrote a flower show guidebook. She served as president of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. from 1936 to 1938 and was an officer for the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. in 1940. Louise and husband Donald co-wrote The Southern Garden Book in 1948. She also served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee of Atlanta's Women of the Year organization. She was a member of the Atlanta Music Club, the Atlanta Opera Guild, the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, and the National Society of Magna Carta Dames. In addition, Hastings was a popular garden speaker and noted flower arranger.


1.21 linear ft. (one half document case and one oversize box)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, undated

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2016.

Louise B. Hastings papers
Jennie Oldfield
July 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