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Hastings family papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS752

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials including personal and business histories, details of civic and cultural organizations, and scrapbooks. A typescript copy of The Southern Garden is a part of this collection as well as a scrapbook that provides insight into the growth and development of the city of the Atlanta. A scrapbook created by Louise Hastings includes information on The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. as well as other gardening clubs and societies.


  • 1891-1991, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Harry George Hastings (1869-1962) was born in Springfield, Ohio on March 8, 1869. He later moved to Florida and in 1889 established the H. G. Hastings Company, a mail-order business specializing in garden and field seeds as well as nursery stock. Two years later, he married Miss Pearl M. Freeborn (1869-1937). The couple had two children while ilving in Interlachen, Florida: William Raymond Hastings and Harry Stanley Hastings. In 1899, H. G. Hastings moved his business and family to Atlanta. H. G. Hastings and Pearl Freeborn Hastings had their third child, Donald Madison Hastings, shortly thereafter.

Administrative/Biographical History

In 1922, upon graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Donald M. Hastings, Sr. (1901-1991) joined his father's firm. Two years later, he married Louise K. Brown (1901-1987). The couple had two children: Mary Louise who later married Thomas Hal Clarke, Sr. of Atlanta and Donald Madison, Jr. In 1942, Donald M. Hastings, Sr., succeeded his father as president of H. G. Hastings Company. With his wife Louise, he co-authored The Southern Garden Book, which was published in 1948.


4.23 linear ft. (2 document cases, 2 oversize boxes)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1992

Related Archival Materials

Hastings Family photographs VIS 174; H. G. Hastings Company photographs, VIS 173, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Separated Materials

All visual arts materials have been removed and are located in VIS 174.

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2015.

Hastings family papers
Laura Starratt and Jennie Oldfield
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