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Boutwell Hudgins's oral history and written account of the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917

Collection number: ahc.MSS805f

Scope and Content

This collection contains an oral history recording of Boutwell Hudgins's recollection of the 1917 Great Fire of Atlanta, which he survived while he was a student at the Atlanta Technological High School. There is also a handwritten account of the event that he wrote as well as copy written by his daughter, Leckey.


  • 1995


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Boutwell Hudgins (1899-2002) was born in Hudgins, Virginia, to Burton Boutwell Hudgins (1858-1944) and Mamie Leckey Hudgins (1868-1930). Boutwell graduated from Atlanta Technological High School in 1917 and then attended Georgia School of Technology. For a short time in 1918, he served as an apprentice seaman in the United States Naval unit at the Georgia School of Technology. After graduating, Boutwell worked as a civil engineer. He married Elsie Levi Jones (1902-1959), and the couple had five children: Frances E., Betty Lee, Dorothy Louise (1926-2000), Lilly B., and Alice Leckey (1930-2008).


2 folder(s)



Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audio recording was made on audio cassette and can be made accessible only through conversion to digital audio. Patrons who request access to the audio content in this collection are responsible for digital conversion costs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1995

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.

Boutwell Hudgins's oral history and written account of the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917
Meredith Jones
July 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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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