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Thomas Eugene Avery papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS811f

Scope and Content

This collection contains an unpublished autobiography about Avery's grade school years in Atlanta Public Schools during the Great Depression. The text is arranged as a collection of short stories. Avery wrote about studying in segregated school, church, and everyday life in the 1930s. The collection also includes two newspaper articles; one of them outlines Avery's academic successes, and in the other Avery describes his confusion and discomfort leading up to a metastatic prostate cancer diagnosis in Houston, Texas.


  • 1944, 1996, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Thomas Eugene Avery (1925-2002) was born in Thomson, Georgia, to Gladys Mae Smith (1901-1974) and Henry Thomas Avery (1900-1965). Avery studied in and graduated from the Atlanta Public Schools system, and served as an avaiation ordnanceman during World War II. He earned degrees in forestry and science from the University of Georgia in 1949, a master's degree in forestry from Duke University in 1950, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. Avery married and divorced twice, Lucy Ferguson and Marianna Moore, respectively. Avery curated three university textbooks and published more than 60 technical articles in professional journals. In 1981, he retired to Columbus, Texas.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2005

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.
Thomas Eugene Avery papers
Kristina Ford
September 2018
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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