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Atanta Law School records

Collection number: ahc.MSS833

Scope and Content

This collection contains commencement exercise programs, annual announcement, bulletins, and annual catalogs of the Atlanta Law School.


  • 1887-1994, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

The Atlanta Law School was founded in 1890 by four Atlanta attorneys: Hamilton Douglas, Sr., Hooper Alexander, Archibald H. Davis, and Charles A. Read. Hamilton Douglas, Sr. served as the first Dean of the school, followed by his son, Hamilton Douglas, Jr. and Judge Herschel Cole. It was one of the first schools in America to offer night classes. Serving as the city's oldest institution for legal education, many of its students went on to occupy leading positions at the bar, on the bench, and as public servants. By 1988, it had graduated over 6,000 students. Additional historical information about the Atlanta Law School has not been determined.


2.83 linear ft. (one 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, 1994

Related Archival Materials

All visual arts materials have been separated from the collection and are unprocessed. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

The Atlanta Law School yearbooks have been separated to the yearbook collection.

Atlanta Law School records
Laura Starratt
October 2012
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