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Helen Bivings notebook

Collection number: ahc.MSS899f

Scope and Content

This collection contains Helen Bivings's notebook from when she studied at Washington Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia and at Mason Junior College and School for Girls in Tarrytown, New York. The notebook includes Bivings's written assignments for Washington Seminary along with three outlined maps filled out by Bivings. There are also three event programs; one for a Commencement Recital put on by The Mason Junior College and School for Girls in 1930, and the other two for recitals put on by music students in 1929. Of particular note are Bivings's notes about learning how to become a seamstress.


  • 1929-1930, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Helen Randall Bivings (1910-2005) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Dr. William Troy Bivings (1875-1960) and Helen Randall Bivings (1876-1969). Bivings attended Spring Street Elementary School, North Avenue Presbyterian School, and graduated from Washington Seminary in 1929 where she was a member of the Pi Pi Club and the Colony Club. She continued her education at Mason Junior College and School for Girls in Tarrytown, New York, from 1929-1930 and then attended Oglethorpe University in 1931 in Atlanta. In 1931 Bivings was a debutante, and in 1935 she married Augustus "Gus" Shaw Loyless (1907-1964). They had two daughters, Helen Bivings and Betsy Seymour. Bivings and Loyless later divorced; Bivings married Dr. Clyde Livingston Crawford (1904-1988) in 1956, whom she also divorced. Bivings volunteered at many organizations including the Junior League of Atlanta, the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School guild, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, and the Pro-Mozart Society. She served on the Board of the National English-Speaking Union and as chairman of the Atlanta and National Patrons Committee. In addition, Bivings was the president of the Alumni Association of Oglethorpe for two terms and the president of the Planters Garden Club of Atlanta for two terms.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2007

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

Helen Bivings notebook
Emma Jones
June 2019
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

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Atlanta GA 30305