Haverty family papers
Collection number: ahc.MSS904
Scope and Content
This collection documents the Haverty family, Haverty's Furniture Company, and associated professional organizations. The papers consist of business correspondence, family letters, financial records, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, speeches, travel journals, and writings. Included in the collection are speeches from Haverty's and American Retail Federation meetings and conventions, as well as first person narratives from Rawson Haverty Sr. highlighting his travels to Europe and family history. Additionally included are musical compositions and poetry from Clarence Haverty. The collection also contains materials highlighting the Catholic Church, MARTA, and the National Retail Furniture Association. Of special interest are annual reports and board member documents from Saint Joseph's Hospital, along with United States Army brochures and booklets for soldiers in World War II.
- 1810-2007, undated
- Haverty family (Family)
Conditions Governing Access
The 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.
Thomas Haverty (1809-1896) was born in Kilchreest, Ireland. He married Margaret Cannon (1816-1882) in 1835 and they had five children: Michael (1837-1907), Katherine (1838-1899), Mary (1840-1930), Ellen (1843-1905), and J. J. (James Joseph) Haverty Sr. (1858-1939). The family immigrated from Ireland to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1858. J. J. Haverty Sr. married Clara Theresa Malone (1859-1918) in 1880 and they had ten children: James "Clarence" Haverty (1881-1960), Mary May (1884-1967), Maud (1887-1968), Robert Thomas (1889-1952), Marguerite (1893-1982), Ben (1894-1895), John Rhodes (1896-1940), J. J. Jr. (1896-1965), Dorothy (1900-1986), and Katherine (1902-1986). J. J. Haverty Sr. started Haverty's Furniture Company in 1885. Between 1889-1908 Haverty went into partnership with A. G. (Amos Giles) Rhodes (1850-1928) and formed the Rhodes-Haverty Furniture Company. After separating with A. G. Rhodes in 1909, J. J. Haverty Sr., along with Clarence Haverty, went on to restructure Haverty's Furniture Company.
Clarence Haverty married Elizabeth Rawson (1889-1986) in 1912 and had three children: Clare (1917-1979), James "Rawson" Haverty Sr. (1920-2007), and Elizabeth (1924-2014). Clarence became president of Haverty's Furniture Company in 1938, served as director of Fulton National Bank from 1910 to 1938, and president of the National Retail Furniture Association in 1943. In 1946 he was appointed a Privy Chamberlain of the Sword and Cape and in 1956 was invested as a Master Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Clarence served on the boards of Saint Joseph's Infirmary and the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co. Rawson Haverty Sr. was called into active duty with United States Army in 1942 and served as lieutenant and later was promoted to the rank of major. Rawson Sr. married Margaret Middleton Munnerlyn (1925-2013) in 1951 and had five children: Peggy, Jane, Rawson Jr. (1956- ), Liz (Mary Elizabeth), and Ben. Rawson Sr. was elected president of the National Retail Furniture Association in 1952 and was appointed president of Haverty's Furniture Company in 1955. In 1960 Rawson Sr. became director of the Fulton National Bank. He also served on the board of directors for MARTA and Saint Joseph's Hospital.
19.17 linear ft. (29 document cases, four oversize boxes, and two record center boxes)
System of Arrangement
This collection is arranged into five series: Series I: Haverty family ephemera; Series II: J. J. Haverty; Series III: Clarence Haverty; Series IV: Rawson Haverty Sr.; Series V: Haverty professional records. Series II-V are arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, 1983, with subsequent additions
This collection was processed in 2020.
- Atlanta (Ga.) -- Social life and customs
- Banks and Banking -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Cathedral of Christ the King (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Catholics -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Church buildings -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Depressions -- 1929 -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- First National Bank of Atlanta
- Fulton National Bank
- Furniture industry and trade -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Haverty Furniture Companies
- Haverty family
- Haverty's Furniture Company
- Haverty, Clarence (James Clarence)
- Haverty, Elizabeth Rawson
- Haverty, J. J. (James Joseph)
- Haverty, Rawson (James Rawson), 1920-2007
- Hospitals -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
- Middleton family
- Munnerlyn family
- National Retail Furniture Association (U.S.)
- Rawson family
- Rhodes, A. G. (Amos Giles)
- Rhodes-Haverty Furniture Company (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Saint Joseph's Hospital (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Saint Joseph's Infirmary (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
- Haverty family papers
- Josh Hogan and Daena Carrillo
- January 2013
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.