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Sidney Root papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS908f

Scope and Content

This collection contains autobiographic and biographic materials on Sidney Root as well as transcriptions of letters and newspaper articles written by Root. Materials include the manuscripts for Root's unpublished autobiography, Memorandum of My Life and genealogy papers on the Root family. Of particular note is a manuscript of a biography of Root by Walter McElreath, one of the founders of the Atlanta Historical Society.


  • 1863-1897, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Sidney Dwight Root (1824-1897) was born in Montague, Massachusetts, to Eliza Carpenter (1786-1849) and Salmon Root (1780-1849). In 1840, he moved to Lumpkin, Georgia, to become a merchant. In 1849, he married Mary Harvey Clark (1831-1886) and they had three children: John (1850-1891), Florence (1854-1918), and Walter (1859-1925). The family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in the summer of 1857. In 1861, Root enlisted in the Minutemen of Fulton County. To further support the war effort, he organized the Board of Direct Trade to ensure Confederate trade to Europe would not be disrupted. After the Civil War, Root and his family moved to New York City, but returned to Atlanta in 1878. He served as a trustee of the Atlanta Baptist and Spelman Seminaries, became the director of the International Cotton Exposition of 1881, and played a prominent role in the establishment of Grant Park.


4 folder(s)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1992

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

Sidney Root papers
Allison Maier
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 the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305