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Women's Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta and Dogwood Festival records

Collection number: ahc.MSS938

Scope and Content

The records of the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta have been divided into two series; series have been designated for Women's Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. The first series includes the charter, by-laws, and policies and procedures of the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta, as well as correspondence, newsletters, meeting literature, news clippings, photographs, and financial data. The records of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival include correspondence, programs, promotional literature and press kits, and news clippings. Although the records date from 1952 until the late 1980s, the majority cover the Chamber's activities in 1977 and 1978 and the Dogwood Festivals of 1973 and 1974, the years that Helen Gore Lathem was most actively involved with the organization and the Festival.


  • 1952-1989


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 Women's Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta began in 1922 as the Women's Division of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. In 1937 it was restructured to form an independent organization devoted to making Atlanta a safer and more beautiful place in which to live and work. The organization grew significantly in ensuing decades, involving itself with numerous aspects of community improvement and business and civic development. Its overall objective is the advancement of the civic, cultural, commercial, educational, and health interests in Atlanta as defined by the business women of the community. The organization recognizes and encourages the prominent leadership role these business women have in the affairs of Atlanta and the state of Georgia. In 1967 the Women's Chamber began sponsoring the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, transforming the fledgling and irregularly-held event into an annual April production. The Festival attracts many visitors to Atlanta, thus having a positive impact on the economy and culture of the metropolitan area.


1.2 linear ft. (3 document cases)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1990

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.

Women's Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta and Dogwood Festival records
Josh Hogan
April 2013
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