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Thomas Whipple Connally papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS947

Scope and Content

The Thomas Whipple Connally papers are arranged in three series. The first series concerns construction jobs performed at the Connally Building, located at 157 Whitehall Street, and at Connally's residence, located at 2021 Peachtree Road. These are mostly invoices from various companies. The second series deals with the Granite Club and includes speeches written by members of the Club as well as correspondence. Of special interest in this series is a telegram dated April 18, 1912 to Connally from a Granite Club member mentioning the sinking of the Titanic. The third series includes correspondence documenting Connally's efforts to have dormitories built for the fraternities at Emory University and University of Georgia.


  • 1909-1927


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Thomas Whipple Connally was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 30, 1881 to Dr. Elijah Lewis Connally and Mary Virginia Brown Connally. His siblings were Captain Joseph Brown Connally, Frances Connally Hentz, Sally Brown Connally Martin, Mary Temperance Connally Spalding, and Elizabeth Grisham Connally.

In 1898, Thomas W. Connally attended Emory College in Atlanta and became affiliated with the Gamma Chapter of Chi Phi Fraternity. He was elected permanent president of his class at Emory College and graduated in 1902. Chi Phi Fraternity honored Connally in 1903 by electing him to a national office. In 1904, he received a law degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, where he was again chosen to be the permanent president of his class and was involved with the Eta Chapter of Chi Phi Fraternity. Throughout his lifetime, Connally remained devoted to Chi Phi. In addition to Emory University and University of Georgia, Connally attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Connally was also involved in the Granite Club of the First Methodist Church of Atlanta (formerly the University Club). This club was organized in April of 1909 by Dr. J. S. French, a pastor of the Methodist Church, and promoted social relationships, the development of moral character, and the cultivation of intellectual strength. The club had approximately a dozen members, and met once a month with one member acting as host and another member reading a paper on a subject selected by him at each meeting. The reading was followed by a general discussion. Connally served as secretary, treasurer, and scribe during his membership with the Granite Club.

In 1925, Connally married Dorothy Copeland and they had two children: Sally Patricia Connally, (b. 1926) and Thomas Whipple Connally, Jr., (b. 1927). In December 1927, at the age of 46, Connally died suddenly of pneumonia. In addition to the previously mentioned accomplishments, Connally served as the secrectary, treasurer, and attorney of the Connally Real Estate Company. He was a leading figure in real estate circles in Atlanta and served as president of the Atlanta Association of Builders and Managers. In addition, Connally was a member of the Atlanta Board of Public Welfare. Connally founded three trust associations for Chi Phi Fraternity: the Gamma Trust Association at Emory University, the Eta Trust Association at University of Georgia, and the Omega Trust Association at Georgia Institute of Technology. At the time of his death, Connally was a trustee of Emory University and a member of the executive committee of Emory University Alumni Counsel. He also served as the treasurer of the Emory College Alumni Association.


0.42 linear ft. (one document case)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged into three series: I. Construction invoices, 1923-1927; II. Granite Club, 1909-1914; and III. Fraternity dormitory project, 1910-1926.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1981

Description Control

This collection was processed in 1999.

Thomas Whipple Connally papers
Laura Starratt
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