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Emmet Bondurant papers of the Atlanta Charter Commission

Collection number: ahc.MSS1169

Scope and Content

This collection includes legal records, meeting minutes, correspondence, news articles, organizational charts, draft charters, district maps, consultants' proposals, research reports, and a resolution of commendation given to Emmet Bondurant. Committee minutes and correspondence document the commission's work in creating the new charter throughout its various stages of development. The collection also documents feedback the commission received from city planners and from the public through consultant reports and newspaper articles.


  • 1925-1973, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1969 - 1973


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Emmet J. Bondurant was born in Athens, Georgia on March 16, 1937. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1960, earning his Bachelor of Laws degree. He received his Master of Laws from Harvard University in 1962. He worked as an attorney for the Atlanta firm Kilpatrick, Cody, Rogers, McClatchey and Regenstein, and was active in a number of civic and legal organizations. In 1971, he was appointed Chairman of the Atlanta Charter Commission.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Atlanta Charter Commission was established by the Georgia General Assembly in order to revise the 1874 city charter. The Commission was organized into committees, including Education, Governmental Finances, Governmental Structure and Governmental Services. The members met and drafted various elements of the new charter until final passage by the Georgia General Assembly in 1973.


5.004 linear ft. (12 document cases)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2013

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

Emmet Bondurant papers of the Atlanta Charter Commission
Jennifer Blomqvist
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

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305