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Edward L. Daugherty papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS997

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, client proposals, financial records, plant lists, project notes, and research notes that document Daugherty's landscape architecture career. Material includes a broad range of projects, such as private gardens, corporate headquarters, schools and cultural institutions. Also a part of the collection are correspondence, notes, reports, and case studies from professional organizations and committee work. Included are items from the Atlanta street tree planting movement efforts of Daugherty and landscape architect, Norman C. Butts as well as material from the Atlanta Central Area Study II.


  • 1908-1998, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Born in Summerville, South Carolina and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Edward L. Daugherty (1926- ) was at the forefront of the modernist movement in landscape architecture in the southeastern United States from the 1950s onward. After serving in World War II, he studied landscape architecture at the University of Georgia and continued his education at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, receiving an M.L.A. in 1951.

Administrative/Biographical History

Upon graduation, Daugherty traveled to England on a Fulbright Scholarship to study town planning. When he returned to the United States, he moved to Atlanta and began his own landscape architecture and urban planning practice in 1953. His work spans a broad range of projects including private gardens, corporate headquarters, schools and cultural institutions, and large developments. His notable projects include the grounds of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Avon corporate headquarters, the Georgia Governor's mansion, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Daugherty is a founding member and/or a board member of many organizations, such as the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Arts Festival, and Trees Atlanta.

Administrative/Biographical History

Daugherty has been recognized for his many achievements in landscape architecture. In 1971, he was made a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Atlanta Urban Design Commission honored him with an Award of Excellence for Lifelong Contributions to Landscape Architecture in Atlanta in 1987 and in 2010 he received the ASLA Medal, the highest honor that the society awards.


24.67 linear ft. (55 document cases, three audio cassettes, one compact disc, and one oversize box)



System of Arrangement

This collection is organized in two series: Series I. Project records, arranged alphabetically by client name and Series II. Professional papers, arranged alphabetically by subject or publication title.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audio recordings were made on audio cassettes and are only available through conversion to digital audio. Patrons who request access to the audio content in this collection are responsible for digital conversion costs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2007, with subsequent additions

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2011, with subsequent additions.

Edward L. Daugherty papers
Jennie Oldfield
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305