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Thomas Gibson papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1185

Scope and Content

The collection contains records from the Atlanta Historical Society, the Rotary Club of Atlanta, and the Yaarab Temple of Atlanta. Items include biographies of Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Warren Harding, a short story titled "The Poppies of Wu Fong," and newspaper clippings, mostly about Ruth Blair (1889-1974) being named as Woman of the Year in 1956.


  • 1914-1967, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Thomas Harris "Hal" Gibson II (1913-1987) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to William Bayne Gibson (1888-1972) and Anna Colmery Gibson (1889-1973). He attended the University of Georgia and later completed management courses at Harvard University and New York University. The Coca-Cola Company hired him in 1937 and he became a district manager. During World War II he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. After the war he returned to the Coca-Cola Company and later became vice president and general manager of Coca-Cola USA Fountain Sales until he retired in 1978. After retiring, he became president of Coca-Cola Grads, a society for retired Coca-Cola employees. He married Dorothy Wiggins Gibson (1918-?) and they had two children: Thomas Harris Gibson III and Diane Callahan. Thomas Gibson II was a member of the board of trustees of the Atlanta Historical Society, a member of the Piedmont Driving Club, and a patron member of International Variety, a charity for children.


0.417 linear ft. (one document case)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1985

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

Thomas Gibson papers
Kurt List
July 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