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Hastings Family Photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS174

Scope and Contents of the Records

The collection contains portraits of H. G. Hastings and Pearl M. Freeborn Hastings. A group photograph of a United States delegation to Mexico includes H. G. Hastings, Pearl M. Freeborn Hastings and their three sons. Louise Brown Hastings appears in a group photograph of the 1961 Women of the Year. A photograph documenting an autographing event for The Southern Garden Book features Louise Brown Hastings, Donald M. Hastings, Sr. and their daughter, Mary Louise Hastings Clarke.


  • ca. 1905-1961, undated


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

Harry George Hastings (1869-1962) was born in Springfield, Ohio on March 8, 1869. He later moved to Florida and in 1889 established the H. G. Hastings Company, a mail-order business specializing in garden and field seeds as well as nursery stock. Two years later, he married Miss Pearl M. Freeborn (1869-1937). The couple had two children while living in Interlachen, Florida: William Raymond Hastings and Harry Stanley Hastings. In 1899, H. G. Hastings moved his business and family to Atlanta. H. G. Hastings and Pearl Freeborn Hastings had their third child, Donald Madison Hastings, shortly thereafter.

In 1922, upon graduating from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Agriculture, Donald M. Hastings, Sr. (1901-1991) joined his father’s firm. Two years later, he married Louise K. Brown (1901-1987). The couple had two children: Mary Louise who later married Thomas Hal Clarke, Sr. of Atlanta and Donald Madison, Jr. (1929- ). In 1942, Donald M. Hastings, Sr., succeeded his father as president of H. G. Hastings Company. With his wife, he co-authored The Southern Garden Book, which was published in 1948.


11 image(s)



Arrangement of the Papers

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

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Thomas Hal Clarke and Donald M. Hastings, Jr., 1992 (1992.104).

Related Materials

Hastings Family Papers, MSS 752; H. G. Hastings Company Photographs, VIS 173, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

General Physical Description note

11 black and white photographic prints (1 folder)(1 folder)

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2008.

Hastings Family Photographs, ca. 1905-1961, undatedahc.VIS 174
Inventory prepared by Erica Danylchak
December 2009
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Finding Aid Prepared According To Dacs
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305