Alston family visual arts material
Collection number: ahc.VIS236
Scope and Content
This collection consists of an ambrotype, cabinet card, photographic postcard, and portrait prints of the Alston family of Georgia and Alabama. Also included is a VHS tape, "Family Name," directed by Macky Alston, and a DVD, "Slavery by Another Name." Most of the photographs are unidentified family members and all are undated. Included is an 8 x 13 inch portrait print of Philip H. Alston Sr. Of note are photographs of Philip H. Alston Sr., his wife May Lewis Alston, and their children at various events.
- 1870-2012, undated
- Alston family. (Family)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
This material is 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.
The Augustus Holmes Alston family of Georgia and Alabama were English settlers who arrived in North Carolina in 1691. Augustus Holmes (A.H.) Alston (1847-1918), son of William and Elizabeth Howard Alston (1847-1918) served as an attorney and supernumerary circuit judge. He was born in Bibb County, Georgia, educated in Georgia public schools, and, just before attending college, he enlisted in the Civil War. Alston served in General Basil Duke's Brigade under General John T. Morgan, Ninth Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, and Company C. Alston married Anna Maria Ott (1845-1928) on December 17, 1867. The couple had ten children: Augusta Holmes Alston Lee (1869-1957); Edward Ott Alston (1871-1969); Robert Cotten Alston (1873-1938); Louise Alston Adams (1876-1971); Philip Henry Alston, Sr. (1880-1962); Elizabeth Drake Alston Grubbs (1884-1945); William Ott Alston (1887-ca. 1940); and Augustus Holmes Alston, Jr. (1890-1936). Alston moved his family to Alabama to practice law. In 1882, he was appointed judge of the probate court of Barbour County, Alabama, and served two terms. In 1889, Alston was elected as supernumerary judge and was re-elected twice, first in 1904 and second in 1910. He also worked as chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee of the 3rd District and of Barbour County. Alston's sons graduated from the University of Alabama; several sons became lawyers and moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
60 image(s) (28 photographic prints, 30 photographic negatives, one VHS cassette, one DVD)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, 2015 with subsequent additions.
This collection was processed in 2016.
- Alston family visual arts material
- Felicia Render
- January 2016
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.