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G. Eric Harkness visual arts material

Collection number: ahc.VIS240

Scope and Content

This collection contains landscape drawings and photographic prints that landscape architect G. Eric Harkness produced between 1954 and 1994. A variety of projects are represented such as city planning, commercial and residential properties, parks and urban renewal developments. Of special interest are drawings and plans for Alpine Village of Helen, Georgia.


  • 1954-1994, undated


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.

Administrative/Biographical History

George 'Eric' Harkness (1928-2010) was born in Ottawa, Carleton County, Ontario, in 1928 and married Ann Myers of Jenkins, Kentucky, in 1958. Harkness received a bachelor of science from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, and a master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard School of Graduate Design at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1957. The Harkness' moved to Atlanta in 1961. After working for a private landscape architecture firm, Harkness was hired by the City of Atlanta Bureau of Planning in 1965. There he worked on city planning and urban renewal development projects until 1990. After retiring from his city position, he worked as an independent landscape architect on primarily residential projects. Harkness was a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.


170 item(s) (135 landscape drawings, 16 negatives, 13 photographs, and 6 postcards)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by client or project.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1988, with subsequent additions

Related Archival Materials

G. Eric Harkness papers, MSS 1088, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2016, with a subsequent addition in 2022.

G. Eric Harkness visual arts material
Jennie Oldfield
May 2016
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