Skip to main content

Florence Bryan Ansley family photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS246

Scope and Content

This collection consists of family photographs of Mrs. Bonneau Ansley (Florence Bryan). Included are images of her parents Judge and Mrs. Shepard Bryan; great-grandmother Sally Addison Cobb Jackson (1847-1915); mother-in-law Florence King Jackson; and Sister Mary Bryan Benedict. Most of the images in the collection are informal photographs of family members taken in the home of Florence Bryan. Of special note is a photo of Florence Bryan and Judge Shepard Bryan standing before a plaque commemorating the founding of the DeKalb County Federal Savings and Loan Association (April 1958). Of interest is a photo of Mary Norcott Bryan and Florence Bryan at their debut party in the ballroom of the Piedmont Driving Club (1933). Also of special note is a black and white photograph of the front door of the Ansley's residence at 2865 Andrews Drive, NW, Atlanta, Georgia. The Ansleys moved into this home in 1938 and remained there until 1964.


  • approximately 1880 - 1958


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

Sally Addison Cobb Jackson (1847-1915), daughter of General Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb and Marion McHenry Lumpkin Cobb, married Captain Henry Rootes Jackson, Jr. (1845-1895). Florence King Jackson (1871–1962), daughter of Captain and Mrs. Henry Jackson, married Shepard Bryan on January 14, 1909 in Atlanta, Georgia. Florence Bryan Ansley (1912-2006), daughter of Judge Shepard Bryan (1871-1970) and Florence King Jackson (1871-1962), was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Ansley had two sisters: Marion Cobb Bryan Carter and Mary Bryan Benedict. She attended Tenth Street School and Washington Seminary in Atlanta until the tenth grade, at which time she joined the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. in 1928. After graduating from high school, Ansley attended Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, became a member of the Chi Omega Sorority, and graduated with a degree in literature. She married William Bonneau Ansley, Sr., and they had three children: William Bonneau Ansley, Jr., Shepard Bryan Ansley (1939 - ), and Ellen Ansley Hardison. Ansley authored three books, two of which are biographies that recount her family history in Atlanta and the State of Georgia: The Life of Shepard Bryan (1988) and The Jacksons: The General and the Captain (1984). Her third book, The Block: The West Side of Peachtree Road between West Wesley Road, NW, and Muscogee Avenue, NW (1982), describes the history of each family and home in that area. Ansley was an active member of the Colonial Dames of America, the Piedmont Driving Club, the Atlanta History Center, the Atlanta Preservation Center, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.


14 image(s) (14 black and white and color photographic prints)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition



VIS 246 was previously cataloged as ANS.

Description Control

The collection was re-processed in 2017.

Florence Bryan Ansley family photographs
Felicia Render
April 2017
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