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Charles R. Yates visual arts materials

Collection number: ahc.VIS298

Scope and Content

This collection contains images related to Charles R. Yates' amateur golf career, lifetime involvement with the Augusta National Golf Club, philanthropic and civic activities, family life, and business career. Many of the images focus on Yates' winning the 1938 British Amateur Tournament.


  • 1920-2005, 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

Charles R. Yates (1913-2005) was an Atlanta civic and philanthropic leader, internationally accomplished amateur golfer, and businessman. He was born to Presley Daniel Yates and Julia Richardson Yates. Yates graduated from Boys' High School in Atlanta, Georgia, and he earned a bachelor's degree from Georgia School of Technology. Yates learned to play golf at the East Lake Golf Course and was mentored by Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones, Jr. He won the Georgia Amateur tournament in 1931 and 1932, the NCAA title in 1934, the Western Amateur in 1935, and most significantly the British Amateur Championship in 1938. He played on two Walker Cup teams (1936 and 1938), captained the 1953 American Walker Cup team, and was named honorary captain in 1985. Yates played at the first iteration of the Augusta National Invitational Tournament held in 1934 at the Augusta National Golf Club. He was the lowest scoring amateur that year and four more times during his amateur golfing career, which concluded in 1942 after entering military service during World War II. Yates continued his association with the Augusta National Golf Club the rest of his life, serving as secretary for many years. He received the United States Golf Association's Bob Jones Award in 1980 for his contributions to the game of golf and in recognition of his "distinguished sportsmanship."

Administrative/Biographical History

During World War II Yates served in the Navy as a lieutenant on the destroyer, USS Mayo. He married Dorothy Malone on May 22, 1944 and they had four children. Yates served in leadership positions on the boards of the Metro Atlanta YMCA, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Georgia Tech Foundation, among other organizations. He received awards for his civic contributions including the Distinguished Service Award from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the 11Alive Community Service Governor's Award; and an honorary doctorate degree from Emory University. Yates' business career included positions with the First National Bank of Atlanta (1935-1947), Joshua L. Baily & Co. (1947-1960), and finally with the Seaboard Coast Line and Louisville and Nashville Railroads (1960-1973). After retiring at age 60, Yates became the first president of the Atlanta Arts Alliance, where he spearheaded extensive fundraising campaigns for the 13 million dollar Atlanta Memorial Arts Center.


1833 item(s) (664 color photographic prints, 514 black and white negatives, 495 black & white photographic prints,154 color negatives, two drawings, two 8mm films, one 16mm film and one color slide)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series: I) Golf and II) Civic Activities, Personal Life, and Career. Each series is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Video recordings are made on magnetic cassette tapes and motion picture recordings are made on 16mm and 8mm film. These items are made accessible only through conversion to digital format. Patrons who request access to the video and motion picture content in this collection are responsible for digital conversion costs.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Some items in this collection are located in cold storage (CS) as indicated by the descriptive inventory. Patrons must allow 24 hours after retrieval of item(s) before viewing material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2016

Related Archival Materials

Manuscript materials have been separated from the collection. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Note to Archivist

The 32 VHS cassettes that are suppressed in the inventory are missing from the collection. At this time, we cannot offer these materials to patrons. They have been removed from the extents and container summary. Kate Daly, 7/28/2022

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.

Charles R. Yates visual arts materials
In Process
Margaret M. Eves
August 2018
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