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Lawshe family photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS323

Scope and Content

This collection contains portraits of Er Lawshe's wife, children, brother, and daughter-in-law. Of special note is one carte de visite of his jewelry business at 47 Whitehall Street.


  • approximately 1850-1904


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

Er Lawshe (1824-1897) was born in Union County, Pennsylvania. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1848 with two of his brothers. Lawshe worked as a cabinet maker apprentice and later opened a jewelry shop with Riley Baker. Lawshe married Sarah Winifred Peck (1835-1894) in Atlanta on August 8. 1854. The couple had five children: John Zimmerman Lawshe (1856-1927); William Peck Lawshe (1858-1892); Er Lawshe Jr. (1872-1947); Annie Lawshe Hardeman (1863-1951); and Mary Margaret Lawshe (1866-1946). John Zimmerman Lawshe married Willie James Elder (1869-1951) on February 11, 1891. They had one daughter, Martha (1892-1991). Er Lawshe built a two-story home on 224 Peachtree Street, which adjoined property owned by his in-laws. At the beginning of the Civil War, Lawshe received a captain's commission and served throughout the duration of the war in the Confederate Army. In addition to being an active Mason, he was involved with the First Methodist Church and founded the Old Wesley Chapel. Later in his life, Lawshe wrote stories for the Atlanta Constitution.


26 image(s) (11 cabinet cards, eight black and white photographic prints, two ambrotypes, two tintypes, two daguerreotypes, and one carte-de-visite)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1979

Related Archival Materials

Lawshe Family papers, MSS 235, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center


This collection was previously catalogued as LAW.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.

Lawshe family photographs
Timothy Cole Hale
September 2018
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305