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Mary Jo Brownlee debutante ball photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS344

Scope and Content

This collection contains images of the debutante ball at the Piedmont Driving Club December 4, 1940 on Mary Jo Brownlee's 19th birthday. Lillian Y. Salter (1920-1996) attended the ball and collected and identified most of the photographs. Included are photographs of guests, chefs, and servants in formal attire as well as decorations of the venue and food. Some of the identified attendees include Atlanta photographer Bill Wilson; Mary Virginia Adair; Betty Yopp; Connie Spalding Anderson; and Mr. and Mrs. Beverly DuBose, Jr.


  • 1940 December 4


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

Mary Jo Brownlee (1921-2013), daughter of William Mungo Brownlee (1879-1962) and Lisbeth Howe Connor Brownlee (1884-1952), was a member of the Atlanta Debutante Club. She and her parents celebrated at her debutante ball held at the Piedmont Driving Club in 1940. Mary Jo Brownleee married Atlanta dentist Dr. Harry Anderson Crosswell (1916-1992) on October 17, 1941. By 1947 they had moved to Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where they raised four children: Harry Brownlee Crosswell (1943-), William Conner Crosswell (1946-), Robert Anderson Crosswell (1948-), and Mary Jane Crosswell Miller (1950-).


44 image(s) (44 black and white photographic prints)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1981


VIS 344 was previously catalogued as SAL.

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2018.

Mary Jo Brownlee debutante ball photographs
Breylan Martin
October 2018
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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