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
- Salter, Lillian Youngs (Person)
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.
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
VIS 344 was previously catalogued as SAL.
This collection was reprocessed in 2018.
- Acklin, Arthur
- Adair family
- Adair, Mary Virginia
- African Americans -- 1940-1950
- Anderson, Constance Schaffner Spalding, 1906-1997
- Atlanta Debutante Club
- Balls (Parties) -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Broach, Mary Frances
- Brooks, Basil Emory
- Brownlee family
- Brownlee, Lisbeth Connor, 1884-1952
- Brownlee, Mary Jo, 1921-2013
- Brownlee, WIlliam Mungo
- Debutantes -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Dining rooms -- Georgia -- Atlanta -- 1920-1930
- DuBose, Beverly Means, 1886-1953
- Merritt, Martha
- Piedmont Driving Club -- Employees
- Piedmont Driving Club
- Portrait photography
- Salter, Lillian Youngs
- Wilson, Bill
- Woodruff, Robert Winship
- Yopp, Betty
- Mary Jo Brownlee debutante ball photographs
- Breylan Martin
- October 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.