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Haverty family visual arts materials

Collection number: ahc.VIS367

Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs, negatives, and maps that document the Haverty family, Haverty's Furniture Company, and associated professional organizations. Included in the collection are images of J. J. Haverty, Clarence Haverty, and Rawson Haverty Sr.'s children, as well as the weddings of Clare Haverty to Frank Ridley Jr., Betty Haverty to Alex Smith, and Rawson Haverty to Margaret Munnerlyn. Photographs feature J. J. Haverty's home Villa Clare, along with Clarence and Elizabeth Haverty's home. The collection also contains travel photographs that include Clarence and Elizabeth Haverty's trip to the Vatican and Rawson Haverty Sr.'s visits to Europe and Istanbul. Of special interest are images captured by Rawson Haverty Sr. while serving as lieutenant, and later major, for the United States Army in World War II, along with maps highlighting dated battles during World War II.


  • 1842-2006


Conditions Governing Access

The 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

Thomas Haverty (1809-1896) was born in Kilchreest, Ireland. He married Margaret Cannon (1816-1882) in 1835 and they had five children: Michael (1837-1907), Katherine (1838-1899), Mary (1840-1930), Ellen (1843-1905), and J. J. (James Joseph) Haverty Sr. (1858-1939). The family immigrated from Ireland to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1858. J. J. Haverty Sr. married Clara Theresa Malone (1859-1918) in 1880 and they had ten children: James "Clarence" Haverty (1881-1960), Mary May (1884-1967), Maud (1887-1968), Robert Thomas (1889-1952), Marguerite (1893-1982), Ben (1894-1895), John Rhodes (1896-1940), J. J. Jr. (1896-1965), Dorothy (1900-1986), and Katherine (1902-1986). J. J. Haverty Sr. started Haverty's Furniture Company in 1885. Between 1889-1908 Haverty went into partnership with A. G. (Amos Giles) Rhodes (1850-1928) and formed the Rhodes-Haverty Furniture Company. After separating with A. G. Rhodes in 1909, J. J. Haverty Sr., along with Clarence Haverty, went on to restructure Haverty's Furniture Company.

Administrative/Biographical History

Clarence Haverty married Elizabeth Rawson (1889-1986) in 1912 and had three children: Clare (1917-1979), James "Rawson" Haverty Sr. (1920-2007), and Elizabeth (1924-2014). Clarence became president of Haverty's Furniture Company in 1938, served as director of Fulton National Bank from 1910 to 1938, and president of the National Retail Furniture Association in 1943. In 1946 he was appointed a Privy Chamberlain of the Sword and Cape and in 1956 was invested as a Master Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Clarence served on the boards of Saint Joseph's Infirmary and the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co. Rawson Haverty Sr. was called into active duty with United States Army in 1942 and served as lieutenant and later was promoted to the rank of major. Rawson Sr. married Margaret Middleton Munnerlyn (1925-2013) in 1951 and had five children: Peggy, Jane, Rawson Jr. (1956- ), Liz (Mary Elizabeth), and Ben. Rawson Sr. was elected president of the National Retail Furniture Association in 1952 and was appointed president of Haverty's Furniture Company in 1955. In 1960 Rawson Sr. became director of the Fulton National Bank. He also served on the board of directors for MARTA and Saint Joseph's Hospital.


2439 item(s) (1600 black and white photographic prints, 460 color negatives, 341 color photographic prints, 27 black and white negatives, and 11 maps)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged into three series: Series I: J. J. Haverty; Series II: Rawson Haverty Sr.; Series III: Haverty professional affiliates. Series I and II are arranged chronologically by family member. Series III is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1983, with subsequent additions

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2020.

Haverty family visual arts materials
Daena Carrillo
February 2020
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