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Rhodes Family Papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS13f

Scope and Content

The collection consists of family papers, including the Last Will and Testaments of A.G. Rhodes (18 October, 1928) and his wife Amanda Wilmot Rhodes (24 December, 1926). Included are worksheets documenting the dispersal of bequests and legal documents that reference their estate. In his Last Will and Testament, A.G. Rhodes left money to numerous relatives and to the A.G. Rhodes Home for Incurables and Peachtree Christian Church.


  • 1927-1937


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Amos Giles Rhodes (1859-1928) was born in Henderson, Kentucky on December 29, 1859. In 1875, he came to Atlanta to work for the L and N Railroad. He married Amanda Dougherty in 1876. The couple had two children, Joseph D. and Louanna. In 1878, he opened a furniture store on Decatur Street. He is credited with being the originator of the installment payment plan because he allowed customers to make weekly payments on purchases. In the 1880s, A.G. Rhodes’s furniture business thrived, and he opened additional furniture stores all over the country. In 1890, he formed a partnership with J.J. Haverty, who also lived in Atlanta. Rhodes-Haverty Furniture opened its doors in St. Louis, Missouri in 1891, and it operated until 1912, when the partnership ended amicably. A.G. Rhodes died on June 16, 1928.


23 item(s)



Acquisition Information

Gift, 1985

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2007
Rhodes Family Papers
Paul Crater
June 2009
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305