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Roan family papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1202

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents created and collected by the Roan family. Materials include school documents from various Atlanta and DeKalb institutions; work papers from Judge Roan and Tattie Mae Roan; military and travel papers from Charles Roan; and music and theater programs. The bulk of the material is contained within three scrapbooks, primarily consisting of news clippings, but also including photographs and other ephemera. One of the scrapbooks documents Margaret Zattau Roan's studies at Wesleyan College. Of particular note in the scrapbooks are materials about Margaret Zattau Roan's work as a suffragist, activist, and music therapist. Suffragist papers consist of telegrams to the Convention League of Women Voters, articles, and documents from the National League of Women Voters.


  • 1913-1971, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Biographical / Historical

Margaret Zattau (1905-1975), daughter of Charles Zattau (1884-1943) and Josephine Zattau (1884-1959). Margaret Zattau Roan graduated from Washington Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, then from Wesleyan college in Macon, Georgia, in 1926, after which she studied at Juilliard School of Music in New York. She interned in music therapy at Eloise Hospital in Michigan and became a pioneer in music therapy for children, later serving as president of the Georgia Federation of Music Clubs. She was also a member of the Covington Suffragettes, a national officer of the League of Women Voters, a leader in Democratic women's groups, and served in the Woman Volunteer Services of DeKalb County during World War II. In 1926 Zattau married Augustus Morrow Roan (1898-1959), who was born to Charles T. Roan (1866-1911) and Issie M. Roan (1870-1963) in Jonesboro, Georgia. He graduated from South Georgia College, University of Georgia, and Atlanta Law School. In 1925 he passed the Georgia bar and later worked as a judge in DeKalb County, Georgia; in addition, he served as president of the Superior Court of DeKalb, on the board of governors of the Georgia Bar Association, and as president of the Georgia Association of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Augustus and Margaret had two children, Charles Thurston (1928-1988) and Margaret Roan (1938- ). Both graduated from Druid Hills High School in DeKalb County. Afterwards, Charles Roan attended Georgia Evening College, later Georgia State University, before enlisted in the United States Army as a private in 1946. In 1960 he married Tattie Mae (1928-1992) who was a graduate of Agnes Scott College and earned a master's degree in Library Science from Emory University. She served as President of Atlanta Information Service Inc. and taught computer science at Georgia University of Technology and Emory. Roan and Tattie Mae had two daughters, Ansley Josephine Roan (1965- ), who graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and Caroline Tabitha Roan (1968- ), who graduated from Druid Hills High School and married Arjang Abbasi in 2003.


1.251 linear ft. (three document cases and one oversize folder)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2004, with subsequent additions

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in November 2020.

Roan family papers
Leah Lefkowitz
October 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305