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Cothran-Danylchak visual arts materials

Collection number: ahc.VIS406

Scope and Contents

This collection contains slides photographed by Cothran and Danylchak, postcards, and a stereograph used for the research and publication of Grave Landscapes. Included in the collection are images of cemeteries (both in the United States and in other countries), churches and churchyards, burial grounds, memorial gardens, and mission buildings and grounds. These images provide details of cemetery and burial practices; decoration and ornament styles on gravestones and monuments; and landscape architecture elements and trends in cemeteries. Also included in the collection are slides depicting cemetery features, such as benches, fencing, tiles, and commonly used plants. A large number of slides are of cemeteries that were developed in the mid-1800s Rural or Garden Cemetery Movement style.


  • approximately 1900-2008, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical / Historical

James "Jim" R. Cothran, FASLA, (1940-2012), was a practicing landscape architect, urban planner, and garden historian. The native South Carolinian received a Bachelor of Science degree in ornamental horticulture from Clemson University in 1962, a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Georgia in 1969, and a Master of Science degree in city planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1978. He served as Vice President of the Planning and Landscape Architecture Division of Robert and Company, an architectural, engineering and planning firm in Atlanta, from 1981 until his death. Cothran also served as a professional instructor in the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Landscape Design Study Program beginning in 1970. Cothran taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia and Georgia State University, where he instructed graduate-level courses on America's historic gardens and landscapes. Cothran was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2002. He was the author of four books, Gardens of Historic Charleston (1995), Gardens and Historic Plants of the Antebellum South (2003) and Charleston Gardens and the Landscape Legacy of Loutrel Briggs (2010). His fourth book, Grave Landscapes: the Nineteenth-Century Rural Cemetery Movement, co-authored with Erica Danylchak, was published posthumously in 2018.

Biographical / Historical

Erica Danylchak, (1979- ), author and preservationist, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Boston University in 2001 and a Master of Heritage Preservation degree in 2008 from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She served as a Research Associate and then Research Manager for the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center from 2004 to 2006 and as a Special Projects Associate for the Cherokee Garden Library from 2005 to 2010. Danylchak also served as a Cherokee Garden Library research fellow for the Georgia Historic Landscape Initiative in 2008. In 2009, Danylchak received the Jenny D. Thurston Memorial Award from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. From 2010 to 2016, Danylchak acted as a executive director of the Buckhead Heritage Society, then joined the educational publishing company, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. As a former student of Jim Cothran at Georgia State University, Danylchak joined Cothran as researcher on his cemetery book project and completed the work following his death.


2136 item(s) (2091 color slides, 44 postcards, and one stereograph)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by cemetery name, country name, or by titles assigned by staff. Control numbers are occasionally out of numeric order.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Slides in this collection are located in cold storage (CS) as indicated by the descriptive inventory. Patrons must allow 24 hours after retrieval of item(s) before viewing material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2017

Related Materials

Cothran-Danylchak papers, MSS 1188, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2021.

Cothran-Danylchak visual arts materials
Jennie Oldfield
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305