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Austin family papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1230

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Eugene and Dorethia Austin’s high school diplomas and graduation programs from Buford Colored High School, a newspaper clipping about Eugene Austin speaking at Poplar Hill Baptist Church in Buford, Georgia, and a plaque honoring his induction into the United States Supreme Court as an attorney and counselor.


  • 1949-1976, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Eugene (1936- ) and Dorethia (1937- ) Austin were born in Buford, Georgia, to Jurell A. Lattimore (1908-2001) and Willie C. Austin (1895-1942) and had four other siblings; Doris, Rosco, Millie, and Charles. Eugene Austin graduated from Buford Colored High School in 1953, and later Morehouse College, Washburn University, and Howard University School of Law. He passed the District of Columbia Bar and arged cases in front of the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circut, and the United States Supreme Court. Dorethia Austin graduated from Buford Colored High School in 1954 and later married Thomas Livsey. Together they opened the Promised Land Grocery Store in 1970 in Gwinnett County.


2 linear ft. (one oversize box)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2022

Related Materials

Austin and Livsey family members have conducted oral histories, please contact an archivist for access.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in July 2022.

Austin family papers
Brittney English
July 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305