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Meeting Place for Travellers, West End, Atlanta, essays

Collection number: ahc.MSS1231

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two bound volumes of typescript essays written by the 1947 tenth and 1949 twelfth grade English classes at Joseph E. Brown High School under the direction of James E. Warren Jr. in West End, Atlanta. The writings highlight a variety of topics including West End schools, churches, residents, parks, businesses, transportation, newspapers, and smaller neighborhoods within West End. Many of the essays were inspired by oral interviews with long-term West End residents. Some essays include drawings, hand-drawn maps, and images from other publications. Of special interest is an essay and maps of Adair Park.


  • 1947-1949


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

The Joseph E. Brown Junior High School opened in 1924 at 765 Peeples Street SW in the West End neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. In 1947 the school became Joseph E. Brown High School, sometimes referred to as Brown High School. In 2020 the Atlanta Board of Education voted to change the school's name to Herman J. Russell West End Academy.

James E. Warren Jr. (1908-1997) was a poet and English teacher at Joseph E. Brown High School. Warren taught with the Atlanta Public School system from 1933 to 1959, after which he became Chairman of the English Department for the Lovett School until retiring in 1974. He was a member of the Atlanta Historical Society and the Poetry Society of America.


.21 linear ft. (one half document case)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1949

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2022.

Meeting Place for Travellers, West End, Atlanta, essays
Jennie Oldfield
July 2022
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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