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Oliver family papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS959f

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a poem by John S. Madden dedicated to John E. Oliver, titled "Halloween"; Madden's obituary; a postcard commemorating the lynching of Leo Frank; a letter from Herman Talmadge thanking Lidu "L. E." Olver for contributing to his Georgia gubernatorial campaign; correspondence about Jesse Ricketson Armstrong's service in the Confederate States Army and his wife, Kate Farr Armstrong's, pension.


  • 1915-1947, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright, All requests to publish, quote or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.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

Lidy Edward Oliver (1879-1969) was born to James Holden Oliver (1846-1927) and Mary Fannie Aspinwall Oliver (1848-1897) in Atlanta, Georgia. He served as a captain in the United States Army during World War I. After the war, he married Olivia Armstrong (1904-1981), who was born in Norwood, Georgia, to Jessie Richardson (1848-1926) and Kate Farr (1873-1957) Armstrong. Lidy and Olivia Oliver had eight children: John E. Oliver (1924-1944), Francis K. Oliver (1927-?), Jessie P. Oliver (1928-1951), Mary A. Oliver (1930-2013), Charles H. Oliver (1932- ), Joyce R. Oliver (1934- ), Earl L. Oliver (1939- ), and Ray M. Oliver (1944- ). Lidy E. Oliver worked as a guard at the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, with John S. Madden (1879-1937).


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2019

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Content Advisory

This collection contains original unedited versions of all content. Some material may contain depictions of violence, offensive language, or negative stereotypes reflecting the culture or language of a particular period or place. There may be instances of racist language and depictions, particularly regarding African Americans. These items are presented as part of the historical record for the purpose of education and research. The viewpoints expressed in this collection do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of the Atlanta History Center or any of its officers, agents, employees, or volunteers.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2022.

Oliver family papers
Britny Davis
September 2022
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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