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Plaster and Smith families photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS440

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs of members of the Plaster and Smith families. Photographs show Plaster family members gathered for family reunions, Emma Plaster (1905-1987) at school with her classmates, and a group portrait of young women, including Tullie Smith (1886-1967), titled “The Four Smith Sisters.” Additional photographs include unidentified men, some wearing Confederate uniforms, unidentified Girl Scouts, and an unidentified residence. Of special note are photographs of the Rock Spring School that include building locations and the school’s history.


  • 1835-1950, 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

Emma Smith Plaster (1867-1951) was born to James Washington Smith (1827-1874) and Emily Wynne Smith (1830-1883) in Fulton County, Georgia. She married Frank A. Plaster (1867-1938) in 1890 and the couple had six children: Daniel Liddell Plaster (1892-1955), Mary Smith Plaster (1894-1895), James Wilson Plaster (1896-1962), Sarah Plaster Brown (1899-1963), Nellie Plaster (1902-1917), and Emma Plaster (1905-1987). Daniel Liddell Plaster married Kathleen DeMille Plaster (1890-1991) and the couple had one son, Daniel Plaster Jr. (1929- ). Emma Smith Plaster is buried in Rock Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery along with other members of the Plaster and Smith families. Emma and Frank were members of the Plaster, Smith, Collier, and Steele families, one of the first settlers of Fulton and DeKalb counties in Georgia. Frank A. Plaster was the great-grandson of Benjamin Plaster (1780-1836), who owned over 1,000 acres of land in the Atlanta area on which Rock Spring School was built in 1835.


25 image(s) (14 black and white photographic prints and 11 black and white photographic prints mounted on one heavy stock poster board and paper)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1950, with subsequent additions.

Bias in Description

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This collection was previously catalouged as PLA.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2022.

Plaster and Smith families photographs
Ariana Lee
October 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