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Dr. Benjamin R. Lacy Correspondence

Collection number: ahc.MSS224

Scope and Content

The bulk of this collection consists of photocopies of letters sent to Benjamin R. Lacy during his career as a student and later Pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Many of the letters are of a personal nature, covering topics of daily life such as student life, sports, and his popularity as a pastor. The correspondence comes from a variety of sources including unexplained relatives, military comrades, and former schoolmates.


  • 1907-1935


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Administrative/Biographical History

Benjamin Rice Lacy, Jr. (1886-1981) was born in Raleigh, North Carolina to Benjamin R. Lacy, Sr. and Mary L. Burwell. He received a Doctor of Divinity in Theology from Davidson College, North Carolina in 1919. He had been ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church in the United States in 1914. During World War I, he served as chaplain in the 113th Field Artillery in the 30th Division. At the end of the war, Benjamin Lacy moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he began work as pastor for the Central Presbyterian Church. In 1919, he also married his wife, Emma Elizabeth White. His four children were: Benjamin Rice III, William White, Robert Burwell, and Emma Elizabeth. Benjamin Lacy served in Atlanta, until 1926 when he became President of the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Other genealogical information about the family is currently unavailable.


0.25 linear ft.



System of Arrangement

Files are arranged in the order originally presented by donor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ms. Elizabeth Hipps, 1978 (1978.293)

General Physical Description note

Extent: .25 linear ft. (one document box)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2007.

Dr. Benjamin R. Lacy Correspondence ahc.MSS 224
An Inventory of His Papers at the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Inventory prepared by Michael Brubaker
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305