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Dargan Landscape Architects Inc. records

Collection number: ahc.MSS1065

Scope and Content

This collection contains client files detailing landscape architecture plans, estimates, invoices, and correspondence. Also included are accounting and financial records, teaching and lecture materials, and professional correspondence with vendors and nurseries. Additionally, media files contain articles highlighting Dargan projects and events.


  • 1918-2010, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1979 - 2010


Conditions Governing Access

This 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Hugh Graham Dargan, ASLA from Darlington County, South Carolina, earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from University of Georgia in 1973 and founded Hugh Dargan Associates the same year. He studied historic preservation of landscapes at West Dean College in West Sussex, England. Mary Palmer Kelley Cooper Dargan, ASLA from Nashville, Tennessee, earned her bachelor's in botany from University of Tennessee, in 1976 and a master's in landscape architecture from Louisiana State University in 1981. The Dargans practiced landscape architecture for 12 years in Charleston, South Carolina. They married in 1985 and moved to Atlanta in 1993. In 2000 the Dargans renamed their firm Dargan Landscape Architects, Inc.

Administrative/Biographical History

Hugh Dargan is a founding board member of the Southern Garden History Society. Mary Palmer Dargan is a founding member of the advisory committee of the Garden Conservancy of America. The Dargans each taught at the University of South Carolina and The Art of Landscape Design Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, and other locations. Mary Palmer Dargan also taught landscape architecture at Clemson University, South Carolina. The Dargans have published several books including Lifelong Landscape Design (2012) and are frequent lecturers. The Dargans have earned numerous project awards from organizations such as the American Society of Landscape Architects and The Garden Club of America. The Dargan gardens have been featured in many magazines, such as Southern Accents,Garden Design,HG, as well as the Home and Garden Television (HGTV) seriesGround Breakers.


26.27 linear ft. (63 document cases)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series: Series I. Client files and Series II. Professional records. Both series are arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2005 with subsequent additions

Description Control

This collection was processed 2015.

Dargan Landscape Architects Inc. records
Jennie Oldfield
June 2015
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Finding Aid Prepared According To Dacs
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305