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Allen Family photographs, 1840-1990 (VIS 104)    

In 1895, Ivan Earnest Allen, son of Daniel and Susie Harris, moved to Atlanta, Georgia and co-founded an office supply company.   He and his wife Irene Beaumont (1890-1972) gave birth to a son, Ivan in 1911.  Ivan Allen, Jr. (1911-2003) served as president of the Ivan Allen Company and also as mayor of Atlanta from 1962-1970.  Allen is credited with leading Atlanta through an era of significant economic growth while maintaining relative calm during the civil rights movement.  The collection consists of images of generations of family members and friends of the Allen, Inman, Richardson, and Grant families. Most of the photographs of family members consist of images of Ivan Allen, Sr. and Ivan Allen, Jr. depicting their careers, social events, and their families.  Also included are photographs of employees and the buildings and grounds of the Ivan Allen Company.  The collection also contains photographs of the private residence of Ivan Allen, Sr., and that of Hugh Richardson, and the Franklin Roosevelt’s Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia.

The Allen Family photographs contain 403 black and white and color photographic prints, 63 of which are digitized and available on this database.  To view the rest of the images, please visit the Kenan Research Center.

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Digitization of this collection is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.