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Lattimore family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Lattimore, Harry Hays, 1874-1931.
Creator: Lattimore, Ralston B.
Creator: Lattimore, William, 1866-1934.
Title: Lattimore family papers
Dates: 1842-1986
Extent: 0.55 cubic feet (2 boxes, 1 folder)
Identification: MS 2100

Biographical/Historical Note

Brothers William Lattimore (1866-1934) and Harry Hays Lattimore (1874-1931), along with H. H. Lattimore's son, Ralston Bond Lattimore (c. 1902-1970), were involved in Savannah, Georgia, real estate, including the development of Ardsley Park, Ardmore, Berwick Terrace, and Hampton Terrace. Ralston Lattimore aided his father and uncle in the development of Ardsley Park in the 1920s and later was a reporter for the Savannah Morning News specializing in articles concerning the arts and history. Ralston Lattimore later began a career with the Office of National Parks, Buildings, and Reservations under the United States Department of the Interior and served as Superintendent of the Fort Pulaski National Monument from1948 until the late 1960s. He also edited The Story of Robert E. Lee as Told in His Own Words and Those of His Contemporaries, which was published in 1964.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of materials that belonged to brothers William Lattimore and Harry Hays Lattimore, as well as H. H. Lattimore's son, Ralston Lattimore. A large portion of the collection consists of research notes by Ralston Lattimore concerning Fort Pulaski and Cockspur Island. These notes include a scrapbook of newspaper clippings from the 1930s describing renovations on Fort Pulaski and index cards covering research sources 1735-1936. Also included in the collection are stock share certificates, property documents, and newspaper clippings concerning the Lattimore family, other individuals from Savannah, and Savannah history. The collection is divided into three series: Lattimore family materials; Fort Pulaski and Cockspur Island, Georgia, research materials; and photographs. The photographs series includes seven black-and-white undated photographs. One photograph is an image of the Hunter-Mackay House in Savannah, Georgia. The other photographs are of identified individuals, but it is not known whether these individuals are members of the Lattimore family. Items 2-6 in this series are in the same format and may originally have been part of a group of images.

The folder containing photographs is noted as "VM" (visual materials) in the collection inventory.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Cockspur Island (Ga.)--History.
Fort Pulaski National Monument (Ga.)--History.
Lattimore family.
Lattimore, Harry Hays, 1874-1931.
Lattimore, Ralston B.
Lattimore, William, 1866-1934.
Property records.
Research notes.
Savannah (Ga.)--History--20th century.
Stock certificates.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Lattimore family papers, MS 2100, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Beth L. Reiter, 1982, 1984, 1987.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List


SERIES 1:: Lattimore family materials, 1842-1986



11Stock share certificates, 1891-1893, 1905, 1920, 1940
2Property documents, 1842-1844, 1892-1894, 1900-1903, 1916, 1923, undated
3Newspaper clippings, 1923, 1931-1939, 1946, 1964-1965, 1970-1975, 1986, undated
(clipping topics include obituaries of family and other Savannah citizens as well as Fort Pulaski)
4Miscellaneous, 1911, 1920, undated

SERIES 2:: Fort Pulaski and Cockspur Island, Georgia research materials, 1735-1937



15Fort Pulaski and Cockspur Island research notes covering materials, 1767-1811, 1937
6Scrapbook, "Fort Pulaski National Monument," by Ralston Lattimore, 1933-1934


2Index cards. There are 8.5 inches of typed 4 x 6 inch cards indexing various materials concerning Fort Pulaski and Cockspur Island, 1735-1936

SERIES 3:: Photographs


1Photograph mounted on cardboard of a woman and child, Mrs. G.W. Lamar, Jr. and Miss S.E. Lamar (name largely indecipherable)


1Margaret Charlton


1Marian Lauers Granger


1Hugh Stephens and unidentified man


1Mary Stuart Gordon


1Sam Lawrence and Wm. Grove


1Hunter Mackay House, Reynolds Square, Savannah