David S. Atkinson papers
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David S. Atkinson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Atkinson, David S., (David Scarlett), 1884-1956.
Title: David S. Atkinson papers
Dates: 1910
Extent: 0.2 cubic feet (1 folder, 1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 2197

Biographical/Historical Note

David Scarlett Atkinson (1884-1956) was born in Camden County, Georgia, the son of Dr. Dean Dunwoody Atkinson and Sarah Hardee Scarlett Atkinson. After becoming a lawyer, Atkinson moved to Savannah in 1908. He soon became involved in local and state politics, serving as assistant city attorney, city attorney, as well as in the house and senate of the State General Assembly for many years. He was the author of the revised Code of Savannah of 918, which was the accepted codification of Savannah's laws for a number of years. In 1945, he became a judge in the Superior Court of the Eastern Judicial Circuit and soon worked his way up to senior judge of that court. Judge Atkinson was an active leader in civic and professional organizations both in Savannah and throughout the state of Georgia.

Judge Atkinson married Catherine Candler in Savannah on June 3, 1914. The couple had four children. Atkinson died in Savannah on February 22, 1956, after suffering a stroke.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of papers dating from the 1910s, during Judge Atkinson's time as Savannah's assistant city attorney. It includes newspaper clippings about local politics, correspondence, a mortgage deed, several bills (including a 1912 Southern Bell telephone bill for Dixon Headquarters, a 1914 bill to Sheriff Merritt W. Dixon, and a 1917 bill from John S. Banks Music Company), and a blueprint of lot 47, Norwood Ward. Also included in the collection is a copy of the 1914 law and regulations governing the inspection of slaughter houses from Georgia's Department of Agriculture, the 1912 rules and regulations of Savannah's Board of Drainage Commissioners, and a 1914 copy of the rural mileage route for Georgia.

Also included in the collection are four photographs, two of which are oversize photographs of the grave of Mar A. Berry Egan (1867-1912), the wife of Michael J. Egan, and their son Patrick H. Egan (d. 1899). The grave is in the Catholic Cemetery in Savannah. Another photograph entitled "1st Classical" depicts nine men, seven of whom are identified: Frances Kearney; Frederick Underwood; Howard A. Arthur; Marshall Gary; F. Clark; H. Bochling; and John Bouhan. The fourth photograph is a portrait of an unknown man in a riding outfit, sash, and top hat. The connection between these photographs and Judge Atkinson is unknown. The folders containing photographs are noted as "VM" (visual materials) in the collection inventory.

Index Terms

Atkinson, David S., (David Scarlett), 1884-1956.
Catholic Cemetery (Savannah, Ga.)
City attorneys--Georgia--Savannah.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Financial records.
Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], David S. Atkinson papers, MS 2197, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert A. Salvi, 1986.


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.

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