Martha Lumpkin Compton scrapbooks, 1832-1919

Emory University

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Compton, Martha Lumpkin, 1827-1917.
Title: Martha Lumpkin Compton scrapbooks, 1832-1919
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1074
Extent:.25 linear ft. (1 box), 8 bound volumes (BV), and 1 oversized bound volume (OBV)
Abstract:Sscrapbooks kept by Martha Lumpkin Compton, the youngest daughter of Governor Wilson Lumpkin, containing clippings, autographs, and some writings.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Purchase, 2007, with subsequent additions.


[after identification of item(s)], Martha Lumpkin Compton scrapbooks, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Laura L. Carroll, October 2008.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Martha Atalanta Wilson Lumpkin Compton (1827-1917), was an Athens, Georgia, native and youngest daughter of Governor Wilson Lumpkin. The origin of the name of Atlanta, as well as Marthasville, Atlanta's previous name, was in her honor. She married Thomas M. Compton in 1878. She is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia, in a plot donated by the city.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of nine scrapbooks kept by Martha Lumpkin Compton. The scrapbooks mostly consist of newspaper clippings. One scrapbook contains autograph signatures and some handwritten correspondence, including that of her father Wilson Lumpkin. Other scrapbooks contain some writings by Compton in addition to newspaper clippings. The writings are handwritten recipes, personal musings, comments on the clippings in the scrapbook, and poetry and prose. Compton comments on national events, literary figures, family members, books, and family history. The collection also contains an account book listing various expenditures and includes pasted receipts from 1866-1877. The collection also includes four folders of loose newspaper clippings, recipes, financial records, legal documents, and family correspondence from 1832-1919. The legal documents include a carbon copy of Martha Lumpkin Compton's will, in addition to an indenture, dated 1866, between Compton and her father in which he deeded to her 160 acres of land in Athens.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in chronological order.

Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Correspondence, undated, 1832-1899
1 2 Correspondence, 1901-1919
1 3 Clippings
1 4 Financial records, 1878-1901
1 5 Legal documents, 1866-1908
1 6 Recipes
BV8 Scrapbook and diary, circa 1850s
BV1 Scrapbook, 1857-1880
BV2 Account book, 1866-1877
BV3 Scrapbook, 1893-1904
BV4 Scrapbook/Autograph book, undated
BV5 Scrapbook, undated
BV6 Scrapbook, undated, labeled "Confederacy"
BV7 Scrapbook, undated
OBV1 Scrapbook, undated, Georgia history