Jennie Tate Anderson papers, 1900-1990

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Anderson, Jennie Tate, 1912-1985.
Title: Jennie Tate Anderson papers, 1900-1990
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1183
Extent: 10 linear feet (10 boxes) and 1 oversized papers box (OP)
Abstract:Personal and family papers of Jennie Tate Anderson, Emory graduate and Marietta, Georgia community activist, including correspondence, subject files, photographs, and printed material.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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


Gift of Kent Anderson Leslie, 2011.

Custodial History

The donor is the daughter of Jennie Tate Anderson.


[after identification of item(s)], Jennie Tate Anderson papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Coordinator of Arrangement and Description, Susan Potts McDonald, as part of the Rose Library's holdings in Georgia history.


Unprocessed collection.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Virginia (Jennie) Tate was born on September 22, 1912 in Tate, Georgia. In 1916, after the death of her father, William Boyd Tate, her family moved to Marietta, Georgia. After attending Converse College (Spartanburg, South Carolina) for two years, she went to Emory University and graduated in 1933 with a bachelor's degree in History and Governmental Studies. Shortly after graduating, Tate began her work as the first Director of the Cobb County Department of Public Welfare. In 1936, she left the Public Welfare Department and became the Personnel Director at the Holeproof Hosiery Company. In 1939, Tate married James T. Anderson, Jr., owner of Anderson Chevrolet in Marietta. The Andersons had four children: James Thomas Anderson, III, twins William Tate and Virginia Kent, and Randall Montgomery.

After her marriage, Anderson became heavily involved in the Marietta community and the state, serving on the Parks and Recreation Commission for Cobb County, the Heritage Trust Commission, and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Anderson co-founded the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society. She served on the boards of several organizations, including the Board of Visitors for Emory University, the Fulton Federal Savings and Loan Bank, and the Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council, among others. She also served as the President of the Garden Club of Georgia from 1969-1971.

Jennie Tate Anderson died in January 1985 in Marietta, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Jennie Tate Anderson from 1900-1990. The papers consist of correspondence, printed material, subject files, and photographs. Much of the correspondence dates from the 1930s, when she was a student at Emory University and working at the Cobb County Department of Public Welfare. The subject files pertain to her work in the Garden Club of Georgia. The photographs consist of images of her immediate and extended family, as well as images that document her philanthropic work.

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Unprocessed collection.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 - Subject files
1 - Subject files
3 - Subject files
4 - Subject files
5 - Correspondence
6 - Correspondence
7 - Correspondence
8 - Correspondence
9 - Mixed material
10 - Mixed material
OP1 1 Photographs, certificates, maps, clippings, 1957-1980