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CANDLER, CHARLES HOWARD, 1878-1957.
Charles Howard and Flora Glenn Candler papers, 1894-1969

Emory University

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

Atlanta, GA 30322

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Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8z39r


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Candler, Charles Howard, 1878-1957.
Title: Charles Howard and Flora Glenn Candler papers, 1894-1969
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 3
Extent: 8.25 linear feet (17 boxes), 2 oversized bound volumes (OBV), 2 oversized papers boxes (OP), and AV Masters: 1 linear foot (1 box)
Abstract:Papers of Georgia businessman and philanthropist Charles Howard Candler and his wife, Flora Glenn Candler, including correspondence, printed material, clippings, photographs, manuscripts, and memorabilia.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Unrestricted access.

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

Source

Gift, 1958; with subsequent additions.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Charles Howard Candler papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Charles Howard Candler (1878-1957) was born in Atlanta Georgia, the eldest son of Asa Griggs Candler, founder of the Coca-Cola Co., and Lucy Elizabeth Howard Candler, daughter of George J. Howard, Atlanta merchant. As a boy he attended Georgia Military Institute for nine years and entered Emory College at Oxford in 1894, receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1898. He studied medicine for two years at the Atlanta College of Physicians and Surgeons (now Emory School of Medicine) and spent a third year at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, but gave up his medical career to go into business with his father. He was given an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Emory University in 1942.

In 1903 he married Flora Harper Glenn, daughter of the Rev. Wilbur Fisk Glenn and Florella Harper Glenn. The Candlers were the parents of three children: Charles Howard, Jr., Catherine (Mrs. William C. Warren, Jr.) and Mary Louisa (Mrs. Alfred T. Eldredge).

In 1916 Charles Howard Candler succeeded his father as president of the Coca-Cola Co. and served again as President 1920-1923, after ownership of the company changed, and continued as a director as long as he lived. He was president of Asa G. Candler, Inc. from 1917 until his death in 1957 and was director of several major companies including Trust Company of Georgia. For nearly thirty years he was chairman of the Board of Trustees of Emory University and was one of its most important financial contributors. He played a vital role in the civic life of Atlanta, being one of those responsible for first bringing Metropolitan Opera to the city. In 1925 he organized the Atlanta Summer Opera Association and was a senior member of the Atlanta Music Festival Association, which is largely responsible for the Metropolitan Opera season in Atlanta.

His wife, Flora Glenn Candler, gave the Glenn Memorial Methodist Church buildings (standing at the entrance of the Emory University campus) in memory of her father. She was active also in Atlanta music, especially the Atlanta Opera Guild and the Atlanta Music Festival Association. She took a special interest in the Emory Glee Club and Emory Chamber Music Series, making a permanent endowment for the latter.

Charles Howard Candler (1878-1957) was born in Atlanta Georgia, the eldest son of Asa Griggs Candler, founder of the Coca-Cola Co., and Lucy Elizabeth Howard Candler, daughter of George J. Howard, Atlanta merchant. As a boy he attended Georgia Military Institute for nine years and entered Emory College at Oxford in 1894, receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1898. He studied medicine for two years at the Atlanta College of Physicians and Surgeons (now Emory School of Medicine) and spent a third year at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, but gave up his medical career to go into business with his father. He was given an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Emory University in 1942.

In 1903 he married Flora Harper Glenn, daughter of the Rev. Wilbur Fisk Glenn and Florella Harper Glenn. The Candlers were the parents of three children: Charles Howard, Jr., Catherine (Mrs. William C. Warren, Jr.) and Mary Louisa (Mrs. Alfred T. Eldredge).

In 1916 Charles Howard Candler succeeded his father as president of the Coca-Cola Co. and served again as President 1920-1923, after ownership of the company changed, and continued as a director as long as he lived. He was president of Asa G. Candler, Inc. from 1917 until his death in 1957 and was director of several major companies including Trust Company of Georgia. For nearly thirty years he was chairman of the Board of Trustees of Emory University and was one of its most important financial contributors. He played a vital role in the civic life of Atlanta, being one of those responsible for first bringing Metropolitan Opera to the city. In 1925 he organized the Atlanta Summer Opera Association and was a senior member of the Atlanta Music Festival Association, which is largely responsible for the Metropolitan Opera season in Atlanta.

His wife, Flora Glenn Candler, gave the Glenn Memorial Methodist Church buildings (standing at the entrance of the Emory University campus) in memory of her father. She was active also in Atlanta music, especially the Atlanta Opera Guild and the Atlanta Music Festival Association. She took a special interest in the Emory Glee Club and Emory Chamber Music Series, making a permanent endowment for the latter.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Charles Howard Candler from 1894-1969. The papers include correspondence, printed material, clippings, photographs, manuscripts, and memorabilia. Flora Glenn Candler's papers include correspondence from her father Rev. W.F. Glenn and mother Flora Glenn, while she was attending LaGrange Female Academy; letters from her future husband Howard as he traveled around on business; and letters to Catherine Candler from her parents and from her future husband William C. Warren, Jr.

Charles Howard Candler's papers include personal correspondence between Charles Howard Candler and his father, Asa Griggs Candler; correspondence and printed material relating to his involvement in the Music Festival of Atlanta, the Governor's Horse Guard Association, and the Emory Alumni Association; correspondence, research notes (including an extensive number of Asa Griggs Candler newspaper obituaries), typescripts, and manuscripts of his biography of his father, Asa Griggs Candler; correspondence and invoices regarding the acquisition of rare books for Candler's collection; and printed material and correspondence relating to other music and civic- related organizations that Candler was involved in Atlanta. Correspondence of Asa Griggs Candler (collected for the biography) is written to family members. Files of information about and photographs of Charles Howard Candler, his family, and their home Callanwolde are also included. The collection also contains several items of ephemera that once belonged to Charles Howard Candler.

Arrangement Note

Organized into two series: (1) Flora Glenn Candler papers and (2) Charles Howard Candler papers.


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