Lemuel Madison Park papers, 1888-1922

Emory University

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

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Park, Lemuel Madison, 1846-1916.
Title: Lemuel Madison Park papers, 1888-1922
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 630
Extent: 2 linear feet (4 boxes), 1 oversized bound volume (OBV), and 1 oversized papers box and 1 oversized papers folder (OP)
Abstract:Papers of public officer Lemuel Madison Park, including correspondence, business records, personal papers, diplomas, and a family chart.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Gift, 1982; with subsequent additions, 1994


[after identification of item(s)], Lemuel Madison Park papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by Peter Leithart, August 1993 .

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Lemuel Park (1846-1916) was the son of Major John Park, the founder of LaGrange Female College and a charter member of the Emory College Board of Trustees. A Civil War veteran, Lemuel was president of Park Cotton Mills and Park Hotel in LaGrange, and appears to have been president of Commercial Union Insurance Company in Atlanta during the early twentieth century. In 1914, he ran unsuccessfully for State Treasurer.

Robert Park (1843-1904) was an 1860 graduate of Emory College and a Civil War veteran. Following the war, Robert taught for a year at Tuskegee High School, became principal at Lucas Institute, Mount Meigs, Alabama, and then principal of LaGrange High School. In 1872, he moved to Macon, Georgia, to take a position with a publishing company. From 1886 on he was a Trustee of Emory College and from 1900 until his death he served as Georgia's State Treasurer.

Biographical Source: More detailed information on the Park family, especially concerning Robert Emory, may be found in William Northen, ed., Men of Mark in Georgia, vol. 4, p. 197-203.

Scope and Content Note

The Lemuel Madison Park papers, 1888-1922, consist mainly of correspondence and business records of Lemuel and his brother, Robert Emory Park. This collection has been divided into three sections. Section 1 contains the records of Lemuel Park, which have been separated into three groups: general correspondence and personal papers, insurance papers, and materials relating to his campaign for State Treasurer of Georgia. Section 2 includes personal papers of Robert Park concerning his term as Georgia State Treasurer, his book about the 12th Alabama Regiment of the Confederate States of America, his service on the finance committee of the Emory College Board of Trustees, and diplomas and certificates awarded to him. Section 3 include diplomas and certificates related to other family members. Section 4 contains a genealogy chart of the Park family.

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Container List

Lemuel Madison Park papers
Box Folder Content
1 1-2 General correspondence, 1904-1916, no date
1 3 Financial records
1 4 Miscellaneous advertisements
1 5-6 Envelopes
1 7-8 Insurance papers: Correspondence, 1904-1905
1 9-24 Insurance papers: Policy applications
2 1-9 Insurance papers: Policy applications
2 10 Insurance papers: Weekly reports
2 11 Insurance papers: Financial records
2 12-17 Insurance papers: Insurance policies
2 18-20 Insurance papers: Legal documents
2 21 Insurance papers: Receipt books
2 22 Insurance papers: Envelopes
3 1-7 Campaign for State Treasurer: Correspondence, 1914 March-August; no date
3 8-12 Campaign for State Treasurer: Lists of voters
3 13 Campaign for State Treasurer: Ballots and leaflets
3 14 Campaign for State Treasurer: Clippings
3 15 Campaign for State Treasurer: Notes
OBV1 Lemuel Park ledger for Commercial Union Insurance Company
Robert Emory Park papers
4 1 Correspondence, 1888-1901
4 2 Correspondence, 1902-1903
4 3 Correspondence, 1904 January-March
4 4 Correspondence, April-September
4 5 Correspondence, October-December
4 6 Correspondence, 1905 January-March
4 7 Correspondence, April-June
4 8 Correspondence, July-December, n.d.
4 9 Correspondence, 1906
4 10 Correspondence, 1907
4 11 Correspondence, 1908
4 12 Correspondence, 1909-1914, n.d.
4 13-14 Financial and legal records
4 15-17 Clippings and printed material
4 18 Certificates
4 19 Notes
4 20 Invitations and programs
4 21 Postcards
4 22 Business cards
4 23 Ballots
4 24 Bookplates and subscription blanks
4 25-26 Envelopes
OP2 - Poster advertising inter-state fair
OP1 1 Certificates and diplomas: Emory College, Master of Arts, July 1873; Association of the Army of Northern Virginia: Virginia Division, February 9, 1886; College of East Alabama, July 8, 1892; Insurance Charter, January 28, 1896; State of Georgia: State Treasurer certificate, October 1906; State of Georgia: State Treasurer certificate, October 1910; General Society of Colonial Wars, August 2, 1914; and Jefferson Davis Home Association, no date
Other Family Members
OP1 2 Arthur Park: Certificates and diplomas: Technological High School, Diploma, June 9, 1916; University of Georgia: State College of Agriculture: The Agriculture Club, June 18, 1919; University of Georgia: Bachelor of Agriculture, June 1919; Georgia School of Technology: Bachelor of Science in Commerce, June 13, 1921; Atlanta Law School: Bachelor of Law, June 6, 1923; General Society of Colonial Wars, March 15, 1960
OP1 3 Other family members: Certificates and diplomas: Mrs. Henry Harris, Certificate of Friendship, Protection, and Kindness of all True and Accepted Free Masons, January 25, 1915; Madison Lemuel Park, Technological High School diploma, June 20, 1919; Stella Swanson, Southern Female College diploma, no date; Edwin O. Williams, Master Mason certificate, College Park Lodge No. 454, November 1, 1909; [niece of Edwin 0. Williams), Certificate of Friendship, Protection, and Kindness of all True and Accepted Free Masons, November 13, 1922
OP1 4 Other family members: Diploma: Martha Harris: Southern Female College, May 21, 1901
4 27 Park family chart