Courtland Simmons Winn papers, 1892-1940

Emory University

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

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Winn, Coutland Simmons, 1863-1940.
Title: Courtland Simmons Winn papers, 1892-1940
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 798
Extent: .25 linear ft. (1 box) and 1 oversized bound volume (OBV)
Abstract:Papers of Mayor Courtland S. Winn, including scrapbooks, a small amount of correspondence, certificates, newspaper clippings, and photographs.
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.


Gift of Frederick Ware Huff, 1997.

Custodial History

Frederick Ware Huff, a great-grandson of Courtland S. Winn, collected the material in this collection from Winn family members before donating them to the library.


[after identification of item(s)], Courtland Simmons Winn papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired as part of the Rose Library's holdings in the history of Atlanta, Georgia.


Processed by Susan Potts McDonald, January 4, 1998.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Courtland Simmons Winn (1863-1940), son of Samuel J. Winn and Sarah Simmons of Lawrenceville, Ga. He attended Emory College and later was admitted to the Georgia bar in Monroe, Ga. By age 21, he was elected Mayor of Lawrenceville, Ga. and served two terms beginning in 1884. On December 31, 1885, he married Fannie Thomas. From 1887-1888, he practiced law and served as the City Commissioner in Lawrencevile. The Winn family moved to Atlanta in 1888. In Atlanta, Winn continued his law practice until 1902 when he was elected councilman for Ward 2 of Fulton County. He served as Fulton County administrator and vice-chairman of the Fulton County Board of Education. In 1910, he was elected Mayor of Atlanta and served until 1913. From 1925 until his death, he maintained his law practice and held the position of assistant city attorney for Atlanta.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Courtland S. Winn from 1892-1940. The papers consist of scrapbooks, a small amount of correspondence, certificates, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The two scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings relating to Winn's successful 1910 campaign against James G. Woodward for Mayor of Atlanta. The collection also contains photographs of Winn; items relating to the Winn's participation in civic organizations in Atlanta; Winn's 1892 certificate to practice law in Georgia and his 1899 certificate from the Fifth Circuit Court of the United States; a resolution by the Atlanta City Council regarding Winn's death; and obituaries for Winn and his wife, Fannie Thomas Winn.

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Container List

Courtland Simmons Winn
Box Folder Content
1 1 Business card and mayor letterhead
1 2 Campaign button: "Winn for Atlanta"
1 3 Certificate: Fifth Circuit Court of the United States, 1899
1 4 Certificate: Supreme Court of State of Georgia, 1892
1 5 Certificate: War Dept., Local Board 7, Atlanta, Ga., 1917
1 6 Correspondence
1 7 Directory, "Government of the City of Atlanta," 1902-1903
1 8 Invitation: University Club of Atlanta, reception for President Taft, 1911
1 9 Membership card: Piedmont Lodge No. 447, Atlanta, Ga., Free & Associated Masons
1 10 Membership receipt: Woman's Pioneer Society (Mrs. Courtland Winn)
1 11 Newspaper clippings
1 12 Obituaries: Courtland S. Winn
1 13 Obituaries: Fannie Thomas Winn
1 14 Photographs: Courtland S. Winn
1 15 Resolution: Atlanta City Council regarding death of Courtland S. Winn, 1940
1 16 Scrapbook: Newspaper clippings, mayoral race, 1910
OBV1 Scrapbook: Newspaper clippings, mayoral race, 1910