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  Collection # DRT-140.0-001 

Robert W. Woodruff Collection,
1959, 1982, 1985

Main Entry: McKay Library/ George C. Carlos Library
4 Items

Biographical/Historical Note:

Named after Col. Doc McKay, the McKay Library was created in the 1960s in the original Woodruff Hall. Under Head Librarian Joanne Baker, in the 1980s the library compiled vertical files made of a variety of media including newspaper clippings, pamphlets, etc. In the 1990s, the new George C. Carlos library was constructed and the vertical files were discontinued.

Robert W. Woodruff (1889-1985) was one of the earliest graduates of GMA and its most important benefactor. After serving in the army in World War I, Woodruff worked for the White Motor company and in the 1920s became president of the Coca-Cola company. Over six decades he molded Coke into one of the most successful companies in the world and amassed a personal fortune. In the 1930s, his monetary loans to Col. Woodward helped to preserve GMA in the midst of the depression. He served on the school’s Governing Board and continued to support the school through personal and foundation donations. The school dining hall is named in his memory and the Fine Arts building is named in memory of his Sunday school teacher, Mrs. Alonzo Richardson.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of four items including a laminated newspaper clipping, one book, one bound and printed scrapbook, and one printed pamphlet. The book is a biography of Robert W. Woodruff and was originally donated to the library by Mr. Joseph W. Jones, secretary to Woodruff for many years and longtime member of the school Governing Board. The printed bound scrapbook was a souvenir of Col. William R. Brewster who attended Woodruff’s birthday party on December 6, 1959 at the Capitol City Club. The party was a gala event attended by many of the leading citizens of Atlanta. The commemorative red-leather book contains many pictures of Woodruff and one of his famous Christmas cards of birds from his SouthGeorgia plantation. The printed pamphlet, 7"x11", 27 pages, entitled Boss Emeritus , was published by the Coca-Cola company and also contains numerous pictures of Woodruff. From the library vertical file, the newspaper clippings were from the Atlanta Constitution at Woodruff’s death in 1985. See also Collection #DRT-180.2-008 for pamphlet about Woodruff by the Woodward Development Office.

Subject Headings:

Governing Board- Members 20.1

Presidents- Col. William R. Brewster, Sr. 30.2


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