Lipscomb family photo albums

Lipscomb family photo albums

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Lipscomb family photo albums
Dates: 1880-1930
Quantity: 3.6 Linear feet (3 oversized boxes)
Abstract:The collection consists of five photo albums that include mostly unidentified photographs of the Lipscomb, Rutherford and Hutchins families. These albums are from the estate of Laura Hutchins Paddock ("Aunt Lollipop"). Before her marriage, her name was Laura Cobb Hutchins. Her mother was Laura Williams Rutherford, and her father, Joshua Cornelius Hutchins. The Rutherford, Lipscomb, and Hutchins families were closely related and interacted quite a lot at the turn and beginning of the twentieth century, as indicated by Mrs. Paddock and her photo albums. The photographs within each of the albums can span a wide time period, usually from around the 1870s to the 1930s. Most appear to be from the 1890s to mid-1920s. The images are of all different people from a variety of families. Due to the time span, one can see the changing fashion styles rather clearly. There are a significant number of photographs of babies and children, which often have the age of the child on the back. A few pictures of caretakers and children do exist. There are also several brides in their wedding gowns pictured. Many of the men are dressed in their formal attire, as are the women. While some family and group photos are in the collection, the vast majority are formal portraits of individuals or pairs taken by professional photographers across Georgia, most frequently Atlanta. While two of the five albums have antique plastic covers, the last two have exquisite, genuine wooden covers. These are in good condition and unique.
Coll. Number: ms1635

Biographical/Historical Note

The Rutherford, Lipscomb, and Hutchins families have long been native to the South. The Lipscombs' original ancestor appears to have immigrated between in the 17th century. The Lipscomb family only moved to Georgia after the Civil War, in which several male family members served for the Confederacy. The Rutherfords were residents of Georgia before, during, and after the Civil War. The Hutchins, however, only seemed to move to the state a decade or more after the War.

The Rutherford and Hutchins families intermarried in 1883 - Laura Williams Rutherford (b.1859) and Joshua Cornelius Hutchins (b.1854). They had four children who carried on the name. Their daughter, Laura Cobb Hutchins, was who married David Fleming Paddock, and donated the photographc albums in this collection.

The Lipscomb family is notable for Andrew Adgate Lipscomb (b.1816, d.1890), who served as Chancellor of the University of Georgia from 1860 to 1874. His son - named Andrew Adgate Lipscomb II (b.1850) - married Lamar Rutherford in the 1880s. She then became Lamar Rutherford Lipscomb. These two would live in Arlington, Virginia, but both heralded from Athens, Georgia. Their daughter, named after Lamar, unfortunately died at the age of 5. She is pictured within at least one album with her mother.

Lamar Rutherford's aunt was Mildred Lewis Rutherford, a well-known Southern author, leader of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and strong proponent of Confederate memorial activities. Her maternal uncles, in turn, were the even more renown Howell Cobb and T.R.R. Cobb, who served in the Civil War. Mildred's sister, Mary Ann Rutherford, also married into the Lipscomb family, marrying Francis Adgate Lipscomb in 1869.

These three families have strong roots in Georgia and grew into prominence in both Athens and Atlanta. Their influence is seen far beyond their images in Southern culture and society.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Hutchins family -- Photographs
Lipscomb family -- Photographs
Paddock, Laura Hutchins -- Family--Photographs
Photograph albums.
Rutherford family -- Photographs

General Notes

Some of the photographs in the albums - particularly those in Box 3 - have further explanatory notes on the back. However, these should not be removed frequently, as the pages will tear. Please contact the Head of Manuscripts for further information and permission before proceeding.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lipscomb family photo albums. MS 1635. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

OS Box
1Volume 1 - white plastic photo album, 1910s-1920s
Volume 2 - dotted black photo album, circa 1880s-1930s
OS Box
2Volume 3 - red cloth photo album, 1880s-1920s
OS Box
3Volume 4 - gold wooden photo album, 1890s-1920s
Volume 5 - brown wooden photo album, 1880s-1930s