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Horace T. Atwater collection

Identifier: aarl94-005

Scope and Content Note

The Auburn Avenue Research Library Archives Division houses the Atwater Collection; it includes scrapbooks of pictures, certificates, and letters of testimony from prominent figures such as President George Bush, Governor Zell Miller, and Mayor Maynard Jackson.


  • 1989-1993


Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Copyright Restrictions

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.

Historical Sketch

Born December 24, 1930, Horace T. Atwater has become a well known Atlantan. The Rome native is known to most of his customers as the "Maestro of Sole" because of the fabulous job he does shining shoes. In his 17 years at the Majestic Shoe Shop on Broad Street, he has developed twelve (12) shoe shine combinations. Atwater is honored yearly in Atlanta for his "loyalty" to his customers and his many years of service to the public of Atlanta. Congratulations and best wishes come from far and wide.


1.0 Linear feet




The collection, spanning from 1989 to 1993, consists of two scrapbooks containing correspondence, testimonials, proclamations, pictures, certificates, and newspaper articles, as well as a collection of photographs of noted individuals who patronized the Majestic Shoe Shop including President George Bush, Georgia Governor Zell Miller, and Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson.

Arrangement of the Collection

Arranged by type.
Inventory of the Horace T. Atwater Collection aarl94-005 aarl94-005
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
2004 September 15
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Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30303