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H. Wayne Patterson Photographs

Identifier: VAC004

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This collection contains two scrapbooks with approximately 750 photographs from 1902-1913. A large portion of the scrapbooks deals with Patterson's family, his social life, and his days at Georgia Tech (Class of 1912).


  • 1902-1913


General Physical Description note

(approx. 750 images)

Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

All photograph copyright restrictions under the laws of the United States Copyright must be obeyed. All photographs in this collection are subject to approval before publication may be permitted. Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


0.4 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The photographs remain in the two scrapbooks created by H. Wayne Patterson, and the arrangement has not been altered. Patterson labeled most of the photographs, and many dates or incomplete identities can be inferred from other photos or the location of a photo in the albums. The majority of images in the albums are in chronological order; only in a few instances do photographs seem to be out of sequence. A complete list of Patterson's original captions is available from the archivist (a hard-copy is located in the security file).

Patterson's father, Colonel Robert Harman Patterson, was an Army officer and the family moved quite often. The different locations and various homes are reflected in the photo albums. In addition to H. Wayne, Colonel Patterson and his wife, Mary Wayne, had two daughters. Mary P., born in 1877, was also known as "Maza." Maza married Earle Percy Jessop and they had two boys, Edward and Charles Harman. There are several photos of Maza, Edward, and Charles Harman in the albums. The second sister, Maria M., was born in 1887 or 1888; she never married. Maria was known as "Mid" or "Middie" and she appears frequently in the photo albums.

The majority of the photographs in this collection are gelatin silver prints; however, there are several cyanotypes and postcards. Most of the photographs show signs of minor deterioration such as silver mirroring, fading, loss of detail, and change in image color. Also within this collection are copy prints, which were used in the book, Images and Memories, Georgia Tech: 1885-1985.

This collection also contains a few manuscript items found in the scrapbooks, or otherwise collected by H. Wayne Patterson. There are two newspaper clippings, one about a canceled engagement and the other about an elopement. There is also Patterson's June 1912 report card showing his grades from his final term at Tech. The manuscript folder also contains a letter written from Patterson, age ten, to his aunt Georgie and an article about Sand Island, Fort Morgan, Alabama.

Biography of H. Wayne Patterson

Harman Wayne Patterson, known as Wayne or "Pat," was born in May 1889 in San Francisco, California. Patterson graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1912. As a student, he played class baseball and varsity football, participated in the Glee Club and Mandolin Club, and served as vice-president and then president of the Y.M.C.A. He also was a member of the track and tennis teams and served on the Yellow Jacket and Blue Print boards.

Following graduation from Tech in 1912, Patterson worked for Stone and Webster, the firm building the Goat Rock Dam in Columbus, Georgia. On 24 June 1915, Patterson married Isabel Garrard whom he met in the summer of 1911 while working for a member of the Garrard family. Isabel, an amateur archeaologist and early champion of archaeology in the Columbus area, died in 1955. They had no children. Patterson was a veteran of WWI and retired as an electrical engineer for Georgia Power Company. He was also involved in real estate and insurance. Patterson passed away in Columbus, Georgia in March 1987; he was survived by his wife Evelyn S. Patterson.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


Accession #1986.0111.

General Physical Description note

(approx. 750 images)

Processing Information

Jody Lloyd Thompson processed these papers in 2001. 2010 revisions by Mandi D. Johnson.

Inventory of the H. Wayne Patterson Photograph Collection, 1902-1913
Jody Lloyd Thompson
Copyright 2001
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA