Based on correspondence, it is believed that Atkins married Suemma Vajen Coleman in 1907. She died on April 16, 1924 shortly after the birth of their child. The William H. Coleman Hospital, which closed in 1974, was dedicated in her memory. Atkins later married Mary Helen Sayles. She passed away circa 1966.
Throughout his life, Atkins participated in many business ventures: he was superintendent at the E.C. Atkins Company, which was owned by his father; he was a joint owner of the Spencer Hotel in Indianapolis from 1909 and took over ownership in 1940; he also was a lessor of the Hotel Severin and Indiana Parking Garage. Atkins was involved with several businesses in New York as well.
Atkins died of a stroke December 18, 1958.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1897- 1945 Carey, Eleanor Nov 1904 - Dec 25 1905; n.d. Cavins, Ada H. July 1900 - June 1907 Cavins, Rose May - Dec 1899 June - Aug 1900 Sept - Dec 1900 Jan - June 1901 July - Sept 1901 Oct 1901 Nov - Dec 1901 Jan 1902 Feb - Mar 1902 Apr 1902 May - June 1902 July - Dec 1902 Jan 1903 - July 1906 1907 - n.d. Coleman, Suemma Vajen Mar 1907 June 1907 July 1 - July 14 1907 July 15 - July 31 1907 Aug 1 - Aug 15 1907 Aug 16 - Aug 31 1907 Sept 1907 - n.d. Perkins, J.W. Dec 1905 - Jan 1906; n.d. (telegrams) Sampson, Lillian Aug 26 1905 - Feb 1 1906; n.d. Sayles, Mary Helen Oct 1897 - June 1899; n.d. Talbott, Mary Louise Feb - Nov 1905; n.d. ?, Emily Jan - Mar 1906 Miscellaneous 1898 - 1907 Avery, William R. Atkins, Frank Baily, G. D. Barrett, Charles D. Burton, Henry Gaetz, Adelaide S. Hendricks, Blythe Howell, O.P. Rochester, R.K.? Ross, H.E. Sampson, J. Lewis To Cavins, Rose from Florence Fowarded to William Avery Atkins To Sampson, Lillian from mother Jim (Sigma Chi) ?, Annette ?, Florence Postcards 1904 - 1945 Series 2: Business E.C. Atkins & Co. 1903 - 1905 Receipts and requests for information about products Hoosier Gas Machine Co. 1905 - 1906 Contracts, information about company and two brief correspondence pertaining to business deals. Series 3: Purdue Correspondence 1898 - 1906 Scrapbook 1898 - 1901 Lecture Notes:Chemistry 1898 Lecture Notes and Assignments English 1893 Lecture Notes: Geometry Lecture Notes and Text Book: Physics 'Engine and Boiler Test Thesis' (partial) and Related Materials 1901 - 1902 'Essential Differences between American and English Locomotives' n.d. Mechanical Engineering notes and projects from courses taken c. 1900 Pen and Ink drawing for class Oct 1897 - June 1898 Catalogue 1903 -1904 Series 4: Miscellaneous Ledger 1894 Publications Receipts 1904 - 1907 Miscellaneous (includes some biographical information, invitations, high school commencement)