Atlanta History Center

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The Atlanta History Center is located on 33 acres in the heart of Atlanta's Buckhead district and includes: one of the Southeast's largest history museums; a research library and archives that annually serves more than 10,000 patrons; two historic houses illustrating over a century of Atlanta's history; a two-acre midtown campus which houses the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum; and a series of gardens unique in both design and horticultural presentation in the metropolitan area.


Location:
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW Atlanta, GA 30305
Email:
information@atlantahistorycenter.com
Phone:
+1-404-814-4000

Collections

Name Description
Adams-Cates Company Photograph Collection, 1956-1973 Black-and-white aerial photographs taken between 1965 and 1973 to assist the Adams-Cates Company in developing commercial real estate in Metropolitan Atlanta.
Adelaide Ruff McCarty Photographs, 1905 Black-and-white photographs from 1905 of Ansley Park, an Atlanta neighborhood north of downtown and west of Piedmont Park, between Piedmont Avenue and Peachtree Street.
Adolph Rosenberg Photographs, 1945-1955, undated Black-and-white photographs from 1945 to 1955 of the Atlanta-area Jewish community, Fulton County rural areas, and military scenes.
Allen D. Albert Photographs, 1860-1958 Black-and-white photographs of Atlanta civic leader, Dr. Allen Diehl Albert, Jr. and his family including images of Fort Benning during World War II.
Allen Family Photographs, 1840-1990, undated Black-and-white photographs of Allen, Inman, Richardson, and Grant families of Atlanta, Georgia from 1840 to 1990.
America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia Civil war manuscripts from the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, and the Hargrett Library (UGA).
Andrew Sparks Photographs, 1949-1954 Black-and-white photographs from 1949 to 1954 of College Park, Georgia and Southwest Atlanta.
Arthur S. Montgomery Photograph Collection Black-and-white photographs of the facilities, employees, and marketing efforts of the Atlanta Coca Cola Bottling Company from 1906 to the 1950s.
Atlanta Art Association Film Film of the Atlanta Art Association's ill-dated museum tour of Europe in 1962.
Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic Railroad Photograph Collection Twenty black-and-white photographs of the "Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Special," the first regular passenger train of the Atlanta Division of the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad from June 19, 1908.
Atlanta Blue Print and Graphics Company Photographs, 1961-1962, undated Black-and-white photographs of geographic locations in Atlanta and the state of Georgia taken from 1961 to 1962.
Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Photographs Aerial views of the Atlanta landmarks, commercial and government buildings, and an Anti-Vietnam War protest in Piedmont Park dating from 1922 to 1993.
Atlanta Crackers Photograph Collection Color photographs from 1956 of the Atlanta minor league baseball team, the Atlanta Crackers, Ponce de Leon field in Atlanta, and Luther Williams Park in Macon.
Atlanta History: A Journal of Georgia and the South Journal published from 1927 to 2006 containing over 1,000 articles related to political leaders, military officers, churches, and schools; reminiscences of 19th century Atlanta; and a selection of reports on the population of Fulton and DeKalb counties as well as later articles relating to race, gender, and politics. The Journal also features information about the Atlanta Historical Society.
Atlanta History Photograph Collection Diverse collection of images dating from 1734 to 2017 of Antebellum Atlanta and scenes from the aftermath of the Civil War; street scenes and photographs of neighborhoods; images of Atlanta landmarks in downtown Atlanta and surrounding counties; and notable events such as the premiere of the movie Gone With the Wind, and a dinner honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after he received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Atlanta Housing Authority Photographs, 1940-1942 Black-and-white photographs of substandard housing areas that were to be cleared for the Capitol, Hope, Grady and Herndon Housing Projects between 1940 and 1942.
Atlanta Lung Association Photograph Collection 1913-1972 (bulk 1945-1955) Black-and-white photographs of medical personnel associated with the Atlanta Anti-Tuberculosis Association engaged in activities aimed at fighting tuberculosis from 1913 to 1972.
Atlanta's Unspoken Past Oral History Project Video clips, audio clips, and full transcripts of interviews about lesbian and gay history and culture in Atlanta prior to the explosion of gay rights movements in the 1970s.
Bedford Pine Neighborhood Photograph Collection, 1970-1971 Photographs the Atlanta's predominantly African American neighborhood, Bedford Pine from 1971 to 1972.
Bell Aircraft Corporation photographs, 1942-1952 Black-and-white photographs of the construction of the plant, the buildings and grounds, employees, and construction and flight of the B-29 aircraft.
Belle Isle Family Photographs, circa 1900-1940 Black-and-white photographs of then New York governor Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential campaign visit to Atlanta and Warm Springs in October 1932.
Bernard L. Solari Photographs, 1978 Color photographs of the fire damage after the January 30, 1978 Loew's Grand Theatre fire in Atlanta.
Berry O. Pyron photographs, 1968-1978 Color photographs of the 1978 Loew's Grand Theater fire, architectural details of Terminal Station in Atlanta, and of shopping center Underground Atlanta in 1968.
Bill Horne Marietta Street Film A 1937 film of the roadside environs along Marietta Street and other downtown roadways beginning in or near downtown Atlanta, heading northwest towards Kennesaw Mountain, and ending in the Marietta Square.
Bill Wilson Photographs, 1938-1979, undated Photographs of civil rights demonstrations in Vine City, the integration of Murphy High School, the Sibley Commission, and Atlanta-based civil rights leaders such as Julian Bond and Ralph Abernathy from 1938 to 1979.
Boyd Lewis Photographs Photographs taken by African American journalist Boyd Lewis between 1970 and 1982 while he worked at the Atlanta Voice and the Atlanta Inquirer depicting the rise of the African American political class, journalists, social activists, clergy, students, and Atlanta neighborhoods.
Buford Burch Photographs, 1969-1974 Color photographs of buildings, street scenes, and landmarks in Atlanta, Georgia taken between 1969 and 1974.
Carl Dixon Photographs, 1952 Black-and-white photographs from 1952 of College Park, Georgia, including images of the Atlanta and West Point Railroad Station, churches, businesses, private residences, municipal and civic buildings, and schools including the Georgia Military Academy.
Carlisle Family Photographs, circa 1870-1960 Photographs taken between 1870 and 1960 of four generations of the Carlisle family of Atlanta, Georgia and images depicting sporting events, summer camps, and a military parade.
Central Atlanta Progress, Inc., 1960-1981, undated Color photographs taken between 1960 and 1981 of Atlanta's physical landscape used for projects related to economic development, transportation, housing, and urban design.
Charles Bickerstaff and Joel Hurt Photographs, circa 1893-1923 Sepia photographs of banks, businesses, theaters, clubs, hotels, and grocery stores in downtown Atlanta from 1893 to 1923.
Charles E. Troutt Photographs Photographs, primarily black-and-white, taken between 1950 and 1970 of the buildings and neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia.
Charles Longstreet Weltner films, approximately 1958-1970 Forty minutes of color footage that documents Weltner's campaigns for Congress in 1962 and 1964 including footage used for campaign ads, images of a small political rally, and a recorded endorsement by Senator Edward Kennedy. None of the films in the collection contain an audio track, except the footage of Kennedy.
Cortlandt F. Luce, Jr. Photographs, 1948-1988, undated Black-and-white color photographs taken between 1948 and 1988 of geographical locations, events, and people in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Cotten Alston Photographs, 1972-1998, undated Aerial and street views of the Buckhead, downtown, and Midtown areas of Atlanta, Georgi; photographs of Georgia natural and historic sites; and images of Atlanta sporting and civic events dating from 1972 to 1998.
Dale Elliott Roberts Photographs, 1954 Black-and-white photographs from 1954 of churches, schools, and businesses in towns near Atlanta, Georgia, including Alpharetta, Ben Hill, and Sandy Springs.
Darlene Roth & Associates Photographs, 1984 Black-and-white photographs from 1984 of the Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta.
Delta Air Lines Public Relations Department Photographs of Atlanta, Georgia, 1953-1972 Black-and-white photographs from 1953 to 1972 of downtown Atlanta, street scenes, parks, churches, shopping districts, private residences, hotels, colleges and universities, and Atlanta landmarks.
Dodson W. Hancock Photograph Collection, February 1954 Black-and-white photographs of College Park, East Point, Fairburn Hapeville, Palmetto, Red Oak, and Union City (formerly of Campbelll County) taken in 1954.
Druid Hills Elementary Photograph Collection, 1935-1936 Black-and-white photographs from 1935 and 1936 of Atlanta's Druid Hills Elementary school, teachers, and students.
Duane L. Cronk Photographs, 1978-1980, undated Black-and-white photographs from 1978 to 1980 of the construction of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) rail stations.
Emory Cocke Photographs, 1943-1952, undated Black-and-white photographs of the Exposition Cotton Mills in Atlanta, Georgia from 1943 to 1952.
Floyd Jillson Photograph Collection, 1957-1992 and n.d., (bulk 1965-1975) Color photographs taken from 1957 to 1992 by Floyd Jillson, staff photographer for the Atlanta Constitution-Journal Magazine, of metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia-related sporting events, and Georgia political figures such as Jimmy Carter, Andrew Young, and Sam Nunn.
Frances Outlar Photograph Collection, circa 1950, 1952-1953 Black-and-white photographs of Atlanta religious institutions taken between 1950 and 1954.
Francis E. Price Photograph Collection, 1906-1928, undated Black-and-white photographs taken between 1906 and 1928 of people and events in Atlanta taken by Atlanta Constitution photographer Francis E. Price.
Frank B. Davenport Photographs, 1917 Black-and-white photographs of the damage caused by the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917.
Fred L. Howe 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition Photographs, 1895 Black-and-white photographs of the 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition taken by Atlanta photographer Fred L. Howe.
Gay Bolling Shepperson Photograph Collection, 1933-1945 (bulk 1935-1937) Black-and-white photographs of WPA projects throughout Georgia.
Harvey Dan Abrams Photographs of Medora Field Perkerson, 1924-1961 Black-and-white photographs of Georgia author Medora Field Perkerson from 1924 to 1961.
Herbert H. Lee Photographs, 1919-1968, undated Photographs from 1919 to 1968 to 1952 of geographic locations, events, and transportation in Atlanta and the state of Georgia.
Herbert T. Jenkins Photographs Black-and-white photographs dating from 1893 to 1975 of the career of Atlanta police chief Herbert T. Jenkins including images of African American police officers and the Summerhill riots in 1966.
Jack Etheridge Photographs, 1961-1962 Black-and-white photographs from 1961 and 1962 of the construction of a section of highway that merges Interstate 75 and Interstate 85, known as the downtown connector.
J.J. Allen Photographs, 1954 Black-and-white photographs of Hapeville and Fairburn, Georgia churches, schools, businesses, and government facilities from 1954.
Jo Beth Garrard Photograph Collection, 1915-1976 Photographs dated from 1915 to 1976 of Jo Beth Apperson, Atlanta Symphony harpist, as a child, at recitals, and in promotional portraits.
Jo Crawford Phelps Photographs of the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 1982 Black-and-white photographs from 1982 of the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta, Georgia.
Joe McTyre Photograph Collection, 1889-1985, undated Photographs of Joe McTyre and other Atlanta photojournalists covering prominent individuals in government, business, entertainment, and sports and events in Atlanta from 1889 to 1985
John Clark McCall Photographs, 1950-1972 Black-and-white photographs of the Keith-Albee Georgia Theater (later the Roxy Theater) from 1950 to 1972.
Joseph Brown photographs of downtown Atlanta Photographs of downtown Atlanta, Georgia taken by Joseph Brown, a citizen of Atlanta, from 1969 to 1974.
Joseph C. Fisch Photographs, 1954, 1963 Color and aerial photographs taken in 1954 and 1963 of Atlanta buildings by Joseph C. Fisch.
Joseph Richardson Jones Film Film clips from the 1938 Parade of Progress of Colored Atlanta film.
Kathleen Moon Photographs Black-and-white photographs of Fulton County schools, farms, homes, public buildings, town squares, railroads, industrial facilities, cemeteries, rivers, stores, parks, and entertainment venues from 1952 to 1954.
Kenneth Rogers Photograph Collection Black-and-white photographs of Atlanta, Georgia dating between 1800 and 2006 that were collected or taken by photojournalist Kenneth Rogers.
Leo Frank Papers, 1912-1916 Records dating from 1912 to 1916 related to the Leo Frank family including correspondence, clippings about the trial, and financial documents.
Lester Maddox Papers Materials belonging to Georgia governor and businessman Lester Maddox dating from 1915/2003
Lester Maddox Photographs, 1934-2000, undated Black-and-white and color photographs from 1934 to 2000 of the Pickrick restaurant, Lester Maddox's political campaigns for governor, and his inauguration.
Living Atlanta oral history collection Oral history interviews conducted between 1972 and 1980 of Atlantans discussing race relations, social life, customs, economic conditions, politics, and government during the twentieth century.
Mackle Construction Company Photographs, 1916-1920 Black-and-white color photographs taken between 1916 and 1920 of residential, commercial, and governmental property most likely built by the Mackle Construction Company in Atlanta, Chamblee, and Augusta, Georgia, and in South Carolina.
Manning, Selvage & Lee Forward Atlanta Campaign Photographs, 1960-1970 Photographs from 1960 to 1970 of the city of Atlanta taken for the Forward Atlanta campaign to showcase the city.
Marion Johnson Photograph Collection Photographs (primarily black-and-white) taken by Atlanta photojournalist Marion Johnson between 1932 and 1976 that cover politics, the city of Atlanta, sports, and Georgia cities and scenes.
Martin Stupich Photographs, 1977-1978 Black-and-white photographs taken in 1977 and 1978 of the development of Atlanta's rapid transit system (MARTA).
Maynard documentary interviews, 2017 Interviews of family members, friends and colleagues of former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson which were conducted in support of the documentary film "Maynard" released in 2017.
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce records, 1900-2012 (MSS 1077) Minutes of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce dating from 1900 to 2012.
Minor Studio Photograph Collection Black-and-white photographs of East Point, Georgia taken between 1947 and 1954.
Mrs. Francis C. Smith Photographs, 1948-1955 Photographs of from 1948 to 1955 of courthouses, churches, post offices, rivers, lakes, schools, industrial areas, farms, and private residences in cities and towns across North Georgia and the Atlanta area.
Mrs. William Gayle photographs, circa 1953 Photographs from circa 1953 of the Five Points area of downtown Atlanta, including images of Union Station, the parking deck for Rich's Department Store, the Carnegie Library, the Forsyth Street Bridge Atlanta Journal building, Krystal restaurant, the Ivan Allen-Marshall building, Friedman Jewelers, the Western Union building, and the "Coca-Cola clock."
Norman F. Bielowicz Photographs, 1978 Color photographs of the January 30, 1978 fire at the Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta.
O.J. Coogler Photographs, 1954 Black-and-white photographs from 1954 of the exteriors of Barrington Hall and Roswell Presbyterian Church in Roswell, Georgia.
Oral History Collections on the Construction of the Georgia Dome in Vine City Papers Oral histories of residents of the Atlanta's Vine City neighborhood who would be affected by the Georgia Dome construction.
Oral History: Veterans History Project Oral histories of American war veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, and civilians who served in their support.
Parker Lowell Photograph Collection, 1949 Black-and-white photographs from 1949 of Atlanta buildings and parks.
Patricia Kennedy Photographs, circa 1940 Black-and-white photographs taken circa 1940 of the American South.
Paul Talbott, Jr. Lakewood Speedway and Gone With the Wind premiere film, 1937 Film capturing three separate events in the Atlanta area in the 1930s: Lucky Teter performing automobile stunts at Lakewood Speedway; landings and takeoffs at Candler Field; and a portion of the Gone With the Wind premiere celebrations.
Raymond B. Nixon Photographs, 1943 Black-and-white photographs of the 1943 launching of the liberty ship, U.S.S. Henry Grady in Brunswick, Georgia.
Reeves Studios Photographs, 1925-1930, undated Black-and-white photographs taken between 1925 and 1930 of Atlanta-based business enterprises and industrial facilities.
Robert D. Klein Photographs, circa 1920-1925 Black-and-white photographs of buildings in the commercial district of downtown Atlanta, and in an outlying area which is presently known as Midtown taken between 1920 and 1925.
Ross Ingram Photographs, circa 1885-1969, undated, bulk 1964-1969 Black-and-white photographs taken between 1885 and 1969 of various neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia as well as portraits of members of the Weaver and Drake families and some of their extended families.
Russell Bellman Gone With the Wind Premiere Film Six minute film of the Atlanta premiere of Gone with the Wind in 1939.
Sally A. Parker Photographs, 1948-1949 Black-and-white photographs of geographic locations and people in Atlanta and Decatur, Georgia in 1948 and 1949.
Sam Massell Papers Speeches, files, and correspondence of Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, dating from 1950 to 1974.
Sarah Slaughter Photographs, 1910-1920 Black-and-white photographs from 1910 to 1920 of Atlanta's Grant Park and Peachtree and Broad Streets.
Southern Voice newspaper collection, 1988-1995 Southern Voice newspaper was a significant resource for the LGBT community in the Southeast from 1988 to 2010, providing in-depth information on topics such as the fight against AIDS, marriage equality, legal issues, workplace discrimination, and violence against gay individuals.
Southline Press, Inc. Photographs Southline Press, Inc. was an Atlanta weekly published from 1985-1988. The collection includes images of political and civic leaders, entertainers, businesses, Atlanta landmarks, and demonstrations related to civil rights and abortion rights.
Southwind recordings Audio recordings of Southwind, a half-hour radio program of features and documentaries on the people, issues, and events of the South, dating from 1980 to 1987.
Stephen Goldfarb Photographs, 1979 Color photographs from 1979 of locations in metropolitan Atlanta, including images of the central city, Roswell, and Stone Mountain.
Steve B. Campbell Atlanta Fire Department Photographs, 1882-1972 Photographs of fire stations and personnel of the Atlanta Fire Department as well as of notable fires in Atlanta during the 20th century.
Strother Family Genealogical Papers Correspondence related to the genealogy of the Strother Family of Atlanta, Georgia.
T. Cobb Benning Photographs, 1897-1898 Sepia-toned photographs from 1897 to 1898 of the construction of the English American Building (also known as the Flatiron Building) at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Broad Street in downtown Atlanta.
The City Builder Atlanta Chamber of Commerce publication published from 1916 to 1961 which highlighted the accomplishments of businesses, cultural and civic organizations, and local government and promoted the city of Atlanta as a hub of commerce.
Thomas Maguire Papers, 1829-1949 Manuscripts documenting plantation life in Georgia from 1829-1949.
Thurston Hatcher Photographs, 1916, 1948-1952 Black-and-white photographs from circa 1916 and from 1948 to 1952 of buildings and natural scenery in Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia.
Tina Beatrice Maxey Photograph Collection Black-and-white photographs dated from 1910 to 1945 of African American educational institutions in Georgia.
Unitarian Universalist Lesbian and Gay Community Newsletters Newsletters dating from 1982 to 1987 which document the activities and interests of members of the Unitarian Universalist Lesbian and Gay Community (UULGC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
U.S.S. Atlanta Photograph Collection, 1942 Black-and-white photographs from 1942 of the U.S.S. Atlanta and the Battle of Midway.
Van Buren Colley photographs, 1873-1970, undated, (bulk 1953-1970) Black-and-white photographs from 1873 to 1970 of Fulton County (including Atlanta and more rural areas such as Alpharetta and Adamsville) that feature Catholic life in Atlanta and street scenes.
Veterans History Project: Oral History Interviews Oral histories of American war veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, and civilians who served in their support.
Vincent A. Irick Photographs Black-and-white photographs and cyanotypes of African Americans in Faceville, Georgia at the turn of the 20th century.
Voices Across The Color Line Oral History Collection, 2005-2006 Oral histories documenting the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta, Georgia and Saint Augustine, Florida.
William Fulmer Hull Photographs Photographs of Atlanta taken by Atlanta History Center staff member Bill Hull during the 1990s
William Hartsfield Gone With the Wind Premiere Film Mayor William Hartsfield's film of the world premiere of Gone with the Wind in Atlanta in 1939.
William R. Mitchell Jr. Photograph Collection, 1889-1986 Photographs of historic homes and commercial building exteriors and interiors throughout Georgia and historic postcards depicting Atlanta in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
William Stanford, Sr. Photographs, 1960 Black-and-white photographs from 1960 of African American college students protesting discriminatory practices at Rich's department store in Atlanta.
W.M. Edwards Photographs, 1923 Black-and-white photographs from 1923 of businesses located in Atlanta's commercial district, including the Ivan Allen-Marshall Company and Belle Isle Street Company.
Zachariah A. Rice correspondence and military commission Civil war correspondence of Major of Zachariah A. Rice, one of the pioneer white settlers of Atlanta.