- Atlanta Lung Association Photograph Collection 1913-1972 (bulk 1945-1955)
- Atlanta Lung Association Photographs, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA
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Atlanta Lung Association
Signs and signboards--Georgia--Atlanta
- United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
- gelatin silver prints
- View of Mary McDonald, Atlanta Journal columnist Ernest Rogers, Jeanne Conners, Elaine Franklin, Dianne Maltby and Sara Moss (the man in uniform is unidentified), in a youth group for the Atlanta Anti-Tuberculosis Association (later named Atlanta Lung Association) in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Atlanta Lung Association, (A.L.A.) was established in 1907 by the Fulton County Medical Society, and was first called the Fulton Sanitary and Tuberculosis Prevention Society. After several name changes, it finally evolved into the Atlanta Lung Association in 1973. The A.L.A. was among the first organizations in Atlanta to offer treatment of tuberculosis to those unable to obtain sanatorium care. Another such organization was the Home Treatment Dispensary, which was administered by private charities. In 1909 the two organizations merged and formed the Atlanta Anti Tuberculosis and Visiting Nurse Association and established their headquarters on the top floor of the Gould building on Decatur Street. Private donations, fund-raising and city and county funds sustained the Association which served both white and black patients. It emphasized health education, early detection, and provided clinic and home care for the indigent and was staffed with paid professionals and volunteers. Atlanta physicians donated medical support in the clinics. During its time in operation, the national death rate from tuberculosis declined dramatically. Success in treating the disease dictated a change in direction to that of general respiratory illnesses; therefore in 1973 the Association changed its name to the Atlanta Lung Association.
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- Cite as: MSS 322, Atlanta Lung Association Records, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center
- 1 photograph : sepia ; 8 x 10 in.
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- Atlanta History Center