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Herbert H. Lee photographs, 1919-1968, undated (VIS 130)

Included in this collection are images of Atlanta landmarks and neighborhoods, social and civic events, and images depicting transportation in Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia. The collection contains images of downtown Atlanta, including aerial views, government buildings, private residences, parks, street scenes, railroads, as well as photographs depicting poverty and sub-standard housing. The photographs of Herbert H. Lee are an excellent resource for those interested in the subject of urban renewal, and the post-World War II physical development of Atlanta’s central neighborhoods. Photographs include images of the Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta Municipal Airport, and Grant Field.  Images of Peachtree Street North Avenue, and Ponce de Leon Avenue are included as well as color photographs of private residences in the 1940’s and 1950’s. 

The photographer produced dozens of images depicting poverty and poor housing conditions in what appears to be the Mechanicsville/Pittsburgh area south of downtown Atlanta in the late 1960’s. The collection also includes images of the arrival of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus to Atlanta, the aftermath of the Atlanta fire of 1917, and parades, including one for confederate veterans, and one honoring the military during World War II. The collection contains images depicting railways and train depots in and around Atlanta. Also included are photographs of a military encampment in Piedmont Park during World War I; a parade through downtown Atlanta on “Heroes Day” on May 24, 1945, an event honoring members of the First Army and their commander, General Courtney Hodges, a Georgia native.

The collection features photographs of locomotives and automobiles largely dating from 1919 to 1921. There are several pictures of moving locomotives from across the state of Georgia. Photographed for three images were locomotives on the Southern Railway, established in 1894 as a major railroad in the South. By 1916, the Southern Railway had eight thousand miles of track and involved thirteen states. Lee provides photographs of three separate locomotives on the Southern Railway. 

The Herbert H. Lee photograph collection contains 386 color slides and black and white photographic prints, 239 of which are digitized and available on this database. 

The finding aid for the entire collection is available here.

 

To view the rest of the images, please visit the Kenan Research Center located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. Our hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Wednesday – Saturday. You may contact us by calling 404.814.4040 or emailing reference@atlantahisorycenter.com.

Digitization of this collection is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 
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