Kenneth Rogers photographs, 1864 - 1975 (VIS 82)
Kenneth Rogers was a photographer for the Atlanta Constitution from 1923-1972. Rogers covered important news events in Atlanta and Georgia, and captured scenes from the Georgia countryside. The Kenneth Rogers photograph collection is comprised of images Rogers took as head of the Photography Department and Director of Magazine Photography at the Atlanta Constitution and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The collection features images of political leaders, athletes, and celebrities. Included are photographs of Ellis Arnall, Walter George, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Richard Russell, Eugene Talmadge, Herman Talmadge, Bobby Jones, Clark Gable, Margaret Mitchell, Ty Cobb, Billy Graham, Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, General Courtney Hodges, and Sergeant Alvin York. The collection also includes features events such as the Masters Golf Tournament, the Gone With the Wind premiere, the Georgia Democratic Convention, the inauguration of Governor E.D. Rivers, the launch of the U.S.S. Hoke Smith, the parade celebrating Bobby Jones’ “Grand Slam” victory, the Southeastern Fair, the textile mill strike of 1934. Other photographs depict activities such as hunting, fishing, farming, logging, and picnics, usually taken in rural Georgia.
The physical landscape of the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia are featured in images of the Coca-Cola Headquarters, East Lake Golf Club, Grant Park, Kimball House, Oakland Cemetery, Peachtree Street, Piedmont Park, Terminal Station, and the Wren’s Nest. Other Atlanta photographs feature images of public housing projects, and street scenes in the downtown and Midtown area. Photographs of Georgia cities and towns include images of Athens, Blackbeard Island, Brunswick, Cordele, Dahlonega, Jekyll Island, Louisville, Macon, Moultrie, Rome, Savannah, St. Simons, Thomasville, Toccoa, and Waycross. Other landmarks include photographs of Georgia’s military installations such as Camp Toccoa, Fort Benning, and Hunter Field. Most of the images of military installations were taken during World War II; however, there are also photographs of Camp Gordon near Atlanta during World War I.
The Kenneth Rogers Collection contains 6445 black and white acetate and glass plate negatives, and color transparencies, 1996 of which are digitized and available on this database.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digitization of this collection is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.