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Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. Photographs

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Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. photographs, 1960-1981, undated (VIS 139)

Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. (C.A.P) is a private, nonprofit corporation that works to improve the economic climate of downtown Atlanta. The organization’s primary functions are to stimulate economic development; promote urban development programs, such as enterprise zones; enhance Atlanta’s transportation system; revitalize in-town housing developments; and to increase the aesthetic qualities and safety of downtown Atlanta. This collection contains images of Atlanta’s physical landscape, including buildings, streets, residences, office parks, retail stores, shopping malls, interstates, and railroads in neighborhoods within the city. Many of the photographs were probably used in presentations to business leaders and task forces that worked on projects related to economic development, transportation, housing, and urban design. The collection features aerial views of the Five Points, Peachtree Center, and Midtown areas of Atlanta. Street scenes include images of Peachtree Street and West Peachtree Street, Luckie Street, Broad Street, Edgewood Avenue, Techwood Drive, Marietta Street, North Avenue, Spring Street, 10th Street, Ponce de Leon Avenue, Piedmont Road, and Washington Street.  Landmark buildings, such as the Fox Theatre, the Varsity restaurant, Grady Hospital, Atlanta Municipal Airport (listed as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport), and Atlanta Municipal Auditorium are included. In addition, the collection contains photographs of the city’s public officials, business leaders, and staff members of Central Atlanta Progress, as well as events such as parades, festivals, and the presidential campaign visits by Richard M. Nixon in 1968 and 1972.

The Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. photograph collection contains 1,800 color transparencies and photographic prints, 307 of which are digitized and available on this database. To view the rest of the images, please visit the Kenan Research Center.

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