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Joe McTyre Photograph Collection

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Joe McTyre photograph collection, 1889-1985 (VIS 106)    

Joe McTyre worked as a photojournalist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and for other newspapers in Atlanta and Marietta, Georgia.  The collection is comprised of images taken by McTyre, and other Atlanta photojournalists. The photographs include images of prominent individuals in government, business, entertainment, sports, and others who were the subject of news events.  Also included are photographs of the physical environment of Atlanta, and in rural Georgia towns. The remaining photographs relate to news coverage of events such as airplane crashes, fires, floods, trials, sporting events, political campaigns, and World War II. Photographs of individuals include baseball star Hank Aaron, boxer Muhammad Ali, University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley, educator Benjamin Mays, Atlanta mayors William B. Hartsfield, Ivan Allen, Jr., and Maynard Jackson, and business men Dick Rich and John Portman. Also included are images of national and international political figures such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Winston Churchill.  Sports figures include Bobby Dodd, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, and Louise Suggs. Photographs of geographic locations in Atlanta include aerial views and street scenes in downtown Atlanta. The images were taken by other Atlanta photojournalists including Kenneth Rogers, Bill Wilson, Floyd Jilson, Marion Johnson, Guy Hayes, Charles Jackson, Bill Mahan, Bud Skinner, and others. The remainder of the collection includes images of downtown Atlanta, and its suburbs, as well as images of the Georgia towns and cities of Athens, Columbus, Gainesville, and Toccoa Falls.  Notable images of events include photographs of celebrations in Atlanta surrounding the surrender of Germany and V-J Day.

The Joe McTyre photographs contain 310 black and white photographic prints, negatives, and color transparencies, 172 of which are digitized and available on this database.  To view the rest of the images, please visit the Kenan Research Center.

The Kenan Research Center is 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

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