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Van Buren Colley photographs, circa 1873-1970, undated (VIS 149)

Van Buren Colley was a professional photographer in Atlanta, Georgia. He operated Van Buren Colley Studios from approximately 1946-1981. He worked mostly in portrait photography; but also did commercial work. This collection includes pictures of Atlanta and the metropolitan Atlanta region, including Adamsville, Alpharetta, and other areas of Fulton County. Included are street scenes in downtown Atlanta, and private residences, such as the interior of the home of Civil War collector Beverly DuBose, and the home of Lemuel P. Grant. The collection also contains photographs of churches, including the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Cathedral of Christ the King, Our Lady of the Assumption, St. John’s Catholic Church, and St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church. There are several copy prints dated from the 19th century that Mr. Colley obtained including portraits of past church officials, and choir members of the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Other photographs include images of Underground Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery, and Fulton County.

The Van Buren Colley photograph collection contains 109 black and white photographic prints, 107 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.